West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle police http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:26:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 UPDATE: Suspect arrested after South Delridge/White Center search with police, deputies, helicopte http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/police-sheriffs-helicopter-search-in-white-centersouth-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/police-sheriffs-helicopter-search-in-white-centersouth-delridge/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:56:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308312 12:56 AM: Thanks for the texts – a search that’s under way seems to be spanning both Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s Office jurisdictions, with locations including the 26th/Roxbury vicinity. Working to find out what/who they’re looking for.

1:05 AM: Per scanner, deputies have taken a suspect into custody; at some point this included pursuit of a vehicle that the suspect ditched.

1:23 AM: Guardian One has explained via Twitter what it was about:


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West Seattle Crime Watch: Police search in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-in-highland-park-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-in-highland-park-2/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:14:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308111 2:14 AM: Police, including a K-9 team, are searching right now in the Highland Park Elementary vicinity (and beyond). We don’t know what preceded the search but they’re looking for someone who has an arrest warrant on record.

2:49 AM: Sounds like it started with circumstances including a car, a report of a fight, and two people fleeing, including the car’s owner.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Highland Park burglary suspect arrested after officer’s White Center pawn-shop hunch http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-highland-park-burglary-suspect-arrested-after-officers-white-center-pawn-shop-hunch/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-highland-park-burglary-suspect-arrested-after-officers-white-center-pawn-shop-hunch/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:07:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308068 Also just in via SPD Blotter – a Highland Park burglary suspect caught by police in White Center while trying to sell what he allegedly stole. The story spanned multiple locations which we’ve just clarified with SPD’s Det. Drew Fowler, so we’re summarizing with added information, as well as quoting:

Police say the burglary happened in the 9400 block of 7th SW (map) around 7 pm last night – a resident saw a man go into his garage, steal an air compressor, and take it to a getaway car nearby. A plainclothes officer in the area went to Pawn Pros at 16th/102nd in White Center (map) and found a vehicle matching the description given to SPD. The officer checked the license plate and discovered it was a stolen car. A female passenger was inside, but the burglary suspect was nowhere in sight. Picking up the SPDB account:

Unbeknownst to officers at the time, the victim’s sister had the same suspicion and went to the same pawnshop. Inside the pawnshop the victim’s sister recognized the suspect and the air compressor. She took a cellphone picture of the man holding the air compressor, which prompted him to leave the store.

Officers saw the suspect exit the pawnshop still carrying the compressor which he loaded into the stolen car. Patrol officers attempted to stop the suspect, but he began driving recklessly, speeding through neighborhoods and stop signs alike.

This happened in White Center and Highland Park – finally, officers terminated the vehicle pursuit for safety concerns, and found the stolen car, empty, in the 11000 block of 18th SW in White Center. The burglary suspect and his female passenger were caught nearby. Police found drugs in his possession “as well as property taken in a recent car prowl,” they reported (that’s been returned to its owner). The 27-year-old suspect is jailed for “investigation of attempt to elude, auto theft, trafficking in stolen property, drug possession, and burglary.”

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What the big police response at Lincoln Park is about http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/what-the-big-police-response-at-lincoln-park-is-about/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/what-the-big-police-response-at-lincoln-park-is-about/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:45:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307965

Thanks for the tips about a sizable police response at/near the north parking lot at Lincoln Park. Here’s what police tell us happened: Making a traffic stop, they noticed a gun in the car, and called for backup. It turned out to be a realistic-looking Airsoft-type gun. They also told us they are still investigating other possible issues regarding the vehicle/driver, so the scene hasn’t cleared quite yet.

