West Seattle Crime Watch: Search over, suspect arrested

ORIGINAL 10: 31 PM REPORT: If you are north of Morgan Junction or in Fairmount Springs, we’re tracking the police search that’s currently under way. We’re not certain about the incident that triggered it but a K-9 unit is involved in the search too. To our knowledge, it hasn’t involved a violent crime, but scanner traffic indicates the search might involve a suspect who is known to police. (No names in the comments, please, in case that turns out only to be speculation.) More details whenever they’re available.

12:57 AM UPDATE: The suspect whose name we heard on the scanner is in jail as of about half an hour ago, according to the King County Jail Register, and the potential charge is listed as fourth-degree assault, domestic violence. The case isn’t in the online court system yet but if it stays in Municipal Court, it’s an official charge, and we’ll report more later this morning. We had been tracking another case involving this suspect – one in which he was due to return to court next week for a status update.

2:40 PM FRIDAY: The suspect, charged in Municipal Court with assault, is Joel Lund. We last reported on him in March, when a judge allowed him out over prosecutors’ objections, after he was charged in connection with an incident involving a stolen catalytic converter. His next hearing in that case had been slated for April 28th; now he’s in jail awaiting arraignment tomorrow in connection with this new charge.

3 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Search over, suspect arrested"

  • HelperMonkey April 22, 2011 (8:18 am)

    well, this explains the helicopter I was hearing as I went to bed!

  • Ed April 22, 2011 (10:24 pm)

    How about a photo of Mr. Lund? The more eyes on the fellow (when he’s next released from jail), the better off we’ll all be.

    • WSB April 22, 2011 (11:43 pm)

      The only publicly available official photos of suspects/parolees are from state Dept. of Corrections. He hasn’t done time in that system, so they didn’t have a pic (when they do, they are more than happy to provide to the media). Then there’s courtroom photography/videography – which we will attempt, though prior to trial/sentencing, suspects often appear in this one particular courtroom where photography is a challenge (behind glass, distant from the gallery, large numbers of lawyers/suspects moving through), so we can’t promise anything – TR

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