Followup: 1 arrest confirmed in Alki incidents last night

(Tuesday night photo, shared today by Lars)
As promised in our coverage of last night’s police response on Alki – we checked with the Southwest Precinct today for followup. Lt. Norm James confirms one arrest and answers a few of our other questions:

We in the precinct always staff extra heavy for the last day of school. Alki has been a gathering place for teens from all over the city on the last day of school for many years. We had at least two marked patrol cars at the high schools, along with Traffic units prior to school dismissal. Once school was out, those same units were tasked to Alki along with our ACT and CPT teams. We call additional units as needed after that. The Gang Unit provides an additional presence during these times also. There was one arrest for obstructing an officer, and at this point only one additional incident report for property damage was written.

24 Replies to "Followup: 1 arrest confirmed in Alki incidents last night"

  • Sunshine June 23, 2010 (2:45 pm)

    They really needed to spread out to Whale Tale Park. My daughter was almost jumped by a group of girls there yesterday. Just by luck a women I consider a angel over heard the girls talking and got to my daughter before they did and told her to get out of there!!

  • Dawn June 23, 2010 (2:47 pm)

    Thanks to all the Police that gave their time , energy and PATIENCE!! THEY DID AN AMAZING JOB…keep up the good work for a happy summer!

  • HolyKow June 23, 2010 (3:01 pm)

    Keep it up SPD! Park that RV Mobile Command Unit down there in that ‘Police Only’ parking spot until fall and keep the peace, don’t restore it!


  • Garden_nymph June 23, 2010 (3:23 pm)

    The police are a welcome sight at the beach and I hope to see them all summer! Great job SPD!

  • 4thGenWestSide June 23, 2010 (3:53 pm)

    How about inviting Mayor McGinn to the beach on the next sunny Friday night? He may have a change of heart about cutting back on the police force & hiring a Police Chief from Mayberry RFD

  • JanS June 23, 2010 (4:16 pm)

    hk…the mobile RV no longer exists, sadly…it was one of those vehicles firebombed last year by the guy who killed the officer on Halloween.

  • JanS June 23, 2010 (4:18 pm)

    4th Gen…the mayor is not cutting back on the force…they were going to be adding 21 new positions, and those are not gonna happen…but the force will remain the same. Facts..we all need to get them straight :)

  • 5generationsalkigirl June 23, 2010 (4:53 pm)

    Well, all I can say, is history always repeats itself about every 40 years (look at the fashion industry) and if that saying holds true, if the SPD doesn’t get a handle on this now…this summer will be outta hand down there! There are far more people hanging out down there now then there were in ’69 and in ’69 it was all “peace and love” and now it is all “guns, gangs, drugs and violence”. If there was a riot in the summer of “peace and love” with far fewer people, imagine what it will be like with the throngs of folks that inundate Alki now, if the police don’t get things under control NOW! Spend the money and get another “mobile police station”. Bring the horses back and bike patrolers. Anti cruising law worked well years back too. There are just too many people down there. Isn’t there a capacity for city parks??? If my family didn’t have a carport in the alley, we could never find parking at our own home during the summer! The visitors risk getting parking tickets too, parking where it clearly states “no parking” making the already narrow streets off of the beach, nearly impossible to drive down. Something needs to be done to protect the residents who pay the taxes to live there year round. Maybe there should be a “fee” imposed to go to the beach? That would keep the riff raff away!

  • rw June 23, 2010 (5:09 pm)

    One arrest is all well and good, but I suspect there are a few more delinquents who need to experience what it is like to be booked into jail and face a judge from last night’s events.

    And what ever happened to the thugs who jumped and beat up the kid over on the east edge of West Seattle? I’m one of the people who wanted to err on the side of giving the police time to build their case against the alleged assailants. When is that investigation going to result in some arrests?

  • on board June 23, 2010 (5:13 pm)

    “We in the precinct always staff extra heavy for the last day of school. Alki has been a gathering place for teens from all over the city on the last day of school for many years.”

    not true, last year SPD was caught completely flat footed, as though it never occurred to them that the combination of the last day of school, and nice weather would attract the crowds. Certainly a better presence this year, but they need to bring back the paddywagon.

  • JanS June 23, 2010 (6:15 pm)

    there’s a beach up on the north end that has been deemed unsafe for kids to play on because of contamination…maybe we could somehow coerce all the thugs to go play up there :->

  • YouKnow June 23, 2010 (7:26 pm)

    Sgenerationsalkigirl- A fee to a public beach???? Are you out of your mind??? If you wanted a private beach you should have bought property on Beach Drive.

    I think there are other ways to keep the “riff raff” under control; more police officers ( in police cars, on bikes, horses, and on foot and a paddywagon), improvement on the transportation infrastructure in the area, parking, etc.

  • Tim June 23, 2010 (7:37 pm)

    Wow. Such grumpy bloggers. Don’t the stats say that crimes are down? Seems like some people are just convinced that places crowded with young people must be full of crime.

