West Seattle Crime Watch: Shot dog; ferry rage; phone scam

From the files at the Southwest Precinct: A dog is believed to have been shot by its owner’s drunk, enraged boyfriend. handcuffs_2.jpgThis all played out in the 5600 block of Delridge last Thursday night. Police were called after a woman was heard screaming, “He shot my dog!” They found the woman’s 45-year-old boyfriend holding a .357 handgun, which he promptly dropped when ordered to. She told officers they were arguing when he pulled the gun from his pocket, fired a shot into the ceiling, then shot the dog; she fled the apartment and the dog bolted too. Officers found a trail of blood but no sign of the dog; they also found a significant criminal record for the boyfriend, who admitted firing the gun into the ceiling and shooting at the dog, a pit bull that he described as “vicious.” He also told police, “I was drinking Mad Dog 20-20 and it affects me fast; I drank too fast.” He was taken to jail. NEXT: Ferry rage, bridge rage, phone scam, break-ins, and more:

First a note – this is a long roundup not because there’s been more crime than usual lately, but because we haven’t gone through the report book since last Wednesday. Now, on with the info:

FERRY RAGE: A worker at the Fauntleroy ferry terminal called police at 9:40 Saturday morning after seeing a man get out of his car and hit a woman’s car with his fist. The woman told police she was “merging” into traffic at the dock when the man got mad and accused her of cutting in line, eventually pulling up right alongside her in the holding lanes on the dock and yelling through his car window, before getting out of his car and punching her half-open car window. The man, a 68-year-old Vashon resident, admitted losing his temper. Police let the woman go onto the next ferry but made the man wait till the one after that so the two of them wouldn’t be on the same boat.

BRIDGE RAGE: Two cars heading westbound on the West Seattle Bridge around 11:30 pm Friday night got into a reckless-driving exhibition which morphed into road rage after both exited via Harbor Ave. One car tailgated the other; the tailgatee got out at a light and waved a knife at the other driver. Police caught up with the knife-waver in the 1500 block of Alki; after arresting the 23-year-old man, they also found a stun gun in his car.

TEEN REVENGE RAGE: A 16-year-old boy who admitted vandalizing an espresso stand in the 1500 block of SW Holden told officers he did it to get back at the owners’ son, a former friend with whom he has an unresolved dispute over an iPod. He confessed to making a mess inside the stand by spilling cocoa powder and milk; officers found him thanks to a witness who saw him crawl out of a window at the stand and followed him till he went down the stairs from 20th/Holden to Delridge/Holden. He was released into his mother’s custody, but apparently remained unrepentant, telling officers the other boy “still owes me.”

CLOSE CALL ON ADMIRAL: A man driving along Admiral Way last Friday afternoon was startled when his car’s passenger window suddenly shattered. He pulled over and managed to track down suspects in a nearby ravine, including two brothers, 13 and 15, who admitted they were having pretend “airsoft wars” in the wooded area. Police also questioned three other boys, two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old, and seized an airsoft pistol and BB gun. The man whose window was shot out said he was going to go to a doctor to make sure no glass fragments had gotten into his eyes.

CLOSE CALL ON 10TH SW: A man was home around 1:20 Saturday morning when a rock was hurled through his window, breaking a 4- to 5-inch hole in the glass. Luckily, he was not in the room where it happened.

FAKE “CITY LIGHT” CALLERS AT IT AGAIN: Seattle City Light warned about this scam several months ago, and it looks like a West Seattle man and woman are the latest victims. They got the call on February 6th but didn’t realize they’d been taken till last week, and they went to the Southwest Precinct on Saturday to report it. They said the caller on 2/6 said she worked for City Light and had an “incomplete” bill from them, lacking a signature, so she needed credit-card information to avoid having to charge a late fee. They gave her the information and even a Social Security number. Armed with that, the scammers managed to clean thousands out of the couple’s bank account — pulling yet another nasty stunt along the way — using the information to convince Qwest to forward the couple’s home phone, so that verification calls would be diverted. The victims, a 69-year-old man and 56-year-old woman, have Asian surnames, which is relevant because the warning last year mentioned that the scammers seemed to be targeting people with Asian surnames. City Light also has said repeatedly that its workers NEVER ask for credit-card information by phone.

JACOBSEN ROAD BREAK-IN: 5200 block, Saturday between 10 am and 11:15 pm, computer and photography equipment taken. The resident said she left with the front door locked, but returned to find it wide open, and the house ransacked and burglarized.

REMODELING BURGLARY: Tools are missing from a remodeling site in the 3600 block of 61st SW after someone sawed the padlock off a garage door.

REMODELING-RELATED THEFT: A man found two people in his back yard in the 8600 block of 24th SW just before 5 pm last Friday, stealing what the police report calls “remains from his remodel” — including old windows and a door. They got away in a red Subaru Legacy, and the victim later discovered they had also used bolt cutters to unchain and take a generator. They were described only as a white man, slim, 5-5, blond, with a mustache, and a white woman, heavy, 5-4, blonde, both in their 30s or 40s.

ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN: Somebody tried to kick in the back door at a house in the 3600 block of 50th SW last Friday betwen 8:30 am and 1:30 pm.

ANOTHER ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN: Sometime between Wednesday and Friday, but not reported until Saturday morning: 3600 block SW Othello, someone tried to pry open a basement door.

CAR BROKEN INTO: A couple was awakened in the 6100 block of SW Spokane at 3 am Saturday by the sound of their car alarm; they found a window smashed and a computer taken from the back seat.

ANOTHER CAR BROKEN INTO: A car parked in the 8400 block of 12th SW was broken into between 11 pm Thursday and 3:30 pm Friday; the front passenger window was smashed, and the GPS and stereo were taken.

“CAR PROWLERS” FAIL: Friday night or Saturday morning in the 4100 block of 40th SW, someone broke a pickup truck’s passenger window, tried to remove the dashboard and the radio, but failed.

POSSIBLE CAR-PROWL SUSPECTS CONFRONTED: At 1:32 am Thursday, a man confronted two other men walking through his parking lot in the 2400 block of 55th SW. Asked what they were doing there, they ran away. The man who confronted them went on to find car parts nearby, including a section of dashboard with a stereo still in it.

DUMPSTER ARSON: A dumpster in the 9000 block of 14th SW caught fire around 10:30 Saturday night; police weren’t summoned till more than an hour later, according to the report, at which time a witness told them 3 teens were seen hanging around just before the fire started. (THURSDAY UPDATE: That witness tells WSB that while 911 was called immediately, there was some confusion between agencies apparently and police were not notified for a long time, but then promptly responded.)

ANOTHER DODGE CARAVAN STOLEN: We don’t mention all the stolen cars but somehow Dodge Caravans keep turning up in the reports. This time, it was a maroon 1992 Dodge Caravan stolen Sunday evening in the 9000 block of 16th SW.

WRECKED VAN: Last Wednesday night around 9:30, a rear-ender in the 2700 block of California led to trouble for both drivers: The 32-year-old woman who rear-ended a 1984 Dodge van was arrested for negligent driving and DUI; the van’s driver, a 53-year-old man, was arrested for an outstanding warrant, and a WSB reader says his crunched van is still on the street.

MISSING MOTORCYCLE: Last Friday between 8 am and 5 pm, someone stole a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle from a carport in the 2600 block of 58th SW.

WALLET THEFT: A waiter working at a restaurant in The Junction put his wallet in a drawer for safekeeping last Thursday night, but it wasn’t safe enough — surveillance video caught a young man stealing it from the drawer. Workers think they recognize the thief but don’t know his name.

CHECK FRAUD ALERT: The latest round of reports contained several cases of check fraud — few details, but enough for us to warn you to keep extra-close watch on your bank account, so that you can detect it quickly if anything goes awry.

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 linked from the Southwest Precinct’s Crime Prevention page. Previous WSB police-report coverage is archived on our Crime Watch page.

12 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Shot dog; ferry rage; phone scam"

  • Sage K February 26, 2008 (3:21 am)

    What is wrong with people? shooting dogs.
    All though it is nice to know what that was all about. I came home to the police in the road, and searching around those apt.’s and across the road for something.

    I’ve never seen any problem dogs over in that area, and there are often Pit Bulls let out for a bit over there,and all the ones I’ve seen are very nice.

    But still shooting animals is wrong, unless you are protecting yourself or another from imminent harm.

  • Jill February 26, 2008 (8:48 am)

    Thank you for spelling Jacobsen correctly. :)

  • T Prescott February 26, 2008 (8:50 am)

    HHMMM Let’s see….

    Delridge, shots fired, animal abuse, and to top it off Mad Dog 20-20.

    Anyone else see a pattern here?

  • SomeGuy February 26, 2008 (11:19 am)

    I bet this guy drives a VW.

  • MargL February 26, 2008 (2:09 pm)

    Heh, I brought up the ferry rage incident in my PEPS class today when we were discussing how to handle toddlers with a disagreement. “Hitting is not appropriate!” and sometimes it’s just best to separate them.

  • SomeGuy February 26, 2008 (2:51 pm)

    I meant the dog shooter, but yeah, the ferry guy is also a Farfegnugen doofus.

  • RS February 26, 2008 (3:10 pm)

    SomeGuy, why don’t you tell us what kind of car you drive so we can all make mean assumptions about you based on ridiculous stereotypes?

    yes, I know this is a running joke. I’m not amused. Guess I must be a VW driving assclown with no sense of humor.

  • SomeGuy February 26, 2008 (3:43 pm)


  • SomeGuy February 26, 2008 (3:44 pm)

    Now don’t shoot any dogs on the way home.

  • Jerald February 27, 2008 (7:43 am)

    I suspect the woman “merging” illegally into the ferry line is the assclown, whatever she drives.

  • dECIBEL February 27, 2008 (2:44 pm)

    Have you noticed Seattle crime stats aren’t being correctly reported back by the SPD?

  • SameGuy February 27, 2008 (4:35 pm)

    Assclown (ás kloun) n.: one, who, through the fault of his parents conception, is a skid mark in society’s collective underwear.

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