West Seattle Blog... » WSBeat http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:07:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 The WSBeat: Four police-report summaries, starting with fruit theft http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/the-wsbeat-four-police-report-summaries-starting-with-fruit-theft/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/the-wsbeat-four-police-report-summaries-starting-with-fruit-theft/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:33:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283913 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of our periodic feature The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*A Fauntleroy resident went out to his planting strip to harvest his organic pear crop and was dismayed to discover that all of the ripe fruit had been taken. He estimates that at least 50 pounds of fruit — worth $200 — was missing. A nearby citizen said she saw a man and woman in a white van picking the fruit. The van is registered to a Georgetown address.

Three more summaries ahead, including the case that began with a naked man and a tree:

*Around 6:30 pm on the 26th, officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of 56th SW where a naked man was doing pullups from a tree branch. He didn’t appreciate being placed in the rear of the patrol car, where he spent his time mumbling and spitting. The 17-year-old from Kent was eventually restrained (and fitted with a “spit sock”), placed on a gurney, and transported to Harborview for treatment.

*On Harbor Avenue on the evening of the 21st, a rollerblader claimed that a driver speedily exiting a restaurant parking caused a collision. He said the driver entered the skating lane so unexpectedly and abruptly that he (the fast skater) was unable to stop in time and slammed into the car. When medics arrived, they found him on the ground. On the other hand, the police report says, the driver, two passing witnesses (who knew neither the driver or skater), and the restaurant video told a different (and consistent) story: The driver *had* pulled out and was waiting for passing traffic to clear before entering the street. The skater (“moving slower than I walk” said one witness) chose to pass in front of the car (rather than going behind), tapped/grasped the hood the entire time. As he reached the driver’s side he lowered himself “gracefully” to the ground, claiming injury, and pulled out a cellphone. They also say he was lucid and talking … until medics arrived and transported him to Harborview. Officers interviewed him there and warned him that his version was at odds with those of the witnesses. They even mentioned that security footage likely recorded the scene. They asked if he wanted to amend his version of events. He did not, and is facing investigation of false reporting.

*Around 6:15 pm on the 21st, medics were sent to the 1900 block of 42nd SW where they revived a man in a parked car who had overdosed on heroin. He was transported to Harborview. Meanwhile, his female friend who called for assistance was taken into custody for an outstanding felony warrant and for a variety of needles, methamphetamine, and fake IDs in her possession.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = call or text 206-293-6302.

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The WSBeat: ‘Hang up and drive,’ especially if you’re wanted … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/the-wsbeat-hang-up-and-drive-especially-if-youre-wanted/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/the-wsbeat-hang-up-and-drive-especially-if-youre-wanted/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 09:02:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281478 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of our periodic feature The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*In the 1500 block of SW Cambridge, a driver pulled over for talking on her cell phone was unable to provide the officer with her license or proof of insurance. What she *did* have were five felony warrants (totaling $65,000): Three for DUI and two for driving with a suspended license. She was booked into King County Jail.

*On Monday the 28th, the manager of an Alki coffee shop called 911 after checking the welfare of a patron who had been in the bathroom a long time. She opened the door, saw him with a belt around his arm and suspected he was injecting drugs. Officers arrived and questioned the man who, the previous day, had fallen asleep in the same bathroom. At the request of the manager, he was trespassed from the business. When a records check showed that he was wanted on a felony warrant by the King County Sheriff’s Office for residential burglary and trafficking stolen property ($50,075), he was booked into the King County Jail.

*On the 23rd, someone got into the foyer of an apartment in the 1700 block of Alki Ave. SW and stole a package that had been delivered. (The addressee found the empty box at the rear of the building.) Inside: A $2,000 gaming computer.

*Wanting to sell a coin collection, a citizen got a ride to a Junction store from “a friend of a friend.” He stepped from the car, and as he turned back to reach for the items, the driver punched the accelerator and took off. Officers later discovered that the driver needed money to bail out on a $20,000 felony warrant from King County. A records check later in the day showed that the warrant had been “cleared.” Bottom line: The driver had used the proceeds from a new felony to pay off a previous felony.

*On the 25th, just after midnight, officers arrived at the scene of a reported robbery at 26th and Barton. The victim had been attacked by four men and then dragged into the bushes, police were told. The attackers then removed the victim’s clothing and fled. They were described as black males, one in red shorts, a white T shirt, and long black hair down to his shorts. A second wore jeans, a black shirt, and a baseball cap. The third wore a white fisherman’s cap and a white shirt. The victim was transported to Highline Hospital for treatment.

*Same place, on the 27th, another man waiting for a bus was attacked by two juveniles who ended up being booked into the Youth Service Center. One of them was carrying a half gallon bottle of rum, which was returned to a nearby drugstore.

*On the 27th, at 29th and Barton, what was first called in as “a man with an ax” turned out to be a man who pulled a work hammer from his backpack when he felt threatened by juveniles who made fun of him for being drunk. The kids who were still at the scene told officers that the man never chased or tried to hit them. The man was released.

*On the 26th, a stranger (who turned out to be a Queen Anne resident) stumbled into a yard sale in the 7700 block of 12th SW carrying a half-gallon of alcohol. He offered drinks all around before the homeowner told him to leave. The next thing she knew, the stranger was inside her house. The man fled when told police had been called. He was booked into KCJ for investigation of non-forced residential burglary.

*The drivers/owners of two cars stolen on the 28th (one from Lincoln Park; another from Beach Drive) unintentionally provided extra help to the thieves: In both cases, the police reports say, there was an extra car key inside the vehicle.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = call or text 206-293-6302.

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The WSBeat: ‘Fast backup’; stuck in a cabinet; trapped in a tub; more… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/the-wsbeat-fast-backup-stuck-in-a-cabinet-trapped-in-a-tub-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/the-wsbeat-fast-backup-stuck-in-a-cabinet-trapped-in-a-tub-more/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 04:35:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277509 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of our periodic feature The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*On the afternoon of the 20th, firefighters asked for a “fast backup” from officers as they dealt with a patient in the 7500 block of 32nd SW. Officers found the 38-year-old lying on his back, yelling and growling, with “about half a dozen medics and officers holding him down.” The man had fought with firefighters and injured one by grabbing and crushing his upper arm, breaking the skin in three places. The suspect, who has a history of drug-induced “excited delirium” incidents, was transported to Harborview. Officers are recommending that the suspect be charged with assault.

