West Seattle police – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:55:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 About the police response on 42nd SW http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/about-the-police-response-on-42nd-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/about-the-police-response-on-42nd-sw/#comments Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:10:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909467

7:10 PM: Thanks for the tips about multiple police cars on 42nd SW between Junction 47 and Jefferson Square. Couldn’t tell from scanner traffic what was happening so we went over in hopes of asking. All the cars were empty and the officers were somewhere out of view. Next stop: The precinct, where we were able to find out that it was a “person in crisis” call. No related medical call so far, although this category of calls sometimes results in a direct call for a private ambulance.

7:53 PM: And one has indeed arrived to take the person for evaluation.

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UPDATE: DUI investigation after driver hits pedestrian at 26th/Genesee http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/traffic-alert-genesee-blocked-west-of-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/traffic-alert-genesee-blocked-west-of-delridge/#comments Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:50:59 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909437

10:50 AM: Thanks for the tips and the texted photo. SW Genesee is blocked by police just west of Delridge. The 911 log shows a medical call there just after 9 am; we’re on the way to find out more.

11:10 AM: The police here are from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad. The medical call was from the incident – a female pedestrian hit by a driver on Genesee at 26th and taken to Harborview.

11:20 AM: Police here also tell us it’s a DUI investigation.

A ReachNow car still on the scene has visible driver-side windshield damage.

11:56 AM: SFD says the victim is an “adult female with serious injuries.”

1:04 PM: Still blocked off with investigators working.

2:19 PM: SDOT has since tweeted that the street is open again.

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About the police response in Gatewood http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/about-the-police-response-in-gatewood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/about-the-police-response-in-gatewood/#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 01:51:03 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908512

Thanks for the tip about what looked like a major police response at a home on SW Portland west of California SW. We went over to check and found out that the reason we hadn’t heard anything was that it’s not a Seattle Police response – these are Tacoma Police officers, including a K-9 team. They would tell us only that they’re at the house serving a warrant.

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UPDATE: 16-year-old boy injured in South Park shooting http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/1-injured-in-south-park-shooting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/1-injured-in-south-park-shooting/#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2018 03:23:00 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908324

7:23 PM: Seattle Police are investigating a shooting at 14th Avenue S. and S. Trenton in South Park. They say one victim has been rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and that there is no suspect in custody yet. No other official details except that an officer who left a meeting we’re covering to go to the scene said that it involved “youth in our community.”

7:29 PM: Metro says Route 132 is rerouted off 14th Ave. S. (which is an arterial) because of this.

9:17 PM: 14th Avenue South is still blocked at the scene. SPD now says the victim is 16 years old and that he has a gunshot wound to the head, and that gang detectives are investigating, “processing the scene and interviewing potential witnesses.” If you have any information, call 911.

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UPDATE: Officer stabbed in the hand after detaining tagging suspect at Delridge/Henderson, police say http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/delridge-henderson-blocked-for-police-investigation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/delridge-henderson-blocked-for-police-investigation/#comments Mon, 05 Feb 2018 03:38:54 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908014 (First 2 photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

7:38 PM: You’ll want to avoid the Delridge/Henderson area, which is reported to be blocked right now for a police investigation, including westward to 20th SW [map]. An “assault with weapons” SFD dispatch is on the way too, for a Seattle Police officer reported to have a knife wound to the hand. More to come.

7:50 PM: We just talked with police at the scene. They tell us the officer who is hurt had just detained a suspected tagger allegedly caught in the act. The suspect, they say, became uncooperative and stabbed the officer in the hand. Not life-threatening – the officer is being taken to the hospital now. Delridge is open but Henderson is blocked just to the west. The suspect is in custody.

(Photo by Tim Durkan)

10:10 PM: We just went over to verify that investigators have cleared the scene and reopened the road, which they have. We hope to find out more tomorrow about the officer’s condition and the suspect’s status.

