West Seattle Blog... » Crime http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 28 May 2015 06:49:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car, stolen scooter found in Morgan Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-car-stolen-scooter-found-in-morgan-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-car-stolen-scooter-found-in-morgan-junction/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 00:50:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311600 Thanks for the tips about a heavy police presence in Morgan Junction.

When we arrived, we discovered it was actually related to two incidents – both involving stolen vehicles. One, a car stolen from Federal Way, was found in the southeast end of the West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) parking lot, off 42nd SW south of SW Morgan; police told us they were investigating the possibility it had been linked to mail-theft incidents.

Not even half a block south on 42nd, a stolen motor scooter was found, and one person was taken into custody. Both discoveries came from tips, we were told.

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West Seattle Crime Watch update: Police search at Lincoln Park after woman reports man grabbed her http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-at-lincoln-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-at-lincoln-park/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 03:15:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311490 (UPDATED WEDNESDAY MORNING with police report details)

8:15 PM: If you’re noticing Seattle Police heading toward/into Lincoln Park, here’s what’s happening, according to what we’ve heard via scanner so far: Someone called 911 to report a man tried to grab her in the park. The description made public so far is a “Hispanic male, about 18 … white T-shirt, blue gym shorts.” (added) Also: “Thin, about 5’6″, no facial hair.” If you saw anything or have any information, call 911.

8:59 PM: A parkgoer says in comments that the victim told her it happened “on the trail going up from the beach near the pool.”

ADDED 9:34 AM WEDNESDAY: Just obtained from SPD, the narrative from the report, with the victim’s name redacted by SPD (replaced by us with “she” or “her” or “the victim”):

At 2017 hours I responded to a report of an assault with a sexual motive at … Lincoln Park. (The victim) had called 911 to report that an unknown male had grabbed her “butt” while she was walking through the park.

I made contact with (her) on the western side of the park which runs along the Puget Sound. The park has two levels. The lower western side of the park runs along the Puget Sound; the higher eastern side of the park is accessible through several sets of trails and staircases along the interior of the park.

(She) said that she comes to the park every other day to exercise. Tonight,(she) entered the park near the southernmost parking lot. She began running and walking along the trails on the higher, eastern side of the park. (She) said that she had been alternating between running and walking along the trail near the ridge that separates the lower half of the park from the upper.

While (she) was walking along the trail an unknown male approached her from behind and grabbed her “butt” with his right hand. (She) said that she had never seen the male before today. She described the male as approximately 18 years old, Hispanic or possibly Pacific Islander. She said that he was wearing a white t-shirt and dark gym shorts. (She) said the suspect was thin, around 5’6″ in height. He did not have any facial hair that she could recall.

After the suspect grabbed her butt, (she) recoiled away from him. (She) said the suspect then apologized, saying something like, “Sorry, I’ve only got a month to live, I just had to do that”. (She) felt that the suspect did not understand what he did was wrong. She said that the suspect did not leave the area when she asked him what he was doing. After (she) told the suspect that she was going to call the police, he reiterated his apology.

(She) then tried to get a passerby to lend her a cell phone. She stopped a couple who was walking through the area and asked to borrow their phone to call 911. The couple refused and told (her) that she should just leave the area, and that she should not travel alone. (She) said that during this time the suspect left the area but she did not see which direction he went. (She) then walked down the hill into the lower section of the park. She was able to find someone who let her use her cell phone to call 911.

(She) was not certain but said that she might have seen the suspect in the park before he assaulted her. (The victim) believed that he might have been sitting on a bench along the path. (She) believed that he may have been following her through the park but she was not certain.

Multiple units responded to the park and searched the area in vehicles and on foot. King County Metro was notified with a description of the suspect but no one was located. Because (she) did not see the suspect enter or exit the park, his mode of transportation was not known. I provided (her) with an SPD business card with my name, serial number, and this incident number. I asked her to contact the department if she recalled any other details about the incident. I also provided (her) with a victim’s brochure and talked with her about counseling services available.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Prowler alert; recognize this shoplifter? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-prowler-alert-recognize-this-shoplifter/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-prowler-alert-recognize-this-shoplifter/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 23:02:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311361 Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports to share today:


Just wanted to get the word out that sometime overnight (Saturday night into Sunday morning) someone entered our backyard through our alley gate and looked through our garden shed. They also tried to get into the garage. Nothing was taken, but it’s a little unnerving that someone was checking it out. They had removed our floodlight from the outside of the garage (probably fearing it would come on when they went in). They left lots of footprints in the soft dirt in our back yard. We live in the 2100 block of 47th Ave. SW.

