The WSBeat: Wanted no more; gun apology; squatters…

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, incidents of note that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block (whenever)?”:

*Around noon last Thursday, officers were dispatched to the 9200 block of Delridge Way SW to look for an “armed and dangerous” man wanted on a California warrant. After seeing a man fitting the general description enter a convenience store, they watched from outside and spotted unique identifying tattoos on his neck. As the man stepped up to the counter to pay for his drink, he was arrested without incident.

*Then on Thursday afternoon, members of the Pacific Northwest Fugitive Task Force arrested a man in the 4700 block of 44th SW. He was wanted in Orange County, California for felony stalking. The 45-year-old was booked into King County jail to await extradition.

*A savvy citizen called 911 after midnight last Tuesday to report that a suspicious person was looking in car windows in the 7500 block of Dumar Way SW. The suspect tried to evade officers who arrived at the scene, but was caught in a nearby greenbelt. His front pockets were full of bank and credit cards with a woman’s name. His backpack contained two digital cameras, two cell phones, two cell chargers, a video game, two controllers, an MP3 player and a folding knife. The suspect—a downtown resident—was booked into King County Jail for investigation of felony possession of stolen property.

8 more summaries, including the case of the hidden gun that led to an apology, ahead:

*Just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, an officer spotted a car inside closed Don Armeni Boat Ramp park. An ID check showed that the 21-year-old driver had a suspended license (for five unpaid tickets and two misdemeanor warrants totaling $13,000 from Tacoma and Kirkland). He was also a convicted felon, in trouble most recently for unlawful possession of a firearm and eluding. He denied that there were any weapons in the car. After waiting for backup, the officer performed a cursory search and saw a purse under the car’s front seat. The 24-year old girlfriend allowed the officer to look through the bag, where he found a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. The driver admitted the gun was his and that he had placed it in her purse. She was released. He was transported to the precinct, where he willingly gave a statement, said he did not know the weapon was stolen, and admitted that this would be his “third strike” for firearms possession. The officer allowed the suspect to call the girlfriend and he apologized to her for putting her in a “bad situation.” He was booked into King County jail for investigation of firearms violations.

*Just after one a.m. Saturday, a man told officers he was walking eastbound on Roxbury near 4th SW when a dark green or dark blue Toyota Tercel four-door began to follow him. At one point the driver leaned forward and reached under the driver’s seat. Scared, the victim turned onto a foot trail and hid in some bushes, watching as the car left southbound on Olson Place. It later returned and shined its headlights directly where he was hiding. The car left, and the victim reports he soon heard three or four gunshots. (No “shots fired” calls were reported to 911 at that time.) The suspect was described as a “muscular” Hispanic male, aged 22-29, wearing a dark blue baseball cap and a black hooded jacket.

*A property owner was surprised to discover two transients squatting in her Avalon-area rental. Officers made their way through sleeping bags, clothing shoes, broken needles and other evidence of drug use and arrested the men, brothers from Pennsylvania. The pair said that they had met a man downtown, told him they needed a place to stay, and he drove them to the address. This helpful stranger turned out to be the previous tenant, who had been evicted.

*Some tenants in the Fauntlee Hills area are none too pleased with their landlord/housemate: It seems that the strangers he brought home from a Belltown bar early Saturday stole the residents’ money, credit and debit cards. The landlord apologized to officers for being unable to describe the suspects in detail, stating that he had been too intoxicated to remember much. As he thought more, however, he realized that the two women in the group kept trying to distract him while the male entered various rooms of the house.

*A 13-year-old runaway used the emergency phone outside the Southwest Precinct late Wednesday to call 911 and ask for a ride “home.” He was calm and cooperative, but said that the counselors at his SeaTac group residence have not dealt with a bullying issue that has escalated to death threats. The young man said he had already run away from the facility six times and preferred to go to the Spruce Street youth home downtown. Officers transported him and left him in the custody of a counselor.

*On Saturday evening, an ambulance driver (and a neighbor) were concerned about the welfare of his elderly passenger, who had left Swedish Medical Center and gone home against the advice of her doctors. Officers were dispatched to check on her and confirmed the driver’s report: The woman was unable to stand or walk or care for herself. Though the home was fairly clean, medications were scattered about and the woman didn’t know what to take and when. Her wheelchair got stuck on the carpet. She assured officers that her downstairs tenant would help her (which was a surprise to the tenant). Officers assisted her to the bathroom and helped with a colostomy bag that opened and spilled. After cleaning her up and helping her into fresh clothes, an officer called Adult Protective Services and got the answering machine. (The reports notes the office is only open Monday-Friday from 8-5.) In a last-ditch effort, the officer even calling Child Protective Services for help but was told that the state does not fund after-hours care for vulnerable adults.

*Seattle City Light employees requested an officer standby as they turned off the power to an Arbor Heights home. The resident (who was far behind on his power bills) had put up barricades and posted threatening signs to discourage anyone from stepping onto his property. Officers photographed the scene and signs and stayed on site until the job was completed.

