West Seattle Crime Watch: Daughter’s warning after elderly mom robbed while out walking

In West Seattle Crime Watch today – Carole reports her mom was robbed while out for a walk, and she is sharing the story to “reach as many people who care for the elderly to be very cautious if the person is able to walk or travel by themselves”:

My 82 year old mother went for her daily walk around the block (Sunrise Heights). She was approached by two males in a vehicle who talked to her like they knew her. Somehow, the driver of the vehicle managed to get her wedding ring off of her, saying he would get it cleaned and bring it back to her. My mother has Aphasia – she knows what she wants to say or do, but cannot get the words out in a coherent manner. Because of this condition, she has difficulty in telling us what happened. She was not hurt but is very upset. She is now frightened to go outside for any reason.

The ring was purchased in 1957 – white gold, about size 4 or 5, one big stone in the center with smaller stones on either side (I think it is called emerald cut). It is a 3-band ring, with the 3rd band added by my dad for their 25th anniversary. The third-band stones are cubic Zirconias.

The police have been notified and a report taken.

Carole says this happened around 1:45 pm Tuesday.

36 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Daughter's warning after elderly mom robbed while out walking"

  • Brandon September 19, 2012 (1:10 pm)

    I’m so sorry this happened, and am disgusted by humanity right now. Bunch of punks, Hopefully the items are recovered and the thieves are brought to justice.

  • MB September 19, 2012 (1:34 pm)

    Disgusting is the best word. Pisses me off, and in my own neighborhood too! So sorry this happened!

  • MEJ September 19, 2012 (1:34 pm)

    This is the third in a disturbing new trend of daylight, one-on-one crimes in West Seattle. First, a guy watering his lawn is robbed by two guys driving by in a car … then, in the last week or so, an Alki skater is attacked by one of two guys in a car … and now an elderly woman strolling in her own neighborhood is robbed in daylight by two guys in a car. Pattern, coincidence? If it’s the same guys, they’re just getting started.

  • a September 19, 2012 (1:36 pm)

    Nothing worse than those that prey on the defenseless. Justice would be to eliminate these scum from the earth.

  • onceachef September 19, 2012 (1:41 pm)

    I’d break their hands…s-o-bs. It’s a lot of work (and little chance of recovery) but you might check pawn stores and such in the WS- White Center neighborhoods.

  • Alki Resident September 19, 2012 (1:52 pm)

    This makes me sick and now to think she can’t even enjoy walking in her own neighborhood out of fear. I hope some people can volunteer to walk her now and then so she has a companion. How low can you be?

  • A September 19, 2012 (2:08 pm)

    where is Sunrise Heights? Approximately what streets?

    • WSB September 19, 2012 (2:33 pm)

      Sunrise Heights is, broadly, east of 35th south of High Point and north of Westwood. For example, EC Hughes Playground is in Sunrise Heights. We’re not publishing the victim’s walking route … maybe she will soon feel safe enough to go out again.

  • G September 19, 2012 (2:11 pm)

    Vermin – and that would be insulting vermin.

  • margaritaville September 19, 2012 (2:22 pm)


  • CanDo September 19, 2012 (2:46 pm)

    I hope there’s a special hell for those who prey on the weak, the helpless, children and the elderly. Spineless, gutless low life cowards.

  • D September 19, 2012 (3:03 pm)

    There’s an ad on Craiglist with a picture fitting that description, but with only two bands (maybe removed?).

  • et September 19, 2012 (3:03 pm)

    I would be happy to walk with her any time if her daughter wishes to contact me thru WSB.
    She will be perfectly safe.
    On another note I wish I wish they would try me while I am walking around the area alone…

  • Silly Goose September 19, 2012 (3:15 pm)

    Oh this just breaks my heart, I am keeping faith that our wonderful officers will find the people that did this. Go the the pawn shops asap and the local gold buyers with photo’s if you have any. So so sorry!

  • T September 19, 2012 (3:57 pm)

    I would also volunteer to be a walking companion and live near by in Highland park if the family wishes to contact me. This kind of brazen attack makes me sick.

  • A September 19, 2012 (4:08 pm)

    Thank you for the neighborhood description – I certainly don’t want you to give her route or exact streets — just curious as to the neighborhood’s general location, which you provided. Thank you. It’s hard to know all the little pockets in WS, and I apparently live right next to Sunrise Heights – just didn’t know that was its name.

  • LTM September 19, 2012 (4:12 pm)

    These kind of people will meet their maker’s one day but beforehand I hope the Police catch them and you get the opportunity to kick them in their n@#’s!!!!

    I’m happy your Mother wasn’t physically harmed in any way but I’m so sorry she lost her sense of security.

  • Carole September 19, 2012 (4:22 pm)

    Thank you for all your concerns. I am living with her now. Walking was one of the few things she felt she could do by herself. I will be accompanying her from now on, plus taking her to other places to walk. Not only was her confort zone invaded, I am even more cautious and suspicious of anyone in the neighborhood. I am working on getting to know more neighbors living next to our immediate area.

