By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
This edition of The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …
*Just after midnight on the 24th, officers were called to a beach fire at Alki. While they were happy to see that it was in one of the burn pits, they were less happy to see a propane tank in the middle of the blaze. A fire crew came to take care of the situation and asked officers to make a suspicious circumstances report.
Four more summaries ahead, including a drive-by purse-snatching:
*On the 23rd, a woman and her friend were outside talking in the 10000 block of 40th SW. A car drove by, then circled back and a brazen thief snatched one woman’s purse from the hood of the car, yelling “Go Go Go!” as he climbed back into the getaway car. The suspects were in a gray/green Subaru style vehicle with a tire mounted on the back. The thief was a white male, 20 years old, with a mustache and beard. He wore a green vest over an orange T-shirt.
*A jogger passed by three young men who were spray-painting a wall in Schmitz Park on the afternoon of the 29th. He remarked that their activity was illegal and mentioned that he was going to call 911. In response he got hit in the head with a spray-paint can and pummeled.
*A would-be burglar was scared out of a home on Palm Avenue on the 29th when the 85-year-old homeowner sat up and said, “Hello.” (More on this case here.)
*Staggering, intoxicated and agitated, a 23-year-old and a 17-year-old female pair were taken to the hospital to detox after engaging in a violent encounter in the 9400 block of 27th SW. (Also at the scene: a 6-year-old boy, who was taken to a relative’s house.) Officers noted that mom expressed no concern regarding the whereabouts of her child but was mostly interested in reclaiming her property (several confiscated bottles of alcohol).
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