West Seattle Crime Watch: Times updates beating case, and more

In tonight’s West Seattle Crime Watch roundup – First, our partners at the Seattle Times have updated the Highland Park beating case tonight; they quote the victim’s father as wondering why no one has been arrested, while a police spokesperson is quoted as saying “there is more to this story than we can share with the public.” Here’s the Times story. Meantime, from the SPD online system that makes certain reports publicly available, four West Seattle reports published this weekend:

First, another reminder that the online system – like the provided-to-media discs that preceded it – lags a few days while the reports are processed for public distribution; as of right now, the newest reports published to the system are from last Wednesday. Here are four West Seattle reports of note:

BURGLARY IN THE 5900 BLOCK OF DELRIDGE WAY, BETWEEN 6/4 AND 6/7: Summarizing the narrative – someone broke in by climbing to a 2nd-story balcony and breaking a window with a rock. They stole clothes and DVDs and tried to take a stereo “but couldn’t untangle the cords.” Police say the burglar left through a sliding-glass door on that same balcony.

POSSIBLE LOOT STASHED IN ROXHILL PARK, 6/8: Summarizing the narrative – Someone reported seeing “a white male, late 30s, 5’8″, medium build, wearing a black leather jacket, riding a bright neon green bicycle” putting electronic items in the bushes near a trailhead early last Tuesday afternoon. The first officer to arrive spotted the suspect but couldn’t catch up with him, as the suspect rode away. Police subsequently found the “stashed” items – an iMac computer, Apple keyboard, cordless Apple mouse, Microsoft power cord, white XBOX 360, wireless XBOX controller, XBOX controller with cord, cream-colored pillowcase, and five XBOX 360 games. (Note: Several lines of this report are blacked out, but from the mention of an additional address – 8800 block of Delridge – as well as an additional category of crime, non-forcible burglary, and an allusion to a complainant and known suspect, it appears police may have known where the items were taken from and who took them.)

BURGLARY, 7900 BLOCK 35TH SW, 6/8: Summarizing the narrative: When a resident came home from work late last Tuesday afternoon, they noticed a broken window, and signs that the home had been burglarized: “It is obvious that the suspect(s) went through rooms all throughout the house. There were drawers and cupboards open throughout the house.” Stolen items included a white Nintendo Wii, a Wii Fit game, gold jewelry, and gold coins.

ASSAULT AND PROPERTY DAMAGE, CALIFORNIA/ALASKA, 6/9: For this one, we’ll go with the narrative in its entirety – remember that victim and witness names are blacked out before police publish these reports – as was a business name and a few other details – so those are the gaps you see in this report from an incident early last Wednesday:

V , V/ and W/ were drinking at — located in the 4700 block of California Ave SW. At approximately 0130 hours, they left to go home. V/ and V/ went to get the truck and W/ stayed behind to talk with an unknown female. V/ and V/ walked northbound on California Ave SW past a large group of 10-15 people. The group was described as being mixed with both males and females and several different races. As V/ and V/ walked past the group, one the people in the group said something to V When V/ heard this, he turned around and yelled at the group. One of the males in the group (described as a white male, 6 foot with a slim build, and short blonde hair) yelled back and took off his shirt and challenged V to a fight.

V ignored the male and continued walking to his vehicle (which was parked in the west parking lot along 44 Ave SW) while V/ stayed behind for a short time with the group of people. W heard the disturbance and went over there to make sure V/ and V were ok.

V then left the group and began walking to the truck. As V/ was walking to the truck, she observed four males walking near her talking about V/ The males then asked V/ where her boyfriend was (referring to V/ and stated that they were going to fight him. Two of the males then went eastbound on SW Alaska St and two others went westbound.

The two males that went westbound ended up locating V/ getting into his truck. The first male was described as Hispanic, 24-26 years old, approximately 5-06 with a slightly stocky build, clean shaven, wearing a black bandana on his head, black sport style jacket and blue jeans. The second male was described as being mixed race, 24-26 years old, approximately 5-09 with a stocky build. The two males confronted V/ at his truck and attempted to start a fight with him. V/ attempted to get into his truck and the males grabbed him and attempted to pull him out of the truck. V then stepped in and the two males then walked off.