*A local man is convinced his neighbors of twenty years are flooding his basement and damaging his yard. In apparent retaliation for these perceived actions, he has destroyed their fence and taken to throwing large amounts of feces onto their driveway, cars, and into their compost bin. In order to contact the suspect on his front lawn, officers had to navigate around “a large amount of barbed wire strung up between the yard, as well as a spiked post and a nearly invisible small chain strung across the front steps to his front door.” The agitated suspect refused to let officers inside the home, saying he didn’t want them to see his two small children. He stated that all of his neighbors dump feces in his yard and denied he had done the same. He agreed to call police in the future if he had problems with his neighbors.


EDITOR’S NOTE: WSBeat roundups are archived here. 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.

13 Replies to "The WSBeat: Wanted no more; gun apology; squatters..."

  • carlton April 10, 2012 (3:53 pm)

    mr.policeman, didn’t you know that the people voted no into helping those needing those protective services? they didn’t want their property tax raised so thats why you got an answering machine sir…

  • furor scribendi April 10, 2012 (5:20 pm)

    Hope the officers initiated a welfare check on the two small children alluded to in the ‘agitated barbed-wire’ suspect, and followed up on the elderly and at-risk individuals mentioned. There’s a lot of need out there, for people of all ages, and every little bit of assistance can make a big difference.

  • Chuck and Sally's Van Man April 10, 2012 (6:23 pm)

    Anyone who doesn’t think our cops go the extra mile aren’t paying attention. Helping clean up the poor woman after her colostomy bag spilled? Probably just a day in the life… I DO hope the cops took the initiate to call Child Protective Services concerning the father who believed all his neighbors were conspiring against him. Barbed wire? Feces tossing? Sounds like he’s not all there, and I hope his kids are okay. Thanks officers!

  • EN April 10, 2012 (7:46 pm)

    I think that cop deserves some special recognition. I truly hope adult protective services follows up takes care of that women.

  • 35this35mph April 10, 2012 (7:47 pm)

    The elderly woman should have been rehospitalized. APS doesn’t make instant visits in any case. If she was too compromised to be left safely she should be taken to an ER and seen by the County Mental Health Professionals.

  • AJP April 10, 2012 (8:56 pm)

    The kindness of the strangers who helped that elderly woman, my goodness. It’s not easy to get APS out to help you, they definitely need more resources. I know this from experience.

  • Jiggers April 11, 2012 (8:53 am)

    If you keep voting no, you are going to get more of these type of situations. Protective services and other social services that depend on public funding will continue to decline because people here don’t want their property taxes raised. There is no monies available to operate after hours because you voted NO. It’s going to get worse for homeless and vunerable population of folks who would benefit from services otherwise. it is a very small price to pay to keep needed services open. One day you’ll see a handicapped person sleeping on your property because there was no place for them to get to.

  • Jiggers April 11, 2012 (9:27 am)

    35this..What would have an ER done? She didn’t need emergent care. She needs 24 hour care which isn’t easily available. ER is changing its admitting policies. ER isn’t a day or night care facility. it is a place were people have serious emergencies that need to be cared for. Ask yourself why isn’t she in a safe enviornement being looked after 24/7? you probably voted NO and din’t realize the reprucussions of what voting no would mean. It is so easy to just speculate when you aren’t in the very same situation.

  • Neighbor April 11, 2012 (11:43 am)

    I’m ashamed for our country. We are judged by how we treat the weak and those in need. I did not vote for my fellow citizens to be so neglected. We used to be better than this. Those who believe we need austerity measures instead of fair taxation need to be the ones cleaning up bags of urine.

  • Joel April 11, 2012 (8:56 pm)

    I believe the article says the woman left the hospital against the advice of doctors. perhaps if she stayed as recommended she would not have been in this situation.

    there is plenty of money to go around…..the state just needs to spend what they have more wisely

  • Jiggers April 12, 2012 (8:19 am)

    But sometimes the best advice from doctors are to only pad their bottom line and not neccassarily what is good for you. She did make that choice to leave. Most major hospitals have social service/case management for those who need help after being admitted. I wonder if they exhausted their efforts in trying to help the lady out or there was no type of care for her available. No one wants to stay in a hospital and be bed ridden unless you are absolutely sick. The State spending more money wisely, they’ve already proven time and again that they can’t do that correctly.

  • Ted April 12, 2012 (8:15 pm)

    C’mon Jiggers, when a person makes poor decisions those around them should not be FORCED to care for them by giving their hard earned money to an inefficient government agency. Charity has apparently lost its place in society. We take much more than is moral to provide for those that abuse the system. I pay for them with every purchase I make, then I pay to care for my own family. Some people legitimately have no family to care for them, but many have pushed the responsibility of caring for their elderly family onto the state and other levels of govt. Too bad our society has lost all hint of personal responsibility. It is to the point where care for our most vulnerable redounds to the state and other levels of bureaucrat

  • Tom April 13, 2012 (11:16 am)

    I agree there are a lot of people that need help, but how does it get paid for? With a $855 million dollar budget shortfall can you really expect an increase in services?

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