New, slightly longer sentence for West Seattle-residing ex-deputy Darrion Holiwell in drugs, prostitution-assistance case

September 29, 2014 at 11:04 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

One more chapter closed today in the case of former King County sheriff’s deputy and West Seattle resident Darrion Holiwell. First, he was charged last June with drug sales, theft, domestic violence, and promoting prostitution. Then he pleaded guilty and was sentenced on August 4th to one year and one day behind bars. At the time, Holiwell – who ran a gun-related business on the side – said he was broke. But as our partners at The Seattle Times reported on August 25th, prosecutors found out otherwise, learning Holiwell was about to get a $181,000 retirement cashout, and filed to have his sentence thrown out on grounds of fraud. The motion was granted, and we just found court records showing Holiwell was re-sentenced today. Judge Bruce Heller gave him a five-month-longer prison sentence – 17 months in all, still short of the 20-month maximum. He also was ordered to pay $45,000 in restitution; no amount had been set when he was originally sentenced in early August. And his previous $1,000 fine for promoting prostitution was tripled to $3,000.

West Seattle Crime Watch reader report: Parking lot robbery attempt

September 26, 2014 at 10:58 pm | In Crime, High Point, West Seattle news | 57 Comments

One more West Seattle Crime Watch reader report tonight – an attempted strong-arm robbery. Jacqueline sent this note:

I wanted to let you know that I called the police and reported an incident that happened just before 8 pm this evening, 9/26/14. I stopped at the Walgreens at the corner of 35th & Morgan in West Seattle (High Point neighborhood), right across from the West Seattle Food Bank. I was stopping quickly to return a dvd rental at the Redbox. When I was getting out of my car, a man approached me and grabbed a hold of my car door handle and tried to grab my purse. I immediately screamed extremely loud, and since I still had my right side of my body partially inside of my SUV, I started beeping my horn and the man backed off, and I also swung my door open at him to try to get him away. I screamed so much and got everyone’s attention in the parking lot with the sound of my horn.

I was able to get back into my car and get the heck out of there. I pulled out onto 35th Ave SW and drove up a few blocks and called 911. Here is the description I gave the police:

Click to read the rest of West Seattle Crime Watch reader report: Parking lot robbery attempt…

West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Nicholas Broughton sentenced

September 26, 2014 at 8:56 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

(January 2014 photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
On a Friday night back in January, 33-year-old Nicholas Broughton drew the attention of thousands by driving that stolen SUV through a fence near a relative’s home west of The Junction, with the Guardian One helicopter overhead, tracking him through the LoJack device in the SUV. He was arrested, jailed, and charged, described by prosecutors as an “11-time felon.” In the ensuing months, Broughton got out on bond, then was charged with identity theft related to cards stolen in earlier car prowls.

Other developments since his January arrest include the Labor Day incident in which he and his girlfriend both bolted when pulled over by police, two days after he pleaded guilty to most of the aforementioned charges. The official record listed her as being in King County Superior Court today when Judge Catherine Shaffer sentenced Broughton for possession of a stolen vehicle, hit and run, and two counts of second-degree identity theft. The sentence, same as what prosecutors had recommended, totals (see the document here) a little over four years in prison, with credit for the two months Broughton has served since the January arrest. He will be on probation, aka “community custody,” for a year after he gets out.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Call this ‘the car-crime edition’

September 26, 2014 at 1:02 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Four reports in West Seattle Crime Watch today, all car-involved crimes, one way or another:

CAR STOLEN FROM GARAGE: Just in from Julie in Gatewood:

I wanted to report a dark-blue 2007 Audi A4 with tinted windows, stolen in the middle of the last night between 11:30 pm to 8:00 am. License plate AFL5094. The rims are scratched up from curbs, but other than that in really good shape. They broke into our garage & took the car. They also broke into our SUV on the street & stole all my kids’ movies.