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FOLLOWUP: Seattle Police neighborhood plans, now made public http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-seattle-police-neighborhood-plans-now-made-public/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-seattle-police-neighborhood-plans-now-made-public/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:36:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307887 Over the past year or so, Seattle Police have been working with neighborhood groups to create specific local policing plans – and now, they’ve made the citywide plans public. Here are the six for West Seattle (with more to come):

Admiral
Alki
Fauntleroy
Highland Park
North Delridge
Roxhill/Arbor Heights

(Former Southwest Precinct commander, now Assistant Chief, Steve Wilske, was a leader in initiating these, as cited by SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole in promoting him.)

Read more about the concept – and see the city’s other plans, if you’re interested – by going to this SPD webpage.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car found, 3 teens arrested http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-car-found-3-teens-arrested/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-car-found-3-teens-arrested/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 04:46:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307553 A commenter mentioned this earlier – and now details are on SPD Blotter:

Officers responded to calls of street racing in West Seattle Saturday and arrested three teens for auto theft.

A witness called police at 7:45 Saturday morning and reported street racing followed by suspicious behavior around a car in the 5400 block of 34 Ave. SW. Officers quickly arrived and saw three teen boys run from a car in the area. An officer checked the car and found the steering column, instrument panel, and other parts of the car either damaged or removed. Other officers flooded the area and located the teenagers a few blocks away. While talking to and searching the boys, an officer found a shaved key, used for stealing cars, on one of the teens.

A fourth teen, who stayed at the original scene in another car, allowed officers to search his vehicle. Officers found several car parts from the damaged vehicle inside the trunk of the teen’s car.

The owner of the damaged car called police and confirmed that his car had just been stolen.

Officers arrested and booked the three teens who ran into the King County Youth Service Center, while the fourth teen who stayed behind was released to his parents.

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Alki Community Council: From new signs at Don Armeni, to new info about the Homestead renovation http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/alki-community-council-from-new-signs-at-don-armeni-to-new-info-about-the-homestead-renovation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/alki-community-council-from-new-signs-at-don-armeni-to-new-info-about-the-homestead-renovation/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:54:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307378

(Photo courtesy Paul)
New parking signs are up at Don Armeni Boat Ramp – not new rules, but new signs (though a related rule change is under consideration). Thanks to a tip, we were already working on a story about the new signs before police explained them at last night’s Alki Community Council meeting. The signs, and other ACC toplines, including the SPD plan for Alki this summer, and Homestead/Fir Lodge updates from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, ahead …

The Don Armeni parking signs were part of the update from Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith. The Parks Department put them up Wednesday. We had subsequently inquired with Parks – the explanation, via Parks spokesperson David Takami:

The rules at Don Armeni haven’t changed — we’ve just installed new signs to
be more clear about what the rules are. Seattle Police asked us to clarify the parking rules here–again, not to change them, just to clarify them, so that they could be fair and consistent in enforcing them.

There’s already quite a bit of single-car parking at Don Armeni: 16 single-car spaces in all, eight on each side of the boat ramp parking. To maximize the available single-car parking, we’re considering a recommendation to set a two-hour limit. That would ensure that the single-car parking spaces are available to park users rather than being used for commuter parking.

(Tipster Paul had in fact noted that most of those spaces seem to be taken up by Water Taxi commuters.) Lt. Smith described the problem in similar terms: It wasn’t that people weren’t trying to comply with the previous signs, but it seemed, they had difficulty understanding the way those signs had laid out the rules. These signs are seeking to clarify. And if that doesn’t work, SPD has enforcement out and about as needed.

On to the summer plan for Alki: As always, Lt. Smith said, the major areas of concern are underage drinking, traffic, and “behavior.” Police are seeking to be sure the right tone is set at the start of the season – which means consistent police presence. The newly expanded bicycle patrol will be an important part of that, but even bigger than that will be the new mobile precinct – no arrival date yet but Lt. Smith says they expect it will be delivered before the start of the summer season.

Another emphasis right now involving Alki: Police are trying to reel in the racing. Alki and Seward Park are the two hot spots, and when SPD shows up in one spot, the racers head off toward the other. Lt. Smith says SPD has plans in place to thwart that this summer.

