READER REPORTS: Luna Park police response; apartment encounter; dumped stroller

Three reader reports:


(Photo added, from KD – bus windows smashed during rampage)

POLICE RESPONSE IN LUNA PARK BUSINESS DISTRICT: Multiple reports about a naked man behaving bizarrely in the Luna Park business district – one person said he was jumping on cars, another said he was running around in the veterinary-clinic area. Police eventually got him under control outside the clinic, as shown in one photo sent to us (we can’t publish it without blurring, which we can’t do right now). We don’t know yet what happened from there; SFD was called for an “aid response” (low-level medical) but the call has closed. (Added 2:36 pm – photo sent by KD; see comments on damage done to vehicles including a bus)

SUSPICIOUS PERSON SOUTH OF THE JUNCTION: From a resident:

I just had a run-in at my apartment building around 1130. As I was leaving my apartment buildings’s back door a woman tried to push her way in, claiming her cousin lived here. She couldn’t remember her cousins last name or apartment and the first name she gave was not the name of anyone living in our small building. She said her phone was dead and couldn’t remember her cousin’s number. I let my neighbors and landlord know but she may still be around the neighborhood trying this at another building. She was African American, youngish (maybe 30s?) and dressed well. She was carrying an overnight bag and a cosmetic bag. Her hair was long and pulled back.

DUMPED STROLLER: Ray sent this photo of a stroller ditched between North Admiral and Alki – stolen, maybe?

If it’s yours, let us know and we’ll get you the location information.

23 Replies to "READER REPORTS: Luna Park police response; apartment encounter; dumped stroller"

  • Just Wondering July 8, 2017 (1:30 pm)

    Luna Park Encounter

    AM or PM ?

    • WSB July 8, 2017 (2:09 pm)

      I don’t know what time it began. The aid response was dispatched at noon.

  • Ashley July 8, 2017 (1:33 pm)

    Pretty sure I saw four teenagers pushing each other around in that stroller last night on Alki around 6pm. 

  • KU July 8, 2017 (1:43 pm)

    He hit our car with a hammer.  Police eventually subdued him with a taser.

    • KD July 8, 2017 (2:59 pm)

      Oh, I am so sorry KU, I did not know even more people and damage was involved! Hope you are not too frightened. If you report it to insurance, that will be a claim story they don’t get too often! The tasing explains the strange red marks up and down his nakedness, I thought they were self inflicted wounds prior to his rampage. Hope you’ll be okay.

  • KD July 8, 2017 (2:13 pm)

    I was there at Ola Salon as he went on his rampage (they locked the doors to protect us customers) Totally naked, except his hammer, went into the storage place (I think did damage there?) went to the counter and tried or did jump the counter of the Vetinary Animal Hospital at a staff person, the most damage done to the C-line Metro bus, he ran into the street and smashed both front windshields and the drivers window! I heard the police tell the Metro Supervisor they dealt with the same guy last week and they way things are, will probably have to deal with him in the future also. I do not know if he was mental, drugs or both, but a number of police had to wrestle him to the pavement. (Not much to hold onto!) He caused quite a lot of a one man rampage and fright for numerous businesses and a Metro driver and passengers! The bus could not continue due to all the damage.

    • WSB July 8, 2017 (2:35 pm)

      Thank you for the update. I intended to add, strange as it sounds, we’ve heard multiple dispatches in the past week (not just West Seattle) of “naked person on rampage,” so maybe one was the same person … we’ll be requesting the report on Monday.

      • AJP July 8, 2017 (3:30 pm)

        Well this week is the full moon. Pun sort of intended. ;)

  • nancy July 8, 2017 (2:48 pm)

    I was on  C-Line from downtown just after this one. The affected bus went on to 35th & Avalon where everyone got off and transferred to our bus. Sad situation.

  • Nathan July 8, 2017 (2:50 pm)

    I drove by him when he was near the Rapid Ride stop. He was sitting on the ground next to the crosswalk across the road and was yelling then got up and crossed the street and started walking down towards Luna Park. The cars were all stopped so we were just sitting there in traffic. He probably passed within a few feet of me, looked at me and then kept going down the road. Kinda freaky knowing he ended up needing a taser to subdue him. This was right at about noon. I could tell multiple people standing on the sidewalk were calling the police.

