West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglary suspect in custody

August 29, 2014 at 7:07 am | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 9 Comments

If you heard/saw the big police response in southeast West Seattle, it was for a report of someone breaking into an occupied home (added: near 21st/Barton) … and police are reported to have a suspect in custody. More when we get it.

9 Comments

  1. Beautiful Barton, so much change from “before Metro.” From the crime scene on 21st heading west, sign plowed over @ crosswalk, garbage everywhere at metro bus stop, and graffiti on a Windermere sign @ 30th. Those 3 changes are just from overnight.

    Comment by Josh — 10:37 am August 29, 2014 #

  2. Say it together with me people ,,,, TRANSIT HUB. It was not like this before metro dumped this on us. I’m not new I’ve lived here for a long time and the changes are stark.

    Comment by sophista-tiki — 5:30 pm August 29, 2014 #

  3. I’ve lived in Westwood for 12+ years and there have been home burglaries ever since I lived here, so I wouldn’t particularly blame the transit hub for this.

    Actually, I started noticing a change in my neighborhood when tent city first came around. About that same time I started noticing beer and alcohol bottles being thrown into my parking strip on a regular basis; sometimes broken. I began to see people wandering through the neighborhood looking in people’s yards and/or scoping out houses. I also began to notice something that I had never heard in the usually quiet neighborhood, people screaming and fighting with each other as they walked around the neighborhood. Neighbors began to report petty crimes happening more and more to each other. Missing yard tools, cars being rifled through. Things like that.

    This is about the time that pan handling at the Westwood Village exits began to surge. More and more people began sleeping in the park, etc.

    And the transit hub has certainly made matters worse, that is for sure. Yet from my experience, things really began to change before that.

    Comment by Eric — 9:48 am August 30, 2014 #

  4. @Eric – you nailed it. It all started with the tent city a couple years ago. The homeless got the bus routes, invading with panhandling, especially at the junction by QFC. West Seattle has not recovered. Tent city moved back to the central district but West Seattle has a huge black eye from its original time here.

    Comment by wsres — 10:42 am August 30, 2014 #

  5. I appreciate the keen observations that commenter Eric has provided. So many issues and problems overlap each other and the person paying attention over the long term really is invaluable at providing an honest critique, and ought to be heeded regarding solutions.

    Comment by Del Martini — 10:11 pm August 30, 2014 #

  6. Thank you wsres and Del Martini.

    Comment by Eric — 4:25 am August 31, 2014 #

  7. Speaking as a non-driving new homeowner, I’ve got to put my .02 that not all bus riders are bad. We’re thrilled to have moved into such a strong, involved neighborhood community, and look forward to helping make the Westwood Village area better and safer.

    Comment by Rhonda — 10:10 am August 31, 2014 #

  8. Rhonda,

    No one is suggesting that all bus riders are bad. My wife takes the bus daily. What is suggested is that the Metro hub by Westwood Village is causing serious problems either directly or indirectly, which anyone that’s lived here for a bit realizes is the case.

    Comment by Eric — 4:41 am September 1, 2014 #

  9. @Rhonda -When I wrote “the homeless got the bus routes”, I’m referring to tent city that once lived way down on Marginal. They found the West Seattle bus routes, made their way in to the small shopping areas, all over West Seattle, and started stealing, panhandling, loitering, petty crimes, people wandering through the neighborhoods, camping in the woods etc. I’m not referring to bus riders at Westwood Village.

    Comment by wsres — 10:33 pm September 1, 2014 #

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