*On the 18th, in the 2800 block of 36th SW, a man took up residence inside a small cabinet discarded {“Free!”) on a corner. He provided incoherent answers to officers’ questions, and they felt it was best he be taken to Harborview for a mental evaluation–plus, they were concerned he might die (from “positional asphyxiation”) if he accidentally fell asleep inside the cramped quarters.

*On the 16th, Arbor Heights residents asked that officers check on the wellbeing of an elderly neighbor whom they had not seen for about a week. Officers noticed a full mailbox and papers on the porch. Getting no response to knocks, they decided to make a forced entry. They found the 77-year-old woman in the bathtub — alive — but gasping and unable to speak. It appeared she had been stuck for several days. She was transported to Harborview for care.

Ahead, eight more summaries, starting with two cases of predatory behavior:

*While in a business in the 1600 block of SW Holden, a woman noticed that an older man had his arm around her 6-year-old daughter, who was standing just behind her but near the door. The man also seemed to be whispering in her ear. The mom jokingly said, “Excuse me, you can’t take her,” but the man ignored her. When she forcibly removed his arm from the girl, he said, “They’re best at that age.” He left the store and climbed into a dark blue, newer hatchback wagon. He was a white man in his 70s, between 5′ and 5’5″, with a medium build. He wore a white shirt with thin back stripes, possibly plaid. He remains at large.

*On the afternoon of the 20th, a 20-year-old woman was walking in an alley behind the 6300 block of 35th SW when she sensed she was being followed. A man was approaching quickly, chiding her loudly for not “watching her surroundings” and then saying, among other things, that “Girls like you get stalked like prey and killed.” The woman looked around and saw an elderly male nearby, stopped in a vehicle, who seemed to be watching out for her. The suspect also saw the man and walked away quickly. (The man in the car gave her a “thumbs up” and then drove off.) The suspect (and another man) drove off southbound on 34th SW in a blue 1990s van with tinted windows. The suspects are both black males. One was 30-49 years old, the other 22-29. The older man was about 6 feet tall, with slim build and dark complexion. He had a scar below one eye and white residue on his nostrils. One wore a red sweat suit. They remain at large.

*On the evening of the 20th, a citizen reported a disturbance with a man forcing his way into a home in the 5200 block of 19th SW. He tried to get away as police arrived but decided to give up when he realized he was literally running into a dead end. The argument had been about the man’s drinking; his wife would like to see him get treatment. Meanwhile, the husband (who has an extensive criminal history and is a convicted felon), was wanted on a $10,000 warrant for unlawful use of weapons. He was booked into King County Jail.

*On the 17th, a 58-year-old Alki-area man walked into his a neighbor’s backyard and began drilling into the ground using a cordless drill. The officer noted that the man could sit still for fewer than ten seconds at a time, provided multiple answers for each question, admitted he hadn’t slept in several days and couldn’t remember when he had last eaten. He was taken to Harborview for a mental evaluation. A second man made the same trip on the 19th after he threatened to harm himself while being evicted. When the King County Officer showed up to serve the papers, the man pulled a dagger from a sheath, which is when the officer called for backup from Seattle police.

*Early Sunday, two strangers in a truck got peeved at a young man who was in front of them, driving north on I 5. They followed him onto the West Seattle Bridge, then pulled in front, preventing him from passing. They eventually came to a stop in the middle of the bridge; the young man drove around them. Again they followed, all the way to 35th and Charleston, where they jumped out of their truck, tried to open the young man’s (locked) car door, and challenged him to fight. The young man simply drove away and, after following for a few blocks, the strangers gave up the chase.

*On the 21st, a 20-year-old driver from Kent blatantly ignored a bicycle officer’s order to pull over at Alki (for cruising and for excessive noise) and accelerated rapidly, trying to flee down side streets that were crowded with both people and cars. With pedestrians yelling at him to slow down, he was finally hemmed in by other drivers, arrested, and booked into King County Jail for investigation of reckless driving and failure to stop for an officer.

*An officer was suspicious about a man and woman he saw walking at Alki at 4:30 a.m. on the 22nd. Their odd clothing, facial sores, haggard appearance and thin build were hallmarks of meth or heroin users. A short time later he encountered them again and decided to ask some questions. The man disappeared before backing officers arrived, but the woman turned out to be a missing person from Bellingham. A pat-down for weapons revealed a syringe and multiple plastic bindles in her pocket. In other clothing and her backpack, officers found multiple used and unused syringes and close to 100 empty plastic bindles that had likely contained heroin. Because the officer knew she’d be turned away from King County Jail (for the infected sores covering her arms and upper torso), he took her to the SW Precinct for a long talk. He suggested she return to Bellingham and get some medical assistance for her addictions. He returned her belongings and released her from the precinct. Bellingham PD was notified to take her off the missing list.

*On the 22nd, a 17-year-old girl was arrested after shoplifting and threatening a security guard at a Westwood Village store with a knife. Inside her handbag? Two kitchen knives and an open bottle of Jack Daniels.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = call or text 206-293-6302.

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The WSBeat: Arrests including violent gang member, unregistered sex offender, fugitive turned burglary suspect… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/the-wsbeat-arrests-including-violent-gang-member-unregistered-sex-offender-fugitive-turned-burglary-suspect/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/the-wsbeat-arrests-including-violent-gang-member-unregistered-sex-offender-fugitive-turned-burglary-suspect/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:00:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=271342 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled in recent weeks by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*On the afternoon of Wednesday the 16th, a car with heavily tinted windows drove past an officer on patrol at Don Armeni Boat Ramp. A routine records check of the license plate showed that the 27-year-old owner was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant for car prowling. A check of the owner’s name brought up a no-bail felony warrant, extraditable throughout the United States, for unlawful firearms possession in the second degree. The officer was able to take the suspect — described in the warrants as a violent gang member — into custody without incident.

*In the Admiral area on the 14th, an officer recognized a man who was violating a protection order by walking near a girlfriend’s residence The suspect was also wanted for failing to register as a sex offender. When arrested he was carrying an illegal switchblade knife and a bag of crystal meth. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of all four violations.