Julie adds that the car theft followed the prowl – which yielded a garage-door opener for the thief/thieves to use. If you see her Audi, meantime, as the @getyourcarback tweet says, call 911.

Next – a car being sought in a hit-and-run:

KNOW WHOSE CAR THAT IS? Cathleen says they’re looking for a hit-run driver:

The driver, a white male in his late 20′s/early 30′s with dark hair and close-shaven beard, hit our daughter and her two passengers (Wednesday) morning in our car at approximately 7:42 a.m on their way to school at the top of SW City View Street as she was approaching Admiral Way. He verbally assaulted her, refused to exchange information and after adjusting the front bumper/hood of his car, drove away.

Two of our home security cameras captured both the accident, a Van Pool car passing the accident and the man pulling away a minute and a half later as he passed our driveway, unfortunately we cannot make out the plate and are hoping someone will recognize the vehicle, which has stickers in the rear window.

If you have a tip, please contact police directly and refer to incident 14-319713.

Ahead, followups on two alleged-DUI cases from this past week:

Click to read the rest of West Seattle Crime Watch: Call this ‘the car-crime edition’…

West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network, report #1: More fingerprinting kits, and other crime-fighting/-preventing plans

September 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | No Comments

In discussions following West Seattle Crime Watch coverage here, some have wondered why police officers don’t appear to seek fingerprint evidence at every scene. Last night, at the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting, Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske said one challenge is that they didn’t have access to working kits – so he’s fixing that. In our first of two reports on last night’s meeting, here are the new local stats and prevention plans he mentioned as the meeting began:

Click to read the rest of West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network, report #1: More fingerprinting kits, and other crime-fighting/-preventing plans…

West Seattle Crime Watch followup: High Point shooting suspect arrested

September 24, 2014 at 4:01 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 10 Comments

(Friday photo by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)
We’ve just confirmed the arrest of a suspect in last Friday’s High Point shooting. As reported here shortly after it happened, an 18-year-old was shot in the leg during what was reported as a fight involving about 20 people near 30th SW and High Point Drive. Police found a gun and multiple shell casings near and under a car in the area. After hearing from multiple sources about a possible arrest, we just confirmed with SPD spokesperson Det. Drew Fowler that a 17-year-old boy was arrested in West Seattle today in connection with the incident, was being questioned by Gang Unit detectives, and is being booked into the Youth Services Center for investigation of assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Update: Police search after stabbing on Harbor Island

September 23, 2014 at 11:39 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

11:39 AM: Big emergency response headed for 11th SW/SW Spokane vicinity, where police are looking for a suspect in a stabbing reported to have followed a “fight disturbance.” We don’t have a full description yet – except for “wearing an orange sweatshirt” and leaving the scene on foot, eastbound on Spokane, per scanner traffic. More to come.

11:56 AM: The scene is difficult to reach so far so this updated information is from SPD via Twitter: The stabbing happened along SW Spokane “near Terminal 18. Victim suffered minor cut to leg. Officers searching for Asian male, blue coat.”

12:02 PM: Since it’s a minor injury, SFD’s involvement has already closed out, and our ground crew isn’t seeing police at the original scene, either.

Followup: Discovery Shop in The Junction gets its new window

September 21, 2014 at 6:07 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Almost four weeks after someone smashed the big front window of the nonprofit Discovery Shop in The Junction, the plywood’s down and a new window’s up. The shop’s chair Winni Field says, “We’d like to extend a giant thank you to the West Seattle community for their support, both emotional and financial, while our store front was boarded up. We’d love the community to stop by and admire this window!” Volunteer Suzanne Rowe, who first told us about the window, adds, “Everyone affiliated with the shop has been very moved by the generosity of our West Seattle Community. Since the incident happened almost 4 weeks ago, people have been coming into the store with cash donations and/or merchandise to give us to resell. That support helped us to expedite the installation of the replacement window.” So far as we know, the vandalism case remains unsolved.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Seaview burglary loot to look out for; also, where else burglars have struck this week

