West Seattle Crime Watch: Punch-in-mouth robbery suspect charged, bail doubled; also – car-prowl loot to look for

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports, starting with a followup on the Friday robbery/attack first reported here on Tuesday:

ROBBERY/ATTACK SUSPECT CHARGED: 19-year-old Diego Allejundro Gonzalez is now charged with first-degree robbery, accused of attacking a 67-year-old Highland Park woman last Friday and stealing her glasses. Along with filing the charge, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office asked that Gonzalez’s bail be doubled, to $150,000, and the jail register indicates that it has been. The charging documents make the same allegations we published here last night from the police report and probable-cause paperwork – that Gonzalez first tried to break into a house, then attacked the woman as she walked home from visiting her husband at a care facility, punching her in the face twice and running off with her glasses.

The case summary confirms that he is on probation from his plea bargain earlier this year related to a vehicle theft (bargained down to car prowl) and DUI case, saying he was “placed on 24 months probation and was ordered to not possess alcohol to obtain a substance-abuse evaluation and follow all treatment recommendations, and to commit no further law violations. By his egregious behavior in this case, the defendant has shown he is not willing or able to comply with such court orders.” Prosecutors also say he had one juvenile conviction, at age 17, for harassment. The robbery charge incorporates the physical-violence component of the current case.

Meantime, the donation drive that the victim’s friends launched to help her pay for repairing the dental damage done in the attack passed its goal within hours, and was closed. We’re hoping for a followup soon on how she’s doing. We will also track this case through the system.


Also in Crime Watch, we’re including this reader report with some time sensitivity:


My car was broken into last night on the 4500 block of 42nd Avenue SW. It has been reported to the police. Very unique items were stolen, and I am hoping you can post them in an effort to locate them if selling is attempted:

2 Canon 5D Mark 2 bodies
1 Tamron 24-70 lens
1 50 mm 1.4 lens
1 large leather camera bag

These are pretty obscure professional kitchen knives and unless you read Japanese, might be hard to identify. However, they look like really nice kitchen knives and there aren’t usually a lot of them floating around outside of a few niche shops.

Black canvass and leather kitchen knife bag by Boldric containing
1 Singatirin Honyaki 240mm Chefs knife (crappy yellow laquered wood case”
1 Moritaka Aogami 210mm Chefs knife (“no hand grab” sticker on wood case)
1 Watanabe Kaibou Deba 210 butcher knife
1 Richmond Honesuki 165mm butcher knife
1 Yoshikane SKD 95mm paring knife
1 Sakai Yusuke 180mm petty knife
1 Blue Thermopen probe thermometer
1 Small .1x600g digital scale with Thomas Hammer Coffee sticker on top

Angelene said they will of course be watching various websites in case these turn up, but wanted to get the word out locally too.

12 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Punch-in-mouth robbery suspect charged, bail doubled; also - car-prowl loot to look for"

  • Al December 23, 2015 (6:03 pm)

    What dose this look like ?1 large leather camera bag….

  • Craig December 23, 2015 (6:10 pm)

    Re: Car prowl. Wow! That’s a lot of very, very expensive stuff that was in your car, about $5,000+ of easy to grab and go stuff that a thief is probably trying to sell right now. Sorry about your loss. I’m sure it’s frustrating – sounds like those were the tools of your trade all taken at once.

    • WSB December 23, 2015 (8:47 pm)

      First part of the story updated with a statement of gratitude from the robbery victim.

  • JanS December 23, 2015 (10:38 pm)

    and a reminder, especially since tomorrow is Christmas Eve, the next day Christmas…if you value it, even just sentimentally, please, please, please take it with you. Do not leave anything in your car. Car thieves are celebrating the season, and regular run of the mill thieves are, too. I’m so sorry your things were stolen, Angelene…hopefully they turn up soon.

  • Mr. B December 24, 2015 (8:01 am)

    There are drug addicts everywhere looking to steal for their next score. Let this be a reminder that no one should ever leave anything of value in a car. Even for 5 minutes.

  • Michael December 24, 2015 (8:34 am)

    The victims were moving with all their belongings and stopped for a late dinner. It was kind of impossible for them not to have valuable things in their car. Frustrating too because it was right outside the junction QFC in a fairly busy intersection. I wish something could/would be done about the influx of car thieves in West Seattle. Hard to feel safe when a cars are bashed in and ransacked right out your back door.

  • Ruth paulson December 24, 2015 (9:47 am)

    Cons and….cons of life in West Seattle.

  • themightyrabbit December 24, 2015 (10:27 am)

    Cons of living anywhere. Nothing special about West Seattle when it comes to thievery. If you’re moving, especially with everything in your UHaul ( not necessarily this instance ), disable the UHaul’s ignition, and back it up to a brick wall. Car windows are always going to be broken, they are not a barrier whatsoever. Sucks. I was on the ferry with a laptop in a bag just a couple days ago, removed the bag from the car just to leave it 10 mins to go to the restroom. Inconvenient? Yes. Laptop still in my possession? Yes.

  • Bree December 24, 2015 (11:43 am)

    Also the thieves will be taking note of empty boxes on and around recyclers showing what showed up for Christmas in your house. Break the boxes down and into the can so not so easy to see as they drive by.

  • Melissa December 24, 2015 (12:07 pm)

    I’m glad they got the f&&)er. He sounds like a dreadful person. As to the property theft, it sucks, no doubt, but I still love West Seattle. Ne safe and careful, folks, and look out for your neighbors.

  • Wseattlite December 25, 2015 (12:26 am)

    Regarding car prowls, it does not happen everywhere as much as Seattle. I also own a house in Alaska. No one car prowls or buglerizes in my neighborhood for the high likelihood of doing so will get one shot. Very civil neighborhood.

  • 2 Much Whine December 25, 2015 (12:00 pm)

    @Wseattlite, I’d love to see the statistical numbers that lead you to your conclusion (besides your personal observations). According to http://www.USA.com the 2013 crime index for Alaska is 1938 and for Washington it’s 1694. They have double the numbers of murders, more than triple the numbers of rapes and triple the assaults. While your “civil neighborhood” has fewer burglaries and car thefts it appears that Alaska as a whole is not very civil to each other. I suspect the difference in your perception has a little something to do with a lack of daily access to all the Alaska neighborhood crime data like we have with the WSB. Of course it could also depend on the neighborhood in which your house sits – which could have a very profound impact on the stats.

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