The WSBeat: Intruders, warrant followup, argumentative solicitor, more…

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 …

*Intruder #1: Responding to reports of a man staggering and weaving near Palm SW and Edgewood SW (map), an officer saw a suspect inside a fenced yard. The officer parked the car but the suspect had disappeared. Because the gate was locked, the officer climbed the fence and noticed the front door was partially open. He announced himself at the door and informed the resident of what was going on. The homeowner opened — and then quickly closed — a powder-room door and said, “He’s in there.” The man, a 28-year-old Des Moines resident, was handcuffed. No other suspects were discovered. He was booked into king County Jail for investigation of burglary.

*Intruder #2: After knocking loudly, a glassy-eyed man opened a screen door and tried to enter a residence in the 2300 block of Alki Avenue. The female resident slammed the door and called 911. When officers arrived she saw that he was lying on the ground in front of a nearby residence. He gave officers a false name, couldn’t remember where he was or how he had gotten there. He was incoherent and repeatedly referenced “Navy Seal Team Six” but told officers he was not on any medication. An ID check on a credit card and with the man’s birthdate identified him as a bi-polar man from a previous incident who had been off his meds and was sent to Harborview for suicidal behavior. A neighbor had seen the man try to gain entrance to an apartment laundry room and then try to start a grill with his lighter. The suspect was transported for a mental-health evaluation.

7 more summaries ahead, including a followup to last week’s High Point helicopter-and-ground search, and a 4-year-old left alone:

*(This is a followup to a story covered here the night it happened:) Last Thursday night, members of the Anti-Crime Team served a narcotics search warrant on a home in the 3200 block of SW Juneau.

(March 20th photo by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
Six people were detained during the search and later released. Two — one who lived at the home and one from Burien — were arrested, the first as directed in the warrant and for an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant for escape. The Burien man tried to run but was captured and turned over to the King County Sheriff’s Office on a robbery case. Evidence seized during the warrant : 1.6 grams of heroin and a shotgun, plus several large freezer bags with heroin residue and false IDs. The Burien suspect’s backpack contained 9.7 grams of heroin and .8 grams of methamphetamine. At a secondary scene, in the 7500 block of 35th SW, officers found more freezer bags with heroin residue and several prescription pads.

*Magazine sales crews are in the area, and on the afternoon of the 26th, a resident who declined to buy a subscription was spit on by an argumentative “saleswoman.” While officers were hearing her story, another neighbor in the 3700 block of 41st came by to report that the woman had argued with him as well.

*Around 4 p.m. on the 26th, a woman called 911 to report that a man brandishing a butcher knife had come out of the bushes while she had been walking her dog in the middle of Schmitz Park. A search for the man was unsuccessful.

*On the 20th, a citizen found a knife with a bloody handle lying on the ground in the 3600 block of 23rd SW. An officer placed the item into the evidence unit.

*A mom told her four-year-old that she was heading for the grocery store and that the girl should go stay at a friend’s house. Citizens called 911 when they found the girl wandering outside of her Morgan Junction apartment building. (The officer’s report says, “She had already packed her pink princess luggage full of clothes and was ready to leave.”) A check of stores, hospitals and jails failed to turn up mom. Officers brought the little girl to the Southwest Precinct until she could be turned over to Child Protective Services. While waiting, she said she had eaten nothing all day except a piece of apple pie and ice cream. Officers were able to give her a snack to tide her over to her next good meal.

*Monday afternoon, a 38-year-old veteran called a crisis line to say he wanted to commit suicide. The crisis line called 911. A search for the man was unsuccessful, but an officer with negotiator training was able to contact the victim on his cellphone. The victim agreed to meet officers at a local market. He repeated his desire to die, saying, “Just take your gun out and shoot me,” and admitted that he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Officers had him transferred to the hospital for a mental evaluation. At the victim’s request, the negotiator rode with him to the hospital.

*Several West Seattle residents who worked or volunteered for the Archdiocese of Seattle have reported ID theft and the filing of fraudulent tax returns. (It’s part of a regional investigation; the Archdiocese has informational resources online here.)

EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous 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 = call or text 206-293-6302.

