This afternoon, we have two reports from the Lincoln Park area – one from a man who e-mailed to report he was chased through nearby Solstice Park last night; the other was a robbery/attack reported in LP last week, published on the new SPD online-report website. Read on for both:
First, we just received this from Tony:
As a public heads-up I just wanted to report a somewhat bizarre and disturbing situation that I encountered last night while walking my dog through Solstice park. We were cutting through the park from Vashon Pl SW at about 10 PM when a large male started to run down the upper path from 44th and proceeded to come directly at us in a full sprint. When he got within 10 – 15 yrds, we opted for flight rather fight and were pursued until we got down the hill to the pea patch. As someone who walks their dog nightly I can say this was the first (and hopefully last) encounter of this kind I’ve ever had in WS. Fortunately I’m also a runner and don’t carry a gun because I think this situation would have end much differently. I also stopped by the SW Police Precinct today to report the incident although no formal report was taken.
Second Crime Watch case is from early last Tuesday at Lincoln Park, found in the new online system that SPD is using to make certain reports available, with a few days’ lag, instead of the previous system of putting them on discs that reporters could peruse at precincts. We’re checking it regularly, while also continuing to bring you the unofficial Crime Watch reports e-mailed by WSB’ers, which are invariably newer – and in categories the online reports do not include (like car prowls). In this report, a man says he was beaten and robbed. Here’s the narrative:
On 6-1-10 at about 0330 hours, the victim said he was in Lincoln Park in West Seattle with some friends. He stayed afterwards to put out the fire and his friends left without him. While leaving the park, the victim said he was stopped by 2-3 large suspects, possibly Samoan or Hispanic males, who asked him if he had any money for a bus. The victim said he did not and the suspects started patting him down for a wallet. The victim told them to stop, but they kept searching him for his wallet.
One of the suspects punched the victim in the left side of his head. The victim does not remember what happened after that due to being unconscious. When the victim woke up, he walked to the [redacted] and called his friend, Witness to pick him up. His friend took him to the [redacted] a medical clinic at 35 Av SW and SW Findlay for treatment, and that is where Officer Wilson first saw him.
Officer Wilson called for Fire to treat a deep laceration on the victim’s scalp. Engine 37 responded and checked on the victim. The victim’s friend, Witness [redacted] volunteered to take him to the hospital.
The victim said he didn’t know the suspects and couldn’t describe them other than they were in their mid to late 20’s, and one was wearing a dark jacket. The victim thought the suspects may have been armed with brass knuckles. The victim said his wallet was out of his pocket but still attached by a large chain. All of his credit cards were still accounted for, but about $5-6 cash was missing from his wallet.
Officer Wilson and another officer did an area check of Lincoln Park for the suspects. The area check was negative.
That’s the entirety of the information in the report. Like the other ones distributed this way, it has victim/witness names and exact addresses “redacted” (blacked out) before the report was turned into a PDF to link to the new online-report-access system, which, again, only includes four categories of crimes, and seems to be working fairly slowly out of the gate – we just checked it again and there’s nothing newer than June 2nd (last Wednesday).