  • alki_resident June 23, 2010 (8:18 pm)

    Tim, it must be nice. Ignorance is bliss; out of sight out of mind. Please Spend a sunny day, a whole one on Friday/Saturday/Sunday, on Alki – you’ll revise your comment – “Wow. Such grumpy bloggers.” Incredible. The crime stats are down because we can’t afford to prosecute offenders, good sir. We can’t even afford to hire the 21 new officers who’re in dire need (again wondering why I voted for McGinn). What you’re missing out on are intermittent fights, strong armed robbery, burglary, shootings (there will be another soon), public drunkeness, thugs, and gangsters. Again (I’ve said it before), Alki’s essentially a playground without rules – and without a strong police presence to the ratio of people who’re gathering. What many who come down here to play don’t, can’t or won’t acknowledge, is that it’s also a neighborhood where people live. If this were happening in your backyard, you may be as agrieved as me – or more.

  • JanS June 24, 2010 (12:12 am)

    Tim…first, we’re not bloggers, we’re commenters. Second, if you had been there on Tuesday evening, you would see why there’s a discussion. As Alki_resident said, you’ll have to go spend a warm Friday evening/Saturday evening down there, hang out at Pepperdock’s , and see what the wind blows in.

    It’s not fed up, and sad, and lots of other emotions, too. This is beyond “kids will be kids”…it IS full of young people just looking for a little bit of criminal activity. And it should not be tolerated.

  • L June 24, 2010 (1:28 am)

    Alki is yucky and I refuse to take my children there anymore. It’s just too busy and loud. I guess I’m getting old but the cruising, loud motorbikes, & foul language I hear everytime I’m down there has really changed my desire to go near Alki. It’s unfortunate for the good businesses there but i know I am not the only one to begin a boycott of Alki. I will miss you dear Alki but when the cold winds of winter return and the gangstas retreat to their warm Gangsta hangouts I will be there for you… Until then… Xoxo

  • Eaglewatch June 24, 2010 (7:00 am)

    I have lived in this neighborhood for almost 20 years and frequent the beach several times a week. The atmosphere there right now is the worst I have seen since moving here. The evening element has frequently turned into a belligerent, aggressive crowd that seems intent on making others unwelcome. I agree, the police need to make sure things don’t get out of hand, because they will if it allows the beach to become a no-rules zone.

  • amused June 24, 2010 (7:08 am)

    The cops don’t do much because no officer wants to be the next officer misunderstood when his video performance is taken out of context.

  • Melissa June 24, 2010 (8:48 am)

    Alki is far too crowded and noisy for me on the weekends, so I don’t go there then, but I also don’t go to Pike Place Market on the weekends for the same reason. We live in a densely packed urban area, lotsa people and a tourist town. If we choose to live in one of those denser areas, we need to be prepared to deal with the crowds. If we can’t or don’t want to, we should pick quieter neighborhoods in which to live.

    I had a lovely walk down on Alki, midday on Tuesday. People were friendly, kids and grownups were playing on the beach, the sun shone, the ospreys dove, and there was a quiet, but noticeable police presence. Gorgeous day, gorgeous walk, pleasant folkds.

  • Pete June 24, 2010 (9:34 am)

    For those that live near Alki….you did realize that you were moving in near a beach right? I have lived in other communities where there are beaches and hear the same comments. Beaches have a tendency to draw large crowds on nice days…go figure. Also, for all of you that are making comments about the activity that you are observing when you go to Alki I have a question for you….what are YOU doing about it? Are you calling 911 to report this activity? Are you saying anything to the folks that are involved in the actions that you find objectionable. Sometimes we have to take some responsibility for our surroundings as well. So don’t just sit back and complain about things…get involved and make our community a safer and gentler place to reside.

  • Tim June 24, 2010 (11:42 am)

    Well, well. Sorry to call blog commenters “Bloggers.” Obviously that must have offended…

    As to crime on the beach – if it is increasing, yet reported stats are down, then either someone in the police department is lying to the FBI abut crime, or people witnessing crime on the beach aren’t reporting it.

    Call, call, call 911.

  • hoteladmiral June 25, 2010 (1:01 pm)


    “Are you saying anything to the folks that are involved in the actions that you find objectionable. Sometimes we have to take some responsibility for our surroundings as well. So don’t just sit back and complain about things…get involved and make our community a safer and gentler place to reside.”

    Are you kidding me? I can agree with calling 911 but when I see a group of all male hooligans- I, as a female, who is most likely walking around alone, am not going to march up to them and demand that they leave the area at once because their sketchy behavior offends myself and the folks around me.

    I will not be held ‘responsible’ for the debauchery of others.

    Not opposed to getting ‘involved’ but not in the manner in which you suggest.

  • lookingforlogic June 27, 2010 (8:21 am)

    Where are all the parents in this? My kid goes out for the evening they can expect to see me at least once or twice, especially at graduation. Are they so self invloved that they can’t be bothered to raise their children. Gee, I hope Molly get assaulted by a civil servant so we can sue and make money. Get productive, not destructive or perish.

  • tincanrocket June 28, 2010 (3:59 am)

    FYI to the person who commented something to the effect that Mayor McGinn is not cutting the SPD numbers…

    Actually, by freezing new hires (21+), that is in fact cutting the natural growth per capital of the police force. IMO an incredibly short-sighted mistake. The SPD as a whole is already very overstretched. Mayer McGinn has even recently been quoted as saying he recommends covering these police shortages with overtime assignments for some of these already stretched officers. My accounting shows this overtime as costing more than actually hiring officers (overtime being time and a half not to mention the potential risk mixing fatigue and impaired judgement of the officers – being even more costly in the wrong run).

    Just saying…

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