West Seattle Crime Watch: The case of the repeat offender who had to be dragged into custody

We’ve found ourselves writing more about repeat offenders lately. No surprise, since Southwest Precinct police have long pointed out that a relative handful of criminals are responsible for a disproportionate amount of the property crimes representing the worst problems in this area. But what continues to be surprising to many is the reality of what happens once they’re arrested. We track cases and present what we find in documents; a senior prosecutor from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office gave some frank context at last week’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting, pointing out, among other things, that while someone might have a long record, when it comes to sentencing time, what counts most – literally, via a scoring system – is the number of felony convictions they have, and for many, that number is relatively few.

For most of the repeat offenders whose cases we updated last week, that was the case. It’s why Jessica Detrick and Taylor Church are both set for residential drug treatment, via the Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative. We’ve also updated the cases of repeat offenders Sean Jeardoe and Alan Polevia, both of whom are still in jail tonight.

Now – another one.

While checking the King County Jail Register over the weekend, we saw another name we recognized: Jared Barden. We first reported on Barden, who is 31 years old, on August 23rd, when he was arrested in Lincoln Park after fleeing a car-prowl scene nearby. The arrest drew a lot of attention because the Guardian One helicopter helped with the early-afternoon search. Barden was charged with misdemeanors and released from jail the next day.

We hadn’t checked on his file recently, until seeing his name on the jail register, which shows this is his third time in jail since that Lincoln Park arrest six weeks ago.

Suspect caught in Lincoln Park
(August 23rd photo via Steve Shelton Images)

Barden was booked September 8th for a failure-to-appear warrant in a burglary case and suspicion of auto theft; he was released September 26th – one week ago tonight. He was arrested four days later, last Friday (September 30th), for what’s described as criminal trespass, and then released on Saturday, with the notation “case dismissed.” Less than eight hours later, at 1:16 am Sunday, he was back in King County Jail, for investigation of auto theft. At a hearing this afternoon, his bail was set at $10,000.

Probable-cause documents say Barden’s newest arrest happened in Arbor Heights late Saturday night, near 35th SW and SW 102nd. Police were called when the owner of a pickup truck saw “an unknown male” in the truck, possibly “breaking the steering column.” When police arrived, their report says, Barden was still in the truck, both doors locked. He ignored their orders to get out of the truck and to stop what the report calls “digging around in the truck.” At some point, police say, he found a screwdriver and stuck that in the ignition, which started briefly, then sputtered out. He tried yet again – police still outside the truck, deploying spike strips so he wouldn’t get far if he got it going – and failed. The truck’s owner came out of his house and gave police a key they used to open the door. Barden still refused to get out; the report says officers finally “dragged” him out, arrested him, and took him to jail. He is due back in the jailhouse courtroom on Wednesday.

34 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: The case of the repeat offender who had to be dragged into custody"

  • Double Dub Resident October 3, 2016 (9:27 pm)

    WTF is going on with our impotent justice system?!!!  Put this worthless  POS away already. And we wonder why these POS re  offend??  It’s because there is no freagin consequences! 

    • Andy October 4, 2016 (6:20 am)

      What’s wrong with our impotent justice system, you ask? I ask the same thing. It’s obvious there is no accountability. These repeat offenders flat out don’t care. Our justice system is a wreak because of the politicians and judges that we elect. It has been said that the definition of stupid is to repeat the same mistakes over and over. That’s what we as voters do, here in PC, feel good Seattle. We need to vote these liberal feel good judges out of our justice system, period.  The same goes for politicians who make laws in Olympia and WA DC. What happened to three strikes and you’re out?  These repeaters need to be declared career criminals and sentenced to some real time behind bars. Sooner or later some law abiding citizen will shoot and kill one of these jerks and then the feel gooders will whine and wring their wrists and declare the law abiding citizen is guilty of second degree murder and sentence him/her to 10 or 15 years in the slammer.  

