Update: Helicopter search over Greenbridge after WC robbery

March 18, 2014 at 9:42 pm | In Helicopter, West Seattle news, White Center | 15 Comments

9:42 PM: We have been chasing reports of a helicopter for half an hour and have finally found Guardian One over the Greenbridge area. We have just found sheriff’s deputies to ask on the ground – they say it’s a “possible armed robbery suspect” from a White Center business.

10:19 PM: Commenters say the chopper’s gone – we left the area it was circling (the wetland just west of Greenbridge) in hopes of finding the reported robbery target, described as a produce stand, but didn’t see anything on the ground along any of the main business streets. Will follow up with KCSO tomorrow.

10:41 PM: Via Twitter, the Guardian One team says the suspect they were seeking was not found. Description: “… male … about 5’9″, wearing a red hoody, blue jeans, wearing a black beanie.”

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE: KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West says, “(Last night) at about 8:40 pm at the Best Roasted Corn Stand on the corner of SW 98th and 15 Av Sw: A male suspect walked up to the stand, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect also demanded the employees cell phone. The suspect fled on foot. The suspect spoke to the victim in Spanish. He was described as a Hispanic male, skinny, about 5’8″ tall, mid 40′s and was wearing a red sweatshirt, blue jeans and a black beanie. The victim has seen him in the area before.”


  1. Thank you for posting! Been wondering what was up. Any additional info appreciated.

    Comment by Willow — 9:47 pm March 18, 2014 #

  2. Where is Greenbridge?

    Comment by Ollie — 9:51 pm March 18, 2014 #

  3. Thanks WSB for your diligence in finding the reason! I’ve been skulking in the blog since shortly after 9; I knew you’d get the answer.

    Comment by me on 28th Ave SW — 9:51 pm March 18, 2014 #

  4. Been hearing it / watching it from 17th and Henderson for about an hour. Thank you, WSB, for following up on it & keeping us posted.

    Comment by m — 9:51 pm March 18, 2014 #

  5. Thanks for reporting was curious what was up

    Comment by Nick — 9:52 pm March 18, 2014 #

  6. Please post the info on WCN, thanks!

    Comment by Liz — 9:53 pm March 18, 2014 #

  7. Ditto on the thanks. Been hearing it for a while here at 26th & Roxbury. A bit disconcerting considering today’s events.

    Comment by RickB — 9:54 pm March 18, 2014 #

  8. This search started closer to 8:00 pm or thereabouts I think. At least 1 1/2 hrs. of circling.

    I too would be very interested to know which business.

    Comment by westseattledood — 9:55 pm March 18, 2014 #

  9. I think it finally stopped.

    Comment by Jen — 9:59 pm March 18, 2014 #

  10. liz, i cannot access it by phone, sorry. i have tweeted on wcn twitter acct.

    Comment by WSB — 10:00 pm March 18, 2014 #

  11. Ollie, Greenbridge is in the 8th & Roxbury area.



    Comment by miws — 10:01 pm March 18, 2014 #

  12. This is all we have and we have driven all around WC ground too. Sorry. Best we can do.

    Comment by WSB — 10:01 pm March 18, 2014 #

  13. Seems to be quiet out there now – don’t hear the helicopters anyway. After 1 1/2 hrs. Hope they caught them.

    Comment by westseattledood — 10:08 pm March 18, 2014 #

  14. At about 9:30 I saw a KCSO deputy talking with someone at the roasted corn stand at the corner of 15th and 98th for a long time, maybe that was it?
    Bummer if so. That and the taco truck right there are my favorite late-night quick-food options.

    Comment by datamuse — 11:55 pm March 18, 2014 #

  15. Thanks, DM. I hope to find out from KCSO’s public-information officer this morning.

    Comment by WSB — 6:46 am March 19, 2014 #

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