UPDATE: Why Guardian One helicopter was searching here

helicopterwatch.png9:57 AM: Police and helicopter are searching east of California/Andover. We don’t know yet what the crime was but the person they were seeking was described as a white man in his 30s, black hair, blue jeans. More to come.

10 AM: Police report one person in custody near 35th/Andover. Whatever the incident was, it started at California/Hinds.

10:21 AM: We caught up with police there to find out how this started. They describe the man as being in crisis (added: “throwing things into the street, kicking cars and generally screaming obscenities” was an initial report) and say his behavior was what led to a police call; they didn’t call for Guardian One but the helicopter happened to be nearby and offered to come help them track the man down. (The pilot who recently spoke to the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network – WSB coverage here – did say they monitor many frequencies when up, and sometimes self-assign this way.) The man is being taken to the hospital by private ambulance for a mental-health evaluation.

6 Replies to "UPDATE: Why Guardian One helicopter was searching here"

  • mozabo May 7, 2015 (10:05 am)

    Glad they caught the person. I heard some yelling around California and Spokane St and about two minutes later, the helicopter was flying overhead.

    • WSB May 7, 2015 (10:07 am)

      Mozabo, might have been it. Scanner discussion also indicates the person taken into custody will be taken to the hospital for an involuntary mental-health commitment, and shouting was clearly audible in the background of the transmission. We can’t get police on the phone so we’re hoping to catch up with them at the scene to clarify original call …

  • cheena May 7, 2015 (10:34 am)

    I called 911 at 9:30 because a very angry man came out of safeway across from lafayette screaming obscenities and walking south on california by Hiawatha. The description sounds the same as the person i called in.

  • Rhoda May 7, 2015 (11:05 am)

    I just want to thank the blog for getting the information, and getting it back to the public.

  • newnative May 7, 2015 (11:47 am)

    That’s odd, I was at Hiawatha at that exact time, jogging up California and saw nothing of the sort.

  • Sandal42 May 7, 2015 (1:40 pm)

    Cheena, I was walking to my car as you were calling the police. He was so upset that I followed him down California, making sure that he passed all of the schools, so out of place. Hopefully he gets the help he needs. Thanks you for lookin out for the West Side

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