      • WSB October 4, 2016 (7:09 am)

        3 strikes has never been “3 convictions.” We’ve discussed that repeatedly here previously. While this explainer is six years old, it is still valid so far as I know. First-degree burglary is mentioned as a strike offense but most burglaries don’t qualify – here are the specifics.

        • Andy October 4, 2016 (7:27 am)

          I’d like to see the law changed. Repeatedly breaking and entering a private residence, a place of business, or a vehicle should be, on the second conviction,  declared a felony with a mandatory five year sentence.

  • Seattlite October 3, 2016 (10:07 pm)

    What is law and order when it comes to repeat offenders?

  • MsD October 3, 2016 (10:15 pm)

    Too bad this moron can’t turn his sense of determination and dedication to completing a task to something other than crime.  I mean, he seems like the Rudy of criminals.

  • jissy October 3, 2016 (10:23 pm)

    Throw away the key.

  • Alki Resident October 3, 2016 (10:25 pm)

    This guy is starting to scare me. There’s no stopping him unless he’s locked up. Im mortified to learn these same criminals have such extensive rap sheets yet nothing much is ever done. Im sick of our community members being victimized.

  • JanS October 3, 2016 (10:29 pm)

    yeah, time to keep him awhile…geez!

  • ThinkeronAlki October 3, 2016 (11:05 pm)

    All these comments reflect anger but no understanding of how the system works: according to law and guidelines. We don’t  send people to prison for stupidity and bungled property theft. Maybe you all can petition the lawmakers to put offensive men in stocks in the public square.

    • candrewb October 4, 2016 (5:25 am)

      Stocks in the public square won’t really do much since most of these losers are sociopaths. They are incapable of shame so they would just milk the whole “Oh, pity me” which you would all fall for.

    • JeffK October 4, 2016 (5:52 am)

      I would be okay with this, but let’s be equal opportunity for women as well.

    • Andy October 4, 2016 (7:48 am)

      No ……….. elect law makers who take crime prevention seriously. Then, re-prioritize how we spend the tax payer’s money to fund our prison system. Make prison a place  where people don’t want to spend time. 

  • Mike October 3, 2016 (11:15 pm)

    Over the years, people have allowed in politicians that enact laws which allow this.   SPD is upholding the law, which has become harder and harder for them to do every day.  People like this guy that repeat offend over and over are not even high priority for SPD any longer.  With a tiny number of officers and time to process crimes with adequate paper trails required, only high priority crimes get the time of day now (homicides).  We are now feeling the impact of what many have pushed for over the years.  Instead of training, we’ve pushed to add paperwork.  Instead of more head count with adequate training to start the job as an officer, we’ve pushed to cut budgets and limit increases in headcount even though our population has boomed.  There are 1 police officer for every 229 residents in Seattle.  That does not include people just being in Seattle that are not residents, that’s just residents.  So you can imagine it’s more like 1 officer for every 400 people in Seattle at any time.  That’s like having two teachers at every elementary school in Seattle, but a lot of the kids have guns, meth and want you dead.

    • WSB October 3, 2016 (11:37 pm)

      Actually, yes, the repeat offenders ARE high priority for SPD. We’ve reported this repeatedly. They’ve had emphasis efforts where they go out and work to find the ones with warrants – including people like this. What happens from there is a combination of state laws, judicial decisions, and even – again, if you read our report on what the senior prosecutor had to say at WSBWCN last week – budgetary concerns. The politicians you’d have to speak to now would be county and state level.

      • Mike October 4, 2016 (5:15 am)

        Maybe I should rephrase it.  Repeat offenders like this are overwhelming SPD’s limited resources, thus not getting as high of priority as they should be.

    • Andy October 4, 2016 (7:17 am)

      You are right on, Mike. I couldn’t agree more with what you say. The police, under present conditions, are doing all they can do. Yet, it seems like the vast majority of citizens are quick to condemn the police for not being sensitive to the poor, misunderstood, criminal element in our society.  I have seen the same attitude, too many times, in modern day America’s public school system, where a very small portion of the student body is allowed to continually be a disruptive  influence. The teacher, however, is often condemned, because, of course, it’s their fault. 

