West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglary arrest, with dog; gunfire/crash followup; more

(UPDATED 5:04 PM with new information on burglary suspect)

In West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:

BURGLARY SUSPECT ARRESTED, WITH DOG: A burglary suspect who neighbors believe is the door-trying “prowler with pooch” shown here in mid-May is due back in court today. After a tip that the suspect had been arrested Monday afternoon in the 9400 block of 24th SW, we followed up on the case: Police say a realtor found the 36-year-old woman and her dog inside a house listed for sale. Probable-cause documents say she appeared to be under the influence of drugs and begged officers not to take her dog; though she suggested someone who could come get it before she was taken to jail, that person was unreachable and the dog was taken to the shelter. The suspect, who gave a Burien address, has a long record of property crimes, including at least two featured here, but has never spent time in the state prison system (we checked to see if they had a mugshot, to compare to the “prowler with pooch” video). Her bail was set yesterday at $25,000 and we’ll be checking to see what happens today. According to the police report, the house on 24th SW had not been entered forcibly, and it hadn’t been determined whether anything was stolen.

ADDED 5:17 PM: The suspect is now charged with criminal trespass, so, per our policy, we can identify her: 36-year-old Jessica A. Detrick. Her bail is now $1,000; if still in custody, she is scheduled for arraignment tomorrow morning. Detrick figured into two cases we reported here in 2013, both with the same accomplice, Sean Jeardoe, who is currently in was recently released from prison: They were both arrested in a Morgan Junction parking lot in July 2013 after a WSB reader spotted him in a pickup truck reported here as stolen.

They were not charged at the time, though he confessed to multiple burglaries, but he was charged after they were arrested on Vashon Island two months later. As we reported at the time, investigators believed they were “responsible for up to 22 burglaries, 4 gun thefts, 3 auto thefts, and other crimes.” He reached a plea deal and was sentenced to 4 1/2 years including mandatory drug treatment; court records do not show any evidence Detrick was ever charged. She does appear to have had some arrests in the ensuing two years, but no felony prosecutions. (Friday afternoon update: She’s been released from jail.)

(back to original report) GUNFIRE/CRASH FOLLOWUP: Since Monday, we’ve been trying to get the report narrative on the 10th/Roxbury incident we covered Saturday afternoon. We confirmed that while both Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s Office responded, the investigation is a KCSO case. Media-relations officer Sgt. Jason Houck talked with detectives, who are still looking for tips/witnesses, and provided this summary/update:

Two vehicles were involved in a running gun battle. Per witnesses, there were at least two people in each car. The car being chased, a gold-colored Buick, collided head-on with a car going west on Roxbury.

(WSB photo from Saturday)

This led to several other collisions. The car following the Buick was described by a witness as a black Chevy Impala. It fled from the scene. The occupants of the Buick fled from the scene, but the driver returned a short time later. Several fired cartridge casings were recovered. Although there were several people injured during the collisions, no one has been found with gunshot wounds. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about this shooting can leave information by contacting 206-263-2090 – Major Crimes Unit

KCSO would not release the full report narrative, saying its policy is not to do so with open cases, even if a public-disclosure request is filed (which we did), so this is the entirety of what we have so far.

POSSIBLE GUNFIRE: Just in case you were wondering – we got one report late last night of possible shots, heard from 14th/Kenyon; when they called 911, they were told others had called in, too. Police responded but, according to Lt. Alan Williams, did not find any evidence of gunfire (shell casings, bullet holes, etc.) and didn’t find anyone who had seen someone firing a gun.

CAR PROWLS CONTINUE: We’ve reported before on car prowls in the garage at Spruce, the Fauntleroy/Alaska/39th building that houses apartments and LA Fitness. A frustrated gym employee contacted us today, saying break-ins are continuing there and on surrounding blocks, concerned that their employer is getting the blame but shouldn’t be. The employee says the garage does not have adequate security. The online police-report map does not not show a recent concentration of prowls there, but we’ve heard this anecdotally from multiple sources including this one (if your car is broken into, please report it, wherever it happens, even if nothing is taken).


My 2010 Subaru Outback was side swiped the afternoon of Sunday, June 5th . It was sitting in front of my house, at the corner of 42nd Ave SW & Spokane St SW. No note was left. It was hit by a blue SUV or light truck. Damage is to passenger front and rear door (estimate of damage is $1756.00). A police report was filled with the Seattle Police (case #2016-200484).

21 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglary arrest, with dog; gunfire/crash followup; more"

  • wb June 9, 2016 (3:35 pm)

    How sad. What happened to the dog after the shelter? 

  • Darcy June 9, 2016 (4:40 pm)

    I heard three shots fired around 11 pm last night, at 24th & Holden. That corner is active with drug dealers.

  • annika June 9, 2016 (4:42 pm)

    I am wondering about the dog as well – poor, innocent thing sounds like it has an unstable life.  Hoping for the best.

