The WSBeat: Intruder incidents, park problems, more

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:

*Four intruder incidents: Around 11:30 a.m. Saturday (last weekend), in the 7000 block of 14th SW, a man awoke from a nap and saw a stranger peering into the bedroom. When confronted, the suspect shut the door, ran out the front of the house, jumped on a mountain bike and rode off southbound. He was white, 22-29, with a heavy build and brown curly or permed hair. He wore basketball shorts. And just after midnight Wednesday, a resident of the 5200 block of 44th SW heard a loud crash, saw a figure in his backyard, and discovered that his back door had been forced open. A similar incident occurred Friday afternoon in the 5400 block of 44th SW, where a man kicked in the door of a residence and fled upon seeing the homeowner. Around 6 p.m. Saturday (last weekend), a woman awoke from a nap in the 6500 block of 35th SW and screamed when she saw three strangers in her bedroom. They jumped out the window and ran northbound. She said one appeared to be 10 years old or so. The other two were 18.

Six more summaries, including an update on last weekend’s Highland Park stabbing, ahead:

*A 21-year-old gang member described as having drug issues, mental-health problems, and a history of assaulting officers was booked into King County Jail early Thursday. He had been part of a large group of noisy young people at Don Armeni Park and had been driving recklessly through the parking lot. At the time of his arrest, he lied to officers about his identity and was under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He also had warrants for escape and misdemeanor theft. (He was wanted on several other warrants that couldn’t be verified at the time of arrest, including domestic violence assault with a bail of $15,000).

*Around 5:30 Friday afternoon, in the 600 block of SW Kenyon, a 42-year-old man found a six-year-old wandering around an apartment parking lot crying for his mother. Officers asked the boy to show them his apartment, which was “barren” except for a bed, a TV, a few clothes and a small couch. The kitchen had only a few eating utensils. A box of cereal was on top of the fridge. CPS came and took custody of the child.

*More details on an incident we covered last weekend: When officers arrived at the scene of a stabbing in the 1400 block of SW Henderson Saturday evening of last weekend, they found a woman holding a towel over the victim’s wound. She first said that the suspect was the victim’s nephew. (A bit later, as officers processed the crime scene, the nephew approached them and said he’d heard he was being accused of something he didn’t do, and that he wanted to talk to them. He was questioned and released from the precinct.) Later the woman changed the story and claimed that it was two males and a female who were responsible. Ultimately she decided that three males were the culprits.

Police are asked to handle much more than crime, as the next three summaries show:

*A 36-year-old West Seattle resident was taken to Harborview for a mental-health screening Tuesday afternoon after she was seen wandering around Alki talking to herself, throwing chairs at passersby, and screaming that “aliens that are out to hurt me.” She smelled strongly of alcohol and told officers she was off her medication.

*Screaming, “The Marines are coming to get me!” a North Seattle woman was instead picked up and carried to an ambulance by officers who sent her to Harborview for a mental health exam. She had spent Friday night loitering and causing disturbances at a Harbor Avenue restaurant. The woman’s father was contacted and explained that she is bi-polar and has not been taking her meds.

*Saturday afternoon around 3:30, a citizen called 911 to report a disoriented and confused woman wandering near 51st SW and SW Genesee. Officers found her paranoid (she called a young boy playing in the street, “one of THEM”) and she admitted she had just smoked crack and hadn’t eaten in four days. Originally agreeing to go to Harborview, she changed her mind when the ambulance arrived. She had to be placed in four-point restraints in order to be transported.

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.

16 Replies to "The WSBeat: Intruder incidents, park problems, more"

  • Alki Resident July 31, 2011 (2:33 pm)

    Well,hopefully,that eliminated all the nuts around here for awhile.Good grief.

  • miss dubcee July 31, 2011 (4:00 pm)

    What is it with all the crazy drunk cracked out women in west seattle?

  • Dc July 31, 2011 (4:02 pm)


  • Adam July 31, 2011 (4:14 pm)

    What the hell? People waking up to find strangers in their bedrooms? Does this happen often? That’s not cool at all.

  • Your neighbor July 31, 2011 (5:24 pm)

    Miss dubcee and Alki Resident:

    Please have a little respect. “[A]ll the nuts” and “crazy drunk cracked out women” are very likely people some of the readers of this blog know in the neighborhood, or some of their loved ones or friends.

    A chemical imbalance in the brain is the neurological equivalent of diabetes. Would you ridicule someone who has diabetes?

    People with bipolar and other neurological disorders not only have to live with the effects of how these problems impact their brains and bodies, but with prejudice and judgment in the community.

    A SMALL percentage of people with untreated bipolar and similar chemical imbalances in the brain do use alcohol and other drugs in an effort to medicate their symptoms. This does not make them anything less than human.

    They deserve better than to be mocked on the neighborhood blog. You would be doing both yourself and the rest of us a favor to have a little more respect in the future.

  • Alki Resident July 31, 2011 (7:06 pm)

    @Your neighbor-OR a person smoking crack and disturbing the peace of our community.I dont and will not feel sorry for those kind of people.Chances are they’ve had every chance in the world to change and get help and choose not too.I know a handful of them and theyre NUTS and disrespectful and irresponsible.Theyre not bipolar,off their meds or have a chemical imbalance.The people ON meds need to stay on them so they aren’t putting innocent lives in danger.

  • enviromaven July 31, 2011 (7:39 pm)

    Are there more “crazy, drunk, cracked out women” than crazy, drunk, cracked out men in West Seattle? Addiction, mental illness, and/or crime aren’t gender specific.