Last but by no means least, he brought up the overall increase in crime in West Seattle/South Park over the past month, compared to the same time last year, as shown on this slide from this week’s SeaStat briefing downtown – everything in red is a category that’s up year-to-year in that four-week span:

Lt. Smith says they’re making progress by arresting some of the major offenders and working to identify others. (We’ll see if that’s reflected in the next crime-trends update, next Tuesday at the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, 7 pm at the precinct.)

ALKI HOMESTEAD/FIR LODGE UPDATE, AND WHAT ELSE SWSHS IS UP TO: Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, says new owner Dennis Schilling has many details to work out. For starters, SWSHS has helped him connect with a structural engineer who’s doing a survey of the building. And a cleanup crew is getting rid of some of the amassed junk inside – debris and random items in the old kitchen area. SWSHS will eventually be providing updates on the renovation project via its website.

Events ahead: On (corrected date) June 5th – one day before the anniversary of the totem-pole dedication at SWSHS’s headquarters, the Log House Museum - Alki and Schmitz Park Elementaries’ students will walk over to the museum again, and this time they’ll be in a photo taken on the Homestead’s lawn. And on the 4th of July, always a big holiday for SWSHS, a fried-chicken cookoff is planned, followed by a This Place Still Matters group shot on the fifth anniversary of the “This Place Matters” photo expressing concern for the Homestead’s future.

The Alki Community Council usually meets third Thursdays, 7 pm, at Alki UCC.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Early-morning robbery http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-early-morning-robbery/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-early-morning-robbery/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:55:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307358 Just posted on SPD Blotter:

Two masked men forced their way inside a Seattle marijuana shop owner’s West Seattle home early Friday and tied him up at gunpoint, before making off with tens of thousands of dollars in cash, a half-dozen pistols and a high-powered rifle.

The 47-year-old owner was walking up to his home in the 8600 block of 35th Avenue SW around 12:30 AM when two masked men approached him. The suspects grabbed a puppy the victim was carrying, and forced the man inside his home at gunpoint.

The suspects forced the victim to open two safes inside the home and then tied him to a bed while they took a large amount of cash, six different handguns, a rifle, four watches, and the victim’s surveillance system.

About an hour after the incident began, the victim got free and began searching for his puppy. When he found the dog, he called police.

The victim wasn’t able to provide much of a description of the suspects: he told officers both men appeared to be in their 30s, one was white, the other Hispanic.

Robbery detectives are investigating the case, and asking anyone with information to contact police at (206) 684-5535.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Fake ‘plumber’ scams his way in http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-fake-plumber-scams-his-way-in/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-fake-plumber-scams-his-way-in/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:35:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307113 Seattle Police are warning of a bogus “plumber” scamming his way into homes – and says one was in West Seattle:

… In five different cases between January 22nd and April 8th, the suspect has approached women – all between the ages of 76 and 91 – at their homes, claimed to work for Fox Plumbing, and then tried to snake his way inside to steal cash, credit cards, and IDs.

In the first incident, the suspect approached a woman at her home in the 4700 block of 25th Ave SW, said he was working at a neighbor’s home, and needed to check her water. The victim allowed the man inside, where he strolled from room to room, turning on faucets before leaving. The victim became suspicious and called Fox Plumbing, only to learn they did not have anyone working in the area. She then discovered the suspect had stolen cash, credit cards and her ID.

The full story, with incidents elsewhere in the city, is here.

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UPDATE: Man hurt in shooting at Upper Morgan apartment building; police cite ‘dispute over text messages’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/police-investigating-possible-gunfire-in-high-pointupper-morgan-area/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/police-investigating-possible-gunfire-in-high-pointupper-morgan-area/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 04:45:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306689

(WSB photos by Christopher Boffoli)
9:45 PM: Just in case you heard it too – we’re getting texts, and police are reporting multiple calls, of possible gunshots heard in the High Point/Upper Morgan area. No further details yet. As we’ve told texters, if you heard them, please let 911 know – that’ll help them zero in on a location.

