West Seattle Crime Watch: Car-prowl, gun-waving report leads to 2 arrests

What started as an Alki car-prowl report and continued with alleged brandishing of “guns and golf clubs” resulted in two arrests late last night, according to SPD Blotter.

On June 21st, at about 11:40 pm, officers responded to a report of a car prowl near Bonair Drive SW and Alki Avenue SW. A victim reported one of the suspects in the break-in had flashed a gun at the victim and his friends before fleeing in a white Ford pickup truck.

The victim told police he and his friends had returned to their parked vehicle and found the driver’s side window was broken. A bystander pointed out the suspects to the victim just before the two men rolled past them in a pickup truck. As the suspects drove by, the driver and passenger reportedly flashed handguns at the group. The truck then made a U-turn and came back toward the group, and the two suspects began shouting threats.

The victims ducked behind a parked car and the suspects drove off.

Officers took statements from the victims and photographed the prowled vehicle. As the officers were processing the scene, police received another report that two men in a white Ford truck had just brandished golf clubs in another incident near SW Charlestown and 50th Avenue SW. The original responding officers went with other officers to the new call in an attempt to locate the suspects.

Officers found the suspect’s truck parked at a 7-11 in the 3800 block of California Avenue SW and soon spotted the two suspects, ages 19 and 25, walking out of the store. Police discovered the 19-year-old was carrying a handgun in his front pocket, and also found a handgun, golf club and metal pipes inside the pickup truck.

Both suspects were arrested and booked into the King County Jail for felony harassment and theft. The 25-year-old, who is a convicted felon and unable to lawfully possess firearms, was also booked for unlawful possession of the firearm.

The two men remain in jail, according to the register; we’re checking on whether they’ll appear for bail hearings today or tomorrow.

13 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Car-prowl, gun-waving report leads to 2 arrests"

  • quiz June 22, 2016 (3:47 pm)

    Nice work SPD!

  • B June 22, 2016 (3:53 pm)

    Thanks SPD, get this trash off the street!

  • DjGary June 22, 2016 (4:09 pm)

    Go directly to jail.  Do not pass 7-11.  Do not collect $200.

  • Chuck June 22, 2016 (4:09 pm)

    Why are stupid people so intent on showcasing it to the world? Great job SPD–these two were only going to get more dangerous as the night progressed. Now let’s hope they stay behind bars.

  • JayDee June 22, 2016 (5:20 pm)

    I love it when criminals get caught in the act and flagrantly so.  I know they will get off easily but maybe flashing the handguns twice will merit punishment.  Thanks SPD.

  • Joe Bags June 22, 2016 (5:36 pm)

    Nice!

  • Alan June 22, 2016 (5:47 pm)

    I can’t believe that these guys didn’t leave the area or go into hiding after they were spotted. It concerns me that these two rocket scientists thought they could wave guns and threaten people, with impunity. I am glad that SPD proved them wrong.

  • Seattlite June 22, 2016 (6:43 pm)

    Outstanding job SPD.  And a shout-out to the first victims who called SPD and gave a good description.  The two criminals are now arrested and hopefully will be behind bars for awhile.

  • Double Dub Resident June 22, 2016 (8:33 pm)

    Wait, one questions why is it that stupid people are so intent on showcasing it to the world? 

    The answer:  THEY’RE STUPID. 

  • Double Dub Resident June 22, 2016 (8:38 pm)

    What’s sad is I spoke with an officer just today who worked in the Rainer Valley who said that gun flashings, gun shootings were almost an everyday occurrence, but never made the news. 

    This is not a knock on the WSB, as they deal with local, but there appears to be a lot of crime that the mainstream media ignores but then focuses on sensationalism to help with their ratings 

    • WSB June 22, 2016 (8:49 pm)

      You won’t often see me stick up for my former colleagues but that is inaccurate – the legacy media doesn’t necessarily “ignore” such things. They (a) don’t hear about them and (a.1) don’t necessarily have anybody to cover them even if they wanted to because they (b) have 22 counties to cover and (c) less staffing than you might think, despite the fact that for example all (Seattle) local TV stations are now owned by multizillion-dollar corporations. I worked for 15+ years in TV here, more years in TV and other media elsewhere. What you mention and what we cover here is what neighborhood media is about. And it’s damned hard to do. We do this out of sheer stubbornness and a desire to help get information out as long as people are still interested in it. There are still some other independent sites around the area (not to mention the rest of the country) but most don’t do 24/7 news and most are people’s sidelines, as this was for us in the first year or so. Rainier Valley had a news site; its operator didn’t get the support it deserved, and had to pivot to something else. I’d write more but the meeting I’m covering just wrapped up and I have to leave. – TR

  • JeffK June 22, 2016 (9:43 pm)

    I’m really tiring of this human trash.

  • Dwight June 25, 2016 (10:35 am)

    Thank you SPD for getting these lowlifes off the street and out of our neighborhood. They are stupid & dangerous & need to rot in jail. 

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