UPDATE: Bellevue Police arrest 2 in Alki area


10:03 AM: Thanks for all the tips about a police response near 62nd/Admiral. Turns out it’s Bellevue Police, who arrested two people, one in connection with a series of burglaries, one for alleged eluding, officers tell us at the scene. More info as we get it.

10:48 AM: The house where this happened is in the 3200 block of 62nd SW. Neighbors report hearing a loud noise as the police operation got under way – likely a “flashbang” or similar type of device. No injuries reported. We have a message out to BPD’s public-information officer seeking more info on the related case.

11:27 AM: BPD spokesperson Officer Seth Tyler says a news release is forthcoming but in the meantime, “I can confirm that Bellevue Police Detectives, assisted by the Bellevue Police SWAT team, were in West Seattle this morning and did arrest two individuals. The suspects are suspected in a series of home burglaries throughout the Seattle area, and were considered armed and dangerous. One vehicle was also impounded as a part of the investigation.”

23 Replies to "UPDATE: Bellevue Police arrest 2 in Alki area"

  • Leigh Kenner January 23, 2017 (10:07 am)

    Thanks for update. I saw a cop with a gun out pass my house and got super nervous 

    • Alki Neighbor January 23, 2017 (5:11 pm)

      Yes Leigh, I saw the police fire a rifle – a single shot into the air. I think a flashbang is a noise grenade that is thrown and likely would have rattled our windows. But  I definitely saw the rifle be fired, with a loud and brilliant flash.

      • Eddie January 24, 2017 (8:07 am)

        I seriously doubt SPD fired a rifle in the air, we don’t live in a ’50’s western. Officers would never fire a weapon indiscriminately into the air.

        What you more likely saw was the launching of the flash bang device, which isn’t thrown, it’s fired from a rifle-looking mechanism. 

  • Dave January 23, 2017 (10:45 am)

    BPD has made a few arrests in WS this year and last year. Glad to see it! Along with SPD’s arrests.

  • Swede. January 23, 2017 (11:30 am)

    Good that problem are taken care of. Maybe Bellevue police should spend more time in WS and deal with the huge amount of car prowls and theft. 

    (Didn’t know other city police can and are working out of there jurisdiction…)

  • sun*e January 23, 2017 (11:39 am)

    So tired of so many thefts these days… so glad to see this!

  • willbehonest January 23, 2017 (12:14 pm)


  • Rico January 23, 2017 (12:29 pm)

    Sure don’t know the details, but probably not a stretch to conclude that Bellevue PD got tired of waiting for SPD to do anything about those who burglarize homes.  Just like the citizens of Seattle are tired of waiting for SPD to do anything serious about home burglaries, car thefts and car prowls.  It is no secret that SPD has such crimes way down their list of problems to deal with.

    • WSB January 23, 2017 (1:17 pm)

      Not true. In fact, we finally just got the info about the Arbor Heights search this morning, which resulted in a car-prowl-suspect arrest. Separate story in a minute.

  • Rico January 23, 2017 (2:05 pm)

    Fantastic that they got one of the two at that incident.  However, I believe that most if not all residents still feel as if SPD does not actively try to reduce these types of crimes, how about using bait cars or some other proactive measure, because the status quo is unacceptable to most reasonable residents in Seattle.


    And of course the bigger issue is the lenient sentencing and lenient judges who really could make a difference in residents lives, but no such luck with such a forgiving justice system.

    • WSB January 23, 2017 (2:17 pm)

      And the state laws that stipulate sentences … as a new story that just erupted (working on it) reminds me.

  • Leslie January 23, 2017 (2:05 pm)

    Thank you WSB for calling out someone who replies with alternative facts by providing  THE facts. I wish all our media would do so. It is so hard these days to know what is really true and what is not. 

  • Chris Witwer January 23, 2017 (2:29 pm)

    Didn’t I read somewhere recently that SPD was actively following UPS trucks to catch parcel theives who were also following the trucks? I like that. Proactive. 

  • Seattlite January 23, 2017 (3:17 pm)

    My hat goes off to all law enforcement for the great jobs they do to protect their communities.  Anytime I hear unjust criticism of law enforcement, I often wonder how the average person would cope with all the dangers that confront law enforcement everyday on the street.

    • Erico January 23, 2017 (3:51 pm)

      What do you think when you hear just criticism?

  • Concernitas January 23, 2017 (7:26 pm)

    Why are Bellevue police in Seattle?? Explain please.

    • WSB January 23, 2017 (8:08 pm)

      The promised news release has not yet materialized. So I don’t know the specifics of this case.

    • Mike January 24, 2017 (8:42 am)

      Likely a case headed up by BPD and SPD gave the go ahead to act on it.  Departments crossing city lines usually is a long beaurocratic process, but results in more arrests and we need more of it.  Thank you BPD for taking out the trash!

  • vin_e_vin January 24, 2017 (2:12 pm)

     Were the persons arrested in the process of breaking into a home or is the 3200 block where the police pursuit ended and arrests made?

    • WSB January 24, 2017 (2:20 pm)

      It was not a pursuit, it was a warrant, so far as we know. Still awaiting those promised details from Bellevue. A neighbor indicated the suspects were believed to have some association with the house.

      • WSB January 24, 2017 (5:16 pm)

        P.S. We will finally get more on this tomorrow. Bellevue Police have announced a media briefing, with SPD’s chief there too, and we’ll be going.

        • Katy January 24, 2017 (9:12 pm)

          What time is the briefing/how can we watch or listen to it if we can’t attend?  Thanks!!

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