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.