On the SPD incident-report map, the only other burglary/attempted-burglary report in West Seattle so far in the past 24 hours was in the 5100 block

RECOGNIZE THIS SHOPLIFTER? A man was caught on video stealing at The Beer Junction and they asked if we’d share photos. He spent six minutes in the store on Thursday, May 14th, asking about a 750-milliliter bottle of Rogue Farms Savior, and eventually was caught on camera stuffing it in his pocket

(We don’t publish photos of not-charged suspects in circumstances like this unless photos/video show them clearly committing the crime; we’ve seen the store surveillance camera video of that actually happening, in this case, but are not publishing it because most of the frame shows people who weren’t involved.) Another image caught his face:

While that’s not a massive amount of shoplifting, TBJ proprietor Morgan Herzog notes, “We are hoping there’s someone out there that recognizes this individual. Shoplifting is costly for all of us, especially small business owners like ourselves. West Seattle is a wonderful place to live and work, and except in a very rare case like this, we are super lucky to have great customers who love beer as much as we do!” If you have any idea who the thief is, please contact Seattle Police and refer to incident number 15-164144.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Have you seen this scooter? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-have-you-seen-this-scooter/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-have-you-seen-this-scooter/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 22:38:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311315

A thief stole Cynthia‘s scooter overnight:

2009 Genuine Buddy Scooter (orange) with trunk box stolen last night/this morning on the 8100 block of 13th, between Elmgrove and Thistle. [map] License Plate is 4B9633. Police report has been filed under incident number: 2015-169636

If you see it, call 911 and refer to that case number.

SIDE NOTE: We just checked the incident-response map and so far that’s the only vehicle theft reported in this area today.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: ‘Flasher’ reported near local school http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-another-school-flasher-report/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-another-school-flasher-report/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 21:07:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310919 (UPDATED WEDNESDAY MORNING with additional description information)

2:07 PM: Thanks to the Holy Rosary School parent who forwarded this message just sent to families:

I hate to have to report to you that a “Flasher” came by the school today at around 12:30. They did not make themselves known in the usual area, which is the play toy section of the playground. He appeared in a white car on 41st and jumped out of the car at the gates that open on the driveway into the school. The gates were closed, as they always are. He then jumped back into the car and drove away. One girl saw the activity and her parents were notified. The police were notified and showed up within minutes.

The most-recent “flasher” reports near a local school in our archives were by Chief Sealth IHS in February and in January. The last one we have on record near Holy Rosary was last September; the vehicle in that one was described as a silver minivan. We’re checking with police to see if they have any more information about what was reported today.

2:18 PM: Just talked to Det. Patrick Michaud in SPD media relations – they don’t have any additional information so far.

8:51 PM: We asked Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis about this during tonight’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting. Nothing new, he said – one challenge was elapsed time between the incident and the time it was reported, so police will renew efforts to help schools teach about fast reporting and detailed descriptions.

ADDED 11:30 AM WEDNESDAY: As per the comment discussion, we have checked back with police yet again to see if any description information is available. Now that the written report is in, here’s what they have: “White male w/ long brown hair wearing a hat. A white 4-door car.”

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West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Alki armed robberies http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-alki-armed-robberies/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-alki-armed-robberies/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 20:58:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310916 Following up on the two Alki street robberies early Saturday and early Sunday, we now have the full narratives from the police reports. The one clear thing both have in common: They happened at/near Whale Tail Park, 59th/Lander, in the early-morning hours.

EARLY SATURDAY: The victim had used the park restroom just after midnight and was washing his hands when he heard what sounded like a pistol cocking. He turned around and (quoting the police-report narrative) “saw three black males. A light skinned black male, in his early 20′s, approximately 6’0″ tall, thin build, wearing a black white and red striped shirt was holding a semi-automatic handgun. (The victim) could only describe the other two suspects as light skinned black males. The male with the gun told (the victim) to turn around and put his hands on the wall; he did as they told him. One of the suspects patted down and took his brown leather wallet and black Samsung cell phone. The male with the gun told (the victim) not to move, and that if he tried to follow them, he would shoot.” The victim subsequently remained in the bathroom, hands on the wall, until he felt it was safe to try leaving. 911 was not called for about half an hour, when the victim met up with friends in the 1700 block of Alki Avenue SW. (That was the address we originally reported, but now that we have the report narrative, we know the address just indicates where police were called from, not where it happened.)

EARLY SUNDAY: The victim was walking to his Alki job around 4 am when approached by two people near 59th/Lander. The first one pointed a black handgun at his chest and said, “Give me everything you have.” The second one stood behind the victim and checked his pockets, finding and taking a wallet and cell phone. The first one then gave them back to the victim, said, “I was only joking” – and then pointed the gun at him again and demanded the items, after which he took cash out of the wallet and ordered the victim to unlock and “wipe” the cell phone. Four other people then joined up with the two robbers and were last seen headed southbound on 59th SW; the victim called 911 as soon as he arrived at his nearby workplace. No descriptions are included in the report, which mentions that one hid his face with a hood.