    • WSB June 9, 2016 (5:00 pm)

      Wish I had some info about that but I don’t. If it really is the same woman and the same dog, maybe you can watch Petfinder to see if it shows up for adoption – in our previous story, linked in this one, you can clearly see the dog. Meantime, it looks like she has been charged with the lesser crime of criminal trespass, and since she is charged, we can identify her – I’m adding to the story.

  • anonyme June 9, 2016 (5:20 pm)

    Does anyone know what was going on at the corner of 35th & Roxbury about 8:45 am today?  Three cruisers converged on an SUV in front of the pot shop, and engaged  with a young woman with a baby in the back seat.  Then a fire engine showed up.  Did not see how it all ended, and there’s nothing on “Tweets by Beat”…?

    • WSB June 9, 2016 (5:38 pm)

      Yes, it’s on Tweets by Beat as a motor-vehicle collision. (The time stamps on TBB are not accurate – they usually are for a few hours after incidents, because it’s when the report enters the system.)

  • Hilari June 9, 2016 (7:28 pm)

    We heard shots at 14th and Kenyon.  It clearly was a gun and not fireworks (sad to say we now know the difference).  My husband called 911 and was put on hold twice.  The 911 operator who finally responded said they were inundated by calls.

    • WSB June 9, 2016 (7:44 pm)

      The fact they didn’t find proof doesn’t mean it wasn’t, but that’s all police can go on if there are no victims – physical evidence and/or witnesses. Of course, as we were reminded when chasing the Memorial Day gunfire report in North Delridge, not all gunfire will leave casings behind.

  • AmandaKH June 9, 2016 (9:54 pm)

    Jessica has been responsible for a multitude of petty crimes in our immediate neighborhood for weeks now.  She has been squatting in a neighbors home (made aware and secured her property) making our blocks even more paranoid (trying various doorknobs at 5:00 am).  I feel bad for her dog, but this woman clearly needs help.  I just wish this city dealt with substance abuse in a meaningful and effective manner.

  • Marianne June 10, 2016 (7:14 am)

    The dog is far better off at the shelter.

  • ImNotSpartacus June 10, 2016 (9:02 am)

    Sad. She is easily found on Facebook, dog and all – where it appears she may also have a child (her profile photo is a little girl). I hope she, her pup and baby get the help they clearly need.

  • Marty June 10, 2016 (10:35 am)

    People with “A long record of property crimes” need to spend some time in jail, followed by electronic monitoring. The revolving door system is a total failure.

  • Joyael June 10, 2016 (11:00 am)

    If the dog was taken to SAS, the dog will be held until the criminal case is resolved/closed. If the woman can legally re-claim her pet (not in jail or ordered to not have pets), she will be allowed to. If not, the dog will be adopted. SAS is awesome and protects animals whose owners are involved in criminal cases until the cases are closed. They also have an awesome adoption/live release rate of around 96%. 

    • WSB June 10, 2016 (4:46 pm)

      No way to find out the dog’s status – but the suspect is now out of jail.

  • Double Dub Resident June 10, 2016 (5:01 pm)

    Of course she was released already…. *sigh*

  • Yeah, I like Dags June 10, 2016 (9:03 pm)

    Poor Smokey Dog

  • Double Dub Resident June 11, 2016 (9:20 am)

    I saw that Facebook page also, and there appears to be a child involved. Nothing I find more infuriating that to see people have children that have no business having them. These people obviously cannot even take care of themselves or are even a productive member of society, so once again society has to foot the bill for these selfish people’s decisions and the poor child is a victim of this. 

  • JW June 11, 2016 (1:57 pm)

    Jessica broke in to and squatted at my house while it was on the market. Got high – made Pop Tarts – did a load of wash – took a bath – and did about $600 in damage. I’m empathetic to the hell of addiction and I too would make dramatic decisions to stay with my pets. Our (non existent) system to respond to folks struggling with addiction is a profound challenge – as is theft and property damage. Sad all around – here’s hoping she intersects some help soon. 

  • western June 19, 2016 (7:52 pm)

    Yes Jessica detrick  broke into a garage and stole a bike and things and then a house on 16th sw on 2-25-2016 and did thousands in damage.  She also came back to the neighborhood this morning 6-19-2016 at 1:30am and broke into the same garage and some other cars.  Here is the dropbox video of both the events.

    6-19-16 1:30am  




    • WSB June 19, 2016 (8:21 pm)

      I see a lot of door-trying in your video but not anything that looks like a break-in. What time code? Were police reports filed this morning?

  • western June 19, 2016 (8:54 pm)

    I gave the neighbor the video to make the report with police since it was his car she was in.   There is a section where she goes to the white sportage type car 1:33:30 and she riffles thru it  and comes out with bag.  Shen then leaves the neighborhood and comes back 4-5 minutes later and picks up the other bag she left behind and continues down the street checking more cars.  She stole a bike out of his garage back in 2-25-16 then stays in the house two houses down from his for 16 hours and does damage to it.  That house was for sale and the owner had to make repairs.   The video from 2-25-16 is still uploading to dropbox so it will be a while till you can view it. 

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