Update: Helicopter assists with search in South Delridge

1:21 AM: If you’re hearing a helicopter – Guardian One is helping with a police search in the 17th/18th/Henderson vicinity. Police were called by someone who heard glass break at a neighbor’s house. At least one suspect is reported to be on the run. More to come.

1:26 AM UPDATE: And it sounds like the search has ended, successfully.

1:40 AM: From Guardian One via Twitter:

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: Guardian One’s video/audio (including dispatchers and officers) has been made public, and we’ve obtained more information about what happened. Here’s the followup story.

26 Replies to "Update: Helicopter assists with search in South Delridge"

  • Mrsjonesb April 11, 2014 (1:26 am)

    Still circling! Over the play field at Roxhill it looks like!

    • WSB April 11, 2014 (1:28 am)

      Should be leaving now if it hasn’t already.

  • Ron April 11, 2014 (1:29 am)

    Still circling … I’m very close to the vicinity of the reported break-in.

  • M April 11, 2014 (1:30 am)

    Still police presence with K-9 in the alley between 16th & 17th Ave SW – between Barton & Henderson. Searching a neighbor’s backyard.

  • DarkHawke April 11, 2014 (1:32 am)

    Sounds like it’s moving on now. Figures y’all’d be on top of it! Thanks as always, and do you folks ever sleep? ;)

  • M April 11, 2014 (1:35 am)

    Three youth in handcuffs on hood of police car – 2 dressed in red hoodies.

    • WSB April 11, 2014 (1:39 am)

      Lost track of which officers were associated with the call but somebody was just heading off to SW Precinct with “two juveniles.” Won’t be able to confirm anything until tomorrow; watch lieutenants moved around and we don’t currently have a third-watch contact.

      • WSB April 11, 2014 (1:42 am)

        Just added tweet from Guardian One sent as they were leaving. They mention four people detained, but note, detained does not always equal arrested. Even when you see people in cuffs, that does not necessarily mean they were arrested.

  • Bullyowner April 11, 2014 (1:37 am)

    What does successfully mean? They got the person/people? I’m on 16th n Henderson and it makes me nervous. We have been woken by police and k9 going thru our yard and knocking on our door to see if suspects are hiding in our yard previously.

  • Veteran Wisdom April 11, 2014 (1:39 am)

    Suspect in custody right in front of my house… Good thing my dogs just got let out before the let the K-9’s out… Sounds like the guy has outstanding warrents.

  • Mookie April 11, 2014 (1:41 am)

    Well done, alert neighbor who called police!! Superb result.

  • Jen April 11, 2014 (1:44 am)

    Thanks for being on top of it and up with me everyone! :-) All happened in my neighbors’ back yard, a bit interesting to be alone & wondering what’s going on! All’s well that ends well! Everyone’s gone now.

  • Ron April 11, 2014 (1:57 am)

    Thanks for the updates WSB!

  • Eric April 11, 2014 (4:57 am)


    Don’t say that two were in red hoodies. The PC police will come marching in.

  • miws April 11, 2014 (7:09 am)

    Yes, thanks to WSB and the neighbors that were on top of this! I’m on this alley too.


    I slept right through it, although I do seem to remember hearing a chopper, but it seems more like a quick flyover/hover, and would have guessed it to have happened much earlier, like around 10:30, about the time I went to bed.



  • phil dirt April 11, 2014 (9:30 am)

    “We have been woken by police and k9 going thru our yard and knocking on our door to see if suspects are hiding in our yard previously.”

    What is with these dumb cops knocking on peoples’ doors after dark? They should know better. Anymore, when people knock on my door after the sun goes down, I’m prepared for any eventuality.

    • WSB April 11, 2014 (10:29 am)

      Phil, would you rather police search your yard without knocking to ask permission? Anyway, just published a followup on this, since KCSO released the helicopter video, just as we had obtained the report from SPD. https://westseattleblog.com/?p=270265

  • Peecee Police April 11, 2014 (9:47 am)

    I’m offended that the color of the suspects’ hoodies was mentioned.

    Was it necessary to the story to point out the color of the hoodies?

    Y’all are a bunch of racists.

  • Steve April 11, 2014 (11:18 am)

    Red hoodies?! Darn those Manchester United fans!

  • Eric April 11, 2014 (3:39 pm)

    Peecee Police: I’m offended that the color of the suspects’ hoodies was mentioned.

    Was it necessary to the story to point out the color of the hoodies?

    Y’all are a bunch of racists.

    Eric: WSB never mentioned this, but it was mentioned by someone who witnessed the (now) arrests. Since race wasn’t mentioned, was the person racist against the color of the hoodies?

    How is this relevant to the story? Well considering that those of us living in this area are quite aware that there is an issue with (wannabe) gangbangers in the area (particuarly claiming “Blood”), both through personal experience and reporting on this, I find this quite relevant to knowing what is happening in my neighborhood.

    Considering that the witness saw 3 people handcuffed (which we now know were arrested) against a cop car at 1 something in the morning and two of them were wearing red hoodies in an area where there is an issue of wannabe gangbanging and the primary color of the gang is red, I would not be surprised to find out they claim being in a gang. It’s not like what has been going with this neighborhood that this would be a stretch of the imagination by any means. I know, I know they probably just like to dress alike, cause we all know how “cool” that is/was to do to dress like our friends.

    I know…. none of this has ANYTHING to do with the content of character from these indiviuals. It just automatically comes down to being racist.

    Well gee, since I found out that I’m a racist, I’d better go let my wife know since I’m in an interracial marriage. I should probably also let my immediate and extended family know too since race ranges from European, to Filipina/Filipino, Japanese, Samoan, Portuguese, African American, Italian, and Native American.

    • WSB April 11, 2014 (3:44 pm)

      I believe Peecee was trying to be sarcastic. But hard to tell any more. Maybe we should have a little checkbox, “meant ironically/sarcastically/completely seriously” …

  • motormike April 11, 2014 (4:11 pm)

    Which apartment building were these lovely individuals trying to break into?

  • Eric April 11, 2014 (4:56 pm)

    Maybe WSB, hard for me to also tell sometimes.

  • Eric1 April 11, 2014 (5:43 pm)

    Cops often ask to look in a yard that a criminal has run through to check for evidence. The criminals often drop their drugs, guns or loot prior to being arrested. Recovering the evidence helps in the case. Also you don’t want a child finding a loaded gun/drugs in the yard. Otherwise somebody would be complaining why the cops didn’t look for it to prevent a tragedy.
    Police should be treated a little better. They are damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. I couldn’t do their job otherwise a lot more criminals would bang their heads on my car door, trip fall on their face, and I would find a lot of guns on dead criminals.

  • NotOnHolden April 11, 2014 (6:19 pm)

    I was annoyingly awakened by a very obnoxious and most likely intoxicated man yelling random obscenities in the alley along 16th…when I saw the mobile disco lights coming through my windows I wondered if the guy went and passed out in someone’s parking spot or god knows what, then I realized that intoxicated yelling man was not much cause for a helicopter and k-9 unit. Perhaps intoxicated yelling man awoke the alert neighbor and they were just dozing back to sleep when they hear the glass being broken. Intoxicated yelling man deserves some kind of commendation.

  • phil dirt April 12, 2014 (8:30 am)

    “Phil, would you rather police search your yard without knocking to ask permission?”

    Yes, actually I would prefer that. I feel the need to be concerned only after the knock on the door. After dark, I do not answer the door, but it does cause a certain amount of uneasiness. If I knew it was the police and not some unwanted guest disturbing my tranquility, I would answer the door, but past experience has resulted in my being cautious about that sort of thing after hours.

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