*A woman paid a visit to her ex-boyfriend’s place of employment and argued with him in the parking lot. After he went inside, she rammed his car with hers six or eight times, yelling all the while, before driving off. The woman has been trespassed from the property.

This roundup covers a longer timespan than usual, and includes 13 more summaries ahead:

*A Westwood-area business hired a new employee and then fired him after a few days. The man was later arrested for allegedly burglarizing the place. A simple criminal background check might have saved the business this trouble. It would have disclosed that the short-term employee was wanted in New Mexico on a probation violation and for pimping and sexual exploitation of children.

*On 12th Avenue South, a tenant in a rental asked a yardworker why he was cutting branches from trees on her lawn. He waved her off, saying, “Don’t worry…I’ve already talked to your husband.” When she told him to leave he raised the chainsaw toward her and made a “swiping” motion. She ran inside and called 911. He then stumbled to his vehicle (she thought he might be intoxicated) yelling and threatening to come back that night and “F*#^ you up.” It turns out the neighbor had hired the worker and claimed she had cleared the work with the victim’s landlord…which she had not. The officer made a call to the yard company and is awaiting a response.

*Also in South Park, on the afternoon of the 16th, an alert citizen called 911 to report that a Level 3 sex offender was standing in front of the library, trying to talk to children. (A records check showed that particular offender was wanted on a felony warrant for failing to register his status.) Officers arrived and spoke with the man, who claimed to have no ID. He gave permission for a backpack search and told officers it contained nothing sharp. Inside? Two knives, one 7.25 inches long and another 4 inches long. This led officers to do a body search. Again, the suspect denied carrying anything sharp. Inside his jacket pocket (and easily accessible)? Two knives, one 3 inches long and one 4 inches long. He (along with his 17 aliases) was booked into King County Jail.

*Also on the 16th, a woman visited Westwood Village, stopping at the bank to withdraw $600 and then heading to buy groceries. In the bread aisle she stopped to assist an older couple who were having trouble finding a particular type of hamburger bun. When she arrived at the checkout, she realized that her wallet was missing. She also realized that the male half of the couple she had helped had not only stood by her cart (and purse), but had suddenly said, “OK, let’s go” to his companion. The suspects are black, aged 50-64 and of medium build. The man wore all beige clothes and the woman wore all black clothes and had lots of freckles on her face. They remain at large.

*Claiming he had been attacked near 35th and Morgan, a 18-year-old High Point resident visited an emergency room and got stitches for knife wounds on his neck and ear. The nurse was required to contact police (though he asked her not to). The officer noted that the victim’s clothes were clean and showed no signs of an altercation. It also turned out that the victim had been carrying a cellphone but, oddly, had not called 911 to report the incident. The victim quickly became hostile, calling the officer names and at one point turning to his mother (also in the room) telling her to “shut up.” The officer’s offer of a ride home was “rudely declined.”

*The April 11th effort to catch and transport four juvenile burglary suspects in Highland Park required the resources of at least 13 Seattle officers and the crew of King County Sheriff’s Office Guardian One helicopter.

*Because of a middle-school student’s detailed suicide plan, officers had her transported (accompanied by her school counselor) to Children’s Hospital for involuntary observation. Two weeks earlier the child had been admitted to Children’s after drinking bleach.

*On the afternoon of the 12th, officers were called to a Alaska Junction medical clinic after a despondent woman awaiting transport to the hospital tried slashing her wrists with a broken tongue depressor.

*At least eight mental health crises–several involving suicide attempts–were handled in one recent week.

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*A nearly naked John Doe was hanging out in an alley near California and Walker around 6:30 a.m. on the 3rd. He was taken to Harborview for a mental evaluation.

*Saying he was hungry and wouldn’t do it again, a Morgan Junction man was caught shoplifting $65 worth of beer and groceries from a market near his home. His plea for understanding rang hollow when an ID check disclosed that he was wanted on two warrants for theft totalling $10,500. He was booked into King County Jail.

*A SeaTac resident who claimed to be afraid of the dark was booked into King County Jail after stealing a flashlight from an Alaska Junction hardware store. It turns out that she, too was wanted — on a $1,000 domestic violence assault warrant.

*A 38-year-old Burien resident caused a disturbance at a Westwood Village store on the evening of the 8th. He was told to contact customer service and leave. He did not. First calm, then angry and yelling, he threatened to slap and then kill an officer. Told he was free to go, he left and then returned, three times altogether. He activated his cellphone camera, obtained the officer’s name and badge number and demanded a business card with the same. He again threatened to slap the officer and this time kill himself. Given the cirumstances, the officer felt that the man warranted a mental health evaluation. The subject refused to respond to verbal commands, and it took four officers to take him to the ground to be handcuffed. He claimed he needed water, pretended to pass out, and at the hospital he tried to bite a security officer on the arm.

*Also at Westwood Village, on the afternoon of Wednesday the 2nd, three officers were hurt while arresting a 17-year-old juvenile wanted on a no-bail felony warrant. The suspect resisted arrest, hit one officer in the face and at one point during the struggle he managed to get his hand inside one officer’s holster. In addition to the original felony theft warrant, the suspect now faces investigation of nonaggravated assault against officers.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = call or text 206-293-6302.

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The WSBeat: Intruders, warrant followup, argumentative solicitor, more… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/the-wsbeat-intruders-warrant-followup-argumentative-solicitor-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/the-wsbeat-intruders-warrant-followup-argumentative-solicitor-more/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:55:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268897 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*Intruder #1: Responding to reports of a man staggering and weaving near Palm SW and Edgewood SW (map), an officer saw a suspect inside a fenced yard. The officer parked the car but the suspect had disappeared. Because the gate was locked, the officer climbed the fence and noticed the front door was partially open. He announced himself at the door and informed the resident of what was going on. The homeowner opened — and then quickly closed — a powder-room door and said, “He’s in there.” The man, a 28-year-old Des Moines resident, was handcuffed. No other suspects were discovered. He was booked into king County Jail for investigation of burglary.