  • Double Dub Resident October 4, 2016 (5:02 am)


        If you think that people who have 38 warrants with  multiple home burglary charges/convictions, or people who have multiple car thefts among other convictions on their record,  or prolific criminals with extensive rap sheets who are constantly released after a slap on their hand as the law working, then you and I have a extremely different point of view of what “working”means.

       Downplaying criminals or at least this criminal for simply stupidity and “bungled property theft” is the very attitude that enables this kind of behavior.  BTW stupidity and criminal is redundant. This guy is a prolific repeat offender. He has no concern for anyone or anyone’s property. He probably knows that he won’t face any real consequences with out neutered justice system, which is why he keeps doing what he is doing.

      This goes beyond simple stupidity. What about the guy who’s truck steering column is wrecked? Insurance you might say? What about the fact that the cost of repair will probably fall somewhere around his deductible, most likely causing an out of pocket expense? Or even if the person uses their insurance, then their rates probably go up. Not to mention their feeling of being violated. What if this had been someone’s only mode of transportation to get to work to make their living and making ends meet?  This goes beyond a mere inconvenience. This can be devastating for someone who may be financially struggling, but are still trying to do right to make ends meet. 

      What about the home owner who has to pay for the damage caused by the breaking and entering? What about the feeling of feeling violated and unsafe? What about the insurance rates, and again, if the costs are around the same amount as the deductible, where does that leave the homeowner? Probably having to pay for these POS actions out of their own pocket. Not everyone has money to just simply replace what they worked hard for. This is also not just a mere inconvenience. 

      Then you end your reply with the logical fallacy known as reductio ad absurdum, in which you attempt to take a reasonable argument of wanting consequences for criminals and making them responsible for their actions and taking it to the extreme in the attempt to make the law abiding citizens seem like the “crazy ones”.

       The prosecutor was talking about budget cuts, but lets look at something. Repeat offenders like this POS who has been arrested and put in jail 3 times in 6 months.

        So repeatedly, we used resources, money, and time.  It took resources, money and time for the police to apprehend and do the paperwork for said crimes. It took resources, money, and time for the paperwork needed to process them into jail.   It took resources, money and time for the costs of keep him in jail.   It took resources, money and time for the paperwork just to process him into the court system (again).    It took resources, money and time for the defense attorney, the bailiff, the recorder, the prosecutor, the judge, the possibility of looking for jurors for said crimes, in which their are many other people paid by the city involved.  So all in all, how much money is being spent on these repeat offenders sucking up resources, money and time, over and over and yet over again? 

  • Double Dub Resident October 4, 2016 (5:04 am)

    sorry I meant 6 weeks, not 6 months

  • LarryB October 4, 2016 (6:09 am)

    Kudos to the responding officers for not escalating.

    Sending people into diversion programs is generally better than sending them to jail, and cheaper in the long run, but we need more staff to monitor them.

    Of course, there’s no money for that, jails are full, and so we get the revolving door, which helps no one.

    • Andy October 4, 2016 (7:31 am)

      I think the state reformatory would be the perfect location for the diversion program you speak of.

  • Brenda October 4, 2016 (7:41 am)


  • lookingforlogic October 4, 2016 (10:20 am)

      He needs boot camp and a job. 

  • wscommuter October 4, 2016 (10:43 am)

    @Andy – your comment disparaging “liberal judges” is remarkably ignorant.  I understand it may feel good to say things like that, but it is a disservice to this discussion for that kind of ill-informed ranting. 


    Speaking as someone  who has professional experience in the criminal justice system, I know that judges are very hard-working and conscientious public servants.  While I understand – and agree to some extent – with the frustration about what feels like a revolving door for non-violent felons and misdemeanants, judges don’t have control over the sentencing system. 

    Judges are required to sentence on crimes within the boundaries of the Sentence Reform Act.  All felonies are governed by the sentencing grid and felony “seriousness level” scheme as set by the legislature.  Judges have almost no discretion to step outside of that statute.  So, for example, if you want mandatory “5 year” sentences for repeat car thieves – don’t blame judges for not imposing that.  Talk to your legislators.  They write the law.  And if you’re not talking to your legislator, then don’t complain here.  All you are is hot air.


