By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:
*After being approached by a concerned citizen on Wednesday afternoon, officers spoke with a transient man who apparently has been sleeping in the dugout at a Lincoln Park baseball field. For several weeks, he had allegedly been leering at women and harassing the kids who try to use the facility. He was cooperative with officers and has been told not to return to the park to camp or sleep. Officers also confiscated an illegal 3.5 inch fixed-blade knife and are taking official steps to have the man trespassed from the park – meaning, formally told that he is not allowed there at all.
Seven more summaries ahead:
*Thursday evening, a driver was pulled over for expired plates at Delridge and Henderson. Apparently reaching for his registration, he opened the glove box. Inside, in full view of the officers? Multiple baggies with a special logo: “Stay High.” The driver disavowed any knowledge of the baggies, but when requested, handed one to the officer. It contained three Adderall pills (for which he had no prescription). He was taken into custody for investigation of drug violations, and a subsequent search turned up multiple packages of marijuana wrapped for sale, as well as an electronic scale.
*Late Wednesday, someone called 911 to report four suspicious people trying the door handle of a closed business in the 7400 block of Fauntleroy Way. Two provided officers with valid ID and were released. The other two had no ID and spent 30 minutes lying about their identities — likely because they were wanted on warrants. Both were booked into King County Jail: a 23-year-old woman — a north-end resident — on an outstanding no-bail misdemeanor escape warrant; a 21-year-old male — who lives in the Avalon Way area — for three warrants: one ($5,000 felony) for possession of a stolen vehicle; one ($5,000 misdemeanor) for criminal trespass in Redmond, and a third ($1,000 misdemeanor) for harassment. Both suspects face additional charges of false reporting.
*An intoxicated patron at an Admiral bar deliberately stuck his leg into an aisle and almost tripped a female customer. The two began yelling, and the manager asked the man to leave at least ten times. The suspect ultimately pulled his arm back as if to throw a punch. The manager and other patrons stepped into to get him under control. He left the bar but returned awhile later and was placed under arrest. As it turned out, he was wanted on a $10,000 DUI warrant and was arrested for that as well as the fracas. He insisted he didn’t know what had happened but opined that he had “probably been an a**” to someone.
*Staff were startled to see a toddler walk into a local elementary school last Friday afternoon. Luckily, a student recognized the youngster as a neighbor and administrators were able to contact the mother. It turns out that the two-year-old had wandered away from a nearby home.
*Thursday evening, a man showed up at the Southwest Precinct, surrendering himself on a $250,000 felony warrant for second-degree domestic violence assault. He was transported to King County Jail.
*A 38-year-old North Admiral resident was booked into King County Jail early Thursday after he threw a metal shelf at his mother (who had refused to give him money). Mom reports that abuse has been ongoing for some time but that she has never reported it.
*More information on a case we had covered previously: Friday afternoon of last week, in the 5600 block of California SW, officers went to the scene of a possible domestic violence incident involving a rifle. A 21-year-old at the residence said she’d argued with her boyfriend—that he’d left—but that he does keep a rifle at the apartment. Officers were going to secure the rifle—that is, until the young woman called her mom. Mom’s advice, over the speaker phone? “Tell them to leave. Don’t let them in. Don’t give them the rifle.” So the young woman became suddenly uncooperative. The officer’s report states: “She decided she didn’t want assistance, said she felt intimidated by our presence, and didn’t want us there.”
24-hour statewide domestic-violence hotline: 800-562-6025
WSB Editor’s Note: 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 something happening.