West Seattle Crime Watch: Police arrest 1 after Admiral burglary

(Photo courtesy Rhonda Porter)
5:32 PM: A police search right now in the heart of the Admiral District is reported to be related to a burglary, according to scanner traffic. After texts about the search, we’ve sent a crew that way to find out more in person. We’ll add info as we get it.

5:45 PM: Radio discussion indicates police are looking for a specific potential suspect who lives in the area they’ve been searching.

(This photo and next one by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
5:58 PM: Police have detained the person they were looking for.

6:13 PM: A witness has been brought to identify the suspect; police tell us they’ll be looking for the stolen items next. The burglary was reported to have happened just a few blocks away.

6:43 PM: Southwest Precinct Lt. Alan Williams confirms the suspect was arrested and that the investigation is “ongoing.”

ADDED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: More details from the police report, which we obtained via SPD media relations. It started with a woman calling police at about 5 pm to say a strange man was in her house and had just left headed southbound on 45th SW. She said he was standing in the kitchen when she came home and told her he had been passing by and had seen “three teenagers in her house and chased them off,” according to the report. He also gave the woman his first name, age, address, phone number, and allowed her to take a picture of him with her cell phone. Looking at that photo, an officer apparently familiar with the suspect zeroed in on his address and matched a prior mugshot to the cell-phone photo. They found him at his residence and arrested him; he gave them permission to search for stolen property and didn’t find any.

Returning to her residence with police, the victim pointed out “long-handled garden tools that had been laid out very neatly for unknown reasons” and then inside, “numerous shopping bags that had been filled with random items from different ares of her house.” She also thought a rifle belonging to her roommate was missing. The roommate later told police two rifles and his wallet were missing.

The mystery of the three possible teenage suspects wasn’t solved, but the man was booked into jail for criminal trespass and an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in connection with earlier theft charges.

27 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Police arrest 1 after Admiral burglary"

  • B May 6, 2014 (5:35 pm)

    Large police presence, there was about 8-10 units circling Safeway and jack in the box

  • Rhonda Porter May 6, 2014 (5:53 pm)

    it was pretty hair-raising to see SPD with guns pulled while you’re stopped at the light… I posted a blurry photo on my FB page…

    • WSB May 6, 2014 (5:55 pm)

      Yeah, I have a message there asking if we can use it – thanks. Sounds now like they have a POSSIBLE suspect in custody …

  • Molly May 6, 2014 (6:00 pm)

    We live on 45th at Admiral… Just saw a police car driving down 45th with a woman in the back.

    • WSB May 6, 2014 (6:03 pm)

      A witness was being taken over to see if she could ID the possible suspect. Don’t know yet if it was the victim or what, still trying to get details.

  • tk May 6, 2014 (6:26 pm)

    I saw someone suspicious at my mom’s today (a few blocks away from these pics) Can you tell us where the burglary happened?

  • Rhonda Porter May 6, 2014 (6:32 pm)

    I didn’t know if I should take a picture or call my hubby 1st… the blogger in me took over – photo 1st!

  • Diane May 6, 2014 (6:52 pm)

    cannot access twitter; can you tell me what that link says?

    • WSB May 6, 2014 (7:04 pm)

      it’s a web link, it’s not in the twitter application. it’s what I wrote, 2300 block of 45th SW, burglary. residential. tweets unfortunately don’t ever have any more info than that (aside from incident #, which I can use to get the report from media relations tomorrow).

  • Diane May 6, 2014 (7:08 pm)

    I understand how twitter works; cannot access what is at the link; thought since you had posted the link, it might have more info; thanks

  • Eaglelover May 6, 2014 (7:09 pm)

    Lives nearby?…wonder if this is the guy stealing Honda’s recently (including mine) from the same area and breaking into neighbors houses and graffiti in the area the last few months…

  • Eric May 6, 2014 (7:33 pm)

    Any special circumstances that caused such a large police response? Cause that kind of response would have been nice to have when my wife caught 3 kids trying to break into our house in the Westwood area.

    • WSB May 6, 2014 (7:46 pm)

      Perhaps the report of a stolen gun, which would have made the suspect potentially armed. Won’t know for sure until we see the report.

  • Alki Bee May 6, 2014 (8:04 pm)

    Were in the Safeway lot at about 3:30 this afternoon. My 8-year-old granddaughter noted that the same man had been walking around pushing a shopping cart when we went into Menchie’s (3:30) and when we left (4:05). She found it strange; was sure it was the same man. Just wondering if he’s “the suspect.”

  • ttt May 6, 2014 (8:28 pm)

    I love it when the good guys win! Thanks SPD for catching the crook!

  • Cycleman May 6, 2014 (9:00 pm)

    I was right at Safeway when they we’re taking to a man in handcuffs. Then was stuck behind a man in a black BMW taking pictures of the scene with a really expensive camera. The shot he got was the second picture. Does he work for wsb? If he does, VERY unprofessional.

    • WSB May 6, 2014 (9:25 pm)

      Nope, no black BMWs here (or any other color). We drive green Hondas. No expensive camera, either. The second pic, in fact, was sent back by Patrick Sand (my co-publisher and husband) with his iPhone (though he also had our midgrade-at-best DSLR along, from which the third pic came). – TR

  • Rhonda Porter May 6, 2014 (9:46 pm)

    …and for the record, the first picture was taken by me from our Mini Cooper :) while stopped at the light with my cell phone.

  • Guy May 6, 2014 (10:27 pm)

    Was “Cycleman” driving a car?

  • pupsarebest May 6, 2014 (10:31 pm)

    Thank you, SPD.

  • moneeshot May 7, 2014 (9:23 am)

    Eagle lover, not every street crime is always linked to one person, hate to break it to you but I’m sure there’s multiple criminals in this area,and all areas to be precise. I put money on him having nothing to do with the graffiti influx

  • Wes C. Addle May 7, 2014 (11:43 am)

    Weird, right after I saw this story there was gentleman walking in the alley west of California with a small hatchet. Made me wonder if it was an accomplice? It was about a 40 minutes after the guy was apprehended.

    • WSB May 7, 2014 (11:51 am)

      I have some additional details from a police report – it’s a convoluted tale and there might have been some other people in the area. Will add it as soon as I can – dealing with a bit of breaking news first.

  • Diane May 7, 2014 (2:55 pm)

    will there be a mugshot made available, for us Admiral neighbors to be on alert when he gets out of jail

  • zark May 7, 2014 (3:12 pm)

    Rhonda – any pic isn’t worth using your phone while you’re driving. Stopped at a light is no excuse. please be more responsible and a safer neighbor and just put the phone away when you’re operating a car. For the record, it is also illegal even if your stopped at a light.

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