*Intruder #2: After knocking loudly, a glassy-eyed man opened a screen door and tried to enter a residence in the 2300 block of Alki Avenue. The female resident slammed the door and called 911. When officers arrived she saw that he was lying on the ground in front of a nearby residence. He gave officers a false name, couldn’t remember where he was or how he had gotten there. He was incoherent and repeatedly referenced “Navy Seal Team Six” but told officers he was not on any medication. An ID check on a credit card and with the man’s birthdate identified him as a bi-polar man from a previous incident who had been off his meds and was sent to Harborview for suicidal behavior. A neighbor had seen the man try to gain entrance to an apartment laundry room and then try to start a grill with his lighter. The suspect was transported for a mental-health evaluation.

7 more summaries ahead, including a followup to last week’s High Point helicopter-and-ground search, and a 4-year-old left alone:

*(This is a followup to a story covered here the night it happened:) Last Thursday night, members of the Anti-Crime Team served a narcotics search warrant on a home in the 3200 block of SW Juneau.

(March 20th photo by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
Six people were detained during the search and later released. Two — one who lived at the home and one from Burien — were arrested, the first as directed in the warrant and for an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant for escape. The Burien man tried to run but was captured and turned over to the King County Sheriff’s Office on a robbery case. Evidence seized during the warrant : 1.6 grams of heroin and a shotgun, plus several large freezer bags with heroin residue and false IDs. The Burien suspect’s backpack contained 9.7 grams of heroin and .8 grams of methamphetamine. At a secondary scene, in the 7500 block of 35th SW, officers found more freezer bags with heroin residue and several prescription pads.

*Magazine sales crews are in the area, and on the afternoon of the 26th, a resident who declined to buy a subscription was spit on by an argumentative “saleswoman.” While officers were hearing her story, another neighbor in the 3700 block of 41st came by to report that the woman had argued with him as well.

*Around 4 p.m. on the 26th, a woman called 911 to report that a man brandishing a butcher knife had come out of the bushes while she had been walking her dog in the middle of Schmitz Park. A search for the man was unsuccessful.

*On the 20th, a citizen found a knife with a bloody handle lying on the ground in the 3600 block of 23rd SW. An officer placed the item into the evidence unit.

*A mom told her four-year-old that she was heading for the grocery store and that the girl should go stay at a friend’s house. Citizens called 911 when they found the girl wandering outside of her Morgan Junction apartment building. (The officer’s report says, “She had already packed her pink princess luggage full of clothes and was ready to leave.”) A check of stores, hospitals and jails failed to turn up mom. Officers brought the little girl to the Southwest Precinct until she could be turned over to Child Protective Services. While waiting, she said she had eaten nothing all day except a piece of apple pie and ice cream. Officers were able to give her a snack to tide her over to her next good meal.

*Monday afternoon, a 38-year-old veteran called a crisis line to say he wanted to commit suicide. The crisis line called 911. A search for the man was unsuccessful, but an officer with negotiator training was able to contact the victim on his cellphone. The victim agreed to meet officers at a local market. He repeated his desire to die, saying, “Just take your gun out and shoot me,” and admitted that he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Officers had him transferred to the hospital for a mental evaluation. At the victim’s request, the negotiator rode with him to the hospital.

*Several West Seattle residents who worked or volunteered for the Archdiocese of Seattle have reported ID theft and the filing of fraudulent tax returns. (It’s part of a regional investigation; the Archdiocese has informational resources online here.)

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = call or text 206-293-6302.

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The WSBeat: Unanswered doorbell; arson followup… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/the-wsbeat-unanswered-doorbell-arson-followup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/the-wsbeat-unanswered-doorbell-arson-followup/#comments Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:35:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=267764 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*Around 8:30 a.m. on the 7th, in the 9200 block of 17th SW (map), someone repeatedly rang the doorbell at an apartment. When the resident didn’t answer, a loud “BOOM” shook the building as the would-be visitor tried to kick the door in. Video shows a slim, light-skinned black male wearing a beige hoodie jumping over a gate and into the victim’s side yard. He remains at large.

Four more summaries ahead (it’s been quieter lately) including a followup on an arson case reported here earlier this week:

*Around 2:30 a.m. on the 6th, a 96-year-old woman described as having known mental-health issues stood in the middle of the street near 28th and Dakota (map), yelling that “a policewoman was raped at the shindig!” She also had visions of naked men chasing each other. Neighbors state that her behavior is becoming increasingly erratic. Because she’s more agitated when police arrive, the on-scene officer made sure she got safely inside, left, and had 911 operators try to contact her son. King County Mental Health employees visited her the next day to try to get her into treatment. On the 8th, following another incident, the victim was transported to Harborview for an evaluation.

*A 38-year-old West Seattle man entered a Junction business on the afternoon of the 7th, used the restroom, and then threw items around. (One item was a large water bottle that he slammed into one employee’s groin.) Before leaving he stood outside and threw planter-box dirt back into the establishment. Officers picked him up and booked him into King County Jail for investigation of assault. Items in his pockets included a broken kite handle with string, two toy Frisbee guns, and an empty tobacco tin. The suspect has been involved in other recent disturbances and officers say his behavior is escalating.

*(This is a followup to a story published here last week.) A 14-year-old from Tacoma was booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of arson and residential burglary after a home under construction in the 4700 block of 26th (map) suffered damage early Tuesday morning from a fire determined to have been set. He gave himself up after officers put out the small fire and announced their presence. The young man had been involved in an incident earlier that evening.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = call or text 206-293-6302.

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The WSBeat: Kicked out; store stalker; singer smacked… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/the-wsbeat-kicked-out-store-stalker-singer-smacked-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/the-wsbeat-kicked-out-store-stalker-singer-smacked-2/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:20:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=265963 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*A father and adult son got into an argument on the 13th: Son claimed that dad had kicked him 15 times and tried kicking him down a flight of stairs. Officers found no marks or injuries on the young man (who declined medics). Dad admitted he was upset to discover his son had sold a bicycle (the son’s transportation to work) and gotten a $300 loan from a local business. His dismay grew when he found $300 worth of lottery scratch tickets littering the floor. The young man decided to collect some of his belongings and leave.

