West Seattle Crime Watch update: Suspect arrested after police search on Beach, Atlas Drives

2:28 PM: If you’ve seen the police presence on Atlas Drive and, below it, in/around the 5900 block of Beach Drive – officers are searching for at least one suspected prowler/burglar. More to come.

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(First three photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

2:38 PM: Our crew has arrived in the area and learned from a sergeant at the scene that the suspect(s) abandoned a car that’s been confirmed as stolen. A K-9 team is searching on Atlas and we can’t get close enough to verify, but the scanner described the vehicle as a silver Honda CR-V. Police also have found a knife believed to have been dropped by the/a suspect as they fled downhill from Atlas to Beach.


2:52 PM: A suspect is now in custody, found on Beach Drive (photo added below):

ADDED 5:37 PM: The car was towed to the SPD evidence facility in SODO. Thanks to James for the photo:

25 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch update: Suspect arrested after police search on Beach, Atlas Drives"

  • kittyno April 6, 2016 (2:58 pm)

    Nice job, SPD! 

  • Seattlite April 6, 2016 (3:29 pm)

    Great job SPD!

  • Dan April 6, 2016 (3:39 pm)


  • Chuck April 6, 2016 (5:40 pm)

    Warms my heart. Way to go SPD!

  • Joe Bags April 6, 2016 (6:09 pm)

    Keep up the good work SPD. Many more to apprehend ’round here. :)

  • Sunuva April 6, 2016 (6:40 pm)

    Thanks, SPD!

  • marcus m April 6, 2016 (7:01 pm)

    An endless parade of scumbags

  • To:Bad Guys April 6, 2016 (7:04 pm)

    WSB: how long will this guy actually spend behind bars?   I know you don’t know now but I would like you to track this.   Thanks in advance. 

  • Sabrina April 6, 2016 (7:08 pm)

    I would love to know how thr police knew this was happening and what they were looking for- so much more to the story! But great job spd keeping my neighborhood safe. 

    • WSB April 6, 2016 (7:14 pm)

      I’ll try to get the report tomorrow – sometimes it takes a few days. Names are usually redacted, so trying to get the suspect’s name is a whole ‘nother story, but we’ll do our best.

  • Deb April 6, 2016 (8:08 pm)

    Thank you SPD. There were several officers driving through the alleys and streets above Atlas, so I’m glad to know that they were able to apprehend the perp. Thanks to all who would have called in tips to SPD as well. 

  • CP April 7, 2016 (7:39 am)

    Who can I get in touch with about more info on these people? I’ve been watching them for some time now.

  • Seaview April 7, 2016 (7:55 am)

    Same here CP…following up with Police today.

  • Dan April 8, 2016 (1:07 pm)

    Any new news to report on this item?

    • WSB April 8, 2016 (1:19 pm)

      I requested the report yesterday, amid all the other breaking news. SPD was not able to provide it as the public-affairs unit was busy with getting out the dashcam video etc. on the Highland Park case (as seen here) and asked me to repeat the request today, which I have. Nothing yet.

  • JoAnn April 10, 2016 (5:08 am)

    Great job protecting the folks who live in West Seattle.  Thank you SPD  for all that you do.

  • Jb April 11, 2016 (9:49 am)

    Any news on this guy.

    • WSB April 11, 2016 (9:53 am)

      Still trying to get the report from Seattle Police. If anyone in the neighborhood has the incident number, that might help, as it never appeared on Tweets by Beat.

  • BERL April 12, 2016 (8:41 am)

    Any news about this yet? I’m really wondering where the incident began. 

  • Linda Fane April 13, 2016 (6:53 pm)

    The suspect’s name is Joshua Charles Utrecht 

    • Linda Fane April 13, 2016 (6:55 pm)

      correction Utecht

      • WSB April 13, 2016 (7:52 pm)

        Hi, thanks, that information and details about the charges filed against him as well as the warrant that was out for him are all in the followup we published yesterday (linked above) – TR

  • Linda April 23, 2016 (4:56 pm)

    That is my stolen car that he crashed and is being towed away in the picture.  Nice to have closure. The SPD detective didn’t think that he was the one who stole it, but it was obvious that it had been stolen so he might be charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

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