West Seattle Crime Watch: Damaging burglar(s), and more

In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight, a burglary attempt that did a lot of damage, plus a stolen car, and an update on an arrest reported here last night.

BIG DAMAGE BY WOULD-BE BURGLARS: From a Highland Park resident who wants to be anonymous:

I left to go grocery shopping at around 11:05-11:00am (Thursday) and got a call from my alarm company at 11:27 am that my house alarm was going off. In the short time that I was gone, the thieves had removed the window screens from ALL of my back windows to try to open them. When that failed, they broke the back window of my garage and used my lawn furniture to crawl into the garage. Once in my garage, they used my tools to break off and destroy the door knob and lock assembly of the door leading into the house and attempted to smash through the deadbolt which thankfully held long enough for the alarm system to trigger and the resulting siren scared them away. Although nothing (so far that I can tell) was taken. I am left with large costly repairs to 2 doors / 2 locks / 1 window. The neighbors (across the street from me) reported seeing two Hispanic men in their late teens/early 20’s casing their own house around this same time. They must have seen me leave the house in order to have done so much damage is so short of a time. Please remind your readers that these thieves and others are skilled and work quickly and have been prolific in our part of Seattle. Please be very aware of your surrounding area and suspicious people and cars that look out of place. It is worthwhile to do a security review of your house to make it as difficult for the thieves to break in. I will be strengthening my home security after this incident even more.

STOLEN ACCORD: Reported in a comment on another story:

Had my Honda four-door stolen from the back alley off 44th and Spokane. Heard something about 2 AM last night, did not get up, had a bad cold, so I went back to sleep. Whole backseat full of plumbing tools in buckets and power tools to do side job. All my essays and observation journals for school due next week. Kinda devastating. … ’93 gray gold four-door Honda Accord LX, small dimpled dent left front fender, small dimpled dent left rear trunk. See it, please call Seattle Police; report has been filed.

RYAN COX UPDATE: Last night, we reported that repeat offender Ryan Cox was arrested on a warrant, two days after he was the subject of a discussion at the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council. Online records show the warrant had been issued days before the meeting, second one related to his probation following a guilty plea for an assault case in December. Tonight, Cox is out of jail after a hearing this morning; he was released on personal recognizance, according to the Municipal Court docket. We won’t be able to find out more about the status of his case until Monday, when the deputy city attorney handling the case is back in the office.

WEST SEATTLE BLOCKWATCH CAPTAINS’ NETWORK: Their first meeting of 2014 is next Tuesday (January 28th), 6:30 pm, Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster). You don’t have to be a Block Watch Captain – or even in a Block Watch – to attend.

13 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Damaging burglar(s), and more"

  • JanS January 24, 2014 (10:00 pm)

    I guess West Seattle has to beware, be on the lookout, since Ryan Cox is once more out on the streets. His own recognizance? After all he has done? This guy is mentally ill, and we certainly need resources to keep people like this off the streets. He is a danger. When his actions escalate, it will be too late after he hurts someone.

  • vanilla gorilla January 24, 2014 (10:03 pm)

    yep seen these two individuals casing houses in h-park earlier this week

  • Krm66 January 24, 2014 (10:22 pm)

    Ryan Cox is not sane enough to stand trial, yet not mentally ill enough to be kept at the hospital. We have seen him graduate from vandalism to assault and it is only a matter of time before he really hurts someone.

  • alki resident January 24, 2014 (11:26 pm)

    Any descriptions of the Highland Park guys or vehicle?

  • miws January 25, 2014 (7:50 am)

    There are frequently a lot of knee jerk reactions shared in WSB comments when someone charged with a crime is released on recognizance, or serves no, or and obscenely short sentence. I have my own knee jerk reactions to these incidents, but just don’t often share my thoughts.


    Anyway, as is frequently mentioned; when “everyone” (including me) wants to blame the Judge, and/or the Prosecutor, or whomever, they can only work within the confines of our laws.


    That being said, I can not fathom why the Judge and/or Prosecutor allowed Ryan to be released on recognizance. That they had that option, tells me they also had the option to hold him. At least for a time.


    As offensive and hateful that some of Ryan’s taggings have been, and considering the fact he has escalated to assault, and as I truly sympathize with any and all of his victims, I do, to a lesser degree feel sorry for Ryan. He is certifiably mentally ill, and as many commenters have said over these past years, he needs to be somewhere where both the public, and he are safe, and he is getting treatment for his condition.



  • vanilla gorilla January 25, 2014 (7:57 am)

    im not posting it on here but have given the info to the local police

  • Alan January 25, 2014 (11:19 am)

    vanilla gorilla – any chance the car had major front-end damage? We had a white car around that time in front of our house. One person was changing in the car. I thought it was odd behavior, so I got as much of the license as I could, without walking out to the car. The right front end was tied in place.

  • vanilla gorilla January 25, 2014 (12:08 pm)

    these two did not seem to be driving a car

  • Enough January 25, 2014 (1:29 pm)

    @Krm66 .. Ryan already really hurt someone. As reported on wsb about 6 months ago, he attacked a man for being gay on a tennis court. I think a bat was involved.

  • WTF January 25, 2014 (1:57 pm)

    Regarding the damage/burglary what block was this?

    This information is helpful to those of us who live around WS. Just telling us makes us sad and angry for you, but does nothing to help narrow down where this is happening…allowing us to be just that much more.

  • Alan January 25, 2014 (3:40 pm)

    WTF – You can monitor activity fairly easily, by monitoring the police 911 page:

    You can also figure out where this incident happened but, since WSB didn’t provide it, I’m not going to post it either.

  • RMC January 25, 2014 (10:47 pm)

    We also had a theft from our home in Highland Park on Thursday before noon. Our large deck box was taken, and it contained a set of custom bicycle rims. Would have definitely taken two people to carry the deck box. Brazen for a daylight theft.

  • Neighbor January 26, 2014 (10:43 am)


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