West Seattle Crime Watch roundup: 35th SW, not shots; recognize this car?; recognize this bike?; robbery reports

Five notes in West Seattle Crime Watch – one from an incident that’s just wrapped up:

NO, IT WASN’T SHOTS: Police converged on an apartment building in the 7500 block of 35th SW (map) this past hour after a report of possible shots. They eventually determined it was fireworks, but not until some commotion involving people in a car and apartment, some of whom we’re told took off running. No injuries.

RECOGNIZE THIS CAR? Trina says this car has been near her parents’ house in the 5th/Kenyon vicinity for at least a week:

It’s been tagged by police already. But in case you know someone who is missing a car like this – she wanted to circulate the word, too.

RECOGNIZE THIS BIKE? Carla found a possibly stolen bicycle in an alley near Ercolini Park west of The Junction:

She describes it as a purple “Glacier Point” Magna 15-speed mountain bike, looks to be a kids’ bike or woman’s.”

Ahead – two strong-arm robberies, both on the same day last week:

STRONG-ARM ROBBERY #1: Police reports with narrative are now available online for two that happened last Tuesday (October 7th). One happened at the bus stop near Rite-Aid in Westwood Village (25th and Barton) at 4 pm that day but wasn’t reported until late that night. The 16-year-old victim says four people started beating him up and then made off with his backpack and smartphone. He told police he recognized one as a former schoolmate. In a twist of homophobic harassment, the report says, the victim’s mother showed him a text message sent from his stolen phone to hers a few minutes after the attack; it read “I’m gay, you know that.” The suspects were described only as male and Hispanic, except for the one the victim recognized, also described as 16 years old, medium build, 5’8″, short black hair, and a lip ring.

STRONG-ARM ROBBERY #2: The other robbery is reported to have happened that night around 10 pm in Solstice Park, in the 4400 block of SW Fontanelle (map). The victim called 911 to report it about an hour later. He said he had been drinking at an unidentified neighborhood establishment and was walking home when he saw a group of people in the park and thought it was a party, so he walked over to join them. One person asked him for a cigarette, and when he said he didn’t smoke, people in the group started hitting him. Eventually, they stole his wallet and smartphone, but not before noticing the phone had a security code, and demanding he reveal it; he refused. No description except that the victim told police the group included white and black people, male and female.

14 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch roundup: 35th SW, not shots; recognize this car?; recognize this bike?; robbery reports"

  • Rockergirl5678 October 13, 2014 (3:55 pm)

    I wonder if these are the same people who are constantly setting off fireworks in that area every other weekend or so. Middle of the night loud BOOMS which wake up a lot of people around the neighborhood. I hope they catch them and confiscate there fireworks!

  • BJM October 13, 2014 (5:59 pm)

    @rockergirl – I think this would definitely be the area I have heard them from in the past. (August 3rd WSB gunshot report).

    http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-gunfire-investigation-2/

    I drove past today and counted 6 police cars so I am glad to see a serious response. I hope SPD and the WSB can keep us posted if anything comes about. With recent incident near Boren School and the cemetery it is certainly a very serious situation and if these people are caught I hope they are held responsible in some fashion.

  • alki resident October 13, 2014 (6:07 pm)

    That hill on Kenyon is where my truck was stolen and never to be seen again. Many cars are stolen or broken into there at those apartments. Also,many cars gave been stolen and left on that hill. A young man lives in those woods with his pitbull.Wouldn’t surprise me if he had a part in the car issues.

  • Jacob October 13, 2014 (7:08 pm)

    Almost missed the strong-arm robbery reports scanning through the front page. Yikes!

  • tim October 13, 2014 (9:24 pm)

    I had trouble finding the full reports so here are the links in case anyone else wants to view them:
    http://web1.seattle.gov/police/records/PoliceReports/PoliceReport.ashx?go=2014336127
    http://web1.seattle.gov/police/records/PoliceReports/PoliceReport.ashx?go=2014336228

    I didn’t realize the system marks incidents with narratives with an asterisk. That’s very cool.

    • WSB October 13, 2014 (9:28 pm)

      The asterisk is new, and helpful. Please note that if readers don’t have a log-in (which is free and easy to get), the reports won’t be viewable.

  • tim October 13, 2014 (9:50 pm)

    I had never seen narrative on the system prior to reading this WSB article. After playing with it I realize the system is a lot more interesting. A query for robberies 9-1 through 10-9 showed 95% have narrative (I had to write a short computer script to come up with that percentage). The notice at the top is misleading though because none of the homicides this year have a narrative.

    • WSB October 13, 2014 (9:54 pm)

      There are certain categories for which they eventually post narratives – robberies, burglaries are the ones that come to mind. Car thefts, car prowls don’t get them.

  • TheManager October 13, 2014 (10:43 pm)

    The individuals responsible for the commotion at the apartment community will not be around much longer. Finally being able to pin down the where of it today gave me everything needed to resolve it.

    Big thanks to SPD for rolling out such a great (if overwhelming!) response within moments of the incident and the very professional resolution.

  • Jeannie October 14, 2014 (1:45 am)

    Thank you, Manager! We really appreciate your taking care of this.

  • Jissy October 14, 2014 (9:05 am)

    Wow, Manager…. I nominate you for a raise!! Someone in authority actually taking action against someone negatively affecting their community at large instead of just turning a blind eye & not bothering yourself to get involved. You should be cloned. I thank you.

  • MJC October 14, 2014 (9:11 am)

    Thank you Manager! We, the neighbors have been tormented long enough, good riddance.

  • TheManager October 14, 2014 (1:14 pm)

    Hello neighbors!

    I would like to invite any of you who have problems to come by and voice your concerns with me. I take neighborhood involvement very seriously, having led Block Watches and done community outreach at previous properties.

    We have a lot of great people here, but the rare not so good ones are always the one that people notice most.

    My door is open!

  • tim October 22, 2014 (6:20 am)

    The CAD and Go reports for the shots fired call are at https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B1eJb3Q2K5czc0lGRzFaaG9Fd00&usp=sharing According to the Go report a 19 year old male received criminal citations for fireworks and reckless endangerment because an officer believed he set off bottle rockets inside the apartment. No damage to the apartment was found. Initially just two officers were dispatched. Additional officers were dispatched because the door to the apartment was open, people were fleeing it, and the officer who requested more units was concerned about safety and the possibility for injuries inside.

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