September 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

The latest West Seattle Crime Watch reader report is from Gabrielle, whose Seaview home was broken into sometime in the past few days. When she sent a brief note, mentioning items of sentimental significance were missing, we asked if any additional details were available so people could keep an eye out – in the shrubbery, on CL, maybe even eventually in pawn shops. Here’s her report:

Our home was burglarized while my husband and I were away on a short vacation. It happened sometime between 11:30 am Thursday 9/18 and 5:30 pm on Saturday 9/20. We are located at 46th Ave SW and Brandon Street. [map] Many small items were stolen, while they seemed to leave anything of significant weight/couldn’t be carried by one person. Many jewelry items, small power tools, and an iPad were taken. Items of high sentimental value are as follows and should be looked out for at pawn shops:

-18k Gold Locket, 1/2″ diameter, Floral Engraving, Highly Sentimental
-Diamond Necklace Pendant & White Gold Chain, 1 karat total weight, 4 square diamonds set in white gold
-3/4 karat heart-shaped ruby solitaire on yellow gold band, Highly Sentimental
-Tiffany’s Stainless Steel Heart Tag Necklace, Custom Engraved G.D.S.
-Tiffany’s Stainless Steel Heart Tag Bracelet, Custom Engraved G.D.S.
-Handmade/Custom Letterpress Jewelry Wall Case, Highly Sentimental
-Nordstrom Necklace & Earring Set Round CZ with Pave Setting, sterling silver setting/chains

The burglars came though our front door, prying open a lock and damaging jamb. No other entry point was found. We are in the middle of a large-scale first floor renovation, which may have made it appear the home was vacant. Most of the items stolen were from 2nd floor. Seattle Police was called immediately, Case #14-315312.

This has been a terrible experience for us but we will try to remain positive. Most important thing we could tell our neighbors… Make sure your home is harder to break into… nothing to guarantee it won’t happen, but as many deterrents as possible can’t hurt.

SIDE NOTE: Checking the West Seattle Tweets by Beat (which includes dates, addresses, and incident types, no other details), here are the other burglaries reported in West Seattle earlier this past week (residential unless otherwise noted):

Click to read the rest of West Seattle Crime Watch: Seaview burglary loot to look out for; also, where else burglars have struck this week…

Citywide crime’s up, neighborhood stats still in the works, as Seattle Police work on neighborhood ‘micropolicing’ plans

September 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 7 Comments

When Mayor Murray previewed his public-safety budget last Friday, our coverage noted his mention of “more than 100 micropolicing plans” in progress. Tonight, Seattle Police mentioned those plans in the context of the newest crime statistics.

The precinct-by-precinct crime-stats breakouts for May, June, July, and August aren’t out yet, but the citywide numbers are, and SPD Blotter reports they show an overall increase, led by a 44 percent citywide jump in auto theft. The SPD Blotter update also says: “The Department is using the crime data as part of a new program it’s launched, called SeaStat, that’s aimed at quickly addressing crime hotspots based on analysis of crime data and community reports of incidents.” In addition to computer analysis, “SeaStat also takes community views into account through regular meetings where the department can hear directly from residents if its efforts are working. The community feedback, and analysis of crime data, will be used to adjust the precinct community policing plans now under development.”

In West Seattle, local precinct leadership has been consulting neighborhood groups while drafting those plans. Just two examples: The North Delridge Neighborhood Council is looking for feedback from its community on the latest revision of a proposed North Delridge plan, linked from the NDNC website; and if you are in the Alki/Beach Drive area, the Alki Community Council is looking for feedback on that area’s draft plan when it resumes monthly meetings tomorrow night (Thursday 9/18, 7 pm, Alki UCC parlor, 6112 SW Hinds).

Meantime, we’re awaiting the precinct-specific (West Seattle and South Park comprise the Southwest Precinct) crime-data updates and could hear tomorrow (per our Twitter exchange with SPD, below) when that’ll be available:

You can see the citywide updates on this page (which, at the bottom, links precinct-by-precinct data through April).

