West Seattle Blog... » Crime http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:25:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Crime Watch followup: Christopher A. Brown pleads guilty in Roxbury rape/beating attack http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/crime-watch-followup-christopher-a-brown-pleads-guilty-in-roxbury-rapebeating-attack/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/crime-watch-followup-christopher-a-brown-pleads-guilty-in-roxbury-rapebeating-attack/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:28:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289752 Just discovered this in the court files:

The man charged in last March’s rape and beating of a 58-year-old woman near 22nd/Roxbury has pleaded guilty. The attack drew regional-media attention as deputies went door to door searching for clues to solve the exceptionally violent attack. 25-year-old Christopher Anthony Brown was found via a DNA match, arrested in Oklahoma in June, charged with rape and assault, and extradited. Investigators said Brown had been visiting this area when he attacked the victim as she waited for a bus – asking her for a cigarette, then offering her money for sex, and when she declined, dragging her into nearby shrubbery, choking her until she was nearly unconscious, beating her, raping her, robbing her, and threatening to kill her and her family if she reported it.

According to documents in the online files, prosecutors will recommend a sentence that would put Brown in prison for 171 months – just over 14 years. Brown pleaded guilty last week to one count each of rape, assault, and robbery. King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector is scheduled to sentence him on November 14th.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: ‘Wagner Prowler’; phone robbery; road rage http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-wagner-prowler-phone-robbery-road-rage/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-wagner-prowler-phone-robbery-road-rage/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:38:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289617 Three West Seattle Crime Watch reports tonight. First one is a reader report:

Saturday night our elderly neighbor had a prowler down on Beach Drive. The man, described as a white male, was in her backyard around 2 am. Her house guest was awakened by his VERY distinctive ring tone “The Charge of the Valkyries” ! I thought that was distinctive enough that someone may be able to identify the Wagner Prowler. It appears that he was trying to gain access to a neighbor’s yard..but took off when his cell phone went off.

We don’t have the block number. But keep an … ear out.

Next – two from the police-report files: Another smartphone stolen, and an odd cross-peninsula case of “road rage”:

The smartphone was taken in a strong-arm robbery reported last night. Just after 8 pm Tuesday, police were told, the victim got off a bus at Barton and 25th, with his Samsung Galaxy 2 smartphone in hand, when three people approached him and yanked it away, running north on 25th, He yelled and followed them. That drew bystanders including someone who saw the fleeing suspects and reported recognizing them as people with whom he had been “involved in a disturbance at the Westwood Village McDonald’s over some pumpkins” a short time earlier.

The robbers were described as two boys and a girl, all about 15, all Hispanic; the girl was “shorter, with dark hair, wearing a gray sweatshirt,” one boy was “skinny with a black Raiders hat and black clothing,” the other boy was “heavyset, wearing black clothing and a backpack.” The report says police found some surveillance video at a Westwood store that appears to show the three, one of whom was recognized as a prior shoplifting suspect there.

Also from the police files, we have details of an alleged road-rage incident that we’d heard a bit about on the scanner over the weekend.

Shortly after 1 am Saturday, police were called to the 10200 block of Maplewood Place SW (map). There they found “a blue BMW, parked in front of the residence (with) damage on every side … most of the windows being hit out … marks on the vehicle from what looked like metal pipes or some other blunt object.” They talked with the “four males who had been in the car,” all observed with “some bumps and scratches,” one with a bleeding head wound.

While medics were called, the victims told officers that it started when they had gone to Admiral Safeway around 11:40 pm Friday night and got into an argument with six people. After that, the victims threw eggs at the suspects’ vehicle and headed to Alki Beach. There, they saw the “suspect group parked with several other people”; the suspects yelled “Hey, that’s them,” and got into separate cars to pursue the blue BMW. The victims say they only noticed a “large truck” pursuing them and ramming the back of their car, chasing them along Beach Drive, to Fauntleroy, eventually to Maplewood (which as the map link above shows, dead-ends).

There, they say, the victims stayed in the car while the suspects got out, surrounded them, and started smashing the BMW and the people in it with blunt objects and their bare hands. Eventually, they say, the suspects stopped, got into their vehicles, and left. That’s when the victims called 911. The only description of the suspects is “three males (mixed races) and 3 Asian females, (in) a tan-colored sedan from the early 2000s.”

No arrests reported in any of the above cases.

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Found in West Seattle: Recognize these binders? Or this bicycle? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/found-in-west-seattle-recognize-these-binders-or-this-bicycle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/found-in-west-seattle-recognize-these-binders-or-this-bicycle/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:14:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289538 Two “found” reports:

WHOSE SPORTS-CARD BINDERS ARE THESE? Southwest Precinct Det. Brian Ballew shares the photo – he is hoping to find either the owner of those binders (and what’s in them) or at least someone who knows whose they might be. He confirms they’re the same ones mentioned at last week’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting. If you have any info (or if they’re yours!), please contact Det. Ballew directly at 206-233-7836.