V and V/ got into the truck drove eastbound on SW Alaska St toward California Ave SW to pickup W/ As the truck was passing the — (mid block) , V/ looked out of her passenger side window and saw the male suspect with the black bandana on grab a large rock and throw it at the truck. The rock hit the truck and broke through the front passenger window and hit V in the — . V also received a — on her— from the broken glass. The two males then ran off in an unknown direction. V/ stopped the truck and got out to look for the males. V/ asked a couple of nearby witnesses where the suspects went and they pointed westbound on SW Alaska St. V grabbed his large MAG-LITE out of the truck and ran westbound on SW Alaska St in an attempt to catch up with the suspects. V/ returned to the scene a short time later.

V/ refused medical attention at the scene. V/ truck suffered a broken front passenger window.

Another reminder that the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets this Tuesday night, 7 pm, Southwest Precinct; West Seattle’s SPD leadership are on hand for updates on the latest local stats as well as public Q/A. Plus, City Attorney Pete Holmes is scheduled as this month’s guest.

14 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Times updates beating case, and more"

  • Ex-Westwood Resident June 13, 2010 (9:05 pm)

    If it had been 2 white guys beating up a minority this story would remain on the front page of EVERY newspaper in Seattle. From the Times to The Stranger until the perps were caught and arrested. NO MATTER THE CAUSE OR REASON (is there ever a reason for this?) OF THE ATTACK.
    Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson and Louis Farahkan would be in this city DEMANDING an arrest be made. Among the cries of how racist the people of Seattle are.
    As it is a white guy was beaten by two minorities, and the first reaction wasn’t one of shock and calls for justice, but questions as to what the boy did to cause this.
    This place (Seattle) is so PC that NO ONE has the courage to call this what it appears to be. Just ask what the school district and city clowncil’s definition of racism is and if minorities are even capable of being racist?

  • d June 13, 2010 (9:50 pm)

    I hope the residents and pedestrians along the Holden/Henderson/16th Ave SW corridors are keeping their eyes out for any and all suspicious activity or trouble.
    I hope they have Block Watch groups on their streets and that if they don’t, they will think very seriously about organizing one by contacting Benjamin Kinlow, the SW Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator.

    People can use their cell phones to call 911 if they see a crime being committed. You can be any age to call 911.

    If anyone has information and wants to remain anonymous, the link which follows is how to make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers.

    1) Crime Stoppers will never know who you are. The system automatically creates a two-way anonymous communication.

    2) You will be given a tipster code or alias.

    3) Once you’ve received your alias, you can then TEXT tips or information to Crime Stoppers. ALL OF THESE TEXTS ARE ANONYMOUS. Crime Stoppers will never know or have your identification.

  • Ken June 13, 2010 (10:00 pm)

    So you’re complaining that the details of the crime that you just finished reading about in detail are not being made public (although you wouldn’t be here complaining about it not being made public if you hadn’t just finished reading about it in detail in a widely-read publication), and you’re also complaining that no one has the “courage” to publicly say what you just finished saying publicly, also in great detail, and almost identically to the many other people who likewise complain about their voices not being heard as they very loudly make their voices heard?

  • d June 13, 2010 (10:03 pm)

    Here is the link I was referring to. I didn’t paste the link to the Anonymous Text Tips correctly-

    here it is: http://www.crimestoppers-ps.com/pages.php/1092

  • HolyKow June 14, 2010 (11:58 am)

    And the ‘hits’ just keep on comin’!

    West Seattle is goin’ to the hot place and the cops and all being issued violins to watch Rome burn.

    When is the last time you saw a cop walkin’ a beat down at/near the Morgan/California/Fauntleroy Junction (aka not on the ‘downtown west seattle strip’)? And if you actually can remember one, how about 2 in 48 hours?

    I have lived in the area described for 7 years and have NEVER seen a cop walking a beat.

    They need to engage AT LEAST on the weekend nights, but really much more often than that on the main gathering points.

    If you see large groups of yutes (aka youths), and they set 1 foot wrong, call 911 and file a report asap. You could just prevent things like the assault above from happening before it even gets to the drunken challenges that the bravado of these types of degenerates seem to create.

    be safe, be smart


  • sonic_07 June 14, 2010 (4:15 pm)

    The corner of Admiral and California is not much better. We moved to this area thinking we were getting away from this type of activity. Kids hanging out at the bus stop at night puking because they drank to much, lurking in the alley behind the theater or harrassing residents with foul mouthed comments. It’s a disgrace and these groups of kids continue to run wild. I too would like to see more police presence

  • Joe June 14, 2010 (8:07 pm)

    Ex-Westwood – this is not an appropriate forum for racist blathering. Please send your igno-rants to your favorite Klan blog… the world’s not all lily white anymore, get over it.

