West Seattle Blog... » Crime http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:49:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Crime Watch: Early-morning investigation; wheelchair-theft attempt; bicycle found http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-early-morning-investigation-wheelchair-theft-attempt-bicycle-found/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-early-morning-investigation-wheelchair-theft-attempt-bicycle-found/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:31:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280455 Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes: First, this is developing – Seattle Police are investigating another possible strong-arm robbery in the Roxhill Park area. Seattle Fire medics were sent to check out someone found unconscious in the bushes by the bus stop on the south side of SW Barton, reported as a possible victim of a robbery/assault. We’ll follow up later this morning to see what police determined.

Meantime, Creighton reports two incidents in Admiral:

Both incidents happened in front of my house during the daytime at 37th Ave SW and Admiral, just north of Belvedere Viewpoint Park.

Wednesday morning after breakfast, between 9 am and 11 am, someone started to steal my visiting-from-out-of-town handicapped father’s wheelchair from the side of my house, where it was placed to stay dry and out of the hard rain. Upon searching the neighborhood, we found it one house south of ours, stashed in the bushes. It looked like they started to steal it, but either decided it was too big to toss in their vehicle, or I’m hoping had a change of heart and realized it was bad karma to steal a handicapped man’s wheelchair.

Did they come back and try again later that day? Later that same day, after dinner (between 6 pm and 8 pm) I went out to clean my wife’s late-model MDX and discovered all of the contents of the glovebox (registration, manual, etc), center console and change dish were missing. We’re pretty sure we locked the doors, but there was no sign of forced entry to the car so we’re scratching our heads. Both incidents have been reported to the Seattle PD using the CORP online reporting tool.

Finally, Brian found this bike in Highland Park:

Brian describes it as a “Univega bike with Anacortes Cycle sticker.” If it’s yours, contact police and refer to case 14-242562.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Thief takes Daily Dose tip jar http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-thief-takes-daily-dose-tip-jar/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-thief-takes-daily-dose-tip-jar/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:40:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280302 Coffee shops, be forewarned. Out of the WSB inbox this morning, from Cheryl:

I was working at The Daily Dose coffee shop at 5214 Delridge Way yesterday. Around 1:15 p.m. I was in the restroom as I heard the front door open. I shouted out “hello, I’ll be right out,: finished washing my hands and came out. No one was there and the door was left open. I decided whoever it was had quickly changed their mind and left. About 10 minutes later, I realized my tip jar was gone! The thief was swift and deliberate as it was seconds from the time I heard the front door open and came out of the restroom.

It’s not the loss of tip money (maybe $35), but the sense of violation. I hope they really needed it, or at least bought themselves a nice meal! I will be locking the door in the future while in the restroom.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: ‘Home invasion’ robbers get away with thousands http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/police-search-in-highland-park-3/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/police-search-in-highland-park-3/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:52:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280282 12:52 AM: Police are searching for two people suspected in a reported ‘home invasion’ situation in Highland Park. Scanner-monitored information indicates shots were fired – with at least one casing found – but the victim was not reported injured and no medic crew has been summoned. This happened near 10th and Trenton (map); police, including a K-9 team, are looking for a woman and man who might be known to the victim. More info if/when we get it.

2:09 AM: Still no word of arrests. Robbery Unit detectives are joining the investigation.

NOON UPDATE: We’ve obtained the report from SPD. It says the victim told police he recognized the woman, by voice, as his wife, who he hasn’t (otherwise) seen in a month – both robbers, the report says, were wearing ski masks. The male robber fired two rounds, according to the victim, including one into the floor after tying him up and leaving him in the bathroom. The female robber, the victim said, demanded to know where “the money” was, and though the victim denied having any, she said she knew better, and eventually, according to the victim, they made off with $22,000 in cash.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: 2 car prowls, with stolen items including ‘unmistakable’ skateboard http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-2-car-prowls-with-stolen-items-including-unmistakable-skateboard/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-2-car-prowls-with-stolen-items-including-unmistakable-skateboard/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:19:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280275

Thieves took Eron‘s skateboard in one of two car prowls for which we have reader reports tonight. Eron says it happened “in front of my house at 11th and Kenyon and my dog woke me up but not in time. … they took a lot of things; most of it was recovered by walking just around my block. The big score was a set of keys to nothing in this county and my custom longboard that I made from a vintage kids’ water ski. It is unmistakable. Yellow with red swirls and blue wheels. It is largely a sentimental loss and has very little ‘street’ value, as it is easily identified from any distance.”

