West Seattle Crime Watch: Police seeking would-be armed robber

If you’re noticing the police search in THe Junction – officers are looking for a man who is reported to have tried to hold somebody up. The partial description we have so far is a black man wearing a gray ski mask. He was last seen near Edmunds and 41st, possibly in the alley between 41st and 42nd, heading south. More as we get it.

30 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Police seeking would-be armed robber"

  • Kathy February 12, 2013 (11:34 pm)

    Saw patrol cars with flashing lights on 42nd turning east on Brandon a couple of times. Glad to know what is going on.

  • Julia February 13, 2013 (12:00 am)

    Heard a girl running down the street screaming and shouting about a “gun” on 42nd. She ran into Safeway. A few minutes later, squad cars started to arrive down on 42nd and Edmunds.

  • Dan February 13, 2013 (12:06 am)

    We heard and saw part of went down. A women was screaming for help, saying God no, no. It was scary to even hear. She appeared to go in Jeff sq Safeway. We reported to 911 that the man was heading east toward Fauntleroy (saw the report said south). Hope the lady wasn’t hurt.

    • WSB February 13, 2013 (12:51 am)

      Thanks, Dan. The radio trail on this grew cold – at least from the listening end – so at this point we may not get more details till later this morning. But when something like that happens, we know a lot of people will see the police and wonder what’s up, so we at least try to provide nominal details …

  • Rodriguez February 13, 2013 (12:55 am)

    Thank you WSB for your service! I hope they catch the guy tonight!

  • Carrie February 13, 2013 (1:20 am)

    Guns in the Junction? I would have never imagined of anything happening like that ten years ago. I worked in the Junction for many years, and nothing like this has happened. WS is becoming White Center. It’s sad. We need to get these thugs!

  • HP gal February 13, 2013 (4:23 am)

    For the record, there are SO many more crimes in the Junction than in White Center/Highland Park.. We’re a fairly safe bunch here with exceptional food and great neighbors.

  • CEA February 13, 2013 (5:23 am)

    Hope we readers can refrain from making disparaging comparisons to other neighborhoods. We’re all in this together. Let’s focus on the individuals behind the crimes and on supporting victims.

  • Smitty February 13, 2013 (5:50 am)

    “For the record, there are SO many more crimes in the Junction than in White Center/Highland Park”

    This comment comes up in these discussion almost every time, but is simply false.

    Pick “total major crime” in the drop down box in this link.


    EDIT: Unless you are talking about “THE” Junction and not the Junction neighborhood, which would make more sense since it is all retail shops, banks, etc.

    • WSB February 13, 2013 (6:03 am)

      To Smitty’s point – White Center crime is not reflected on that map. It covers the city limits only. There is a separate map with White Center crime (part of a syndicated independent service), I don’t have the link handy.

  • Carrie February 13, 2013 (5:54 am)

    Maybe it’s time I move to White Center then, the next WS.

  • Mike February 13, 2013 (6:58 am)

    Get off you high horse Carrie. Very inappropriate comments. I just sold my townhouse in the Junction over the holidays to move my young family to a house in Shorewood- which you probably do not know b/c you seem sort of ignorant is south of Roxbury, West of White Center and North of Burien. I feel very safe and secure.

  • miws February 13, 2013 (7:36 am)

    Hope we readers can refrain from making disparaging comparisons to other neighborhoods. We’re all in this together. Let’s focus on the individuals behind the crimes and on supporting victims.


    *Sends CEA virtual breakfast treat of his/her choice.*



  • jedifarfy February 13, 2013 (7:54 am)

    It’s ok, CEA. I’ve lived in WC my entire life and have heard those kinds of comments from both West Seattle AND Burien residents. :(

  • Smitty February 13, 2013 (8:44 am)

    Why does everyone always get so defensive when this comes up? It is what it is. Hopefully WSB can post actual stats so we can put this to rest once and for all.

    At the end of the day we all live in “West Seattle” which – according to my friends in Magnolia and on Queen Anne – is crime ridden….

    It’s all relative.

  • QQman February 13, 2013 (8:44 am)

    Can you all just shut up and stop acting like children? Who cares about where there’s more crime? You should focus your energy into preventing it and catching these evil doers. What I would like to know is if there’s a better description of the perp? A black man with a ski mask could be anyone. It would be nice to have more information, so we don’t have to walk around in fear of all black men.

    • WSB February 13, 2013 (8:56 am)

      Sorry, QQ, that’s all they have. It’s not much to go on but our policy is to pass along whatever descriptive information is available – more to rule out than to rule in, if it’s partial – TR

  • let them swim February 13, 2013 (8:56 am)

    I’ve was born and raised in W.S.(1953) I Believe the excellent reporting and coverage of all the crimes being committed now – makes the populace
    more aware of what’s happening around them. W.S. had crimes in the 50’s, 60’s (does anybody
    remember the police car on fire on Admiral and 62nd s.w. during the riots on Alki in the middle/late 60’s?)Communication is bringing awareness of these crimes to us, and I’m glad for it. In the 60’s,70’s,80’s, 90,s,hell, even into 2000’s we only had T.V. and the Stations could only tell us “high priority situations. Being aware is better than having our heads in the sand. So, thanks to WSB and to all who comment. And this bashing of other communities should stop.

    • WSB February 13, 2013 (9:15 am)

      Not that we’ve heard.

  • miws February 13, 2013 (9:26 am)

    Smitty, it’s not being defensive, it’s having pride in your neighborhood, and pride in all of the neighborhoods in your community.


    Considering the unfortunate fact that some readers may be influenced by negative comments they read, especially the comments that are uneducated, and/or over-reactionary, I think it’s highly understandable that folks in these neighborhoods may be offended when exaggerated misconceptions are spread.



  • Star 55 February 13, 2013 (10:33 am)

    It would be great to have the cops back on the walking path in the Junction including the Admiral Area. Seems when we had the two guys less pan handling went on, less “extra’s” were hanging out. I loved that they worked different hours so you never really knew when they would be there.

  • QQman February 13, 2013 (11:01 am)

    I heard some sirens around the High Point area, does it have anything to do with this?

  • datamuse February 13, 2013 (12:32 pm)

    This entire conversation reminds me of this map.
    On a more serious note, that’s scary. Hope they catch the guy.

  • beboshuzi February 13, 2013 (4:26 pm)

    Loosen up people! We should all just be happy we don’t live in Ballard! But seriously, hoping for an update on this one soon….also on Gregette Guy’s case…

  • becky February 13, 2013 (4:38 pm)

    This man also was armed. Everyone be cautious.

    • WSB February 13, 2013 (4:41 pm)

      I checked with police; no arrest so far.

  • Judith February 14, 2013 (3:39 am)

    @ Bebo, WS is becoming like Ballard. Soon we won’t have any houses left and will be crawling across the WS Bridge.

  • Fed up February 14, 2013 (12:05 pm)

    I’ve been calling WS, South Ballard for about 5 years now.. FWIW.

  • Dan February 14, 2013 (8:41 pm)

    I’m a little surprised they didn’t catch the guy. We witnessed part of the crime and told the 911 operator that he was walking briskly toward Fauntleroy (not running). When police arrived we noticed they drove around JS Safeway but did not observe any search toward the direction we saw the guy walking. The police never called us back with questions either. I don’t know what the search involved so I don’t want to be overly critical. Just seemed the response was not what I would have expected for an armed robber attacking a women. I’ve definitely noticed an uptick in suspicious activity lately and apparent drug deals.

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