West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglar(s) take heirloom (and more); motorcycle stolen

September 17, 2014 at 12:10 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports. First, a burglary report from last night, at a home near 51st SW and Admiral Way. The report was forwarded on behalf of the burglary victim’s family:

Mom’s laptop and my DSLR camera and lenses are gone, they took some alcohol, looked for pills, smashed the sliding glass door. Found out they took an antique jewelry/music box from mom’s childhood that had sentimental value.

Also, Eric reports his motorcycle has been stolen:

Just wanted to advise WS residents that a black Harley Davidson motorcycle was stolen (license plate 8C4988, with whitewalls and black handlebars) from Link Apartments on 38th and Alaska. Sometime between Sept 6th and Sept 16th from the “secure” garage. If anyone sees it around, please call police.

Next crime-prevention-related meeting in West Seattle is the WS Block Watch Captains’ Network, Tuesday (September 23rd), 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct, including updates from SPD. You don’t have to be a BW captain to attend – all welcome.

About that big police response on Puget Ridge: Two, described as evicted tenants, arrested

September 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm | In Crime, Puget Ridge, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

A big police response on Puget Ridge late last night had a lot of people wondering what was going on; we’ve just obtained the police report with details. A man and woman were arrested for investigation of burglary at a house in the 5200 block of 18th SW (map) where, the report says, they used to live. The landlord’s son told police the former tenants were evicted two weeks ago and did not have permission to be in the house.

Police were called around 11 pm when the landlord found out the in-house security system had detected intruders. Its live video feed was obstructed (later, police discovered the camera on the floor), but two voices were heard. Both alleged intruders were inside when police arrived and came out when ordered to. They told police they had gone back into the house – which they claimed was unlocked – looking for mail they were expecting, though, when asked by an officer where the mail should have been, they said it would have been in the mailbox across the street from the house. Meantime, police discovered one of the suspects was the subject of two arrest warrants, for theft and assault, and they found drug paraphernalia in the house and in possession of one suspect, so the man and woman were arrested and booked into the King County Jail.

West Seattle Crime Watch followups: 2 cars found, 1 gone

September 15, 2014 at 9:07 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

First followup: Remember the car stolen Saturday with a bridesmaid’s dress inside, the wedding hours away? WSB’er Patricia spotted it today. We’re not certain whether it was her tip or someone else’s that led police to it, but TW sent this followup:

My girlfriend’s car was found today on 17th and Elmgrove; everything inside was gone, including the bridesmaid’s dress and the car battery, but it’s otherwise in drivable condition, so that’s been a big relief. (And a replacement dress was found for the wedding, which went fine). We appreciate WSB and all its readers for keeping an eye out, and the SPD for being so helpful. Thanks!

Second: Chuck‘s ’94 Civic, stolen from 18th/Barton, also has been found – almost two weeks after it was reported here.

Third: A new stolen car to watch for. It’s a low blow from the criminal(s) who already hit David‘s house once (the burglary mentioned in last night’s Crime Watch):

My car was stolen in the early hours of this morning, Sep 15, from the corner of Hinds and Belvidere. Bright red 2002 Mazda Protégé 5 wagon. 858ZDC plates. Our home nearby was burglarized Sunday evening and this morning saw that the car was gone (extra keys stolen from the house).

If you see David’s car, call 911.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Arrest on the water; missing fire pit; burglary

September 14, 2014 at 11:34 pm | In Crime, Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

West Seattle Crime Watch notes:

TROUBLE AT SEA: Thanks to Wendy (who sent that photo), Erin, and Lynn for mentioning police activity on the water and on land off the Don Armeni/Anchor (Luna) Park area around sunset tonight. After hearing via the scanner that police were going to tow a boat downtown, we headed over in hopes of asking shoreside officers what was going on, but we just missed them. Via e-mail, we did get some information from Southwest Precinct Lt. Paul Leung, who says it involved “a disturbance between a male and a female. Officers boarded the boat. The female retracted her story but the male was arrested for several outstanding DV [domestic violence] warrants.”