Three more summaries ahead:

*On the 13th, a man threatened employees at two Alaska Junction stores. In one, he claimed to be from the Treasury Bureau and said he had come to confiscate everything. Adding to the bystanders’ concern, he kept his hand hidden in his pocket during the incident. He left before officers arrived and was told not to return. He was back the next day, told the clerks that he lived nearby and would come back whenever he pleased. He stood outside one business for ten minutes, staring pointedly at the clerk; customers were afraid to leave the building. Officers arrested him for trespassing. While being cuffed and searched he yelled that he had a loaded gun in his pocket. When the officer unzipped said pocket, the suspect yelled, “Boom! Now you’re dead!” repeatedly and laughed. During transport he yelled racial slurs and proclaimed his intention to kill and then eat one officer’s mother. He capped off the afternoon by stripping off his pants and, uh, hanging out in a holding cell. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment.

*On the 15th, officers were dispatched to a fight in the 2300 block of California Ave. They found the victim on the sidewalk, bleeding from his head and mouth and with a large bump on the forehead. He was extremely intoxicated and said that the suspect (who he could only describe by saying he “looked like every other white guy”) had complained about his karaoke skills right before popping him in the face. The surprised victim chased his attacker outside but wound up on the end of several more punches to the head. Medics transported the victim to Harborview for treatment.

*Recently, an elderly dementia patient had to be transferred from home to a geriatric care ward after he assaulted a caregiver one night and pointed a gun at her the next. A supervisor said that in another incident — not reported to police — the suspect had pulled out a knife and threatened a former caregiver.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = call or text 206-293-6302.

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The WSBeat: Request followed by robbery, and 7 other incidents http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/the-wsbeat-request-followed-by-robbery-and-7-other-incidents/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/the-wsbeat-request-followed-by-robbery-and-7-other-incidents/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:17:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=265307 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*Early one recent morning, on the street near Roxbury and Delridge, a woman asked a man to quit leaning on her car. The man punched her in the face and also sent her male companion to the ground, punching him in the face four times and stealing his cell phone. Then along came the suspect’s female friend, who punched the female victim. The victims were also threatened with death. The man was described as black, light-skinned, 5’10″, in his 20s, medium build. He wore a red and black checkered hat with ear flaps, a red sports jersey and dark jeans. The woman was described as about the same age, black, 5’6″, and about 140 pounds, wearing a blue knit cap, an “old-style” gray Seahawks jersey, and carried a large black purse.

Seven more summaries ahead:

*Early on the 1st, officers responded to the Alaska Junction, where a man had reportedly been stabbed after a bar fight. The victim (who, as it turned out, had been causing the trouble in the bar) was on the ground, holding his left arm. “I’m alright,” the intoxicated fellow kept repeating. “I’m fine. I gotta go to work. Let me go home.” Noting that, while he had not been stabbed, the man’s forearm bone was visible, jutting through his skin, officers decided that calling medics was the more prudent course of action.

*A middle-school student with a history of assaulting staff left class without permission, banged on doors, and told a security officer that he wanted to get an “f’n knife and stab my teacher.” He repeated the threat in front of police officers, saying he’d stab her with a pencil. Officers had to block his path when he tried to leave, and at that point he called one male officer a “b*tch” and spat in his face. He was booked into the Youth Service Center.

*Around 2 a.m. on the 3rd, a woman was shoved to the ground at the Alaska Junction by a passing stranger. She hit her head on the sidewalk and was unconscious for a time. Medics had her transported to Harborview for treatment. The suspect was described as a black male in his twenties, about 6′ tall, wearing a gray sweater.

*At 4:30 p.m. on the 3rd, a man was taking a break from his run near 54th and Andover when a man driving a white Escalade with tinted windows drove by several times and then stopped beside him. The driver said, “Why did you stop running? Did you need some extra motivation?” He then drove off. The citizen reported the incident because it seemed odd. He did not recognize the car or driver.

*At 3 a.m. on the 1st, alert officers spotted a transient wanted on a $10,000 domestic violence felony warrant. They booked him into King County Jail.

*At 5 p.m. on the 31st, a driver called 911 when he noticed one of his passengers had turned blue and wasn’t breathing. He pulled over on Fauntleroy near SW Hudson and was told (by another passenger) that she was likely OD’ing on heroin. The victim was taken to Harborview by medics. Officers suspect the people in the vehicle had been at a nearby house known for drug activities.

*On the 30th, a young man in his twenties (with diminished mental capacities) appeared in a school cafeteria. He caused no problems, committed no crime, but obviously needed assistance. While they waited for officers, the staff provided him with a lunch. He couldn’t remember when he had last eaten and didn’t know how he got to the school. Officers were able to determine that he lived nearby but frequently ran from home. Fearing for his safety (he spoke of being a “monkey man” and of aliens), officers had him taken to Harborview for an evaluation.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = call or text 206-293-6302.

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The WSBeat: Stolen-car stop; dog owner threatened; more http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/the-wsbeat-stolen-car-stop-dog-owner-threatened-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/the-wsbeat-stolen-car-stop-dog-owner-threatened-more/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:52:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=263420 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*Around 5 p.m. on the 28th, a plainclothes officer radioed that he had run across and was keeping an eye on a car that had been reported as stolen. Three people climbed into the vehicle (parked in the 4100 block of SW Lander) and officers followed it eastbound on Admiral Way, hitting their lights when it pulled near a cafe parking lot under Spokane St. The 20-year-old driver and a 19-year-old female passenger were both West Seattle residents. He had no license and she was already under supervision by the Department of Corrections. Both were booked into King County Jail for investigation of auto theft. He faces additional charges for violating a protection order to stay away from the woman; she faces additional charges for violating probation. The third passenger, a Ballard resident, was released from the precinct.

*On the 24th, in the 4000 block of Beach Drive, a man let his dog out of his apartment. The dog ran up to and started barking at a man who was walking up from the beach. That man yelled, “Get your dog away from me.” The owner called the dog, which responded and stood behind him. The suspect approached and said, “Keep him away from me or I will kill you and the dog.” The yelling continued, and the suspect pushed the victim several times in the chest and dared him to call the police. The suspect was described as a white man, 50-64 years old, about 5’10″ with medium build, short brown curly hair. He wore glasses and remains at large.

