We noticed several street robberies on the Seattle Police crime reports map for the past week-plus, so we’ve rounded up the reports on those, and details of an incident listed as a “drive-by.” We also have a reader report about car prowls, and altogether, these add up to the West Seattle Crime Watch report ahead:
The information below is all from police reports, and includes all the descriptive information provided in those reports:
FRIDAY HOLDUP: The most recent street robbery listed happened last Friday at California and Dawson south of The Junction (reported around 3:45 am). The two victims told police they were on the sidewalk there, waiting for a friend, when they noticed, according to the report, “two males standing nearby talking about a bus. Suddenly, both approached them. Suspect 1 was an Asian male displaying a silver handgun. Suspect 2 was a black male displaying a black handgun. Suspect 1 stated, give me all your stuff. Suspect 2 began to order them to the ground. Both victims agreed the suspects didn’t appear to have a real good plan as to what to do. Both victims handed over their items and the suspects fled with their belongings,” eastbound on Dawson from California. A K-9 officer helped search but lost the trail at 41st/Dawson.
FRIDAY GUNFIRE: The “drive-by” report explains a report of gunfire on SW Thistle in Westwood Friday night. Police got a call just after 11 pm Friday from someone who “stated he was with a group of juveniles that stated they had just been shot at,” according to the report. They told police they were walking across the street from Chief Sealth International High School when an “older model red Chevy sedan” drove slowly by; the driver nodded at them, they nodded back, and then the driver “reached out of the driver-side window with a silver handgun and fired approximately 3-4 shots at them.” Police found six shell casings and other witnesses who told them more about the car, saying it had “a black bumper-type trim all around the vehicle.” They described the driver as a “Hispanic male in his 20s” who, they said, yelled “What’s up, little homie?” One victim said he “knew the driver was a ‘VL’ gang member.” No one was hurt.
WEDNESDAY ROBBERY: Last Wednesday night, police were called after an Admiral Safeway employee taking a break outside the store was harassed by two suspects asking for a cigarette. After she told each one no, one came back, she said, shoved her from behind, and then stole the pack of cigarettes she had resting on a ledge next to her. She told police she recognized the suspects as frequent shoplifters in the store’s deli. Both were described as black, in their mid-teens, around 6 feet tall, one slim and wearing a black jacket and red/black knit cap, the other stocky and wearing a gray hoodie and black jeans. The report said she was hoping to find them on store surveillance video and provide that to police.
WEDNESDAY ROBBERY ATTEMPT: Just before 2 am last Wednesday morning, police were called to a West Seattle home to take a report about a reported robbery attempt earlier in the evening at a bus stop near Westwood Village. The victim was described as a man with a mental disability who lives with a parent that helped police talk with him about what happened. He said a group of teenagers approached him as he walked near the Westwood McDonald’s and “started talking about taking his wallet,” according to the report. “(The victim) told them not to but one of the teenagers, a white male, told (him) to give him his wallet.” He tried to get away but that teenager hit him in the face, the victim said, before he finally escaped. Police checked the log and did have a report of a “fight” near the bus stop before midnight, with nobody still in the area when they had arrived to check that out. The suspect was described as wearing a white T-shirt and possibly having blonde hair.
TWO APRIL 27TH INCIDENTS: We also noted reports on two April 27th incidents. At about 2 am that day, a Sunday, a man said he was robbed at gunpoint by another man who followed him into his apartment building near 35th and Graham, claiming to be another resident. The robber took his wallet, cell phone and an envelope containing whale-watching tickets he had won in a contest, and then threatened to kill the victim if he called the police. The victim described him as 5-11, Hispanic, 250 pounds, with long black hair, wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans. … Not far away, in the 6300 block of 35th SW, another man had been robbed after midnight, strong-armed by a man he says he often sees at a bus stop in the area and who is usually friendly. This time, the man demanded all his money – which amounted only to $1 – and hit him in the head multiple times. The robber/attacker was described as black, skinny, mid-20s, 6 feet tall, with a “short jerry-curl afro haircut” and dark clothing.
READER REPORT – CAR PROWLS: And finally, from a Highland Park resident on Friday:
I was woken up at 6:45 am by a thoughtful neighbor coming home from the graveyard shift. My Toyota Avalon and my neighbor’s GMC Arcadia were broken into on 13th Ave SW off Kenyon some time last night. No signs of forced entry: no shattered Windows, Windows off tracks, or broken locks, just driverside doors wide open. We keep nothing of value in the vehicles so all that’s missing is my $1 tire pressure gauge. Both were locked, so we’re not sure how they got in.
Police still ask that you report car prowls even if nothing was taken/damaged – you can even do it online.