Further south on 11th SW, in the 8800 block, Darcey reports: “Someone went thru my car last night. I left the door unlocked accidentally. Didn’t take anything- but we had nothing worth taking. Just threw stuff around, searching.”

P.S. Though local crime-prevention groups don’t meet again until September, you are now two weeks away from a prime chance to get together with your neighbors in support of safety and community – Night Out is Tuesday, August 5th, and you can sign up your block party by going here. (As always, we’ll be stopping by parties around West Seattle, and thanks to those who’ve already sent word of theirs without us even asking – editor@westseattleblog.com.)

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Admiral scuffle leads to BB shooting http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-admiral-scuffle-leads-to-bb-shooting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-admiral-scuffle-leads-to-bb-shooting/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:03:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280155 Just talked with police about an Admiral incident that several asked us about this afternoon. According to Seattle Police spokesperson Det. Drew Fowler, it boiled down to a fight involving four people outside Admiral Safeway just before 3 pm. Two were brothers, ages 16 and 17; the other two’s identities aren’t known. Police are still sorting out the motive for the fight but say that at one point, one of the unknown two suspects shot one of the brothers in the face with a BB gun. There also were reports of punches thrown, but in the end, what happened was so convoluted that Seattle Fire medic crews came and went from the scene twice – finally, the victim was taken to a hospital. His injuries are not described as major. No one’s been arrested.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Three car break-ins http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-three-car-break-ins/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-three-car-break-ins/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:00:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280125 Three reader reports – first two are about overnight car break-ins in north West Seattle. First, from Sandra:

My car was broken into last night. it was parked on the street at 2008 California Ave SW. They took 3 bags; 1) yellow leather with brown trim, 2) black leather with gold trim, and a black “expanda” file with handles. Nothing of real value in the bags, but if the thieves threw them out and anyone sees them, please contact me at sandrakstark@live.com. Thank you.

And from Ian:

My 1992 Honda Accord was prowled last night, between 12 am and noon today. It was parked in the 2100 block of Alki Ave SW, underneath a street light in front of the condo I live in. Woke up to find the trunk partially opened and all the contents of my glove box thrown through out the car. Fortunately they didn’t steal my car since I had a club on the steering wheel which they tried to remove from all the scratch marks all over it. All they took was my GPS which was hidden in my glove box. No broken windows or scratch marks on my car door, which makes me think they had a master key to the car which you can buy online.

Third report is from last Thursday – Jeremy tweeted about a smash-and-grab car break-in in the south lot at Lincoln Park; his wife’s purse was taken.

P.S. In case you missed it over the weekend – a Crime Watch partial happy ending.

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West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Claire has her bike back! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-claire-has-her-bike-back/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-claire-has-her-bike-back/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:07:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279924

The other day, Mark sent a Crime Watch report saying his bicycle had been stolen, with a child’s bike left in its place. He included a photo in hopes of at least finding that bicycle’s owner. JP saw the note and recognized it as his daughter Claire‘s new bike – which indeed had been stolen – and now, she has it back, and JP sent the above photo to share:

Thank you Mark and West Seattle Blog for reuniting Claire with her stolen bike! You made my daughter very happy! We hope Mark’s bike is found as well.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Another ‘flasher’ incident http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-another-flasher-incident/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-another-flasher-incident/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:42:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279775 1:42 PM: For the second time this week, a case of lewd behavior/indecent exposure – reported as a comment on our story about the first incident (Tuesday in Admiral):

I actually experienced a very similar situation yesterday at the corner of SW Myrtle and 36th around 4:30 pm. I was walking my dog around the park and was approaching 36th when a man in a silver SUV opened his car door with no pants on and masturbated in front of me – laughing and waving. Disgusting.

I first saw him in a silver SUV parked halfway in someone’s driveway and then saw him re-park in another driveway – I assumed he was lost. The incident happened about 5 minutes later when I walked around the block (at which point he re-parked again), which leads me to think he was following me. I didn’t have a phone on me, but thankfully I caught up with someone in the park who did, and we called 911 immediately. The police responded quickly and took the report – but by that time he had left. Unfortunately, I was so disturbed/unsettled that I didn’t get a good description (I ran towards 35th so as to be in a more public place). He was a bigger framed guy in a silver SUV. The police had mentioned that something very similar happened earlier in the week (I’m assuming it’s the same incident posted above). I hope they catch this guy – it’s very disturbing.

We are following up with police right now, asking questions including whether this case and the 38th/Stevens case are believed to be related, and if there’s any other information to report. We’ll add to this story when we hear back.

