West Seattle Crime Watch: Park search; track flasher; 2 auto thefts

In case you missed it, BIG CRIME WATCH NEWS EARLIER: SMASH-GRAB ARREST. (Even if you read it earlier – note that we have updated it three times since original 9:56 am publication, with additional info.)

Meantime – four other cases to report, all from the WSB inbox – first, what sparked a police search in Lincoln Park today; second, a flasher – but not from a distance – at the Madison Middle School track; and two auto-theft cases, with the vehicles’ owners hoping you will keep an eye out:

First, today’s search: We got a tip of police looking around Lincoln Park, and asked what was up. Southwest Precinct Lt. Norm James explains, “A female jogger reported that a male jogger behind her tripped, fell forward catching her around her waist. The guy apologized and went on his way. She felt that this wasn’t quite right so she called. Officers checked the park for the guy but couldn’t find him.”

Next, an incident at Madison Middle School‘s track on Sunday. The report is from someone close to the young victim:

On Sunday, 8.8.10 at approx 5:45 PM, a female teenager went to Madison Middle School
field to run around the track and work out. When she arrived, there were several people there, including a male in his twenties (who she knows and who she ran and visited with for a while), two young women who were walking/running around the track (who have not been identified) and a male, approximately age 30-40, approx 5′ 9′, 170 lbs, with short light brown hair, wearing khaki shorts and a navy blue t-shirt. He was with three others (a woman approximately the same age who had blonde hair in a pony-tail …she was wearing either pants or shorts, a young boy, approximately age 8 and an older male, approximately age 60-70 with gray hair and a gray beard. All four of them were playing soccer together. They all left together sometime after 6:10 PM via the south entrance.

A short time later, the male in his 30s returned via the north entrance and approached the teen, telling her he lost his cell phone near where she was working out. She looked around and didn’t see it and offered to call it for him. He gave her a cell phone number that had been disconnected and then told her he had a pay-as-you-go phone and might not know the number but gave her another number that rang but no one answered (that number has later been identified as a land line in north Seattle, not a cell phone number). At that time, she noticed he had unzipped his pants revealing his penis to her. She immediately walked away toward her belongings to leave. At that time, (6:40 PM) the male (who she had been running with earlier), was exiting the field, and the offender again approached the teen with his penis still exposed, stating, “now that we’re alone, you know what we can do.” At that point, she noticed there was no one else in the area and she immediately grabbed her belongings and exited via the north entrance and the police were notified. The Police took a report and looked for the offender.

We are hoping by sharing this information, someone will be able to help identify him or the others he was with or the two women who were at the track might be able to provide information that will help. This is very scary for many reasons, but this pervert was with a woman, child and another adult male (maybe his family!), bold enough to do this while someone else was at the track and re-approached after the initial encounter. Please report all suspicious activity to the police…anything might help lead to catching this guy….and remind your kids about safety!

We have an inquiry out to police to ask if there’s been any arrest in this case yet, also asking whether there have been any similar incidents.

Now, two auto-theft reports today. First one is with a photo:

That comes with a note from its owner, Mike:

My 2001 Dodge Ram 4×4 truck was stolen outside my house last night. I live in the Alki neighborhood just off Beach Drive at Spokane Street. Color is black on black and it has a black canopy on the bed. Please help me find my stolen truck!! License plate number is B88868H.

Call police if you see it – the non-emergency number is 206-625-5011. Same goes for this stolen car reported by Alissa:

Last night my 1980 Toyota truck was stolen from 42nd and Brandon (map). It is blue with a blue canopy. It is a total beater that had been parked (with weekly rotations) for 6 months. Just yesterday my friend/mechanic completed the work, bringing up to drivable status again. 12 hours later it is gone. Please keep an eye out, the license plate is B30808C.

10 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Park search; track flasher; 2 auto thefts"

  • hollyplace August 11, 2010 (4:23 pm)

    There are quite a few registered sex offenders in our neck of the woods. 36 within 2 miles of my address. I know it could be another creepy guy, but hopefully the police have already had her take a look at the pictures. http://www.icrimewatch.net/index.php?AgencyID=54473&disc=

  • Joyce August 11, 2010 (5:56 pm)

    The “flasher” is white? How about the others w/ him prior to the incident? All white?

  • Mookie August 11, 2010 (6:12 pm)

    Frustrating a few records on the registered offenders site have no photo available. if they’ve been arrested and convicted, where’s the mugshots?

  • onceachef August 11, 2010 (6:43 pm)

    Joyce…what’s with the “all white” inquiries? Where are you going with that?

  • pam August 11, 2010 (6:44 pm)

    Is Ron Thompson back, regarding the car thefts?

    • WSB August 11, 2010 (7:54 pm)

      He is in custody – he was in court right after Ryan Cox the other day, in fact, while I was still in the courtroom – he was in the Mental Health Court section for city cases that I haven’t yet researched to see how they do or do not link to the other cases – TR

  • livingunderthatbridge August 11, 2010 (7:02 pm)

    better stay at home.its a scaary world out there.

  • Joyce August 11, 2010 (8:12 pm)

    The descriptions, ages etc of the foursome are a bit too familiar to me…

  • Lola August 12, 2010 (7:25 am)

    Regarding the man who exposed himself. He could have befriended the people he was playing soccer with to scope out the area for potential victims? Just a thought he may not have really been with the lady and kid and whomever else you saw him playing soccer with? He might have just asked if he could join them in kicking the ball around. Will have to keep my eyes open when in the area. Thanks WSB for keeping us up to date on stuff like this.

  • Jon August 12, 2010 (9:41 am)

    onceachef ~ Joyce didn’t have a LOT of “all white” inquiries. Stop trying to stir the pot and deal with the safety issues at hand, please.

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