****So far, no arrests in either. One more mention – the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets tonight and that’s your next chance to bring questions/concerns to local police, among other things that happen at the meeting. 7 pm, Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster)

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen baseball gear; hit-and-run http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-baseball-gear-hit-and-run/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-baseball-gear-hit-and-run/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 04:00:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310845 In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:

BASEBALL GEAR STOLEN: Pauline hopes you’ll be on the lookout for what car prowler(s) took in Westwood:

Today 2 baseball bags were stolen out of The back of my SUV in the 8100 block of 32nd at Thistle: A large rolling baseball bag with black and orange youth catcher’s gear, a Rawlings catcher’s mitt and a Rawlings baseball glove; a black and orange catcher’s helmet and a black batter’s helmet and an Easton S 500 baseball bat, and a baseball backpack with a blue batters helmet in it.

This has been reported to police.

MULTIPLE CARS DAMAGED IN HIT-AND-RUN: Last night in the 2800 block of SW Morgan in High Point, at least four cars were damaged by a hit-and-run driver. Sasha shared photos of some of the damage:

No injuries were reported. Scanner traffic later in the evening indicated that police were investigating a possible suspect found elsewhere in High Point, asleep in a car and reportedly under the influence, but we haven’t yet been able to confirm whether that resulted in an arrest.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL TOMORROW: Tuesday night, 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct, come find out about the latest crime trends and stats in West Seattle and South Park, bring your neighborhood concerns/questions directly to local police leadership, and learn about gangs from a panel of former gang members. The precinct is off Webster just west of Delridge.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: 2nd Alki street robbery; Fairmount Park-area car prowl; possible stolen property http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-2nd-alki-street-robbery-fairmount-park-area-car-prowl-possible-stolen-property/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-2nd-alki-street-robbery-fairmount-park-area-car-prowl-possible-stolen-property/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 04:30:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310723 In West Seattle Crime Watch:

SECOND ALKI STREET ROBBERY: Someone was held up at gunpoint in the 2700 block of Alki SW after 4 am today, according to both this SPD auto-tweet and what we’ve since found out was heard on police radio at the time. We won’t be able to get the report until tomorrow, so we have no other details, but that would be the second street robbery of the weekend in the Alki area, after this one early Saturday.

CAR PROWL: Via the WSB Forums, Greg reports a car prowl early today near 42nd/Brandon, west of Fairmount Park, with a GPS and binoculars taken.

STOLEN? OR LOST? Amy found this case near 9th/Elmgrove in Highland Park:

She suspects it was stolen and dumped. Know anyone who’s missing something like this, whether by theft or some other means?

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Another bicycle theft – rack taken, too http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-another-bicycle-theft-rack-taken-too/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-another-bicycle-theft-rack-taken-too/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 15:38:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310648

Another bicycle stolen in the Admiral area, and this time the thieves took the rack, too:

My daughter’s bike was U-locked to the bike rack at 41st and Admiral (Friday) night. As of (Saturday) morning, rack and bike were gone: The bike is a silver-grey Cannondale CAAD 8 with blue tape on the handlebars. The theft has been reported to the police.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Seen this stolen bicycle? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-seen-this-stolen-bicycle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-seen-this-stolen-bicycle/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 19:20:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310545

On Bike To Work Day, someone stole a bicycle from a West Seattleite who says she bikes to work often. Jane sent the photo and report:

My bike was stolen from in front of the Admiral Way Bartell Drugs on Friday, May 15. The cable lock was cut. It is a grey Raleigh (picture attached) with a rack attachment, very new. I would very much appreciate contact if seen, as I bike to work nearly every day.

As with other stolen vehicles – if you see it, please contact police.

P.S. Tuesday is the next West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, 7 pm at Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster). Local crime trends and neighborhood concerns will be a centerpiece of the meeting, as always, but guests are booked too – former gang members who “will present their gang experiences and what it took for them to leave the gangs.”

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Police search after Alki robbery report http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-after-alki-robbery-report/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-after-alki-robbery-report/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 07:54:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310514 12:54 AM: Police are searching right now for a man who is reported to have held someone up at gunpoint in the Alki area. We don’t have many details, but it happened about half an hour ago, according to information broadcast over police frequencies, and the robber was reported to have last been seen in the Whale Tail Park area; police also are searching near Schmitz Park. The only description mentioned so far is “light complexion black man, early to mid-20s, 6 feet tall, thin build, striped shirt.” No information about the victim(s) and whether they were hurt – no medic calls in the Alki area, though.

