West Seattle Crime Watch: Arrest in The Junction

Thanks to everyone who called/texted about police activity in The Junction just before 6 pm tonight – we happened to be en route to the Triangle Advisory Group meeting steps away and caught the end of it, just after police had cuffed a suspect (iPhone photo above). Southwest Precinct Lt. Norm James confirms the original call was about a shoplifter at the liquor store who was suspected of having a gun – that’s why police were in the area looking for him with their guns drawn – Lt. James says the suspect turned out not to be armed. Onlookers lined the sidewalk when we arrived in the area – business staffers as well as shoppers – and one bystander called out to this officer, who was putting away his rifle as he returned to his car, “Good work!”

ADDED 8:14 PM: A few more details from Lt. Ron Smith: “Officer responded to a call of a subject in the liquor store … placing a bottle in his pants pocket. Store employee confronted the subject and advised him that the police were called. The subject denied taking the bottle and was observed removing the bottle and returning the bottle to the shelf. The employee observed what she thought was a handgun in the front of his pants. The subject left the store and was contacted by patrol officers a short distance away. The subject was positively identified by store employees. No weapon was found on the subject, who appeared to be a transient with mental issues. He was transported downtown.”

15 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Arrest in The Junction"

  • Westie May 12, 2010 (6:40 pm)

    I happened to walk by the suspect twice (south then north) as he sauntered along the sidewalk asking passerbys for “extra smokes”. He had a suspicious vibe about him. Hard to define why, but my spidey sense tingled around him. As I passed the second time I heard the liquor store clerk on the phone with the cops relaying his location as he worked hard to look casual while walking away.

  • c.c May 12, 2010 (7:00 pm)

    big police call out down in georgetown where the starbucks/ wells fargo and a liquor store are located around 5 tonight, any relation?

  • kg May 12, 2010 (7:05 pm)

    I saw him acting shifty too. Even though I didn’t see an object under his shirt I immediately knew he had a gun.

  • Shaun May 12, 2010 (7:25 pm)

    There was also a guy passed out at the bus stop in front of Key Bank. I saw some cops in a squad car take a look at him, then they turned the lights on and took a left. I wondered why they didn’t do anything about this guy, then I found out when I looked up the street. By the way, I called the paramedics on him and they let him go. Last time I saw him he was nodding out in front of the 7-11. I know they had a more important crisis, but they should’ve checked this dude out. Maybe tried to check him into rehab. He’s been around for a long time and he’s another pre-mature death waiting to happen.

  • jr May 12, 2010 (7:40 pm)

    Good job spd! Keep doing what you do and let the rest work itself out. We appreciate you.

  • Mookie May 12, 2010 (7:50 pm)

    Dear Thugs:

    Shoplifteth not at our liquor storehouse — nor indeed assail any business or citizen of our fair hamlet. Do not even saunter. Thy whereabouts will be swiftly divulged, and our formidable William guardsmen clap thee in irons. And whilst no pistol was discovered on thine person, if thou didst represent the item spied at the waist of thine trousers as such to any citizen, dude: henceforth shall it doubly sucketh to be you.

  • alki resident May 12, 2010 (8:14 pm)

    Mookie-What the helleth?

  • Mookie May 12, 2010 (8:29 pm)

    Heh. Just’ sayin. Or, trying to.

  • me on 28th Ave SW May 12, 2010 (8:46 pm)

    I laugheth and laugheth ’till tears dost streameth down my face. Though art cracken me up.

  • WTF May 12, 2010 (10:20 pm)

    OK. Did I miss something? I thought that liquor store closed!

    Mookie, you cracketh my ass upeth! ;O)

    • WSB May 12, 2010 (10:37 pm)

      The Morgan Junction liquor store closed, quite some time back. This is *The* Junction, as in Alaska Junction. But you know, I could have been clearer and written “in the (whatever) block of California,” sorry about that – TR

  • Todd_ May 12, 2010 (11:38 pm)

    Shocker, not. I’m glad I made my liquor run about an hour before this.

  • Mitch May 13, 2010 (6:43 am)

    couldn’t have said it better myself, Mookie.

  • Bettytheyeti May 13, 2010 (9:33 am)

    @Mookie, Doth spoketh the Bard of “West” Canterbury.

  • jiggers May 13, 2010 (11:52 am)

    I hope he was going after the high end stuff.

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