West Seattle Crime Watch: Westcrest flasher, and more

Just a few things to share from our latest review of reports at the Southwest Precinct, handcuffs_2.jpgstarting with an apparent flasher at Westcrest Park: This happened at 4:30 pm Wednesday, but wasn’t reported till a day later. Two girls, 12 and 13, told police they saw a man running up and down a hill (between the off-leash area and the rest of the park) with his private parts not-so-private. They left the area, then saw him again in another part of the park, “stretching and exercising,” and still exposed. No detailed description of the suspect was available. Next: The hit-and-run suspect who wasn’t hard to find:

THE EVIDENCE WAS RIGHT OUT FRONT: Police were called to the 6000 block of 30th SW late Monday night, and discovered at least three vehicles had been hit. The car suspected of hitting them was parked nearby, with damage to its right front. The address of the car’s owner — the house where the car was parked. Police knocked on the door and found three men inside; they asked who had been driving, an 18-year-old said it was him, but then became uncooperative, so they arrested him. Turns out he had a suspended license. He was booked into jail (and the register shows he was there until Wednesday night).

SMALL MISTAKE, BIG CATCH: A driver who failed to signal a turn at Delridge and Orchard turned into a big catch for officers. They pulled him over at Orchard/Sylvan and discovered a no-bail warrant out for his arrest, for “escaping community custody” related to an assault case. Needless to say, they took him to jail.

AFTER-SCHOOL SKIRMISH: After school got out at Chief Sealth HS on Wednesday, two groups of boys/young men were seen fighting, just off-campus. When police arrived, they found one group of five walking westbound on Thistle; among them was a 15-year-old boy bleeding from the mouth. The group said they’d been jumped for no reason, but witnesses say the two groups exchanged “racial insults” before physical fighting broke out.

GUN GONE: Sometime on Wednesday, someone broke into a home in the 9400 block of 45th SW. The resident told police the burglar made off with a small gun safe containing a handgun, and tried to take a second gun safe that was bolted to the floor.

COSTCO CARD AND CELL PHONE GONE: Monday morning, a couple in the 7300 block of 44th SW heard soime noise, and what sounded like a door closing. When the wife got up less than an hour later to get ready for work, she found her purse wasn’t where she had left it; she found it somewhere else in the house, its contents emptied and strewn. Missing: A Costco card, cell phone, and $12 cash. The couple thinks the burglar got in through an unlocked garage door.

RESTAURANT TAGGING: A fast-food restaurant at 35th/Avalon reported on Thursday that someone had vandalized a bathroom door by “tagging” it.

CRIMINALLY CUT? A homeowner in the 800 block of SW Holden told police on Monday afternoon that his tenant had reported the “topping” of three trees on his property. He suspects a work crew was ordered to cut the trees to improve the view from a nearby parcel.

STOLEN VAN: Tuesday night-Wednesday morning, someone stole a green 1992 Dodge Caravan from the 3000 block of Avalon.

As we always remind you – don’t hesitate to call police when you see or hear something suspicious, and of course when you believe a crime has been (or is being) committed. In addition to 911, there’s a non-emergency line at 206/625-5011. A big collection of Seattle Police crime-prevention resources is available online here. And previous WSB police-report coverage is archived on our Crime Watch page.

2 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Westcrest flasher, and more"

  • JenV January 27, 2008 (9:53 am)

    Honestly- how could a thief resist a 1992 Dodge Caravan? Aren’t those 2nd on the most stolen list behind the Civic? :)

  • WSB January 27, 2008 (11:14 am)

    Funny thing is, that’s the second stolen Caravan we saw in the police reports in the past week or so. And this one may have been spotted … yesterday we heard a police-scanner radio call about someone thinking they saw their stolen green Dodge Caravan. We’ll find out in our next report review …

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