MISSING FIRE PIT: James, near Lincoln Park, says the fire pit used for neighborhood gatherings all summer is suddenly missing.

(Saturday), my family and I went to Alki for lunch and then ran some errands. We’re sure the fire pit was out front when we left, but now it’s not. It was close to the street, but didn’t have a ‘Free’ sign or anything on it. I’d like to see if a nearby neighbor picked it up wondering if it was indeed abandoned. We live on a block with very light traffic (46th Ave SW between Kenyon & Austin) and don’t see many cars that don’t live close. It disappeared between noon and 4:30 on Saturday (yesterday).

The fire pit is black iron. The base is up on legs, and the fire is in a tray surrounded by an iron lattice. It’s probably 3 feet long on its longer side, and 2 feet wide. Can you see if anyone in the neighborhood took it thinking we were giving it away? No harm no foul if we get it back.

It has been reported to police just in case it WASN’T a mistake.

ADDED 1 AM – SUNDAY BURGLARY: Just missed a phone call from someone who reported being burglarized in Belvidere Sunday, coming home to find their home on 37th SW “trashed,” including jewelry left behind that didn’t belong to them.

P.S. No West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting this month, but WSCPC says it will reconvene in October (10/21, 7 pm, at the precinct).

West Seattle Crime Watch: Police investigate Junction vandalism

September 14, 2014 at 12:59 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

12:59 AM: Police are in The Junction right now after a brazen act of vandalism – a witness tells us someone walking by smashed a window at Talarico’s. No reports of injuries, so far. Radio communication says staff ran after the vandal to try to catch him. We’re hearing about a possible suspect stopped on the west side of The Junction but not sure yet if it’s the same incident. You’ll recall that other business windows have been smashed in the area recently, most notably the nonprofit Discovery Shop, so that potentially raised the profile on this call. We’ll update with whatever else we find out.

1:11 AM: Added photos from WSB’s Katie Meyer, who was told at the scene by a staffer that the vandalism apparently resulted from a disgruntled patron so upset at being “cut off” that he picked up a nearby “no parking” sign and smashed it against the window. The staffer also confirmed someone was in custody.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Bridesmaid dress stolen – with car

September 13, 2014 at 10:28 am | In Crime, Highland Park, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Just out of the WSB inbox, from TW:

My girlfriend’s car, a red 1995 Subaru station wagon license plate 782 ZDF, was stolen sometime Fri night/Sat morning outside my apartment a block off of Westcrest Park in the Highland Park neighborhood. If anyone sees it, please call the Seattle Police. It’s bad timing; she’s part of a friend’s wedding this evening and her bridesmaid’s dress was in the car. If any of the readers of the West Seattle Blog can spot it, that would be a lifesaver. Thanks!

Call 911 if you see this or any other stolen vehicle, police say.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Thief plucks Junction flower baskets

September 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 29 Comments

The big beautiful flower baskets in The Junction are eye-catching – and thief-attracting. This Crime Watch reader report is from West Seattle Junction Association director Susan Melrose:

The West Seattle Junction Association is asking our community to help with neighborhood watch.

Each year our organization purchases and maintains almost 100 lovely flower baskets to bring beauty to our business district. Our vendor is a West Seattle company who creates unique arrangements and cares for them throughout the season. Taking place on multiple occasions during the last month, we’ve had a total of six of our baskets stolen. The most recent theft was last week, and we have cause to believe that all the baskets were taken by the same person. Since the stolen flower baskets are valued over $1000, an investigation has been opened and SPD is taking leads.