Four more summaries ahead:

*Around 1 p.m. on the 23rd, officers were dispatched to a possible case of elder abuse or neglect in the 7700 block of 27th SW. They were warned ahead of time that the 53-year-old caregiver son had a history of assaulting officers. The 91-year-old alleged victim opened the door and officers immediately noticed facial bruising and gashes on his head. The man seemed a bit confused but said that he had fallen down the stairs. The son was true to form, became hostile and claimed the officers were in the home illegally. He stated “Dad’s just trying to get me in trouble. He fell down the stairs on Sunday. He’s fine and doesn’t need to go to the hospital.” However, the older man’s injuries did not seem consistent with falling down carpeted stairs and striking a flat wall (that was stained with blood spatter). Officers decided to call a detective to the scene. As dad was transported to the hospital, the upset and agitated son was taken into custody for an outstanding $7,500 warrant for malicious phone harassment. He deliberately lunged from officers’ grasp and twice struck his head on a glass picture frame, shattering it, causing a bloody injury. He then his hit head on the stairwell. He was placed outside on the grass, where he cursed at officers and kicked the medic who tried to treat his wounds, screaming, “Get away!” His response to hearing his Miranda Warnings was a hearty, “F You.” He was taken to Harborview for treatment and was eventually booked into King County Jail where he will also face investigation of nonaggravated assault.

*Just south of the Alaska Junction, a store manager called 911 to report a man kicking garbage cans and vending machines. Officers arrived and identified the suspect, who was wanted on a $10,075 felony warrant for second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission. He was booked into King County Jail for the warrant.

*Late on the 22nd, a man was running in traffic at California SW and SW Raymond. When officers arrived, he had moved southward to a fast-food restaurant where he was frantic, claiming that he was being chased by people with guns and lasers and that he was going to die. Officers cuffed the 44-year-old transient for his own safety and had him transported to Harborview for observation. He admitted that he had schizophrenia and had been off his meds for “quite some time.”

*A man with known mental issues entered the SW Precinct lobby on the 23rd asking for his “wire” that detectives had taken. An ID check showed that he was wanted by the King County Sheriff’s Office on a $3,000 warrant for malicious mischief. He was booked into King County Jail, but not before his possessions, being toted in a child’s jogging stroller, were inventoried: Four sponges, three hair products, one skin tag remover, five music speakers, two bras, six dental bottles, one bottle l’oreal makeup, one ice cube mold, two blankets, one tooth whitening pen, two knives, and one blue handbag.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = call or text 206-293-6302.

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The WSBeat: Fire fight with admitted ‘hothead’; wallet full of surprises; more http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/the-wsbeat-fire-fight-with-admitted-hothead-wallet-full-of-surprises-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/the-wsbeat-fire-fight-with-admitted-hothead-wallet-full-of-surprises-more/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 03:37:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262534 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*On the 18th, firefighters responded to a “reckless burning” call near 31st and Roxbury. The resident, who was burning leaves in his back yard in violation of the city code, told the firefighters to get off his property. When told he needed to extinguish the flames, the man grabbed the garden hose, sprayed the burn pile, and then sprayed the firefighter. The Battalion Chief was called to the scene and got the same treatment. Officers were called and immediately recognized the suspect as someone with a history of confrontational behavior with Seattle Police as well. After a drawn-out interaction (in which the man said he had a “hot head” and just can’t help it), he was released. Officers recommend he face charges of assault, reckless burning, and false reporting (for giving officers a false name).

Six more summaries ahead:

*A 22-year-old Highland Park resident was taken into custody for probation violations recently. In his possession at the time? A wallet (not his own) that contained several credit and debit cards; two sheets of papers with lists of names, credit card numbers, a laptop, and a driver’s license for a second citizen; and pay statements belonging to a third.

*A high-school couple had an argument. The girl told a friend about it. The friend was upset on the girl’s behalf (as a friend would likely be). But in this case, the friend decided to ratchet things up by asking her stepfather to go beat up the boyfriend. The stepfather apparently agreed and has been sending threatening messages (including threats to kill) to the boy.

*For completely unrelated reasons, an officer was inside a known Arbor Heights “party house” on the 18th. On the wall he saw a list of house rules that noted prices of drinks and guidelines for guests regarding behavior and sexual activity. The home is occupied by a 17-year-old and his mother.

*A citizen called 911 around noon on the 19th after seeing a man walk in and out of traffic at California and Raymond. An officer found him approaching pedestrians aggressively and pointing his hand in the shape of a gun. On that 40-degree day he wore no shirt and was shivering. He carried two bags filled with trash (that smelled of feces). He told the officer he was trying to find a doctor friend and that he, himself, was (among other things), a former Marine, doctor, and secret agent. He admitted he hadn’t eaten since the previous day because he was being chased. The 69-year-old — later identified as a New York resident — was taken to Swedish Hospital for treatment.

*On the 17th, a slumber party in North Delridge turned tragic when a 13-year-old, who was jumping on a bed with a group of her friends, fell backward and out of a window, landing on the pavement 25 feet below. The girl was stabilized by medics and transported to Harborview for treatment.

*Another reminder that police often have to intervene in life-threatening crises that don’t involve crime: A local veteran who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and hallucinations was transported to the VA hospital for treatment after taking an unknown amount of morphine and threatening suicide because of his constant pain.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = call or text 206-293-6302.

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The WSBeat: Close call in the fire pit; drive-by thieves; more http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/the-wsbeat-close-call-in-the-fire-pit-drive-by-thieves-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/the-wsbeat-close-call-in-the-fire-pit-drive-by-thieves-more/#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 06:33:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=260640 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*Just after midnight on the 24th, officers were called to a beach fire at Alki. While they were happy to see that it was in one of the burn pits, they were less happy to see a propane tank in the middle of the blaze. A fire crew came to take care of the situation and asked officers to make a suspicious circumstances report.

Four more summaries ahead, including a drive-by purse-snatching:

*On the 23rd, a woman and her friend were outside talking in the 10000 block of 40th SW. A car drove by, then circled back and a brazen thief snatched one woman’s purse from the hood of the car, yelling “Go Go Go!” as he climbed back into the getaway car. The suspects were in a gray/green Subaru style vehicle with a tire mounted on the back. The thief was a white male, 20 years old, with a mustache and beard. He wore a green vest over an orange T-shirt.

*A jogger passed by three young men who were spray-painting a wall in Schmitz Park on the afternoon of the 29th. He remarked that their activity was illegal and mentioned that he was going to call 911. In response he got hit in the head with a spray-paint can and pummeled.

*A would-be burglar was scared out of a home on Palm Avenue on the 29th when the 85-year-old homeowner sat up and said, “Hello.” (More on this case here.)

*Staggering, intoxicated and agitated, a 23-year-old and a 17-year-old female pair were taken to the hospital to detox after engaging in a violent encounter in the 9400 block of 27th SW. (Also at the scene: a 6-year-old boy, who was taken to a relative’s house.) Officers noted that mom expressed no concern regarding the whereabouts of her child but was mostly interested in reclaiming her property (several confiscated bottles of alcohol).

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = call or text 206-293-6302.

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The WSBeat: Life saved; ‘stabbing’ explained; bus pickpocket… http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/the-wsbeat-life-saved-stabbing-explained-bus-pickpocket/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/the-wsbeat-life-saved-stabbing-explained-bus-pickpocket/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:23:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=258184 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge…

*On the 29th, around 10:30 a.m., a passing citizen’s phone call led officers to the high rise of the West Seattle Bridge, where a despondent man had his head in his hands. The man drove off but officers followed when they saw him raise his right hand and make the shape of a gun. Fellow drivers pulled aside because of the patrol car’s siren and officers were able to stop the driver on Highway 99 northbound. He cried and apologized saying that the gun in the center console was not loaded, but confirmed that he had, indeed, intended to jump from the bridge. Officers found many suicidal notes in the car. The man was taken to Harborview for treatment.

Four more summaries ahead, including more details on the “assault with weapons” call reported here as breaking news last weekend:

*On the afternoon of Nov. 30th, officers arrived at a home in the 9700 block of 33rd SW. A man had called 911, claiming he had been stabbed by his roommate and saying that the roommate also had access to guns. Unsure of what they might be facing, two officers approached the home, one with a shotgun, one with a rifle. They could see the victim on the front porch talking with 911. Officers asked that the suspect come out of the house with his hands up and surrender. The suspect complied and had nothing in his hands. Meanwhile, the “victim” began yelling, “He has a gun! Shoot him! Shoot him!” The officers confirmed with each other that the man approaching them was unarmed. They then turned their attention to the caller and told him to lie on the ground. He refused and remained agitated as medics checked him for wounds. None were found. Placed under arrest for false reporting, he screamed threats and epithets at his roommate. The roommate told police that the incident began when he told the suspect he would call 911 unless he quit hitting their cat with a belt.

*A 60-year-old Skyway resident (with 14 aliases) is suspected of pickpocketing an elderly passenger on a Metro Access bus on December 2nd. She hailed the victim by name (after hearing the victim’s name given to the driver) and gave the victim a long hug. When dropped at her destination, the victim realized she was missing $100 from her wallet. Because the Metro Access bus is dispatched by appointment, authorities were easily able to identify the suspect, who remains at large.

*A 24-year-old Capitol Hill resident has a hobby: He goes to various stores in a local shopping center, locks himself in the restroom and turns on the water, ignoring commands to come out. After the third, most recent incident (on the 27th), he was booked into King County Jail for investigation of criminal trespass.

*At the end of the workday on Nov. 27th, a laborer working on a Beach Drive job discovered that his lunch box had been taken from his work truck. The thief’s main course: The victim’s driver’s, hunting and professional licenses, a debit card and a credit card. For dessert? A .45 caliber handgun.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = call or text 206-293-6302.

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The WSBeat: Leash rage; soccer rage; tree crime; more… http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/the-wsbeat-leash-rage-soccer-rage-tree-crime-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/the-wsbeat-leash-rage-soccer-rage-tree-crime-more/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:42:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=256099 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of the WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?”

*A woman walking with an offleash dog at Lincoln Park berated a citizen for “not being friendly” when he stepped between his own leashed dog and hers. He walked away but the woman kept yelling. He turned and told her to follow the rules and leash her pet. She walked toward him, pushed him in the chest, and took a swing with a dog chain, hitting him in the arm and leaving his shirt sleeve blood-soaked. Several strangers intervened and separated the two, but no one called 911. The victim asked some nearby teens to call but they refused, saying they didn’t want to get involved. The victim notes that the teens were drinking alcohol. The suspect is described as white, in her 30s, about 5’8″, with a heavy build. In addition to her small black dog, she was walking with a child, about seven years of age.

*On the evening of the 12th, a man became angry after being “yellow carded” during a league soccer match at Hiawatha Field. He began shouting and punched a member of the opposing team. When all of the team members joined in with the yelling, the ref stopped the game.

*Early on the 10th, a man cocked a handgun and threatened to “smoke” two men leaving a Junction bar. One said, “Go ahead and shoot me in the back,” and walked off. He turned around and saw his friend get hit in the jaw and crumple to the ground. The victim ended up at Harborview with fractures of both the left and right jaw bones. The suspect is described as black, in his early 30s, with dreadlocks and a light goatee. He drove a dark plum or navy-colored Audi A8.

Seven more summaries ahead:

*On the 10th, officers recognized a man matching the description of someone seen breaking into the Jefferson Square apartments: White, in his 20s, about six feet tall with long blond dreadlocks. Police say he is a homeless man who frequents the Admiral area and has a history of break-ins, thefts, and assaults. In fact, he had been trespassed from an Admiral store just the previous day for shoplifting, and on this day officers found him in the restroom of the Junction store of the same grocery chain. His backpack was loaded with numerous car keys, burglary tools, and a padlock on a chain (which he has previously used as a weapon). The 24-year-old was booked into King County Jail for investigation of a variety of violations.

*A white male, aged 30-49 years, exposed himself to a mother and young daughter walking in the 2300 block of 47th SW around noon on October 29. The suspect wore red pants and red shoes, a light colored jacket and had light curly hair.

*An officer hit the jackpot in Roxhill Park on the afternoon of the 4th: Not only did he stumble across an intoxicated woman lying on top of an intoxicated man, but she turned out to be the suspect from a shoplift at a nearby grocery. But wait, there’s more: The man was wanted on a $30,000 warrant for violating a domestic violence court order. As they were being separated, he kept whistling at her and begging for “one more kiss.”

*After calling Child Protective Services about abuse of a youngster, a local woman was threatened by the suspect in the case. She now carries protective spray when she must pass the suspect’s home.

