Following up on the two Alki street robberies early Saturday and early Sunday, we now have the full narratives from the police reports. The one clear thing both have in common: They happened at/near Whale Tail Park, 59th/Lander, in the early-morning hours.
EARLY SATURDAY: The victim had used the park restroom just after midnight and was washing his hands when he heard what sounded like a pistol cocking. He turned around and (quoting the police-report narrative) “saw three black males. A light skinned black male, in his early 20’s, approximately 6’0″ tall, thin build, wearing a black white and red striped shirt was holding a semi-automatic handgun. (The victim) could only describe the other two suspects as light skinned black males. The male with the gun told (the victim) to turn around and put his hands on the wall; he did as they told him. One of the suspects patted down and took his brown leather wallet and black Samsung cell phone. The male with the gun told (the victim) not to move, and that if he tried to follow them, he would shoot.” The victim subsequently remained in the bathroom, hands on the wall, until he felt it was safe to try leaving. 911 was not called for about half an hour, when the victim met up with friends in the 1700 block of Alki Avenue SW. (That was the address we originally reported, but now that we have the report narrative, we know the address just indicates where police were called from, not where it happened.)
EARLY SUNDAY: The victim was walking to his Alki job around 4 am when approached by two people near 59th/Lander. The first one pointed a black handgun at his chest and said, “Give me everything you have.” The second one stood behind the victim and checked his pockets, finding and taking a wallet and cell phone. The first one then gave them back to the victim, said, “I was only joking” – and then pointed the gun at him again and demanded the items, after which he took cash out of the wallet and ordered the victim to unlock and “wipe” the cell phone. Four other people then joined up with the two robbers and were last seen headed southbound on 59th SW; the victim called 911 as soon as he arrived at his nearby workplace. No descriptions are included in the report, which mentions that one hid his face with a hood.
****So far, no arrests in either. One more mention – the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets tonight and that’s your next chance to bring questions/concerns to local police, among other things that happen at the meeting. 7 pm, Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster)