The WSBeat: When arrests are warrant-ed, and other cases

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)?”:

*A 40-year-old south Seattle man was drunk, disorderly, and yelling at dogs behind a fence in the 3700 block of SW Grayson on around noon on July 20th. It turns out he was wanted on a felony warrant from the California Department of Corrections. He was booked into King County Jail.

More warrants, a concern-sparking customer, and more, ahead:

*On Monday the 16th, an officer on routine patrol near the Alaska Junction recognized a man wanted on a $5,000 felony warrant. She placed him under arrest without incident and booked him into the King County Jail. A week later, on Monday the 23rd, officers near Avalon and SW Yancy recognized a man wanted on a $2,500 warrant for weapons violations. He, too, got a ride downtown.

*On Friday afternoon the 20th, employees of a local eatery called 911 with concerns about an intoxicated 52-year-old customer. Upon arrival she had parked her car illegally front of the restaurant and had sat on her front bumper for close to an hour before coming inside and trying to order food. Officers found that she had trouble walking, slurred speech and slow reaction time. They also found an open bottle of wine next to the front seat. (She also reeked of alcohol.) She denied that she had been driving and declined a ride home, saying she would walk. Officers decided to bide their time as she walked off down the street. After about three minutes she reappeared, headed for the driver’s door with her keys in hand. Officers impounded the car. The woman has a “significant history” of DUI, only a probationary license, and her car is supposed to have an interlock device.

*On the 19th near SW 105th and 39th SW, an officer heard yelling coming from a car idling at the side of the road. Inside he found an apologetic 27-year-old man and a female passenger in a compromising position. The woman was out of control, unable to identify herself, and seemed to be high. The man’s driver’s license was suspended and he was wanted on a $20,000 DUI warrant. His car was also missing its interlock device to prevent him from driving while intoxicated. (The man explained that he had borrowed his wife’s car for the evening.) The passenger was sent to Harborview for an involuntary commitment. The driver was taken to King County Jail.

*A 43-year-old West Seattle resident was taken into custody on Thursday the 19th after he sold $200 worth of narcotics to an undercover officer in an arranged meeting near a local community center. (The center was open at the time and more than 50 children were playing nearby.) He faces investigation of drug possession and delivery charges.

*Early on the 19th, a 26-year-old waved down a passing car at 35th and Morgan. When the driver stopped, the man offered to sell him and his passenger several types of narcotics. They agreed on a transaction: $100 of crack cocaine. Too bad the customers were undercover officers. The seller was transported to King County Jail for investigation of drug charges –even though the crack he provided to them turned out to be fake.

*After her son was booked into jail for various charges, an Alaska Junction-area mother asked a relative to clean out the son’s belongings as she doesn’t want him returning. Inside the garage, in the son’s backpack, were a loaded 45-caliber pistol, two clips and 54 rounds.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Remember, the CRISIS LINE is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm: 206.461.3222 … WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = calling or texting 206-293-6302 is the best way.

16 Replies to "The WSBeat: When arrests are warrant-ed, and other cases"

  • Dan July 26, 2012 (11:24 pm)

    I have been sitting out in my backyard with my friends and out of the quietness we hear a scream that sounded like a little girl, this is on beach drive up in Mikwa Mooks, but then we went and checked it out cause it came from up in the woods above our house. We didnt go far so we came back thinking it might just be some animal, but then five miniutes later we hear it in the woods again, it sounded really clear like a young girl screaming because she was being attacked or something. We dont know what it was so if you guys hear about any missing child please let me know because I would like to explain about what we heard.

    • WSB July 26, 2012 (11:30 pm)

      Dan, if you think you hear someone screaming, PLEASE call 911 – better to err on the side of caution. – TR

  • blessedmama July 27, 2012 (12:31 am)

    Please, I hope you called 911. If that was in fact a little girl or really anyone for that matter that needed help, by you calling 911 you could save her life. I know I would not be able to live with myself if I later found out that something horrific happened and I had just ignored it.

  • cs July 27, 2012 (12:53 am)

    Dan, yes, please call the police. I’d prefer that they come, only to find that it’s a false alarm, than for this to be ignored, and be an actual attack!

  • Eric July 27, 2012 (5:31 am)

    Dan: “but then five miniutes later we hear it in the woods again, it sounded really clear like a young girl screaming because she was being attacked or something. We dont know what it was so if you guys hear about any missing child please let me know because I would like to explain about what we heard.”