*On the evening of the 11th, a mom went in search of her 17-year-old daughter who had left a group of friends and walked off, arguing intensely with her boyfriend. She found them at 58th and Stevens, and when she tried to get the young man into her car, he shoved her to the ground, stripped off his coat and shirt and stood over her with his hands balled into fists. He was aggressive with officers, claimed to be carrying a knife (it was not found), said he had the right to bear “plenty of arms,” and that he would “handle things when he beat this case.” He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of nonaggravated assault.

*Officers arrived at a home in the 3200 block of 48th SW on the afternoon of the 8th and found a tenant visibly upset and shaking: He stated that his onsite landlord of two years was on an alcohol and drug bender and had chased him down some stairs, demanding money. When the tenant said he had already paid rent for the month, the landlord threatened to “punch his face in.” The landlord was *not* eager to deal with officers, apparently, because when he learned they were on the way, he got into his truck and peeled out so quickly that he left skid marks at the scene. Officers advised the tenant to get a restraining order and to move as quickly as possible.

*A resident decided to cut down a 60-foot cottonwood tree on a neighbor’s property in the 4000 block of 58th Pl. SW. He did not have permission to do so. Damages are estimated at $6,000.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = calling or texting 206-293-6302 is the best way.

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The WSBeat: Squabbling in squalor; speeder’s car confiscated; more http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/the-wsbeat-squabbling-in-squalor-speeders-car-confiscated-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/the-wsbeat-squabbling-in-squalor-speeders-car-confiscated-more/#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2013 21:11:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=253109 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of the WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?”

*On Wednesday the 9th, officers investigated an altercation between friends in the 6500 block of 44th SW. But it was quickly apparent that the real issue was the living conditions of the 64-year-old homeowner: Feces covered the bathroom floor and the kitchen was littered with dirty dishes. Paper goods piled on top of the stove were deemed a fire hazard. A cat was found in the basement; its litter box was a solid block (from “months of not being changed,” the officer speculated). And the officer saw no food or water available for the cat. Adult services has been requested to visit the man and evaluate his situation, and Animal Control has been requested to check on the cat’s welfare.

*On the 3rd, an officer on the Spokane St. Viaduct clocked a westbound car going 49 mph in the 35 mph zone. He caught up to the car and activated his lights, but the driver sped off at speeds up to 80 mph. She refused to yield and almost rear-ended a car at the intersection of 35th SW and Fauntleroy. The officer stopped the pursuit but later found the car in the 3800 block of Belvidere SW. The registered owner was driving with a suspended license and had multiple speeding tickets. The car was impounded.

Five more summaries ahead:

*Two men (one from Lakewood, the other from Federal Way) were arrested at an Alki bar late Saturday after fighting with other patrons, assaulting the staff, and damaging some outdoor decor. Two of their equally intoxicated female friends also assaulted the staff.

*A 17-year-old Redmond girl was taken to Harborview on the afternoon of the 3rd after she appeared to be suffering a mental breakdown in the 7100 block of Lincoln Park Way SW. Striking out at officers and hostile, she was placed into handcuffs for her own safety. In the middle of a rant she began to throw up and then calmed down and was able to provide contact information for her parents. The girl’s friend, a 15-year-old West Seattle boy, told officers that they had smoked five bowls of marijuana before she began to freak out. The boy’s father arrived and escorted him home.

*(Editor’s note: This offers a little more information on an incident covered here last weekend.) Around 8 p.m. on the 11th, a 12-year-old ran to a friend’s house when she realized she was being followed by a man driving a van near 39th and Webster. Her father, who was picking her up in the area, also saw the van, which he described as older and either white, yellowish or tan. The driver was a white male, aged 30-49.

*Detained for shoplifting at a Westwood Village grocery store, a 37-year-old suspect was arrested on outstanding felony warrants and booked into King County Jail.

*The manager of an Avalon Way eatery told officers that she didn’t feel assaulted by the man who walked into her establishment, ate food off a patron’s plate, and then shoved her as he walked out the door. She was more concerned that he get the mental health care he seemed to need. From the description, officers recognized the suspect and knew that he was wanted on a $50,000 felony warrant for assault. The 27-year-old was located at 35th and Avalon and booked into King County Jail.
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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = calling or texting 206-293-6302 is the best way.

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The WSBeat: Trash-talk threats; spooked suspects; more… http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/the-wsbeat-trash-talk-threats-spooked-suspects-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/the-wsbeat-trash-talk-threats-spooked-suspects-more/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:56:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=251512 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of the WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled in recent days by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?”

*In Highland Park on the 25th, a citizen who officers say they know to be “untruthful, profane, and irrational” threatened Waste Management workers with “gunplay” after being frustrated by their presence in the alley near his residence. An officer stood by until they could complete their route; the officer also provided anti-harassment information.

*Around 11 am on the 27th, two would-be burglars were rattling the door of a residence in the 3500 block of SW 105th and were startled when a resident appeared in a window. They ran off an outer deck, knocking over a patio chair. Within hours of this incident, two nearby residences were burglarized.

*Bus-stop street robberies: On Monday the 23rd, a woman was robbed at gunpoint as she waited for a bus at 46th and Admiral, as previously reported here. The “clean and well-spoken” suspect was also described as a white man, aged 22-29, dressed all in black, with a black mask covering his lower face. The next day, around 8 am near 26th and Barton, a robber described as a black man in his early to mid-20s came from behind and stole a purse from the lap of a woman waiting for a bus.

*On the 26th, a customer described as having “mental problems” walked out of a Junction grocery store without paying for several bottles of hard alcohol. That evening, another man entered the store and tried to steal four bottles of whiskey. He was stopped at the exit and store security managed to grab the suspect’s backpack, which contained the loot (valued at over $100). The backpack also contained hypodermic needles. The suspect is a white male with a heavy build, and gray hair in a ponytail. he was last seen headed west on SW Alaska.

*Around 10 p.m. on the 27th, a woman became concerned when her elderly grandfather didn’t return home from a bar. She found his car at a watering hole, and when he came outside and saw her, he began accusing her of trying to steal the vehicle. The adult granddaughter left, hoping to avoid a confrontation, and grandpa went back into the bar. When he came home after last call, grandpa went directly to his bedroom, retrieved a fully loaded .44 Magnum, thrust it in her face, and threatened to “blow her head off.” He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = calling or texting 206-293-6302 is the best way.

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