By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:
*While working on his car in the Alaska Junction-area, a man needed to move his vehicle for just a few moments. When he pulled into an apartment lot across the alley, he was approached by a suspect who said, “You can’t park here.” The victim explained that it was just for a moment, but the suspect pulled a pistol from his waistband, flashed a badge that said, “concealed weapons permit,” and said, “You are trespassing and need to leave.” Bystanders intervened, and the suspect drove off before officers arrived.
*At West Seattle Golf Course one recent afternoon, a golfer approached the men ahead on the course and asked the obviously intoxicated pair if they could play faster. The response was a flurry of cussing and threats of “we’ll be waiting for you.” The suspects did, indeed, wait for the victims to return to their cars. One suspect stepped from behind a pickup truck and belly-bumped the victim several times. When the victim shoved back, the suspect began swinging. Medics had to be called to treat the victim, who suffered a severe laceration to his lip and nose and a serious injury to his right hand and thumb, which required a trip to the hospital. The suspect (described as white, heavyset, in his late 50s or 60s, ruddy complexion, reddish/balding hair, and glasses) drove off in a red pickup truck. But it’s his fashion sense that might make him easy to identify: Look for the man who golfs in a green hat, orange t-shirt, a purple vest, and multicolored checkered “clown pants.”
8 more summaries ahead:
*While paying for items at an Avalon convenience store, a woman felt something brush against her leg and then heard the sound of a cell-phone “shutter.” She whirled around and saw the man behind her putting a cell phone into his sweatshirt pocket. She asked if he had taken an up-skirt picture. “No,” he responded sarcastically. “That would be nasty.” She described the suspect as black, heavyset, in his 30s or 40s; he drove off in a silver or blue early 90s pickup with a canopy. His cell phone was red.
*At the request of DSHS social workers, officers stopped by an Avalon-area address around noon on Thursday to check on the living conditions of a 4-month-old child. Several years ago mom had lost custody of three other children but—since having gone drug-free while pregnant—was allowed to keep the baby and have conditional custody of the other three. But after hearing some stories of the home situation, DSHS became concerned. Officers found crystal meth, 65 pills, Ecstasy, heroin, marijuana, folding knives, .22 caliber bullets, and a .22 caliber sawed-off shotgun between a mattress and box spring. Three of the four people in the home were wanted on warrants. Mom and her partner—a convicted felon—both appeared to be high on meth and were arrested. DSHS took custody of the baby. (The three older children had been removed without a court order at the first sign of trouble in the household.)
*A young man with a history of car theft — and wanted on a $1,000 warrant—was booked into King County Jail after driving recklessly (doing “donuts” around a gas pump) at 30th and Roxbury early Sunday.
*While walking his dog in the 3400 block of 38th SW, a man was chased by three dogs that ran from a yard. One of the dogs jumped up, bit him on the left elbow, and ripped his jacket.
*On 18th SW, a man has twice found his car damaged (tires slashed/windows shot out) with notes left warning him to “shut the dogs up.” He spoke with neighbors, trying to find the source of the complaint. The latest note read “Next time it’s one of the dogs. And don’t knock on my door again, or it might be you!!!”
*A citizen called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle near SW Massachusetts and Victoria Ave. SW on Monday afternoon. The four teens inside weren’t casing houses, but they were smoking dope, which officers smelled as soon as they stepped out of the patrol car. Parents came and picked up the boys.
*On Wednesday afternoon, a woman was seen rolling around on the sidewalk and screaming in the 9000 block of 35th SW. She told officers that not only was she hearing things, but that people were out to kill her and that her family was using her to practice their voodoo skills. She was taken to Harborview for a mental evaluation.
*Found: One bag containing a handgun (at an Alki coffee shop).
WSB Editor’s Note: The WSBeat has an archive category of its own. 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 something happening.