  • NotMe September 19, 2012 (4:26 pm)

    Sooner or later, they try this crap on the wrong person.

  • Seattlegal September 19, 2012 (4:29 pm)

    Thanks for sharing your story. Your poor Mom. I’m so sorry this happened. Anyone who victimizes elderly, young kids and animals deserves to rot in hell. That was so nice of “ET” to offer walking with your mom. I would say the majority of WS is wonderful and I love the community. It just sucks when you hear about these isolated cases and takes you back.

  • J September 19, 2012 (4:29 pm)

    Any description of the suspects or the vehicle?

  • Coug4Life September 19, 2012 (4:52 pm)

    I live in Sunrise Heights, Webster and 35th vicinity and this makes me beyond furious! Hopefully they will release a description of the vehicle and the perps so us watchful neighbors can keep an eye out. I am very sorry for your mother and hope she can soon walk again.

  • Massagegirl September 19, 2012 (4:54 pm)

    I am so sorry for your Mother. My Mother also struggles from aphasia caused by dementia. It made me cry to read what happened to her. That is so damn sickening and I pray that she becomes comfortable with enjoying her walks again soon. I am truly just so sorry.

    Karma is a mother. Those guys are total pigs.

  • katman September 19, 2012 (5:46 pm)

    My dad’s 61 year old wedding band was stolen while he was a patient at HIGHLINE HOSPITAL. Nowhere is safe if not a hospital

  • Kevin September 19, 2012 (6:06 pm)

    And let’s not forget much younger people as well can be victims. There are many places I would / will NOT go to alone in West Seattle.

    Too easy for someone to come up, say hi, pull a gun or a knife and demand your wallet!

    A number of years back, I remember hearing a story about someone that was robbed while washing their car at the coin op car wash on 35th.

    Definitely safety in numbers!

  • rmp September 19, 2012 (7:35 pm)

    sigh ….. too sad for words …

  • Marcus M September 19, 2012 (8:46 pm)

    That is just terrible. Talk about scum of the earth…

  • EJ September 19, 2012 (9:57 pm)

    Wow. There are no words to describe my disgust for the people who did this… I am maybe a bit too cautious about safety (used to work security/loss prevention so it’s a habit) but I have rarely been concerned for my safety during the day in my own neighborhood… Not sure how I feel about walking to my brothers house now… I would never walk after dark alone because that’s just not safe no matter where you are in my opinion but, I never thought to worry about it during the day… Sad… :(

  • D-mom September 19, 2012 (11:02 pm)

    This makes me so angry. My mom is in the same condition and can imagine what an easy target she would be to the scum that would dare to prey on an elderly person. This also makes me nervous. I have not been concerned at all about walking alone in my neighborhood, but now am. So much of the neighborhoods are quiet in the daytime with everyone working as well. Maybe we should all spend time patrolling craiglist/e-bay/pawn shops to try to find these guys.

  • Sonoma September 19, 2012 (11:40 pm)

    Carole, I hope you let your mom know how many of us care and are thinking of her. There are some good people out there! She went through a horrible experience, and we hope she’ll be OK.

  • Patti September 20, 2012 (6:44 am)

    I am so upset after reading this. It could have been anyone of our parents. I can’t say enough bad things about people who prey on the weak. My prayer is that your Mother can move past this. I know in my heart that there is more good then bad in this community.

  • WS expat September 20, 2012 (8:43 am)

    Simply despicable.
    Carole, this may not be possible for you, but walking with a dog might give both you and your mom a little more sense of security on your walks. Better yet: Walking with a neighbor who walks their dog. I’m willing to bet you have at least one neighbor who’d be glad to volunteer.

  • juniperberry September 20, 2012 (9:29 am)

    I’m sorry your Mom had this happen and that you are also so impacted, obviously. I would be furious if this happened to my Mom or Dad (also in that age range). I hope they catch those bad guys and get her ring back too.

  • BP September 20, 2012 (12:11 pm)

    Please let us know what the car and scum looked like… Would like to keep an eye out. Lots of random car parkers (scoping for mail/break-ins?) around lately too and we all need to start letting these people know that we are seeing them…

  • Kate September 20, 2012 (12:13 pm)

    Sad and so frustrating. I would also be happy to be a walking partner–and I wonder if any organization exists to provide this kind of volunteer help for seniors? Anyway, if Carole wants to contact me through the blog, I’d love to help.

  • Pam September 22, 2012 (10:43 am)

    This just makes me sick. Two guys in a car knocking the roller blade guy down and preying on the elderly. We need to find these guys and make them pay. I was cycling on Alki Friday when two guys on foot were heading towards me. They were laughing and were starting to approach. I took my foot out of my pedals to kick the closet one in the face. The guy saw me getting ready to kick and he backed off of me. The guy is a red head, brown eyes, unattractive about 5 feet 8 dresses in big, white tank big bagging blue jeans and white tennis shoes. I did nt get the description of the other

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