By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
This edition of The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases 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?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …
*A father and adult son got into an argument on the 13th: Son claimed that dad had kicked him 15 times and tried kicking him down a flight of stairs. Officers found no marks or injuries on the young man (who declined medics). Dad admitted he was upset to discover his son had sold a bicycle (the son’s transportation to work) and gotten a $300 loan from a local business. His dismay grew when he found $300 worth of lottery scratch tickets littering the floor. The young man decided to collect some of his belongings and leave.
Three more summaries ahead:
*On the 13th, a man threatened employees at two Alaska Junction stores. In one, he claimed to be from the Treasury Bureau and said he had come to confiscate everything. Adding to the bystanders’ concern, he kept his hand hidden in his pocket during the incident. He left before officers arrived and was told not to return. He was back the next day, told the clerks that he lived nearby and would come back whenever he pleased. He stood outside one business for ten minutes, staring pointedly at the clerk; customers were afraid to leave the building. Officers arrested him for trespassing. While being cuffed and searched he yelled that he had a loaded gun in his pocket. When the officer unzipped said pocket, the suspect yelled, “Boom! Now you’re dead!” repeatedly and laughed. During transport he yelled racial slurs and proclaimed his intention to kill and then eat one officer’s mother. He capped off the afternoon by stripping off his pants and, uh, hanging out in a holding cell. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment.
*On the 15th, officers were dispatched to a fight in the 2300 block of California Ave. They found the victim on the sidewalk, bleeding from his head and mouth and with a large bump on the forehead. He was extremely intoxicated and said that the suspect (who he could only describe by saying he “looked like every other white guy”) had complained about his karaoke skills right before popping him in the face. The surprised victim chased his attacker outside but wound up on the end of several more punches to the head. Medics transported the victim to Harborview for treatment.
*Recently, an elderly dementia patient had to be transferred from home to a geriatric care ward after he assaulted a caregiver one night and pointed a gun at her the next. A supervisor said that in another incident — not reported to police — the suspect had pulled out a knife and threatened a former caregiver.
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