The WSBeat: Restroom rage; bizarre bike theft; more

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

As always, the WSBeat summaries are from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers, beyond ongoing WSB breaking-news (etc.) coverage:

*Faced with a locked restroom door at a Westwood Village store, an anxious customer knocked and asked the person inside to hurry. After some time, the door opened. The occupant grabbed the knocker’s sunglasses and punched him in the face with a closed fist. The victim punched back, and the suspect exited the building. He was described as white, aged 50-64, about 6’2”, slim, with brown hair. He wore a brown baseball cap, brown shirt, and brown pants.

*Friday afternoon, a cyclist was riding his custom bicycle through the Alaska Junction and was hailed by a man who got off a bus. When the rider stopped, the man punched him in the face, knocked him off the bike, hopped aboard, and rode north in the alley toward SW Oregon St. The suspect is described as white, aged 30-49, 6’5” with fair complexion and blonde or strawberry short hair. He wore a red sweater and blue pants. The bike is worth about $1,600.

Six more summaries, ahead:

*Tuesday noon, a man climbed to the top of a building at 36th and Genesee and stood on the roof. With a Bible in one hand and his family jewels in another, he told officers he was waiting for God. He was transported to Harborview for a mental evaluation.

*Unknown persons stole $1,200 worth of copper wire from a business on 13th Ave. SW on Monday morning between 5:15 and 5:30. And on Wednesday, an employee reported that someone had broken into a construction site on Fauntleroy Way over the weekend and stolen several spools of wire worth over $4,500.

*The manager of an Alki-area apartment reports that a man has twice (once in December and once in January) managed to enter the supposedly secure building and distribute pizza advertisements. This month, he was caught on video in the laundry area trying to drill out the lock on a dryer in order to gain access to the coins. He was unsuccessful. He is described as white, aged, 22-29, around 5’10” tall with an athletic build.

*A 14-year-old reports that while she was walking near 9th SW and Cambridge on Tuesday afternoon, a man driving a blue Ford Mustang with tinted windows stopped his car and flirted with her. She was scared by the encounter, and when she warned him that she would call police he left. The suspect is described as Hispanic, aged 22-29, with medium build and short black hair.

*Following his victory on the mat, police say, a visiting wrestler from a high school outside Seattle was punched in the face by his opponent, who attends a local high school. The victim fell to the floor unconscious and injured his hip, while the suspect — witnesses say — was quickly “whisked away” from the gymnasium. Though no one called 911 at the time, officers were later dispatched to the Swedish Hospital emergency room to gather details.

*When a local woman filed her taxes, the IRS rejected them: It seems someone else had already filed a tax return using her Social Security number.

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 = calling or texting 206-293-6302 is the best way.

8 Replies to "The WSBeat: Restroom rage; bizarre bike theft; more"

  • datamuse February 12, 2012 (10:58 pm)


    What’s with all these people punching people in the face?

  • sbre February 13, 2012 (4:57 am)

    Are they sure the faces aren’t assulting the fists?!

  • haha February 13, 2012 (5:38 am)

    How do you punch without a closed fist.

  • A February 13, 2012 (7:53 am)

    @haha: probably heel of the hand — you can put some serious force behind a “punch” thrown that way (as opposed to a slap)

  • Richterific February 13, 2012 (9:34 am)

    People sure have been punchy lately!

  • RJB February 13, 2012 (8:26 pm)

    I called police Saturday morning re; Fauntleroy Way construction theft. Older model white pickup truck, ext. cab but only one door on each side, solid black tires/wheels and VERY LOUD. You could hear the person shifting from two plus blocks away. The reason why I called is this truck was driving crazy at 5:30am all over Fauntleroy Way, 41st street, up and down the alleys…and the truck was so loud. When it went down the alley (again) with the truck coasting and its lights off, I called the cops.

  • CJ February 13, 2012 (10:14 pm)

    “With a Bible in one hand and his family jewels in another, he told officers he was waiting for God.”

    Holding his family jewels…hmmm

  • RJB February 17, 2012 (4:00 pm)

    Can we find out what the bike looks like…?

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