West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen SUV; robbery; vandalism; ‘ransacked’ bag found

Four West Seattle Crime Watch notes:

STOLEN CAR: Katie’s car was stolen from outside her home on Genesee Hill early today, near 49th SW/SW Dakota [map]. She describes it as “a metallic tan 1999 Chevy Tahoe, license plate AKZ1671.” Call 911 if you see it.

ROBBERY: We’re requesting the police report on what’s logged as an “armed robbery” in the 4000 block of 20th SW [map] overnight. Will add details here if/when we get them. (Early Wednesday update: Commenter said it involved a taxi passenger running out on a fare. While the report wasn’t in by day’s end, so we still don’t have the narrative, SPD did confirm that, adding that no one was hurt, but a suspect was arrested. … SECOND UPDATE Wed. am – the report is in, including:

On 1-5-15 at 0234 hours, officers responded to 40XX 20 AVE SW to investigate a theft of services. When officers arrived they located the yellow cab a block to the north. The cab driver, V/XXXXX explained that he had given S/ a ride from the Capitol Hill area to this location. When he arrived, S/ reached into the front seat area and grabbed his Garmin GPS unit and smashed it on the ground. S/ tried to grab V/’s cell phone away from him as well. V/ exited his cab as S/ exited the cab. S/ then chased V/ around the cab trying to hit him. V/ is a smaller man, S/ is a very large man. S/ stopped chasing him and went inside 40XX 20 AV SW. When V/ did not immediately leave, S/ came back outside and began chasing him around again trying to hit him again. V/ was able to avoid him and get into his cab and drive to the location where police contacted him.

Police went to the house in the 4000 block of 20th SW, where the owner invited them in, and they found the suspect in a bedroom. He went outside with the officers and was identified as the suspect, and arrested. Turns out he had a warrant for domestic-violence assault too.

REPEAT VANDALISM: From New Year’s weekend, a report of someone smashing a car’s rear windshield with a rock in the 6700 block of 47th Place SW [map], “second time that this has occurred in three months.”

‘LOOT IN THE FRONT YARD’: Also over the weekend, Cara discovered what looked like “loot” dumped in her yard south of the Charlestown water tower, sometime overnight Friday into Saturday – “a duffle-type bag (that) looks like it was ransacked and left … it still has some clothes and shoes in it. The bag itself looks homemade.” Please comment if this sounds familiar.

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11 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen SUV; robbery; vandalism; 'ransacked' bag found"

  • squareeyes January 5, 2016 (10:49 am)

    My next door neighbor’s house was ransacked yesterday in the 5600 block of 48th Ave SW. They think the burglar(s) saw them leave for work. Kicked in the back door and took small electronics.

    • WSB January 5, 2016 (10:54 am)

      That might explain police cars seen in that area by a reader who e-mailed us – I couldn’t find out anything at the time. Sorry to hear about it. – TR

  • JL January 5, 2016 (11:37 am)

    We live on the 3800 block of 49th Avenue SW and our 2004 GMC SUV was stolen on the 30th right out of our driveway!

  • Random January 5, 2016 (1:09 pm)

    The “armed robbery” listed above was actually just some drunk dude who ran out on his taxi fare home, after taking a few swings at the driver. Just sounds dramatic the way it’s logged.

    • WSB January 5, 2016 (1:15 pm)

      Still awaiting the narrative from SPD. Even if that was “all” it was, still noteworthy, and criminal for somebody to rip off a driver just as much as any other type of robbery, whatever is or was stolen … TR

  • Alan January 5, 2016 (2:19 pm)

    If it was just “taking a few swings at the driver” then it would not have been classified as a “armed robbery” but a “strong arm robbery” and would not have been in the category of “gun calls”.

    I’m glad that he took a cab home, but robbing a taxi driver is still a big deal. Swinging (or punching) at him is worse and displaying a gun could cause some serious time. I hope.

  • Andy January 5, 2016 (6:52 pm)

    Cara-any chance there was a letterman jacket in the bag? We had one stolen from a car in West Seattle…

  • B January 5, 2016 (7:17 pm)

    Sounds like 48th and 49th are being targeted. Our car was ransacked in the 5400 block of 48th Ave sw on Sunday night/ Monday morning. Reported $800 loss to spd. If anyone comes across the Kenmore vacuum, a 4-wheel dolly, or misc cleaning supplies that were taken, let me know.

  • N January 5, 2016 (8:58 pm)

    Our car was also ransacked on Sunday night/Monday morning. 5200 block of 48th Ave SW.

  • Random January 6, 2016 (12:03 pm)

    How’s that classification work again Alan?

  • WSB January 6, 2016 (12:16 pm)

    To be fair, I haven’t seen fists classified as weapons but maybe Tweets by Beat has changed up again … it used to have two tweets for most incidents, the initial call and then the report, and now it’s down to one. I’m hoping to find the suspect on the jail roster so I can track whether a charge is filed later this week. – TR

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