West Seattle Crime Watch: Robbery investigations tonight

(Taken at 17th/Cambridge. We have blurred the face of one person who did not appear to be SPD.)
Two cases tonight: We don’t have official details on the one that’s still happening, but in South Delridge, police are out right now dealing with a report that was described on the scanner as an armed robbery, apparently at a business, possibly on 17th SW. We checked out the scene and saw what appeared to be a search, but it wasn’t clear exactly where the investigation was centered, so we’ll be checking back with SPD later.

There also was some scanner traffic about a strong-arm street robbery earlier – and we have received a note from the victim, a longtime WSB’er who says she was held up at knifepoint in Arbor Heights around 5:30 pm by someone who stole her iPhone 4S. She says police made an arrest but did not find the phone, so she is asking people in the area to be on the lookout for it. (We have a followup question out to ask where in AH this happened.) She says the data on it “has been wiped,” but she has its serial number from its original packaging.

ADDED 12:14 AM: The victim says it happened near 35th/106th, and that the suspect was found around the 9700-9900 block of 35th. The missing phone is a black iPhone 4S, 32GB, “in a black Marware flip case at the time.”

10 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Robbery investigations tonight"

  • bob dewey January 7, 2012 (1:09 am)

    I am 100% certian that the suspect who stole the cell phone was located in the 9200 block 35 ave sw. That block is between Sw Cambridge St and Sw Barton St. If a Iphone or knife is located in that area or even from there southdown to 105 St Sw please call 9-11.

    • WSB January 7, 2012 (2:49 pm)

      And in fact I have an update from police that confirms the 9200 block. No break in the phone search yet, but a little more about how the arrest was made, and I also will be able to follow the suspect through the jail/court system (we don’t always get names in cases we report, but if we don’t, we can’t track them; I won’t publish the name until and unless this person is charged, though). Watch for the info in an upcoming Crime Watch report … TR

  • Without my Phone January 7, 2012 (9:36 am)

    Thank you bob dewey. I probably told WSB the wrong block due to still being shaken up.

  • miws January 7, 2012 (10:04 am)

    Without my Phone,

    it’s always saddening and maddening to hear of incidents such as this, but even more so when it’s “one of our own”.


    Hope you get your phone back, and although it may be hard to realize at this time, remember that there are a lot more good people in our community, than the lowlife that did this.



  • Without my Phone January 7, 2012 (10:36 am)

    Thanks, Mike.

    I have PTSD from past situation that involves knives, so this is especially hard right now. The reminder that there are more good than bad people is something I’m trying really hard to hold onto.

    I’ve lived in WS since 1994, and never before felt unsafe here.

  • samson January 7, 2012 (4:02 pm)


    is there any chance to know where burglars are coming from? like this one: where is he coming from? which city? Tacoma, Bothell, Everett?? I am still wondering why they pick West Seattle community with so many break ins and victims are being robbed/attacked…

    I don’t need to know bad people’s names.

    Hope you find your iphone by google it up and the app is find my iphone and you may track the iphone… i could track mine and love it!

    • WSB January 7, 2012 (6:07 pm)

      We report hometowns when we know. My writeup on this followup was delayed and now I’ve just heard from police that they have recovered the knife (still not the phone) so it’s just as well I had to wait. Haven’t looked up the guy here yet – I don’t have his address in the info from police and since he is a juvenile I may not be able to find that out (he turns 17 in a month). – TR

  • Without my Phone January 7, 2012 (6:56 pm)

    @sampson, unfortunately I wiped data *before* trying find my iphone, which made location services not possible. Wasn’t thinking of how to sequence my actions very well last night. >sigh< Replacement of the phone is going to be obnoxiously expensive because it was bought less than a month ago with a renewed contract. Applecare does not cover theft, of course.

    Glad to hear the knife was recovered and hope that helps with prosecution of the little )(%^*#%. I sure hope he isn't from around here. And unreal that he is a teenager.

  • Jason January 8, 2012 (9:33 am)

    Once again, an idiotic juvenile steals a phone that becomes worthless once reported to the cellphone carriers, and to Apple (they can block out stolen devices from ever being able to use iTunes again…)
    Maybe we need a PSA for the thugs that lets them in on the secret – that it would be easier to pick up a rock off the ground to use as a paperweight instead of stealing a smarthphone.

  • Single Mother January 9, 2012 (10:52 pm)

    I went to the WS Precinct last week with information about a lead to a possible physical address of my stolen computer because Comcast would only release the information to the police. The desk sargent treated me like a joke and didn’t give me any information about what would happen. I wonder about their moral given the recent events in the news but am very dismayed that it gets taken out on me struggling and trying to help and be a good citizen.

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