The WSBeat: Road rage, cab-rider rage, and more

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:

*Near Jefferson Square on Wednesday, a gentleman waved the car behind to “go around” when his groceries spilled to the floor and he needed a moment to rearrange them. The driver did, indeed, pass by, but then stopped and blocked in the gentleman’s car. An “overly excited/hostile” passenger jumped from the car and kicked a dent in the gentleman’s passenger door. Officers found the suspected offending driver (58 years old) and his son, the suspected kicker (36 years old) at dad’s Morgan Junction-area home. At first, dad lied and said he had been alone at the time, but he finally went in and got his son, admitting he was trying to “protect him.” It’s possible Sonny Boy will face charges of property damage.

Five more summaries ahead, starting with the case of cab-rider rage:

*When the cab driver didn’t appreciate her constant advice on how to drive better, his female passenger in her 60s peppered him with questions about where he lived and where he was from. He declined to answer, she became abusive, and he told her to behave herself — admonishing that “as a grownup lady she should know better.” With this she became enraged, struck him on the back of the head and shoulders, and knocked his glasses off. The driver pulled the cab over at 16th and Myrtle, told the woman to get out and pay him his $26. Instead, she grabbed his iPhone from the front seat and threw it to the ground. Officers found her standing in front of residence in the 7000 block of 13th SW. She was transported to King County Jail for booking. It’s unclear whether she provided officers with any driving tips along the way.

*Monday morning around 3, a man walked into a convenience store in the 3200
block of Avalon Way, pointed a gun at the employees and told them to put money into a bag. The victims handed over about $100, and the robber ran out of the store, heading westbound. He was black, about 19, 5’9”, skinny, with a blue and white bandanna covering his mouth and nose, wearing black clothing and carrying a black handgun.

*Monday evening, as he pulled up to his residence in the 5400 block of 31st SW, a homeowner realized that someone was or had been inside and turned the lights on. He called 911 and waited several houses down the street, where he watched a black SUV or van pull up in front of his home and then drive off. Two TVs were missing along with other items.

*A 27-year-old West Seattle resident was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault and domestic violence harassment after an ongoing series of threatening text messages culminated in a physical argument with his ex and her new partner in front of an Admiral grocery store on Monday afternoon.

*An Oregon woman had encounters with several West Seattleites this week when she walked into several businesses, claiming she had been kidnapped, injected with an unknown substance, and forcibly driven to Seattle. Though storekeepers called 911 on her behalf, she always disappeared before officers arrived. She was finally found — and transported to Harborview for a mental exam — after requesting help at the Holy Rosary Church rectory. “I saw the church spire, and I always liked Catholics,” she explained to officers. “I saw the Lutheran church nearby too, but I don’t like Lutherans.”

The WSBeat has an archive category of its own, though we’re still linking the weekly reports on the WSB Crime Watch page, so you can catch it there if you miss it in the main news stream. We also continue to publish crime reports the rest of the week, when we get tips or hear noteworthy incidents via the scanner, so don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear news. Thanks!

4 Replies to "The WSBeat: Road rage, cab-rider rage, and more"

  • miws December 29, 2010 (8:23 am)

    “It’s unclear whether she provided officers with any driving tips along the way.”


    From what I’ve seen on the TV show COPS, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if she did! :lol:



  • I. Ponder December 29, 2010 (11:34 am)

    While the article is thorough the continual use of the word “gentleman” is irksome. Unless it was a direct quote from the police report, it’s no longer the 19th century and the word is an anachronism. If he was wearing a top hat & tails and carrying a walking stick then use of the word may be proper. We may assume he is a man. Whether or not he is truly a gentleman is unclear. Clearly, he is a victim. —:>o)

  • Clifton December 29, 2010 (12:24 pm)

    I love this column !!!

  • Joe January 6, 2011 (4:46 pm)

    Dear literary critic, The word ‘gentleman’ is both acceptable and correct as used in this context. If it ‘irks’ you (speaking of anachronisms), perhaps you are too easily irked.

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