Second, a reader report:

BICYCLE FOUND: As with stolen cars, we spotlight found/stolen bicycles when we get word of them. The photo is from Julie, who says someone left a red, men’s Excitor 21-speed road-type bike in her yard. She’s reported it to police but if you know whose it is, speak up so it can be returned sooner rather than later.

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West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Bryan Tiedeman sentenced http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-bryan-tiedeman-sentenced/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-bryan-tiedeman-sentenced/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:27:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289464 Another repeat-offender sentencing to report tonight: After several delays, 43-year-old Bryan Tiedeman has been sentenced in two cases involving stolen cars and drugs. The first time we reported on him, in December of last year, he and an accomplice had been charged in connection with four stolen cars, including the one they crashed on Highland Park Way, leading to their arrest. Tiedeman got out of jail in February, and was arrested again less than three months later in connection with a car stolen from SeaTac and found near his Fauntleroy home. After 17 days in jail in May, he was allowed into a work-release program. Then in June, after missing a hearing related to the 2013 case, he was arrested on warrants in Morgan Junction, at which time a reader sent us this photo:

He’s been in jail since then. In July, he pleaded guilty to charges in both cases, including three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, taking a motor vehicle without permission, methamphetamine possession, identity theft, unlawful gun possession. On Monday, King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle sentenced him on both sets of charges, with a variety of concurrent sentences that boil down to 51 months in prison – four years and three months, plus restitution to be determined later. At the time of his arrest last year, court documents said Tiedeman had been booked into the King County Jail 34 times in 20 years.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglar Jason Wyman pleads guilty http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-burglar-jason-wyman-pleads-guilty/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-burglar-jason-wyman-pleads-guilty/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:20:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289338 Three months after burglarizing three homes in one day, 33-year-old Jason Wyman has pleaded guilty. We reported on his spree back in July, when he was charged with breaking into two houses and a guest house within blocks of each other in Gatewood and Upper Fauntleroy; in two of those cases, people were home when he walked in through an open or unlocked door.

According to court documents from his plea hearing last Friday, Wyman is also suspected – but has not and will not be charged in – two other local incidents in July, a burglary at a business in the 7200 block of West Marginal Way SW and a theft at a business in the 7300 block of Delridge Way. Court documents list more than 40 property and drug crimes on his record, dating back to 1996, when he was 15. (The photo above is from 2002, which the state Department of Corrections says was the last time he was in their custody.) In the plea agreement, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office recommends that he get a prison-based Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative (DOSA) sentence of three years, which would include mandatory substance-abuse treatment, followed by three years of community custody (probation). He’s eligible for that, according to court documents, because these are non-violent offenses and he hasn’t had a DOSA sentence in at least 10 years (if ever). He is scheduled for sentencing on October 31st before King County Superior Court Judge Douglass North.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Dog park car prowl; burglary attempt http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-dog-park-car-prowl-burglary-attempt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-dog-park-car-prowl-burglary-attempt/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:56:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289221 Two reader reports – first, from Amy:

My car was broken into yesterday @ 400-445 pm while my boyfriend and I were with our dogs at the Westcrest dog park. We noticed a suspicious vehicle nearby. Watched them park. But leave briefly after. They were driving a Tahoe dark charcoal gray with 22′ inch rims or bigger with blacked-out windows. Passengers were white males. They broke my back-side passenger window and stole my purse. They got away with some jewelry + prescriptions + makeup + Jean purse.

Second, someone tried to break into Annalisa‘s house on Friday:

We had an attempted break in at our house on 20th and Trenton. They did not get into the house, but they did crack our window and lean the window screen nicely back up against the house … It occurred between 3:45 and 7:15. They tried to break into our baby’s room, which is all the more frightening.

Meantime, your next chance to bring neighborhood crime/safety concerns/questions to Seattle Police is this Tuesday, when the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets for the first time in a few months – 7 pm, Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster). No guest on the agenda, so the entire meeting is a chance to hear from and talk with police.

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Reader reports: Car prowl; plus, recognize either of these bikes? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/reader-reports-car-prowl-plus-recognize-either-of-these-bikes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/reader-reports-car-prowl-plus-recognize-either-of-these-bikes/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:24:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288924

CAR PROWL: Reported via text: Somebody smashed the window on that car along 36th SW between Raymond and Juneau. They also found evidence of a battery-theft attempt inside.