  • CarrieP June 14, 2010 (8:39 pm)

    Ah, yes, everybody wants more police presence but no one wants to pay for it!

  • Highland Park Rez June 15, 2010 (11:31 am)

    Hmm.. Sorry Joe, but gotta agree with Ex-West-Rez. It’s true, if the races were reversed then the alleged assailants would have been taken into custody for questions RIGHT AWAY, and the dried blood on their fists would have been analyzed before the NAACP could cry out, LAWSUIT! (by the way have you heard their latest lawsuit about a freakin’ graduation card? you know they would be all over this!) Ex-West-Rez said NOTHING that was racist. People are so QUICK to shout out RACIST for anyone that doesn’t follow the extremely liberal view of most Seattleites. It has been three weeks and there has been no justice done. We should not tolerate hate or racism from ANY color or class of the person!

  • Joe June 15, 2010 (2:25 pm)

    I agree that we should not tolerate hate or racism from anyone, but come on, don’t tell me you can’t read the racist subtext in Ex West’s rantings. Who brought up Sharpton, Jackson and Farahkan… all the white supremacist’s favorite enemies? Have you seen any of his other rants? They’re always the same… he’s a right-wing nut.
    If you believe that the SPD, given identical circumstances gives preferential treatment to minorities and most Seattleites are “extremely liberal”, you’re the one who is out of touch.

  • Steve June 18, 2010 (3:49 pm)

    One thing I find amusing is that West Seattle residents consider themselves and their situations different and more important than the rest of the city. This blog perpetuates the paranoia that you are all feeling because you gravitate here to get your fix of what bad things are happening out there, minute by minute. Oh what horrible crime happened in my neighborhood today that I can scream at the police for not preventing.
    I’ve lived in neighborhoods from Marysville to South Seattle and I can tell you they are all the same. Marysville is the only place anyone has every pointed a gun at me. That was in 1988. I’m white, he was white. He was a punk. Simple as that. I live a block from where the 16 year old got beat up. I come home, on the bus, at 2am all the time. Waiting for that bus in Belltown or downtown has proven more of a risk to my health than walking home through Highland Park. People of every nationality and skin color are picking fights in every neighborhood. We are nothing special in West Seattle. Groups of bored kids causing trouble are everywhere, not just in the Junction. The SPD budget is being cut just like every other budget. I’ve seen bicycle cops on California, in Alki, in both Junctions, etc. They are doing the best they can with the resources they are given. Compare our crime rate to that of Kirkland or any other local community and you’ll see its happening everywhere. Yes, look out for each other. Maybe even get to know your neighbors. Calling the cops every time you see youth’s gathering will not solve anything.
    If you are so concerned with why the case of a white kid getting beat up by kids of other races, then show up at a community meeting and tell them about it. Oh, that’s right, ranting in the comments section of a neighborhood blog is more your speed. Jesse Jackson is more motivated about protecting people he considers important to himself and that bothers you, doesn’t it? By the way Ex-Westwood, I would hardly call black people and Filipino people minorities in Highland Park, but again its easier to generalize. Thank you for perpetuating hatred though. Its not helpful, but I know it makes you feel better about yourself.

  • cratewasher June 23, 2010 (7:13 pm)

    Just bring the dudes with blood on their hands in for questioning.

    • WSB June 23, 2010 (7:17 pm)

      I spoke with police about this a few days ago. DNA results weren’t in. They are on “rush” but if it’s not, say, a murder case, that tends to mean a few weeks – the state lab is fairly backed up. – TR

  • Pedro June 29, 2010 (4:45 pm)

    “I spoke with police about this a few days ago. DNA results weren’t in. They are on “rush” but if it’s not, say, a murder case, that tends to mean a few weeks – the state lab is fairly backed up.”

    So, how many murders cases are they currently working on that have DNA evidence at issue? My guess – ZERO.

    This is total and complete hogwash. It takes 5 days to do a DNA test.

    It has been a full month since this brutal attack occurred. We have people known to have committed prolonged torture, kidnapping and violent assault out on the streets, and we know their identities; yet SPD is sitting around for more than a month.

    SPD – this is sad and pathetic. I am in the process of issuing a public records request for the time-lag in conducting DNA tests in the case of violent hate crimes and expect to see this case of “reverse racism” near the bottom in terms of delays.

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