    Eric: I seriously hope you called the cops, hearing what appeared to be a really clear sound of a young girl screaming because she was being attacked. I’d be more concerned for the girl than your curiousity.

  • Garden_nymph July 27, 2012 (9:10 am)

    Dan, any chance you called the police? As you know, crimes have been solved by comments left here on the West Seattle Blog. Please get involved.

  • LL July 27, 2012 (9:32 am)

    Did anyone ever follow up on this? This is very bothersome to me. How could you just walk away and put this to rest, after hearing what truly sounded like a young child screaming? There is the vacant area above Me-Kwa-Mooks(about 1/2 way up Jacobsen) now that used to be barricaded but the barricade has since been removed. I’ve noticed a bit of activity there….could this possibly be the location that the screams were coming from? I live very close by and I have little kids, it really bothers me that a supposedly concerned local did nothing. :(

  • Dan July 27, 2012 (10:14 am)

    Today were going to check it out and hopefully we wont find any think serious, we think that it was more likely to be a raccoon, hawk, or eagle, but their is also the possibility of a young child. Last night we went and checked it out and it was too dark to see anything. But if we hear anything about a missing child then we should worry.

  • RG July 27, 2012 (11:43 am)

    Have I heard about a missing kid? Please go to and see for yourself; one child is too many.
    Now that this has been brought up, the police need to be contacted so that they, and Dan and the others who heard the screams, can go back and check it out.
    I don’t understand how anyone can let this go and not do anything. Even if Dan et al were under the influence of something at the time, this needs to be put to rest.
    For the sake of all the missing and their families, please follow up on what you started.

  • Oh man July 27, 2012 (11:59 am)

    Dan did something (which is more than alot of people would, sad to say). Whether it was the best response is open to question. But he did not walk away. And RG please “under the influence”?! Seriously?! What’s up with that?

  • RG July 27, 2012 (12:56 pm)

    OM, I respectfully disagree, I know of no one who would hear a child’s scream coming from the woods at night and not alert the police.
    The reason for my comment about Dan and his friends being under the influence is threefold: It could be the reason why they didn’t call the police at the time, it could be the reason as to why they doubt what it was they heard, and it could be why they continue to not follow up.
    It is not uncommon for crimes to go unreported because a witness was under the influence of something or other. Who knows the back story of Dan’s 11:24p post but he obviously was concerned enough to post to the blog. Being “under the influence”, no matter how you define it, is simply common.
    If something actually happened to a child out there in the woods at night, the embarrassment of reporting that they were under the influence would be short-lived compared to what damage a child might have suffered.
    All said, if I came across as judgmental, then for that I apologize, because that was not my intention nor the point of my post.

    • WSB July 27, 2012 (1:08 pm)

      I should note here that anonymous tips to police are also possible, for those who have ANY reason to feel that they don’t want to be linked to a tip, though I would certainly hope that a concern for public safety would be first and foremost and would lead to a quick 911 call in myriad circumstances. Near the top of the WSB Crime Watch page is the link for “how to text an anonymous tip to Crimestoppers” – the direct link is here:

  • Oh man July 27, 2012 (4:46 pm)

    “I know of no one who would hear a child’s scream coming from the woods at night and not alert the police.”

    I will go with Dan’s initial assessment that he didn’t know what it was. I have heard nighttime sounds that I didn’t know what they were. I have questioned whether I was mistaken. I have not then got on WSB to inquire. Maybe I was wrong. Who knows?!

    Thank you for acknowledging that you had no intention on casting aspersions on a fellow WSB reader who cares…. We do what we can.

  • Dan July 27, 2012 (10:21 pm)

    I have talked to my friends about what we heard and they think their is really nothing to worry about and that it was most likely to be a raccoon or animal, they did not want to call the cops to waste their time on a screaming raccoon. West Seattle is not the place to really worry about a child being attacked up in the small area of woods that is surrounded by houses and people.

  • Oh man July 28, 2012 (9:02 am)

    I once woke up to high pitched screaming, looked out my window and saw three big raccoons cornering something under a car. Very weird. My husband chased them off (without calling 911).

  • garden_nymph July 28, 2012 (5:26 pm)

    Dan, Freya Garden, Greggette Guy and Hokum Jeebs beg to differ. West Seattle is not free of murders.

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