If you see, or have seen, a flower basket that you think may have been taken from The Junction, please report to our office and SPD will follow up. Please consider that these are very large flower baskets. They are not typically seen in residential areas and would probably stand out if displayed. It is also possible that the thief has been trying to sell them. Any information can be shared with Junction Association Director Susan Melrose at 206-935-0904 or Thank you.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Another ‘flasher’ incident

September 8, 2014 at 1:12 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 36 Comments

Police are investigating a new report of a man exposing himself outside a local school. This one was reported within the past hour near Holy Rosary School; police arrived quickly and were told that a child said a man described only as white, heavyset, and in his 30s “exposed himself to kids on the playground behind the school.” He was said to have been leaning against a vehicle described as a silver minivan. No suspects found yet, according to our followup conversation with SPD spokesperson Det. Drew Fowler. Holy Rosary already has sent an alert to parents; three have forwarded it to us (thank you):

Students reported that a man was seen in a parked silver vehicle (maybe a van). He stepped out and did not have any clothing on the bottom part of his body. He was not on our property. He was near the sidewalk by the big toy—— outside the fence. The police were immediately notified. Three squad cars and three other officers were here within six minutes of the report. Staff have circled the area a number of times. Staff will be out at the end of school, patrolling the area.

We did ask police, and so far they don’t have any further descriptive details such as hair or clothing color/style.

(Side note: No one’s ever been arrested in the two incidents there last September.)

West Seattle Crime Watch update: Stolen car, needed for volunteer work, found!

September 8, 2014 at 11:52 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

ORIGINAL MONDAY REPORT: Another stolen car to watch for – this report arrived this morning from Patricia:

I would like to report that my car, a red Subaru station wagon plate number ARD 1430, was stolen sometime early Friday morning, September 5th. If anyone sees it, please call Seattle Police with incident number 14-296238. I was told that Subaru steals have been on the rise lately. I hope to find my car as I do a lot of volunteer work that requires me to haul things around. Police said it will probably be abandoned somewhere in West Seattle the next two weeks. It is red, with racing rims on it and might still have a cross hanging from the mirror. Thanks, West Seattle Blog, I have often seen cars returned through the good hearts and eagle eyes of the people who read this.

Indeed, thanks to everyone who keeps an eye out – one of the recent “reunions,” for example, was a car mentioned here and spotted by a reader in an odd spot in a large parking lot. Patricia’s car was taken from the 7900 block of 17th SW (map).


My red Subaru that was stolen and reported on the blog yesterday was found. An hour and 1/2 after it was reported on the blog it was dropped off at a business in White Center. We tracked the time their truck vacated the spot and when they returned and the car was there. Could they have seen it on the blog? I like to think so; you and the people of West Seattle are making a difference in the amount of cars being returned.

Huskies win, fan loses … banner, to theft. Seen it?

September 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

That’s Athena and her UW Huskies fan banner. Brand new … and, now, stolen from her yard in the 5900 block of Beach Drive SW (map). “If anyone sees it, I would appreciate getting it back. … It’s about 8.5 ft tall and slender, looks exactly like this, still brand new.” Let police know if you have an idea about what happened to it.

Junction bike theft; Genesee phone grab; Alki tire slash: Latest reader reports

September 6, 2014 at 1:03 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

Three more incidents your neighbors want you to know about – first, Bryan is hoping you might have seen his bike, stolen while he was in a Junction store for a few minutes:

I am sad to say my beloved Psy-Clo was stolen (Friday) around 4:00 pm from the bike rack (locked) in front of the True Value at Edmunds and 44th Ave, while I was in the store for about 5 minutes.

Psy-Clo was a 2014 Cannondale CAAD-X, mariner blue with red and blue accents, black taped road bars, black ESA cranks (with some distinctive worn paint and scratches from when the crank fell off!), black clip in pedals, Cygolite Metro USB chargeable light (and Hotshot rear), a black rear rack, Novara under seat bag with red tool bag and orange seat cover, a black Brooks leather seat, Promax disc brakes (front adjuster is broken/loose), an RSVP top tube blue frame bag, a silver/black Zefal frame bike pump (strapped to the underside of the top tube), two black bottle holders with one white insulated Polar water bottle, and Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tires – plus a Seahawks car flag mounted under the rear seat!

