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 …
*Early one recent morning, on the street near Roxbury and Delridge, a woman asked a man to quit leaning on her car. The man punched her in the face and also sent her male companion to the ground, punching him in the face four times and stealing his cell phone. Then along came the suspect’s female friend, who punched the female victim. The victims were also threatened with death. The man was described as black, light-skinned, 5’10”, in his 20s, medium build. He wore a red and black checkered hat with ear flaps, a red sports jersey and dark jeans. The woman was described as about the same age, black, 5’6″, and about 140 pounds, wearing a blue knit cap, an “old-style” gray Seahawks jersey, and carried a large black purse.
Seven more summaries ahead:
*Early on the 1st, officers responded to the Alaska Junction, where a man had reportedly been stabbed after a bar fight. The victim (who, as it turned out, had been causing the trouble in the bar) was on the ground, holding his left arm. “I’m alright,” the intoxicated fellow kept repeating. “I’m fine. I gotta go to work. Let me go home.” Noting that, while he had not been stabbed, the man’s forearm bone was visible, jutting through his skin, officers decided that calling medics was the more prudent course of action.
*A middle-school student with a history of assaulting staff left class without permission, banged on doors, and told a security officer that he wanted to get an “f’n knife and stab my teacher.” He repeated the threat in front of police officers, saying he’d stab her with a pencil. Officers had to block his path when he tried to leave, and at that point he called one male officer a “b*tch” and spat in his face. He was booked into the Youth Service Center.
*Around 2 a.m. on the 3rd, a woman was shoved to the ground at the Alaska Junction by a passing stranger. She hit her head on the sidewalk and was unconscious for a time. Medics had her transported to Harborview for treatment. The suspect was described as a black male in his twenties, about 6′ tall, wearing a gray sweater.
*At 4:30 p.m. on the 3rd, a man was taking a break from his run near 54th and Andover when a man driving a white Escalade with tinted windows drove by several times and then stopped beside him. The driver said, “Why did you stop running? Did you need some extra motivation?” He then drove off. The citizen reported the incident because it seemed odd. He did not recognize the car or driver.
*At 3 a.m. on the 1st, alert officers spotted a transient wanted on a $10,000 domestic violence felony warrant. They booked him into King County Jail.
*At 5 p.m. on the 31st, a driver called 911 when he noticed one of his passengers had turned blue and wasn’t breathing. He pulled over on Fauntleroy near SW Hudson and was told (by another passenger) that she was likely OD’ing on heroin. The victim was taken to Harborview by medics. Officers suspect the people in the vehicle had been at a nearby house known for drug activities.
*On the 30th, a young man in his twenties (with diminished mental capacities) appeared in a school cafeteria. He caused no problems, committed no crime, but obviously needed assistance. While they waited for officers, the staff provided him with a lunch. He couldn’t remember when he had last eaten and didn’t know how he got to the school. Officers were able to determine that he lived nearby but frequently ran from home. Fearing for his safety (he spoke of being a “monkey man” and of aliens), officers had him taken to Harborview for an evaluation.
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