By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
Back after another short hiatus: From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:
*Though he had been evicted at the beginning of the month, a man still had the key to the front door of his former condo building in the Admiral area. He would enter, climb to the roof, and then jump to his old balcony to get inside his old unit, against the orders of the sheriff, bank, and realtor. On Tuesday he was arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of criminal trespass. The condo management group will be changing the lock on the front door.
*Late Saturday of last weekend, seeing a car pull out of an Admiral service station without its headlights on, an officer ran the plate and discovered that the registered owner did not have a valid driver’s license. He pulled the car over at 36th and Olga. The driver admitted he had no insurance or license and, although he wasn’t wanted on any warrants, he did have a history of burglary and firearms possession. For safety reasons, the officer had him exit the vehicle, which brought half-full bottles of whiskey, brandy and cognac, a crowbar, and a pair of black leather gloves into plain view. These were confiscated. The 16-year-old was cited for driving without a license or insurance, for not using his headlights, minor in possession, and possession of burglary tools. He was released to his brother’s custody; his car was towed.
Six more summaries ahead:
*Early Saturday of last weekend, several citizens reported shots fired near 26th and SW Dakota. A man in the passenger seat of a white 60s-era Cadillac convertible was seen pointing a handgun. Officers found five shell casings in the intersection of 26th and SW Adams. There were no signs of property damage or injury.
*A local high school went into what the report described as lockdown mode last Tuesday after a teacher saw a student with a handgun on campus. The youth was questioned but no gun was found. After many changes of story, he finally admitted he had been carrying a BB gun but had given it to another student, who had already left for the day. The original student was immediately expelled.
*Tuesday afternoon, a stranger confronted a woman in the driveway of a home near 11th and Barton, began grabbing her grocery bags from the car and offering to help. The frightened woman locked herself inside the vehicle, but the suspect appeared at the driver’s window with a brick. He shattered the glass, reached in and stole the victim’s purse, running off northbound on 11th SW. Neighbors saw the man climb into a navy blue compact with tinted windows and drive off to the east. He was described as a black male, aged 20-40, about six feet tall with a slim build. His hair was in a short afro and he wore a white sweater and dark capri pants. During the incident, he told the victim that he lived in the area.
*Friday afternoon of last week, a 33-year-old called 911 with a rambling report implying that the management of her Junction-area apartment was likely involved in a series of suspicious events involving her door locks and keys. After being interviewed, she was released. (Though she showed some signs of paranoia, she did not meet the criteria for involuntary commitment.) But an hour later, she entered a nearby liquor store, claimed to be a police officer and CIA agent, and demanded to use the phone to contact her law-enforcement coworkers. Denied permission, she came behind the counter and then started grabbing customers’ cell phones. She then ran to a construction site and tried to obtain a telephone there. Officers confiscated a knife, had Animal Control take care of her dog, and then sent her to Harborview for a mental evaluation. They also hope to revoke a concealed weapons permit she was granted by the King County Sheriff’s Office on August 25th.
*In the High Point area, a 19-year-old called 911 to report that he was hearing voices. The young man was polite with officers and said he had no plans to injure himself or others, but he seemed to have trouble concentrating and his eyes wandered. His grandfather said the young man had been recently diagnosed with a mental problem and that medication had seemed to help, but that the prescription had run out and the family couldn’t afford a refill. The officer offered to try to arrange a visit from a mental health professional, and the grandfather said the family would be extremely grateful for such assistance.
*After seeing a large number of dog treats in the yard next door (the neighbors were away), a Westwood woman became concerned that someone had poisoned their pup. A $200 vet visit later, it was determined that the dog was fine but suffering from indigestion from an excess of edibles. The officer decided to speak with the neighbor on the other side, who immediately admitted to providing the treats. Horrified at what happened, she explained that the dog’s owners had given her the bag when they moved in and encouraged her to toss a treat his way if he barked too much.
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.