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 …
*Around 5 p.m. on the 28th, a plainclothes officer radioed that he had run across and was keeping an eye on a car that had been reported as stolen. Three people climbed into the vehicle (parked in the 4100 block of SW Lander) and officers followed it eastbound on Admiral Way, hitting their lights when it pulled near a cafe parking lot under Spokane St. The 20-year-old driver and a 19-year-old female passenger were both West Seattle residents. He had no license and she was already under supervision by the Department of Corrections. Both were booked into King County Jail for investigation of auto theft. He faces additional charges for violating a protection order to stay away from the woman; she faces additional charges for violating probation. The third passenger, a Ballard resident, was released from the precinct.
*On the 24th, in the 4000 block of Beach Drive, a man let his dog out of his apartment. The dog ran up to and started barking at a man who was walking up from the beach. That man yelled, “Get your dog away from me.” The owner called the dog, which responded and stood behind him. The suspect approached and said, “Keep him away from me or I will kill you and the dog.” The yelling continued, and the suspect pushed the victim several times in the chest and dared him to call the police. The suspect was described as a white man, 50-64 years old, about 5’10” with medium build, short brown curly hair. He wore glasses and remains at large.
Four more summaries ahead:
*Around 1 p.m. on the 23rd, officers were dispatched to a possible case of elder abuse or neglect in the 7700 block of 27th SW. They were warned ahead of time that the 53-year-old caregiver son had a history of assaulting officers. The 91-year-old alleged victim opened the door and officers immediately noticed facial bruising and gashes on his head. The man seemed a bit confused but said that he had fallen down the stairs. The son was true to form, became hostile and claimed the officers were in the home illegally. He stated “Dad’s just trying to get me in trouble. He fell down the stairs on Sunday. He’s fine and doesn’t need to go to the hospital.” However, the older man’s injuries did not seem consistent with falling down carpeted stairs and striking a flat wall (that was stained with blood spatter). Officers decided to call a detective to the scene. As dad was transported to the hospital, the upset and agitated son was taken into custody for an outstanding $7,500 warrant for malicious phone harassment. He deliberately lunged from officers’ grasp and twice struck his head on a glass picture frame, shattering it, causing a bloody injury. He then his hit head on the stairwell. He was placed outside on the grass, where he cursed at officers and kicked the medic who tried to treat his wounds, screaming, “Get away!” His response to hearing his Miranda Warnings was a hearty, “F You.” He was taken to Harborview for treatment and was eventually booked into King County Jail where he will also face investigation of nonaggravated assault.
*Just south of the Alaska Junction, a store manager called 911 to report a man kicking garbage cans and vending machines. Officers arrived and identified the suspect, who was wanted on a $10,075 felony warrant for second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission. He was booked into King County Jail for the warrant.
*Late on the 22nd, a man was running in traffic at California SW and SW Raymond. When officers arrived, he had moved southward to a fast-food restaurant where he was frantic, claiming that he was being chased by people with guns and lasers and that he was going to die. Officers cuffed the 44-year-old transient for his own safety and had him transported to Harborview for observation. He admitted that he had schizophrenia and had been off his meds for “quite some time.”
*A man with known mental issues entered the SW Precinct lobby on the 23rd asking for his “wire” that detectives had taken. An ID check showed that he was wanted by the King County Sheriff’s Office on a $3,000 warrant for malicious mischief. He was booked into King County Jail, but not before his possessions, being toted in a child’s jogging stroller, were inventoried: Four sponges, three hair products, one skin tag remover, five music speakers, two bras, six dental bottles, one bottle l’oreal makeup, one ice cube mold, two blankets, one tooth whitening pen, two knives, and one blue handbag.
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