West Seattle Crime Watch: ‘Wagner Prowler’; phone robbery; road rage

Three West Seattle Crime Watch reports tonight. First one is a reader report:

Saturday night our elderly neighbor had a prowler down on Beach Drive. The man, described as a white male, was in her backyard around 2 am. Her house guest was awakened by his VERY distinctive ring tone “The Charge of the Valkyries” ! I thought that was distinctive enough that someone may be able to identify the Wagner Prowler. It appears that he was trying to gain access to a neighbor’s yard..but took off when his cell phone went off.

We don’t have the block number. But keep an … ear out.

Next – two from the police-report files: Another smartphone stolen, and an odd cross-peninsula case of “road rage”:

The smartphone was taken in a strong-arm robbery reported last night. Just after 8 pm Tuesday, police were told, the victim got off a bus at Barton and 25th, with his Samsung Galaxy 2 smartphone in hand, when three people approached him and yanked it away, running north on 25th, He yelled and followed them. That drew bystanders including someone who saw the fleeing suspects and reported recognizing them as people with whom he had been “involved in a disturbance at the Westwood Village McDonald’s over some pumpkins” a short time earlier.

The robbers were described as two boys and a girl, all about 15, all Hispanic; the girl was “shorter, with dark hair, wearing a gray sweatshirt,” one boy was “skinny with a black Raiders hat and black clothing,” the other boy was “heavyset, wearing black clothing and a backpack.” The report says police found some surveillance video at a Westwood store that appears to show the three, one of whom was recognized as a prior shoplifting suspect there.

Also from the police files, we have details of an alleged road-rage incident that we’d heard a bit about on the scanner over the weekend.

Shortly after 1 am Saturday, police were called to the 10200 block of Maplewood Place SW (map). There they found “a blue BMW, parked in front of the residence (with) damage on every side … most of the windows being hit out … marks on the vehicle from what looked like metal pipes or some other blunt object.” They talked with the “four males who had been in the car,” all observed with “some bumps and scratches,” one with a bleeding head wound.

While medics were called, the victims told officers that it started when they had gone to Admiral Safeway around 11:40 pm Friday night and got into an argument with six people. After that, the victims threw eggs at the suspects’ vehicle and headed to Alki Beach. There, they saw the “suspect group parked with several other people”; the suspects yelled “Hey, that’s them,” and got into separate cars to pursue the blue BMW. The victims say they only noticed a “large truck” pursuing them and ramming the back of their car, chasing them along Beach Drive, to Fauntleroy, eventually to Maplewood (which as the map link above shows, dead-ends).

There, they say, the victims stayed in the car while the suspects got out, surrounded them, and started smashing the BMW and the people in it with blunt objects and their bare hands. Eventually, they say, the suspects stopped, got into their vehicles, and left. That’s when the victims called 911. The only description of the suspects is “three males (mixed races) and 3 Asian females, (in) a tan-colored sedan from the early 2000s.”

No arrests reported in any of the above cases.

8 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: 'Wagner Prowler'; phone robbery; road rage"

  • joezaloom October 23, 2014 (9:57 am)

    That is not road rage. The conflict happened outside of the vehicles. They just used the vehicle as an object of their rage. The road is incidental.

  • Instigators, not "victims" October 23, 2014 (9:57 am)

    I’m only on my first coffee, so excuse me if my comprehension is off this morn. So, the “victims” started this whole thing by throwing eggs at the suspects car? Do I have that right? In this day and age of teens (often) weilding guns, they are lucky that Mom or Dad’s car only got a makeover. They are lucky no one pulled out a 9mm for “righteous payback” of the egg throwing. Bottom line, sounds like stupid young kids looking for trouble and got way more than bargained for. Glad it wasn’t worse, but to call them “victims” seems disingenuous.

    • WSB October 23, 2014 (10:06 am)

      Joe and Instigators – I guess it would be easier if I just uploaded the redacted police report. “Victims” and “road rage” are exactly how police described it throughout the report. That’s also why it caught our ear via the scanner over the weekend and we kept an eye out for the incident number so we can get the report. Egging is vandalism and a crime in itself, as we’ve reported here before. However, I guess summaries are always lost in the translation – what was delivered in response to the teens in the BMW, physically and their car, as described in the report, was brutal and not the appropriate or legal response to anything that happened before. – TR

  • tim October 23, 2014 (11:15 am)

    I would love to see redacted reports routinely uploaded here. I’ve been requesting reports for a week or so from SPD.

    The thing that disturbs me about the reports I get via PRA office is when a victim asks not be to identified they only remove two digits from the address.

  • Egi October 23, 2014 (5:34 pm)

    More and more crime in Seattle every day. Too late to seal our borders. More people means more crime and more traffic.

  • Someguy October 23, 2014 (7:35 pm)

    Mess with the bull, get the horns.

  • Mack October 24, 2014 (10:37 am)

    Would people stop assuming that anyone driving a BMW is rich, or are the children of rich parents? They’ve been made for 98 years, and many many many older models can be had for very little money on the used market. Nowhere does it say that it was a new BMW, or a nice BMW, or a high-end model BMW.

  • Eric October 26, 2014 (9:01 am)

    Who assumed that one driving a BMW is rich Mack? Unless I missed something, I didn’t read anywhere anyone making that statement. It was assumed that it was mom and dad’s car, but that being mostly likely due to the kinds being teenagers.

    I can’t even believe that this is even causing you concern. Seriously? Who cares? The fact is, these kids acted stupid and unfortunately, messed with the wrong people who have a more violent nature in them than throwing eggs at a car.

    I’m more concerned about the strong armed robbery at Westwood Village, as the victim was truly a victim and the perps were about 15 years old. This kind of behavior and sense of entitlement is becoming more and more common these days in West Seattle and these kids need to be caught and dealt with (along with the parents being held accountable on some level for this), especially since it seems that they hang out in this area. This only shows how brazen young kids are becoming to do this in the very same neighborhood they most likely live in, or close by.

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