4:17 PM: Obtained the report on this second incident – which ends with an acknowledgment of the similarities to the Tuesday incident in Admiral. No other information besides what the victim points out above; she was not close enough to get the plate but would likely recognize the vehicle if she saw it again, she told police.

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West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Gatewood burglary suspect charged http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-gatewood-burglary-suspect-charged/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-gatewood-burglary-suspect-charged/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:53:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279719 Following up on the Gatewood burglary spree first reported here Wednesday – the suspect is now charged with three counts of residential burglary. And we’ve learned that a warrant was already out for his arrest before police found him after the burglaries Saturday afternoon, because he’d missed a sentencing hearing a day earlier. Plus, he has an extensive record dating back more than half his life, to age 14.

The suspect is Jason Edward Wyman, who turned 33 the day before his arrest. The police report lists a Westwood address for him. He is charged with burglarizing three homes in Gatewood; in two cases, the police report says, he was interrupted by people who were home at the time and had left doors unlocked or open; in a third, he stole from a guest house. At least one victim has surveillance video showing him with items stolen from her home.

“The defendant’s brazen behavior is alarming,” prosecutors wrote in the charging documents, noting that while burglary is not a violent crime, entering occupied residences can quickly escalate to violence. They go on to describe him as a “flight risk” with “17 warrants since 2000, based on 15 bookings at King County Jail.”

Last Friday, Wyman was supposed to appear for sentencing in a theft case dating back to last August – and failed to show up, leading to issuance of a $10,000 warrant for his arrest. His criminal history spans three states and includes at least one conviction for escape. He had struck a plea bargain in the case, which involved a day last August in which he was caught on video stealing a TV and two computers from the Renton Wal-Mart; according to court documents, and was going to be recommended for a residential DOSA sentence – that’s the program involving mandatory drug treatment.

Now, if Wyman is convicted of three counts of residential burglary, he faces up to 7 years in prison. According to the King County Jail Register, his current bail is set at $50,000. We’ll keep the case on our watch list.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: One bike stolen, one left in its place http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-one-bike-stolen-one-left-in-its-place/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-one-bike-stolen-one-left-in-its-place/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:36:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279655 Mark is looking for both his stolen bike and the owner of a bike that turned up where his had been: “The curious thing was that whoever took my bike (adult size) left an almost brand-new child’s-size bike. I assume they felt mine was an upgrade.” It happened on Sunday afternoon in Seaview, 47th/Findlay (map). Here’s the bike left behind:

It’s a “small Giant,” he adds. His stolen bike is “a dark gray Diamondback Trace with Planet Bike fenders and a black rear rack.” Seen it? And/or have any idea who the left-behind bike belongs to?

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglaries in Sunrise Heights, Gatewood http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-burglaries-in-sunrise-heights-gatewood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-burglaries-in-sunrise-heights-gatewood/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:21:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279400 Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports to share:

SUNRISE HEIGHTS BREAK-IN: On 34th SW between Othello and Webster, someone broke in at midmorning Tuesday, taking computers, tablets, jewelry, even money from kids’ piggy banks, according to a neighbor who shared the info on behalf of the victims – who couldn’t because their computers were gone.

INTRUDER ARRESTED AFTER MULTIPLE BREAK-INS: A Gatewood resident reports a burglar was arrested in her neighborhood on Saturday afternoon after breaking into her home and three others nearby – at least two, while people were home, as was the case at her house. One witness gave police a good-enough description to spot and arrest the suspect. At our tipster’s house, she says, “He broke in the back door, stole a laptop, mail, a Batman costume and a Coke and Gatorade.” Making his getaway, he dropped a backpack and ran – “into the arms of cops up the road,” who, according to the victim, said the suspect was under the influence. Since receiving this reader report, we also have obtained the police report, which says the burglaries that day began in the 8400 block of 42nd SW (map) and ranged southwestward across about four blocks until he was stopped in the 4300 block of SW Southern. The report says he tried to give a false identity, claimed to be suffering from heat stroke (Seattle Fire medics screened him and determined he wasn’t), and ultimately was booked into King County Jail.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Flasher reported in Admiral area http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-flasher-reported-in-admiral-area/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-flasher-reported-in-admiral-area/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:45:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279492 Reader report – a flasher exposing himself to girls in the Admiral area:

At 3:15 today, my 13-year-old daughter and her friend were walking home from Hiawatha and spotted a silver SUV parked on SW Stevens street with its driver door open. As they were walking the man inside exposed himself to the girls and took off in his car. As they rounded the corner, he was there again, this time in the middle of the street with no pants on, masturbating and laughing at the girls. They ran home and we called the police and filed a report right away. He is approximately 5’9, large frame, scruffy looking with brown hair and wearing a red t-shirt. He was last seen driving north on 38th in a 2000s silver SUV. Please alert readers in the area to be on the lookout and to call police right away if they spot anyone matching this description.