  • Jeannie July 8, 2017 (4:12 pm)

    The guy definitely sounds mentally ill. Is he being evaluated for mental illness, and, hopefully, treated?

  • Sheltska July 8, 2017 (4:41 pm)

    Visiting Seattle and saw the holdup of traffic after he hit a car with his hammer.  He began chasing after our car as we made a U-turn to avoid him. As we were calling 911, he began running up the hill and hopped into the open cab of a pick up truck until it came to a stop. Shocking and hopeful everyone is ok. 

    • CMA July 8, 2017 (6:58 pm)

      Yeah, he rode part way up the hill in that truck bed. He was jumping around and doing weird gymnastics in the back while the truck was going at least 30mph. I’m glad that wasn’t me driving…However before that, he did run in front of my car and try to smash the driver’s side window, thankfully to no avail. I didn’t realize it was a hammer at the time. 

      • Charles Elizondo July 9, 2017 (9:57 am)

        I was the one driving the land scape truck, I saw him naked in the street and rolled down my window so that maybe I could talk him onto the sidewalk. (I did not see the hammer yet) he ran towards my window than I saw the hammer and rolled it back up as quickly as possible as I was sure he may hit me with the hammer. I got the window rolled up just in time for him to hit it with the hammer, it didn’t break so I tried to just drive away. He grabbed onto the tail gate as I was moving and pulled himself in. I didn’t stop because as far as I was concerned I caught him and was going to take him to the police station if possible. I called the police mall the while he was using the ladder rack as a jungle gym. I was worried he was going to try to smash the back window out and lol me but he got distracted I guess. It took him a while to realize he was caught and he started to climb out, I didn’t want to hurt him so I slowed down and he jumped out before I even stopped and started running straight back to the spot I found him. The people’s house that I stopped in front of saw and were in shock. He didn’t break anything on the truck but I think it’s because he was probably having the time of his life doing gymnastics in the air, on drugs, naked, flying through west Seattle at 30 mph. I must say it was easily the most interesting part of my day. Glad the cops got him though.

  • NemoBeansMom July 8, 2017 (6:03 pm)

    GEEZ I hope everyone at the Pet Care Vet is OK, they’re our cats Vet and are the best sweetest people in the world!

  • Babs July 8, 2017 (7:17 pm)

    We saw him just a bit before noon on Avalon down by Luna Cafe.  Stark naked and waving a hammer around, my husband saw him hop into the back of a random truck (I think.)  It was really a weird situation.

  • Nathan July 8, 2017 (8:32 pm)

    I wonder if This is related. 

  • Me July 8, 2017 (10:59 pm)

    Does anyone have a description of this man in Luna Park???? 

  • B.W. July 8, 2017 (11:00 pm)

    Typical day in Seattle.

  • KD July 8, 2017 (11:23 pm)

    Skinny, shaved head (couldn’t tell if hair color had been brown or black) Caucasian man (I think) WSB has a photo they were going to try to blur(?)

  • Wheat July 9, 2017 (12:36 am)

    The subject was NOT tased. 

  • D. M. Klotz July 9, 2017 (1:50 am)

    Re the naked man on rampage on Avalon Way 7/8/2017, my observation around 11:50-55 a.m. … While seated near the front of metro bus #2I northbound on Avalon Way, a short distance from Spokane Street, the bus stopped, and shortly afterwards I saw a thinly built shaven-headed naked white man running towards the front of the bus, jumping onto the bus-front bicycle carrier rack, and striking the bus windshield with a hand-held dark-colored hard object, which failed to damage the window. I saw the man jump back down and rush towards other cars, striking at car windows near the drivers, and then jumping into the open back of a southbound white pickup truck which moved out of my view as the bus started northward. Later in the day I called the police and was told that many similar reports had been received and that the man had been apprehended.

  • lk July 10, 2017 (8:40 pm)

    Mr. Elizondo–thank you for your kindness.  This could have ended very differently, as recent incidents have shown.

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