West Seattle Crime Watch followup: How one man’s alleged multi-neighborhood rampage began here

Maybe you saw it on the SPD Blotter – a bizarre rampage of sorts on Wednesday that started in West Seattle and moved into other parts of the city before the suspect was arrested. We followed up today in search of specifics which were missing in that overall summary but were contained in the partial report we obtained. The 37-year-old suspect, shown in public databases with a West Seattle address, was reported to have started by showing up outside Providence Mount St. Vincent, ranting and yelling first about the facility and then, “about North Korea,” in a manner described by one witness as “almost mad or crazy.”

A woman working at the reception desk said she was typing around 3 pm Wednesday when she looked up to see “a tall man, white, with dark hair, pushing a three-pronged cane across (the desk). The cane hit the computer, making it fall into (the victim), striking her and then falling onto the floor. Several other items that were on the desk were also scattered as the male swung the cane. (The victim) stated that while he was swinging the cane, he was yelling but she was unable to make out any legible words.” The computer was damaged but she said she was not hurt, and declined an offer of medical treatment. After that encounter, another witness said, the man turned around and stormed out, getting into his car, a green Subaru Outback, and driving away. One of the witnesses got the plate and gave it to police, who compared its owner’s driver-license photo to a surveillance camera image and deduced they likely knew their suspect’s identity. The report says he’s also suspected in hit and run incidents in the West Precinct and an attempted carjacking in the South Precinct. He was booked into jail early Thursday morning and remains held without bail.

5 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch followup: How one man's alleged multi-neighborhood rampage began here"

  • PW August 8, 2014 (8:46 am)

    Just another reason to ban Subaru drivers, as if we needed one

  • MAS August 8, 2014 (9:34 am)

    Anyone have a clue where all of the hit-and-run events occurred? Someone drove across the planting strip and took out one of my fence posts in about this timeframe, right on 35th Ave SW, about 3 blocks from Providence Mt. St. Vincent.

    • WSB August 8, 2014 (11:42 am)

      MAS – the police report doc I obtained didn’t mention SW Precinct hit-runs, but it wasn’t the full report, either, since that was still being put together. I would advise reporting your hit-run and mentioning it was same timeframe … sorry I don’t have an incident # for this, which might help.
      PW – That includes us as of a couple months ago (our old Civic died and had to be replaced). We’ll start packing immediately.

  • Ms. Picky August 8, 2014 (12:08 pm)

    Wait–I’m confused. I thought Subarus were required in the Pacific Northwest, like fleece clothing. ;-)

  • MAS August 8, 2014 (2:44 pm)

    Thanks, yes I filed a police report (can’t do the online thing apparently for hit-and-runs.)

    Seemed like an odd coincidence to have TWO people driving on sidewalk to smash stuff, within a couple of blocks at the same time.

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