9:58 PM: This apparently happened in/from an apartment building in the 6500 block of 35th SW. Police are still arriving – avoid the area. An “assault with weapons” SFD response is headed that way, too, though we don’t know whether police have confirmed any victim(s).

10:12 PM: Police have now confirmed what a neighbor told us – one person shot in the leg.

10:30 PM: WSB’s Christopher Boffoli is at the scene. He tells us the victim is a man in his late 30s/early 40s, being taken to the hospital by private ambulance – shot in the foot, not a life-threatening injury.

11:33 PM: New information from Christopher – police are wrapping up at the scene. The suspect is not yet in custody, they told him (though we had heard via scanner earlier that they believe they know who they are looking for). They believe the shooting was deliberate, not an accident (we hadn’t been sure about that) and now clarify that the wound was in the victim’s ankle.

ADDED 8:19 AM: New information this morning via SPD Blotter – police say it was “a dispute over text messages.” Excerpt:

… Police responded to SW Morgan Street and 35th Avenue SW just before 9:45 PM after receiving reports that a man had fired shots from an apartment building, striking a man on the street. Officers evacuated the building and searched for the suspect, but were unable to find him.

The victim of the shooting also called 911 shortly after the incident and said he had been shot in the leg. Officers found the man across the street from the scene of the shooting.

The victim told officers he knew the suspect through a mutual acquaintance — an ex-girlfriend —and had received a series of harassing text messages from the man Thursday evening. When the victim went to the suspect’s apartment building to confront him over the texts, the suspect appeared on a third-floor balcony and opened fire. …

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Gunfire in South Delridge & beyond http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-gunfire-in-south-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-gunfire-in-south-delridge/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:04:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306577

11:04 PM: If you’re in the South Delridge area and thought you heard gunfire … police report finding at least one shell casing in the area of the 9000 block of Delridge Way SW. No reports of any injuries so far. (Thanks to the person who texted the tip.)

11:15 PM: Via the scanner, we’ve heard police report also finding casings near 17th/Barton, and now officers think they are hearing shots in the distance to the southwest, possibly closer to 13th/Roxbury, where people are calling in about it. They’ve also found a car window shot out – we’ve just received a photo we’re adding atop this story.

11:42 PM: Also, reports shots were heard near Delridge and Juneau.

12:01 AM: And now in the Olson vicinity, east end of Roxbury, near Arrowhead Gardens. Helicopter alert: You might also hear Guardian One joining the search.

12:14 AM: The car they’re looking for is described (again, via scanner) as a red older 4-door Honda, possibly loud exhaust, 3-5 male teens/young adults inside. If you have any tips, call 911.

11:48 AM: Police report the overnight arrest of a 16-year-old who’s under investigation in connection with all this – we’ve published a separate update.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Police searching for would-be burglar http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-searching-for-would-be-burglar/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-searching-for-would-be-burglar/#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2015 00:04:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306189 The police search in the mid-Beach Drive area is because of a reported burglary attempt upslope in the 5900 block of Atlas Drive. Someone is reported to have tried to break into a house there by breaking a window. Only a partial description so far – white man, heavy set, in a blue and green Seahawks sweatshirt and dark shorts, who fled on foot, toward the water. Any information, call 911.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car; plus, how many police the Southwest Precinct has http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-car-plus-how-many-police-the-southwest-precinct-has/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-car-plus-how-many-police-the-southwest-precinct-has/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:49:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305618 First, in West Seattle Crime Watch, one reader report today:

STOLEN CAR: From Taylor in Arbor Heights:

Our 1999 red Jeep Cherokee was stolen from our driveway early this morning in Arbor Heights. We are at the 9600 block of 41st SW. Our neighbor reported a white Camry trolling the neighborhood around 4-5 am around when the paper gets delivered. Just an FYI for others.