I did notice an older gentleman with grayish hair and mustache sitting in a pickup truck (I think) parked along 44th right by the bike rack, who in retrospect appeared to be taking in interest in my bicycle – I figured he was just a Hawks fan! Anyway, I (have filed a police report) and have some hope the True Value surveillance camera could have some information, but would appreciate any information any passerbys/witnesses (including the C-Line bus that went by) might have.

Ahead – another “iPhone theft from outside the window” case, plus a tire slash that followed apparent “parking rage”:

Click to read the rest of Junction bike theft; Genesee phone grab; Alki tire slash: Latest reader reports…

Followup: Surveillance video from South Delridge shooting/robbery

September 5, 2014 at 4:05 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 11 Comments

Seattle Police have just gone public with that video from this morning’s shooting/robbery outside the South Delridge 7-11 (WSB early-morning coverage here). And they have new information. From the accompanying SPD Blotter post:

SPD Robbery detectives collected video surveillance from the scene of this morning’s shooting and are now working to identify a group of suspects.

In the video, the group of suspects can be seen circling through the parking lot of a West Seattle 7-11 in a gray or silver Buick early this morning, before they climb out of their car and confront several men and women standing outside the store.

During the confrontation, one of the suspects grabbed a man’s phone and demanded his watch before the suspects returned to their Buick.

As the group of suspects began to drive away, one of the victims lobbed something at the suspects’ car. The driver of the Buick then fired several shots out a car window — striking one man in the buttocks and a woman in both her legs — and sped away from the scene.

Witnesses described the gunman as a white male in his mid 20s, possibly with blonde hair, and said he was accompanied by three black males in their 20s and 30s.

If you recognize the suspects in the video or know anything about this case, please call the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Alki vehicle thefts, car prowl reported

September 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Katy reports her street, 58th SW near Alki’s Whale Tail Park, has been hit hard by vehicle-related crime. Her 4-door Ford F250 was stolen early Thursday – beige, black hard cover for its bed, chrome wheels and rails, red Fx4 sticker on back 3/4 panel, WA plate B59699Y – call 911 if you have seen it. She adds, “In addition, our next-door neighbor got his work truck broken into last week, cleaned him out…and someone at the end of the block had their Lexus stolen.” We don’t have additional details on the latter theft so far but will add them if we find them; Katy’s truck is posted on SPD’s @getyourcarback feed.

Update: 2 people hurt in South Delridge shooting outside 7-11

September 5, 2014 at 4:38 am | In Crime, Delridge, West Seattle news | 30 Comments

(Photo added: South Delridge 7-11, at which police say this started)
4:38 AM: Police and fire have responded to the 9000 block of 20th SW for an assault-with-weapons call with two victims. Per emergency radio, both are in their 20s and both have gunshot wounds – one to the leg, one with a “grazing wound” behind her knees. The gunfire is believed to have come from someone in a car. More to come.

4:50 AM: According to radio communications, the person shot in the leg is a 29-year-old man who will be transported by SFD medic unit; the person with a grazing wound to her legs is an 18-year-old woman who’ll go to the hospital via private ambulance. The latest description of the vehicle is “gold,” with the shots believed to have been fired by a “white male,” with “three black males” also in the car.

Our crew at the scene is seeing one person being treated at the Montridge Arms Apartments (photo added above); police also are at the nearby 7-11.

4:55 AM: New possible description of the vehicle: Gray Taurus; police are still sorting it out.

5:01 AM: From our crew at the scene: Police say this might have started as a person-to-person theft at the 7-11, between the victims and the people in the car. The victims made it across the street to the apartment building under their own power. This is not affecting traffic on Delridge Way.