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VIDEO: Police follow wrong-way driver across West Seattle Bridge http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/police-follow-wrong-way-driver-across-west-seattle-bridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/police-follow-wrong-way-driver-across-west-seattle-bridge/#comments Fri, 02 Feb 2018 08:58:46 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907786

12:58 AM: Police are looking for a driver who they wound up following across the West Seattle Bridge – going the wrong way. We heard it all start on the scanner on I-5, and then police reported the driver was going westbound in the eastbound lanes of the bridge. The driver hit a barrier, according to police, and kept going. We recorded part of this via an SDOT camera and will add it when we can. The driver reportedly got off the bridge and then was seen on California by Charlestown “all over the road” but we haven’t heard any updates since. The vehicle is described so far as an older white Tahoe, and it’s reported to have left a trailer behind somewhere along the way. If you see this – or any other – erratic driver, call 911.

1:33 AM: Added our phone video of the SDOT camera that showed the wrong-way driver and police. Watch the left side of the screen for a vehicle trailing sparks. Still haven’t heard any word of police finding him (the description that was broadcast mentioned a beard as well as a gray beanie, so we’re fairly sure the driver was male).

10:44 AM: We confirmed with SPD that the vehicle/driver never was found. We also found out that officers in the South Precinct initially believed there was some association with a burglary case, but now they don’t think so, and believe it was more likely a case of driving under the influence.

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FOLLOWUP: Police report from Chief Sealth IHS fight that resulted in Friday arrest http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/followup-police-report-from-chief-sealth-ihs-fight-that-resulted-in-friday-arrest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/followup-police-report-from-chief-sealth-ihs-fight-that-resulted-in-friday-arrest/#comments Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:38:18 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907494 As reported here Friday, police were called to Chief Sealth International High School on Thursday and Friday, and we now have the report narrative that was filed after the second incident. The officer who prepared the report wrote that the original dispatch was “Fight at front dome door [at the school]. At least 5 students. No weapons.” Here’s our transcription of the report from there:

When I arrived the school was in lockdown. I responded to the dome area located in front of the school and observed several teachers standing by with (name redacted). I observed (name redacted) who was visibly upset, pacing back and forth, talking on his cell phone, with blood on his hands and nose.

I contacted (name redacted) and asked him what had occurred. (Redacted) said “they hit me.” I asked him who it was that hit him and if it was related to yesterday’s incident. (Redacted) only said “(Redacted), and they all left the building.”

I requested medical assistance from the school secretary and the school nurse arrived and provided (him) with an ice pack for his nose bleed.

I asked Sealth school principal if there was school video and I was told there was. SPD bike squad arrived on scene and assisted with (redacted).

At this time I spoke with administrator (redacted) and asked to view the video. Myself and Officer R. Martinez viewed it and could visibly see four later identified as (four names redacted) in the dome conversing. (Redacted) enters the dome and walks toward an exit. I observed what appeared to be (redacted) talking to (redacted) and (three names redacted) join in the conversation. They walked toward an area that was not visible on video and within seconds came back in view with a fight in progress. I could not determine who the primary aggressor was but did view a physical altercation between (three names redacted).

After viewing the video I asked (name redacted) to see if those students were still present in school and they were. They were all requested to come down to be interviewed.

I spoke with (name redacted) and he stated the following: He was in the dome and saw someone he recognized as being in the fight/disturbance from yesterday. I asked (redacted) if he knew who that person was that he was talking to (later identified as [redacted]) and he said he did not. (Redacted) said he asked (redacted) if he was the one who beat up his friend from yesterday and said (redacted) responded back, “Don’t worry about it. He got what he deserved.” (Redacted) said he was trying to talk to (redacted) about not doing that (fight) when (redacted) started “pushing and swinging on him.” (redacted) said he was punched in the face but not hurt. As I finished interviewing (redacted) the other students involved in the dome were beginning to arrive.

Lt. Strand then came to me and said the suspect was there and had a gray colored sweat jacket on with blood on it. Lt. Strand said (redacted) admitted to being part of the fight, and that he had beat up (redacted).

I proceeded to another office and saw Officer Martinez speaking wth (redacted). I entered the room and Lt. Strand followed, ordering Officer Martinez to effect a lawful arrest of (redacted).

(redacted) was placed into handcuffs without incident by Officer Martinez and transported back to Southwest Precinct.

I remained at Sealth and spoke with (redacted) and (redacted). Both stated that they did not participate in the fight. I also could not see them on video as participants.