  • J August 1, 2011 (12:07 am)

    Well, seems as though those “high on their horse West Seattleites” don’t have a clue! Always better than everyone else.

    Look at all the DSHS budget cuts. There have been SO many cuts to the mental health programs it’s absolutely unbelievable, there is nearly nothing left & it’s only going to get WORSE! Just wait to see the neighborhood when the programs are fully cut this year!

    There are a lot of people out there that truly NEED help, but there are those that choose to self medicate instead.

    It would be AMAZING if people would STOP handing off-ramp beggars cash, when all we see them do is buy more beer & drugs! You’re NOT helping them! You’re just keeping them here!

    I truly think some people need to hear others stories and walk a day in their shoes BEFORE they’re so quick to judge.

    I’m shocked people are more concerned with the mental health reports than the break-ins!

  • mamak August 1, 2011 (11:00 am)

    As a mental health therapist, as a west Seattle neighbor, as a mother, and a community participant, I am disgusted by the judgements, stereotypes, and ignorance some of our community members have. I hope you NEVER have to experience what some of those in our community go through….

  • West Seattle Wanderer August 1, 2011 (11:16 am)

    I can’t get over how many people have time for naps :)

  • WTF August 1, 2011 (11:27 am)

    Your neighbor & mamak: none of us are talking about folks with treatable, non-violent mental illness. Focus. Focus. Focus.

    The story is about criminals and Alki Resident was referring to intolerance to this kind of behavior! And, we need more people like him/her.

    The generalization and reference could have been different. People are angry and fed-up, and unfortunately some insensitive vernaculars can stand in the way of the real topic.

    Now back to the actual discussion of the story…

    [We] continue to coddle criminals and slap the wrists of so many home invaders, thieves and violent offenders in this city, it’s mind boggling. The days of singing Kumbaya and hugging to make the problem go away are over. The next time a woman wakes up to have a stranger standing in her bedroom, someone is going to get hurt or killed. Oh, wait!! That’s already happened!! And, sadly people wanted to feel sorry for and protect this vermin because they believed him to be mentally ill. He ran away and hid after he raped and tortured two, and eventually murdered one of them! His running & hiding sounds like awareness and cognitive reasoning skills to me! Try to respect that thought the next time you tell us to have respect “[A]ll the nuts” and “crazy drunk cracked out women” [and men] because they may have neighbors or read this blog.

  • Laconique August 1, 2011 (1:27 pm)

    I too am shocked at all the napping. Just shocked.

  • Your neighbor August 1, 2011 (1:44 pm)

    @ WTF: I was responding to two comments by miss dubcee and Alki Resident, who in turn had responded to the last half of the blog post, which began with this line “Police are asked to handle much more than crime, as the next three summaries show.” Reread it. The people mentioned were not “home invaders, thieves and violent offenders.” It was talking about folks with treatable, non-violent mental illness. (Also notice, it wasn’t addressed to WTF: or @WTF).

    There is an immense difference between mental illness and criminal insanity. The mentally ill are more likely to become crime victims rather than perpetrators. (One study showed the mentally ill are victimized by crime at four times the rate of the general population; another showed 25% of those with severe mental illness become victims of violence as compared to only 3% of the general population). They are also at much higher risk of suicide.

    Did you know depression, PTSD, post-partum depression, obssessive-compulsive disorder, Alzheimer’s, anxiety disorder, and fronto-temporal dimentia are all forms of mental illness, along with bipolar, schizophrenia and other types more people are familiar with? The people you disparage are grandparents, soldiers, teenagers, teachers, baristas, mothers, fathers, etc., pretty much a cross section of your West Seattle community.

    Stereotypes and prejudice are a large part of what keep people with mental health disorders from seeking help. I would rather be part of the community creating a solution than making life more traumatic for people with a health problem.

  • Alki Resident August 1, 2011 (2:48 pm)

    @WTF-THANK YOU,I couldn’t have said it better.My whole issue was regarding the female crackhead and Your neighbor is blowing this up to be about illnesses.I’ve personally had to waste my time and money going downtown to get a protection order on some strange guy coming to my home numerous times looking for someone thats never lived here.All the while screaming nonsense and cracked out.He not only scared me but my kids as well causing me to now be an armed citizen.I also know personally some crackheads that don’t come around but cause lots of trouble for everyone in their path.I AM fed up with it and I don’t appreciate people putting words in my mouth.I speak whats on my mind and Im a wonderful, caring person with a huge heart that doesn’t tolerate drugs or users.

    • WSB August 1, 2011 (2:53 pm)

      Since a commenter calls attention to the transitional line that I added while editing Megan’s report – I do want to note, it was not meant to indicate that no criminal activity was involved in the ensuing items (nor that it was, for that matter). I felt, as editor, there needed to be some explanation of why we were including those summaries. They also are part of one of the goals of having a weekly roundup in addition to daily (or more frequent) reports as newsworthy incidents happen – because they often answer a question for readers, “oh, THAT’S why I saw all those police at (wherever) (whenever).” If you spend some time listening to a scanner, you would be amazed at what a wide range of reports police have to deal with. Last night in SODO, they were called because of something involving a guy with drums and a gorilla suit. Have no idea how that turned out, but that’s what the fragment of scanner traffic said, as we noted on Twitter. Anyway, thanks all for reading and considering … TR

  • Alki Resident August 1, 2011 (3:03 pm)

    Probably a monkey that escaped the zoo ,trying to earn some quick cash to get outta town.Wish I had seen it.

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