5:14 AM: More from what police said at the scene: They’re not certain whether the “grazing” injury suffered by the female victim were from bullets or “shrapnel.” Again, neither victim has a life-threatening injury. No one in custody so far. People in the area say they thought they heard five shots. Police are still talking to witnesses to sort things out, including the vehicle/suspect descriptions.

6:14 AM UPDATE: Police have just published a summary on SPD Blotter; they now confirm the man was shot, the woman hurt by “shrapnel.” The item at issue in the “theft” they told us about is now reported to have been a cell phone. The conflicting vehicle descriptions also are mentioned – either gold Buick or gray Taurus.

9 AM NOTE: We went by in the 7 am hour and noted that Robbery Unit detectives had joined other officers on scene, still behind the yellow tape.

4 reader reports: Stolen motorcycle; found bicycles; car prowl

September 4, 2014 at 10:06 am | In Crime, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 6 Comments

Four reader reports to share – we’re not calling them all Crime Watch because the bicycles might not be stolen, but often when found in circumstances like these, they are. First, have you seen Nyle‘s stolen motorcycle?

My motorcycle was stolen out of apartment parking garage on upper Avalon Way between midnight and 8am on 9/3/14. 1999 Red Honda CBR 600 F4. Plate #690065. Police called and report filed. Keep your eyes open!

FOUND BICYCLE #1: Christine and Jeff both sent photos and word of this bicycle that’s been up against a signpost in Morgan Junction for a few days:

Christine described it as “a pink and purple Magna Misty bike with a few iridescent streamers on the handlebars.”

FOUND BICYCLE #2: Dana found this one, described as a purple girl’s Specialized Hotrock:

We’ve advised the bicycles’ finders to report them to police, but do comment if you know whose they are.

CAR PROWL: From Sarah:

My car was broken into again some time between 11:30 pm 9/2 and when I went out again this afternoon 12:30 pm 9/3. Police report has been filed, but I want to warn neighbors. My car was locked up tight abd all doors were unlocked, including the hatch, which requires a key, so I think they may have one of the Subaru dummy keys. It was an older Subaru Legacy Wagon (1992) and the only thing I noticed missing besides the cell phone charger was some loose change. This happened on the 7700 block of 31st Ave SW.

Update: 2 ‘ assault with weapons’ calls – man shot on 24th, 3 arrested after stabbing at Cottage Grove Commons

September 3, 2014 at 11:56 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 35 Comments

FIRST REPORT, 11:56 PM: Two calls initially dispatched as “assault with weapons” – we’re en route to both.

12:08 AM UPDATE, 7500 BLOCK 24TH: This is barely a block from the precinct, where, police tell us, they heard a shot and headed this way to investigate. Someone shot himself in the foot and is described by police as “not cooperative.”

We’re off to Cottage Grove Commons next.

12:37 AM UPDATE, 5444 DELRIDGE WAY SW: Police are inside the building investigating; all we have right now is word that someone was stabbed, and at least one person is in custody. We might not be able to find out more until later this morning.

10:40 AM UPDATE: We have just obtained the police report for the Cottage Grove Commons incident, as noted in comments, and will add a summary here shortly. The 24th SW shooting is one of two incidents (the other wasn’t in West Seattle) in this SPD Blotter post just published. It doesn’t mention what we were told at the scene – that it was believed to be self-inflicted – but does say the victim is 37 and that the injury was actually to the ankle.

11:24 AM UPDATE: Adding the summary of the aforementioned police report on the 5444 Delridge Way stabbing – click ahead if you’re reading from the main page:
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West Seattle Crime Watch: Another stolen car to watch for

September 3, 2014 at 9:13 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Another stolen car to watch for: Chuck says his car, a teal ’94 Honda Civic two-door, California plate 3GAE402, was stolen over the weekend near 18th SW/Barton (one of several recent auto thefts in the area, he says). It’s been reported to police – who tweeted it via @getyourcarback. Call 911 with any info.

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