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.