FOUND BICYCLE #1: Scott writes, “Anyone missing this bike? Showed up in my alley in Sunrise Heights”:

FOUND BICYCLE #2: Thanks to WSB Forums member Metrognome for pointing out this – a post about a bicycle found at Alki Elementary, and destined for city pickup.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Gunfire suspect out of jail; tonight’s helicopter http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-gunfire-suspect-out-of-jail-tonights-helicopter/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-gunfire-suspect-out-of-jail-tonights-helicopter/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:59:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288820 Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes:

GUNFIRE SUSPECT OUT OF JAIL: 30-year-old Daren Atwood, charged with a firearms offense after last Thursday’s gunfire incident near Fairmount Ravine, is out of jail after one day. We reported Tuesday night that he had been charged and booked; this afternoon, he appeared in Seattle Municipal Court. According to the online docket, the city asked for $50,000 bail; a judge let him out on personal recognizance. His next court appearance is set for November 13th.

ABOUT THE HELICOPTER: Just before 9 pm, a relatively brief burst of helicopter activity brought some questions from north and northeast West Seattle. Via Twitter, the Guardian One crew confirmed it was them, helping Seattle Police with “a disturbance call.” No further details, so if we find out anything in the morning, we’ll add it here.

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West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Fauntleroy search, explained http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-fauntleroy-search-explained/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-fauntleroy-search-explained/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:31:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288785 From the “sometimes followups take a few days” file:

(WSB photo from last Saturday)
Back on Saturday, police had a visible presence near the Fauntleroy ferry dock and Lincoln Park for a few hours. All they would say at the time was that they were “looking for a felony warrant suspect.” Finally we have tracked down the case number and report with details: A fare-enforcement officer at a bus stop by the ferry dock called police around 4 pm Saturday to say he had someone who he thought had a warrant out for his arrest (didn’t say why the enforcer thought that) but couldn’t hold the suspect.

Police arrived and found the man did indeed have a warrant out for a drug charge. They arrested him and handcuffed him; he had an empty syringe in his possession and told them he had used heroin that day. As they were putting him in a patrol car, he asked them to adjust his handcuffs, which were somewhat obstructed, the report says, by rubber bracelets and a watch. While officers were using a handcuff key to adjust the cuffs, the suspect bolted with such force “he broke the handcuff key in half.” They ran after him into the neighborhoods to the east, but lost him as he ran through yards. Containment was set up – the cars you might have seen blocking streets – and a K-9 officer was called; the dog sniffed the backpack left behind at the bus stop and followed a trail into Lincoln Park, but the suspect wasn’t found. Whenever he is found, along with the drug warrant, he is now wanted for escape.

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Update: About the helicopters near east West Seattle … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/why-helicopters-are-near-east-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/why-helicopters-are-near-east-west-seattle/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:46:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288695

(Added: Guardian One video from the arrest scene)
5:46 PM: We’re getting a few questions about helicopter activity near east West Seattle. KIRO TV says it’s a search by the 1st Avenue South Bridge related to a stolen car, and that three people have been detained. Aerial pictures show a King County Sheriff’s Office vehicle, so we’re trying to contact KCSO for more information.

6:34 PM: KCSO confirms 3 – all the suspects they had sought – are in custody.

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West Seattle scam alert: Fake ‘City Light’ callers, again http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scam-alert-fake-city-light-callers-again/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-scam-alert-fake-city-light-callers-again/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:03:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288690 Thanks to community advocate Tracy Dart for sharing the word that another local business (not hers) has been targeted by the bogus “City Light” telephone-call scam. We’ve reported on versions of this scam at least four times in the past year, most recently here. Bottom line, whether you’re a business or a residence, if you get a phone call from someone claiming you’re facing imminent disconnection, DON’T FALL FOR IT – if you aren’t sure of your billing status, hang up and call the utility directly yourself to check. (And call the police!)

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Stabbing; robbery; stolen stereo, signs http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-stabbing-robbery-stolen-stereo-signs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-stabbing-robbery-stolen-stereo-signs/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:04:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288658 Four West Seattle Crime Watch notes this morning:

FIGHT LEADS TO STABBING: Police say “a fight over a bag of pot” was behind a stabbing inside a house in the 8800 block of 36th SW early today. The suspect is 15; the victim, 26, and expected to survive the wound to the torso. Police say additional details on this might be available later in the day.

PHONE ROBBERY: We’re hoping to find out more about this too; it hasn’t shown up in online records yet, but we have a reader report, from Jennifer, of another street robbery over a smartphone, Monday morning around 8:20 am at Delridge/Croft. The victim was a teenage girl and the robber is reported to have flashed a gun.

ALKI CAR PROWL: Also a reader report, from Ryan: Sometime Sunday or Monday, a Honda Prelude was broken into in the 6100 block of SW Stevens, and $2500 worth of stereo equipment was stolen, described as “a Pioneer AVH P3200BT with two JBL 10″ 1000w subs and 2 Kenwood amps.”