7:05 PM UPDATE: We asked the person who reported this if there were any other description/location details; for the former, white, “short, scruffy brown hair and shadow of a beard”; for the latter, “he was on 39th SW and SW Stevens to start and ended up getting out of the car on 38th SW and SW Stevens heading toward Lander when he got out of the car.”

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Jailed, West Seattle-residing deputy fired by King County Sheriff http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/jailed-west-seattle-residing-deputy-fired-by-king-county-sheriff/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/jailed-west-seattle-residing-deputy-fired-by-king-county-sheriff/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:00:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279485 Followup on the story of Darrion Holiwell, the King County Sheriff’s Deputy jailed and charged with crimes including promoting prostitution and drug dealing: Sheriff John Urquhart has fired the 49-year-old West Seattle resident, according to this announcement we just received:

Jailed King County Sheriff’s deputy Darrion Holiwell was fired by Sheriff John Urquhart today.

Holiwell was arrested June 19, 2014 and subsequently charged with three felonies, including Promoting Prostitution, Theft, and drug dealing. He remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

“Darrion Holiwell violated his oath, the trust of his fellow deputies, and the trust of the citizens of King County”, said Sheriff Urquhart. “He does not deserve to be a police officer,” Urquhart added.

Holiwell has been on Administrative Leave since the investigation into his activities began in late April.

According to Sheriff Urquhart, the criminal investigation is continuing, both inside and outside the Sheriff’s Office. Additional charges are possible, both for Holiwell and others. A parallel administrative investigation is ongoing and involves several members of the Sheriff’s Office.

When he was arrested and jailed last month, Holiwell was described in court documents as having a Puget Ridge-area address, as well as being a SWAT team member and KCSO firearms instructor and proprietor of a private firearms-related business. Though he was said to own many “high-quality” firearms, investigators say the gun safe at his West Seattle home was empty when officers searched the house the day he was taken into custody at KCSO HQ downtown.

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Scam alert: Another variation of the utility-bill phone calls http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/scam-alert-another-variation-of-the-utility-bill-phone-calls/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/scam-alert-another-variation-of-the-utility-bill-phone-calls/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:15:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279427 At least for this area, it’s a new spin on the recurring telephone scam in which someone calls a business and claims its electricity is about to be cut off unless it makes a payment right now. Over the weekend, Donna Burns from Giannoni’s Pizzeria in Westwood Village – which had received the power-bill-scam call at least twice – reported a caller, claiming to be with Puget Sound Energy, making demands: “After I received the ‘we’re turning off your gas in 30 minutes if you don’t pay $500′ call, I immediately called PSE myself (their emergency number) and confirmed that it was in fact, a fraudulent call.” She was due to follow up with the Seattle Police fraud unit today. Bottom line is that if anyone calls you – business or personal line – claiming you need to make a payment now or face disconnection, DON’T DO IT – even if you are worried you might have bonafide bill trouble, hang up and contact the utility directly yourself to find out your status. (Searching the Web before publishing this, we see reports of this in some other parts of PSE’s service territory, but it doesn’t seem to have been as widely reported in Seattle as the electric-bill scam.)

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Update: Police investigate shooting at 16th/Henderson; victim says it was accidental http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/assault-with-weapons-call-at-16thhenderson/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/assault-with-weapons-call-at-16thhenderson/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:56:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279406

(Added: WSB photos by Christopher Boffoli)
5:56 PM: The big emergency response – police and fire – is for a shooting at 16th and Henderson. 16th is being closed to traffic for now, between Barton and Henderson, because police are looking for shell casings in the street. One person is reported to have been shot in the foot, per scanner discussion, in which the suspect was described as a medium-complexion black man in his 20s, 150 pounds, 5-8, not a stranger to the victim, (added: dressed in black plus a white shirt/T-shirt), last seen walking northbound.

6:04 PM UPDATE: The victim is described as a 25-year-old man, shot in the right foot.

6:30 PM UPDATE: Per scanner – again, with the caveat that it’s still early in the investigation – the victim is reported to have confirmed what police say a witness told them, that this was self-inflicted/accidental.

6:47 PM: And now from SPD via Twitter – same thing we’d heard via scanner:

7:27 PM: 16th is open both ways.

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