I was informed all students who were identified were suspended possibly until Monday, January 29th.

I followed up with (redacted) and inquired why he returned to the school today after being told he was suspended. (Redacted) stated he had homework to complete. (Redacted) stated she specifically told (redacted)’s father he was suspended for today and not to come back. I asked (redacted) if he told (redacted) this and he said he did. (Redacted) told (redacted) and Mr. (redacted) he was now suspended indefinitely, not to return to the school and she would contact Mr. (redacted) later today. I also reminded (redacted) not to return back to Sealth until he was contacted by the school.

I returned to the Southwest Precinct and spoke with (redacted). He said he was defending his friend because he got hit.

I followed up with Capt. Davis and Lt. Smith and informed them of what occurred. I then followed up with Lt. Strand after interviewing (redacted) and it was determined he would be released from SW Precinct.

Officer O’Neil spoke with (redacted)’s father (redacted) and informed him of what occurred at the school today. Mr. (redacted) was not available to pick up (redacted) and gave authorization for (redacted) to walk home. Officer O’Neil gave (redacted) his personal property and released him from the SW Precinct.

As I was writing this report (redacted) telephoned me and stated students from Denny International Middle School and Sealth were now hearing rumors that “(redacted) was bringing kids from (redacted) up to Sealth and one is (redacted).” Possibly (redacted), a former classmate while at Denny who now attends (redacted) HS.”

I was also informed that (redacted) was overheard talking to someone on his cell phone, making threats to (redacted). (Redacted) also said (redacted) had posted a threat on his Snapchat. I requested a picture of the post and submitted it so SW Precinct evidence lockers.

I then relayed this information to Lt. Smith who then requested the Southwest Precinct Anti-Crime Team and Gang Unit to be present in the area of Chief Sealth. I then completed this report.

The report is by Officer Erin Rodriguez, described at the start of the report as working that day (Friday) as School Emphasis Officer for Denny. The redactions in the report above were all made by SPD before the Public Affairs Office provided it today in response to our request. (We requested the Thursday report on Friday and again today but were told that it is still not available.)

P.S. Another reminder that the Sealth PTSA’s annual meeting focused on school safety, with administrators and law enforcement among the guests, is scheduled for next week – February 7th, 6:30 pm, off-campus at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW).

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police response in North Delridge http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-response-in-north-delridge/ Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:44:50 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906852 1:44 PM: If you’re wondering about the police response in North Delridge right now – officers are investigating a reported burglary at a house in the 5400 block of 26th SW. Early information is from radio communications; no other details so far but it’s a significant response, indicating the call came in either with burglar(s) still in the house or having just left.

1:49 PM: And now police report, no burglary after all.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police search in Morgan Junction after bus-stop robbery http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-in-morgan-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-in-morgan-junction/#comments Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:31:06 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906814 10:31 PM: Police are searching in Morgan Junction right now after another report of someone being robbed of their phone. According to preliminary information from scanner traffic, they’re looking for two suspects. No specifics on circumstances so far, but police were summoned to the west side of the 6400 block of California SW, and the suspects were last seen on the east side of the street. Police broadcast these descriptions: White man 20s-30s, about 5’8″, gray hoodie with picture/writing of some sort, red/plaid PJ-type pants; black man 30s-40s, 6′, dark jacket, golf hat, black jeans.

10:50 PM: A friend of the victim tells WSB the robbery happened at the northbound C Line bus stop – the victim then went across the street to contact police.

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UPDATE: About the police response on Puget Ridge http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/about-the-police-response-on-puget-ridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/about-the-police-response-on-puget-ridge/#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:54:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906520

12:54 PM: Thanks for the tips about a sizable police response on Puget Ridge, along 18th SW near SW Juneau. Police tell us they are dealing with a person believed to be in crisis who is inside a residence. They’re hoping to make contact and get them out safely.