The plate is in the @getyourcarback tweet. This is one of two auto thefts logged for West Seattle so far today; the other was in the 4100 block of 58th SW, but since we haven’t heard directly from anyone on that, we don’t know what type of vehicle was taken there.

Now, a side note. This Wednesday, the City Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting looks at the state of SPD staffing around the city. And a report prepared for that meeting is already online, showing the numbers for all precincts, and what share of patrol staffing they have compared to what share of “911 call hours” comes from each precinct. See the report here; quick preview, the SW Precinct has the lowest number in both categories.

The 2 pm meeting Wednesday at City Hall also will include a 90-day update on the SPD body-cam experiment (which is only in the East Precinct) and the swearing-in of new Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.

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@ Block Watch Captains’ Network: Bike-patrol briefing & cybercrime http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/block-watch-captains-network-bike-patrol-briefing-cybercrime/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/block-watch-captains-network-bike-patrol-briefing-cybercrime/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:45:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304994 Along with being among the first to hear that Capt. Pierre Davis is returning to West Seattle as Southwest Precinct commander, the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network got a briefing this week on the precinct’s new bike patrol.

The guest was Sgt. Jim Britt (right), who is the sergeant for Frank sector (eastern West Seattle and South Park) and explained he is now the “bike sergeant” too – in addition to his ongoing duties, he is in charge of making sure the officers who are part of the patrol get equipment, training, etc. Because the bicycle patrol isn’t technically a separate unit, the officers will all still answer to their respective sectors’ sergeants.

The precinct will have at least two bicycle officers out each and every day on “second watch,” which is 11 am to 8 pm. Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith further clarified that means they have two officers with the flexibility to be deployed on bicycles – they have to have cars, too, as they can’t be taken entirely out of the loop for 911 responses.

Six officers in all will have bikes; Officer Scott Luckie and Andy Bass have had bikes for a while now, and, Sgt. Britt said, they also have been trained to become bicycle mechanics.

They ride a very specific type of 21-speed heavy-framed bike called Volcanic, made for emergency response; Luckie and Bass attended training to be able to keep them up and running. They worked with Cycle U here in West Seattle, too.

Bicycles allow officers to move “relatively unscathed” through summertime crowds on Alki, for example. The bicycle adds a foot of height, he notes. Also, they’ll be a visible and approachable presence in Westwood Village. He demonstrated the “very bright light” that the officers will have on their helmet, not just so they’re visible, but so they can see what’s happening around the area they’re going through. The bicycles also have taillights.

Where else will they be deployed? “The places where cars can’t go,” said Sgt. Britt, in both West Seattle and South Park. In Officers Luckie and Bass’s early efforts, WV, Roxhill Park, the park around Hiawatha Community Center are among the places that already have been patrolled; Lincoln Park also will get special attention from the bicycle patrol. Each of those two officers will still answer to their district sergeant, he explained, because they couldn’t add a sergeant just for the bicycle patrol. In the best of all worlds, said Lt. Smith, they’d have twice as many officers, but that’s just not possible, so they’re putting this together the best way they can.

Officer Jon Kiehn, who’s just returned to the SW Precinct’s Community Police Team, said that this will allow officers to catch more people because it’s faster than running and yet almost silent as they come up on suspects from behind.

They’ll have a handheld version of the in-car computers, too. And they’ll be matched up with the new mobile precinct the SW Precinct is getting, once it arrives (it’s still at the manufacturer on the East Coast) – not as big as the old one, but it’ll have a restroom, communications equipment, etc.

Will the officers have cameras? Sgt. Britt was asked. Reply: If and when the body-worn camera experiment makes it to the Southwest Precinct, they will. (Currently it’s still just in the East Precinct.)

Looking ahead a few months – on Night Out, August 4th, the sergeant said, they’ll have officers on bikes stopping by Night Out parties “all over the place.”