YARD SIGNS STOLEN: Three weeks until Election Day, and we’ve had multiple reports of yard-sign theft. Yes, it’s illegal. Might just backfire; one victim writing in the WSB Forum says it’s made them mad enough to step up their donations for the cause espoused by the stolen signs.

P.S. Live or work in the Admiral area? Crime/safety is on the agenda, with guests from SPD, for tonight’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting – 7 pm, The Sanctuary at Admiral (42nd/Lander).

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West Seattle Crime Watch roundup: 35th SW, not shots; recognize this car?; recognize this bike?; robbery reports http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-roundup-35th-sw-not-shots-recognize-this-car-recognize-this-bike-robbery-reports/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-roundup-35th-sw-not-shots-recognize-this-car-recognize-this-bike-robbery-reports/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:38:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288624 Five notes in West Seattle Crime Watch – one from an incident that’s just wrapped up:

NO, IT WASN’T SHOTS: Police converged on an apartment building in the 7500 block of 35th SW (map) this past hour after a report of possible shots. They eventually determined it was fireworks, but not until some commotion involving people in a car and apartment, some of whom we’re told took off running. No injuries.

RECOGNIZE THIS CAR? Trina says this car has been near her parents’ house in the 5th/Kenyon vicinity for at least a week:

It’s been tagged by police already. But in case you know someone who is missing a car like this – she wanted to circulate the word, too.

RECOGNIZE THIS BIKE? Carla found a possibly stolen bicycle in an alley near Ercolini Park west of The Junction:

She describes it as a purple “Glacier Point” Magna 15-speed mountain bike, looks to be a kids’ bike or woman’s.”

Ahead – two strong-arm robberies, both on the same day last week:

STRONG-ARM ROBBERY #1: Police reports with narrative are now available online for two that happened last Tuesday (October 7th). One happened at the bus stop near Rite-Aid in Westwood Village (25th and Barton) at 4 pm that day but wasn’t reported until late that night. The 16-year-old victim says four people started beating him up and then made off with his backpack and smartphone. He told police he recognized one as a former schoolmate. In a twist of homophobic harassment, the report says, the victim’s mother showed him a text message sent from his stolen phone to hers a few minutes after the attack; it read “I’m gay, you know that.” The suspects were described only as male and Hispanic, except for the one the victim recognized, also described as 16 years old, medium build, 5’8″, short black hair, and a lip ring.

STRONG-ARM ROBBERY #2: The other robbery is reported to have happened that night around 10 pm in Solstice Park, in the 4400 block of SW Fontanelle (map). The victim called 911 to report it about an hour later. He said he had been drinking at an unidentified neighborhood establishment and was walking home when he saw a group of people in the park and thought it was a party, so he walked over to join them. One person asked him for a cigarette, and when he said he didn’t smoke, people in the group started hitting him. Eventually, they stole his wallet and smartphone, but not before noticing the phone had a security code, and demanding he reveal it; he refused. No description except that the victim told police the group included white and black people, male and female.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Fauntleroy search; Arbor Heights theft http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-fauntleroy-search-arbor-heights-theft/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-fauntleroy-search-arbor-heights-theft/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 03:12:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288479 Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes tonight:

FAUNTLEROY SEARCH: Many were wondering about the police presence in Fauntleroy, near Lincoln Park and the ferry dock, since late afternoon. Officers told us they were looking for a “felony warrant suspect” who had been seen in the area, near the bus stop by the dock. No new incident/crime, apparently, but this was someone they were looking for. We don’t know whether they’ve found that suspect yet, and we don’t have details of the warrant.

PACKAGE THEFT: Fumiko in Arbor Heights (near 35th/100th) says she’s been hit by package thieves for the third and final time, and she’s just not going to get home deliveries any more. Her iPhone 6, delivered by UPS at 3:55 pm, was gone when she got home Thursday night and: “This is the third time an UPS or USPS delivered package went missing from my property (front porch and side door).”

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen Acura, with new car seat inside http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-acura-new-car-seat/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-acura-new-car-seat/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:21:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288445 The car is 20 years old – the car seat inside, brand-new – in this West Seattle Crime Watch reader report from Tunisia:

Hi, I just wanted to let you know that last night my husband’s car was stolen. It’s a teal 94 Acura Integra hatchback with visible body damage. There’s dents in the back bumper and a debt on the hood. To make matters worse, our daughter’s brand new car seat was in there. We live on 40th Ave inbetween Oregon and Alaska. The same street where the Honda Fit was messed with :(

If you think you’ve seen it, call 911, as the SPD @getyourcarback stolen-car Twitter feed always advises.

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