2:54 PM: We’ve confirmed with police what neighbors reported in comments – the person is out of the house and in custody, safely, no one hurt.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 3 arrested after purse-snatching http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-3-arrested-after-purse-snatching/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-3-arrested-after-purse-snatching/#comments Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:01:15 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906274 We’ve finally obtained a bit of information about an incident last night in The Junction. We knew from scanner traffic that three suspects had been arrested after a search in the 40th/41st/Alaska vicinity around 6:30-7 pm, but didn’t hear what preceded the search/arrests and were unable to find officers afterward to ask; the online information system (including Tweets by Beat) is down, too. So we went back to the precinct today in hopes of tracking down a few details. While the full report isn’t available, we’re told it was a purse-snatching. No injuries. The three suspects who were arrested – two adults, one juvenile – are described as having had run-ins with police before. We hope to get the full report after the holiday weekend.

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FOLLOWUP: The South Delridge shooting victim who wasn’t http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/followup-the-south-delridge-shooting-victim-who-wasnt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/followup-the-south-delridge-shooting-victim-who-wasnt/#comments Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:45:17 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905919 Very early Saturday morning, as reported here, a 19-year-old man turned up in the 9200 block of 17th SW with a gunshot wound to the leg. Police searched for blocks around, with vague information about the location and circumstances – maybe during a robbery in an alley, they were told at one point. We requested the followup report yesterday, didn’t get it, then renewed the request today after noticing that what little information is online showed the incident wasn’t classified as an assault, but rather as “weapon discharge” and “injury.” Accidentally self-inflicted, Det. Patrick Michaud in media relations just told us, and the wounded man was too embarrassed to admit it initially. Case closed.

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UPDATE: About the emergency response at Delridge/Holden http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/about-the-emergency-response-at-delridge-holden/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/about-the-emergency-response-at-delridge-holden/#comments Tue, 09 Jan 2018 01:42:30 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905858

5:42 PM: Thanks for all the tips on this. A police and SFD response at Delridge/Holden is wrapping up, but so far we’re told that it involved some kind of fight, no major injuries. A private ambulance was called to check out one person who was hurt.

5:54 PM: We went to the (nearby) precinct to seek more details. Police there confirm this was a “fistfight,” involving two men, spotted by a witness at Delridge/Holden who went to the precinct – a block north – to report it.

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CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Recognize the suspected getaway car in Puget Ridge home invasion? http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/crime-watch-followup-recognize-the-suspected-getaway-car-in-puget-ridge-home-invasion/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/crime-watch-followup-recognize-the-suspected-getaway-car-in-puget-ridge-home-invasion/#comments Fri, 05 Jan 2018 19:04:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905562

New information today about Thursday’s home-invasion robbery on Puget Ridge. An area resident has provided Seattle Police with images of what police say might be the getaway vehicle – likely a silver 4-door 1999 Buick, with one particularly distinctive feature: Lug-nut covers missing on both passenger-side wheels.

Otherwise, police say there’s not too much more than what we originally reported – it happened just before noon in the 5200 block of 18th SW, and they don’t know why this particular house was targeted. Four people forced their way into the house; at least two had handguns. They are described only as black, male, with dark hoodies covering most of their faces. They demanded cash, and were told the people in the house had none. One resident was “pistol-whipped outside the house” before the robbers broke in; they took “nothing of value,” SPD Det. Mark Jamieson told WSB this morning, and let barely two minutes after they arrived. Robbery detective St. John is investigating – call 206-386-4050; the incident number is 2018-004202.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Home-invasion robbery on Puget Ridge http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-home-invasion-robbery-on-puget-ridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-home-invasion-robbery-on-puget-ridge/#comments Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:47:46 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905477 (WSB photo)

ORIGINAL 12:47 PM REPORT: Police are in the 5200 block of 18th SW on Puget Ridge (south of Dawson), after a report of a home-invasion robbery. It’s still early in the investigation, but so far, they have been told that four armed men, described only as black, wearing black hoodies, and black masks, broke into the house. At least one person was home, a man who suffered a facial injury. The robbers are believed to have gotten away in a vehicle, though SPD tells us there are conflicting descriptions. We also don’t know yet what if anything they took. Robbery detectives are on their way to the scene; we’ll check back later for an update.

FRIDAY MORNING NOTE: The report was not available yesterday but we’re renewing our request this morning. The final classification of the call, meantime, was “strong-arm robbery.”

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