12:13 PM: The only additional information we have about this so far is that it was reported in the 1100 block of Alki SW, according to an SPD auto-tweet. Unless it appears on SPD Blotter or unless we happen to find a sergeant in the field who can tell us more, we won’t be able to get additional details until Monday.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Convicted rapist jailed for harassment, attempted officer-biting http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-arrest-man-for-harassment-attempted-officer-biting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-arrest-man-for-harassment-attempted-officer-biting/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 19:15:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310430 ORIGINAL REPORT, 12:15 PM: New on SPD Blotter: A 52-year-old man arrested in North Delridge “after he menacingly harassed two women on the street, and tried to bite an officer as she took him into custody.” It all started in the 4000 block of 26th and ended in the 2600 block of SW Yancy, police say. Here’s the full story.

ADDED 12:24 PM: Picking up where the SPDB story left off – we’ve just looked up the suspect on the jail register. He remains behind bars; while his initial bail from last night’s booking shows on the register at $2,000, an online court docket shows that an increase to $50,000 was granted at his bail hearing this morning.

ADDED 12:40 PM: We’ve just learned more about the suspect and are identifying him as he is a registered sex offender – because of a rape conviction – Randy Gene Stark. In 2010, he made regional news for attempted child luring. He’s registered with a downtown address. (Photo from King County sex offender lookup website)

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Gatewood burglary; major-crime trends http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-gatewood-burglary-major-crime-trends/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-gatewood-burglary-major-crime-trends/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 04:49:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310260 2 West Seattle Crime Watch notes – an incident this evening plus an SPD stats/trends update:

GATEWOOD BURGLARY: A neighbor texted us (206-293-6302 any time) about that big police response near 41st/Elmgrove in Gatewood [map] around 6 pm. When we went over to check, police told us they were checking out a burglar alarm but hadn’t yet found evidence of a break-in; no one was home. Later, though, it was confirmed as a burglary, according to neighbors and to SPD’s automated Tweets by Beat. That was the first confirmed West Seattle burglary, per TBB, since one reported at noon yesterday in the 8400 block of 12th SW.

STATS/TRENDS: Today’s edition of the every-two-weeks SeaStat SPD-wide briefing includes a page of year-to-year and week-to-week stats for the Southwest Precinct, which includes West Seattle and South Park – scroll through this slide deck to the very last page. Year-to-year – January 1st through May 9th this year, compared to the same period last year – every category except aggravated domestic-violence assault is up. (Though there’s no breakdown per precinct sectors, we know that the breakdown in one category – no 2014 homicides in West Seattle and none so far this year; the one 2015 homicide listed for the SW Precinct was in SP.) In the week-by-week stats for the past month, all categories are trending downward (or holding at zero) except for larceny, which was up from 12 in the third week to 13 in the fourth week.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Suspect charged in McDonald’s stabbing http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-suspect-charged-in-mcdonalds-stabbing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-suspect-charged-in-mcdonalds-stabbing/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 00:21:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310245 The 23-year-old man arrested after an employee of the Westwood Village McDonald’s was stabbed early Sunday is now charged.

We’ve obtained the documents detailing the second-degree-assault charge filed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office this afternoon against Daniel Jacob Stevens. The charging papers say he went into the restaurant and – after ordering and receiving two McGriddles – “inexplicably” started shouting insults at the victim. While being escorted out just before 4:30 am Sunday, according to prosecutors and police, Stevens shoved the victim, who punched him. During the clash, he then is reported to have “punched the victim, pulled out a knife, and pounced on top of the victim,” subsequently “punch(ing) him six times in the face and head, and then head-butt(ing) him twice” before trying to stab him in the side, “with the victim suffering a small puncture wound.”

The police report says a customer was able to disarm Stevens, who left the area but was found by King County Sheriff’s Deputies in White Center about 40 minutes later; police say he claimed he used his knife in self-defense. Court documents say Stevens, an Arbor Heights resident, has no felony criminal history, though the King County Jail register says he spent two days there earlier this month in connection with a reckless-driving case; he remains jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail while awaiting arraignment in two weeks.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: 1 arrested after Westwood stabbing http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-1-arrested-after-westwood-stabbing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-1-arrested-after-westwood-stabbing/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 17:58:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309842 What was on the 911 log as an “aid response” – usually a minor-injury incident – early this morning turns out to have been a stabbing in the Westwood Village area, report Seattle Police:

Seattle Police and King County Deputies arrested a man Sunday who fled following a 4 AM stabbing … An employee of a restaurant in the 2500 block of SW Barton St. was attacked and stabbed twice, once in the chest and once in the head, before the 23-year-old suspect fled on foot.

A Seattle K-9 officer tracked the suspect toward an area in unincorporated King County and called King County Deputies for assistance. Deputy Cueva found the suspect at 25 Ave. SW and SW 100th St. where he was taken into custody without incident.

The employee suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released at the scene. Officers located a four-inch folding blade knife at the scene. Officers have booked the suspect into King County Jail for investigation of Assault.

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