13 Replies to "The WSBeat: Intruders, warrant followup, argumentative solicitor, more..."

  • alki Resident March 27, 2014 (3:13 pm)

    Theres a lot to be said for the negotiator who rode along to the hospital with that suicidal man, thank you.

  • Jen March 27, 2014 (3:31 pm)

    We are the residents from Intruder #2. While we were able to prevent him from pushing into our home, it scared the hell out of our 8-year-old, who witnessed the whole thing.

    My favorite part of the episode when we spotted him lying on the ground in front of the neighbor’s door. I called 911 back and let them know that we knew where our intruder was so the cops had that information when they arrived. The 911 operator asked if I thought he needed an ambulance. I said that I didn’t know. She asked if I would go up to him to check to see if he needed an ambulance because she needed to get that started.

    Now I believe in helping folks, but there is no way in hell I’m going to go and check on some dude who had wild glassy eyes and tried to bull his way into my home. Was he on drugs? Hallucinating? Did he have a gun or weapon? When I said no, I’m not comfortable with doing that, she asked if someone else would do it. No. I wasn’t going to put anyone in potential harm’s way. If he needed an ambulance, then the trained, armed police officers could make that determination.

    I really hope this dude gets the help he needs. I’m guessing they’ll put him back on his meds and release him. And soon we’ll be reading about him doing the same somewhere else. It’s a no-win situation.

  • enough March 27, 2014 (4:17 pm)

    Wow Jen. I would have told the operator the same thing. Scary.

  • Guy March 27, 2014 (6:06 pm)

    The story about the four-year old and her pink princess luggage just about made me cry.

    • WSB March 27, 2014 (6:34 pm)

      Guy … me too. I could see her in my mind’s eye.

  • JayDee March 27, 2014 (6:19 pm)

    “Ummm,…we are a little short-staffed at the moment and we were wondering if you could go the extra mile? Thanks, that’s awfully nice of you to put yourself in danger…I am sure the suspect will appreciate that you are only trying to help.”

  • Eric1 March 27, 2014 (6:40 pm)

    Mental health issues are just sad. I know people who can’t “help” those with problems because the laws are so restrictive. Everybody except the mentally ill know they need help.
    Luckily this ended peacefully but they occasionally do end up in tragedy. In one sense Joel Reuter was tragically killed by police because he refused treatment. Yet the other hand Dan Van Ho killed an innocent man while he was also went untreated.
    As mentioned it is a no-win situation. I would not fault anyone from killing a deranged man coming into your home but I would not want to be that guy. There is a definite cost to letting the mentally ill go untreated. The reality is that there is no one size that fits all answer but it is surely somewhere to the right of where we are now.

  • Jason March 27, 2014 (7:09 pm)

    The four year old with the little pink suitcase is heart-breaking. I hope she has a stable relative she’s with and not about to enter into the system.

  • Lolaleah March 27, 2014 (8:35 pm)

    Was the little girls mom ever found? Is there any follow up to that??? It’s the saddest thing ever!

  • Shel March 28, 2014 (7:31 am)

    Jen..I had a similar conversation with a 911 operator. “Scary” looking man parked in a truck in an unordinary place for several hours doing what, I dont know, suddenly passes out and my interest in what he is doing there suddenly turns to concern for his safety. I call 911. The operator wants me to go knock on his truck window! Yeah, like that is gonna happen. There was a day you could help people with no consequences…now you could get shot or a lawsuit. I still want to help but we have to be smart. I think you did the right thing.

  • Bree March 28, 2014 (10:48 am)

    We had a friend that stopped the car & passed out on the steering wheel. Thankfully, someone recognized him & called 911 after checking. We are thankful that someone did take concern. 911 gave him CPR/emergency care & unfortunately he did not make it. The 911 people were very apologetic as they really tried to get him back. This had nothing to do with alcohol – it was a medical issue. Jen, I am with you though that we need to take care & calling 911 was the right thing to do. We were thankful that someone pulled up behind that knew him.

  • ellenater March 29, 2014 (7:39 pm)

    That little girl gets a snack until “her next good meal.” Which is when? That seriously breaks my heart. :(

    And so does the guy with PTSD. I’m so glad he got help and I hope he is doing better. I have a friend who is a vet and can’t get counseling. Makes me want to pull my hair out…

  • Robert March 30, 2014 (6:16 am)


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