CYBERCRIME: Your computer-related information is “out there,” began Officer Kiehn, who piloted the draft edition of a cybercrime presentation he’s working on.

He began by talking about how you have to be very aware of what you are doing on the computer – that e-mails you open, ads you click, are things you want to be exposed to, because “by clicking you’re giving permissions. … Don’t click on things unless you know what you’re allowing.” He mentions the e-mails you might get with just some jumbled words and a link, and the fact you’re putting yourself at risk by clicking that link. Things are not what they seem – so unless you’re absolutely sure, don’t click on a link. (Our tip: Mouse over a link or an ad, and you’ll see toward the bottom of your screen what it will take you to, before you click to go there.)

“Look into having virus protection – not having it is a problem,” said Officer Kiehn.

Passwords? If you’ve learned someone has used your e-mail address without permission, change your password ASAP, he said. He said that you need a really strong one but the stronger, the harder to remember. So think of a string of words that means something to you, he said. Say, your first pet, your first car, your street. For a really good password, you want to have about 21 characters. Then when you have your password, use alternate characters – like 3s for Es, numbers that are their “shift” character alternatives, etc. Or, have a password and at a certain spot insert characters for the specific service it applies to – FB for Facebook, YH for Yahoo!, etc.

Your smartphone is a computer, Officer Kiehn reminds people. When it’s accessible to wi-fi, it might be accessible to someone else. So when you’re just out walking around, turn off the wi-fi.

He also advised, back up anything that’s important to you that’s on your computer.

There’s a lot more to say about computer-related crime, so watch for the full version of his in-the-works briefing at a future WSBWCN meeting. The group usually meets fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, at the precinct; see their updates inbetween meetings at wsblockwatch.wordpress.com. And if you’re interested in forming a Block Watch – they can help, as can Southwest/South Precincts’ Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon, whose contact info is here.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Suspect in SE shooting arrested here; Guardian One visit; recognize this gutted truck? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-crime-watch-suspect-in-se-shooting-arrested-here-guardian-one-visit-recognize-this-gutted-truck/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-crime-watch-suspect-in-se-shooting-arrested-here-guardian-one-visit-recognize-this-gutted-truck/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:17:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305271 Today’s West Seattle Crime Watch roundup starts with two incidents from last night:

SOUTHEAST SEATTLE SHOOTING SUSPECT FOUND IN WEST SEATTLE: Last night at 23rd SW/SW Brandon, police made a “felony stop” – guns drawn, as is SOP when someone in a pulled-over vehicle is suspected of a felony. We thought we heard, via scanner, the word “shooting,” but couldn’t find evidence of any West Seattle gunfire incidents last night, and couldn’t reach police for information.

After we contacted the Media Relations unit this morning, Det. Drew Fowler looked into this for us and discovered it was related to an incident in Southeast Seattle that was already on SPD Blotter; they’ve as a result just updated it to include the West Seattle angle: The original incident involved gunfire from three cars in the Rainier Beach area around 7:45 last night; nobody was hit. The car then pulled over at 23rd/Brandon matched the description of one vehicle seen speeding from the scene. Gang detectives arrested its 21-year-old driver, a Federal Way resident and convicted felon who police say they saw “ditching a gun at the original shooting scene,” for felony weapons possession, and booked him into jail. (The car was impounded.)

IF YOU HEARD GUARDIAN ONE OVER THE JUNCTION LAST NIGHT: It was NOT related to the incident above, so far as we know. They were in the area and helping SPD check out a report of “a large fight” in The Junction. The King County Air Support crew subsequently reported via Twitter that nothing was found.

ABANDONED, GUTTED TRUCK: Scott shared the photo, in case you recognize it:

An abandoned Chevy stepside pick up truck was discovered on SW 104th at 38th this morning next to AHES construction site. No plates, no engine, and the interior is gutted. City of Seattle notified through their Find it, Fix it app.

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