    Likewise, if you’re not voting to increase taxes to fund more jails, courts, prosecutors, police, public defenders and other resources necessary to run our criminal justice system, you’re not only blowing hot air,  you’re a hypocrite. 



    • SaraB October 5, 2016 (5:21 pm)

      Thank you, WSCOMMUTER!  The frustration of our community is understandable, but the irate rants disregarding due process and failing to understand that our legal system operates on a shoestring because we as a society refuse to fund it through taxes are, most politely,  ill-informed.  I appreciate your voice of reason!  You want draconian law enforcement to end to property crimes?  Move to Saudi Arabia, where there is no property crime because the accused get their hand chopped off.   

  • WestCake October 4, 2016 (11:47 am)

    It’s expensive to jail drug addicts, especially in a state that doesn’t rely on state income tax for it’s prison budget.

    I’m more interested in him being arrested and the criminal trespass case being dismissed. This points to a clear violation of his civil rights, something in liberal Washington, i’m surprised more people haven’t inquired about.

    • WSB October 4, 2016 (12:00 pm)

      Hi, I don’t have access to the original report on that, and since it was a potential misdemeanor, it was handled via Seattle Municipal Court, and the KC Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, through which we can usually get probable-cause documents in felonies, was not involved. However, Muni Court’s website does crossreference to SPD report #’s and in this case, that then cross-refs to a Tweet by Beat, which says the incident happened Saturday in the 10000 block of 36th SW, just a few blocks from the truck arrest hours later. The notation online says “complaint not filed” as opposed to the “case dismissed” terminology of the jail register. – TR

  • Carole October 4, 2016 (11:56 am)

    I agree with WScommuter.  The fix you want is legislative.  And note that the county’s proposed budget will mean the loss of three superior court commissioners and up to 15 prosecutors, as well as cutting bookings at the Regional Justice Center.  I too have worked in the system and I know how hard working judges and support staff are, despite years of repeated budget cuts.

  • Rico October 4, 2016 (1:27 pm)

     Carole, thanks for pointing out this detail of the upcoming budget (staff cuts).


    Does anyone else find it incomprehensible that in this boom time the County is cutting positions that are dearly needed, but hey at least the budget is increasing for social services.  No need to take care of the needs of everyday tax paying citizens. 

  • ScubaFrog October 4, 2016 (1:54 pm)

    It’s really, really unfair for the SPD officers who have to keep contacting these offenders.  Each new time they’re forced to contact these people, they’re put in new danger – depending on the suspect’s drug toxicity at the moment, or if they’re currently being treated (or not treated) for mental health issues, and what their psychological state is that day — angry/scared/in active psychosis/violent etc..

    It’s time to get tough on repeat offenders.  And to hold judges accountable.

    I’m an opponent of mass incarceration.  In some cases (eg serial ‘petty’ offenders) incarceration is a needed, common sense resort. 

  • Artsea October 4, 2016 (2:36 pm)

    I guess it all boils down to those we elect to make the laws which the police and the judges have to obey.   They have to obey those laws, but the bad guys sure don’t have to.  Maybe more of our elected officials need  to be the victims of these home invaders and car prowlers.  It always seems to take something like that to get these lawmakers to put some teeth into the laws they enact.

    • WestCake October 4, 2016 (7:31 pm)

      And by some teeth you mean some taxes? This is a funding issue – the citizens are not willing to be taxed, at the expense of their own security.

  • Bob Vila October 18, 2016 (12:13 pm)

    this guy lived a block away from me for over a year.

    he would be seen and reported on every morning with a shopping cart full of stolen goods from the previous night walking down delridge.

    He also lived in the neighborhood heroin house that they finally closed down and boarded up after a years worth of complaints to the city and police.

    in fact he died a few months ago while shooting some sort of drug and the fire department brought him back to life so he could continue waisting out tax dollars and stealing peoples hard earned property.

    food for thought….

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