West Seattle Crime Watch: Electric bicycle stolen; quadruple hit-run

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports this evening – both requesting your help:

STOLEN ELECTRIC BICYCLE: The theft victim’s co-worker sent the notice on her behalf, saying the bike was stolen in the Admiral area last night:

My bike was stolen last night on California Ave. Please Please keep your eyes peeled for it. This bike is very important to me. It has black saddle bags that say Rad Power Bikes, a green Army bag on the handlebars, a silver handlebar behind the seat and it’s missing the front fender.

Please help me find it so I can again be as happy as I was in this picture! If anyone has info they can contact Freshy’s West Seattle, (206) 937-4316.


I’m writing you to report an incident that occurred this morning while our 11 year old son was playing soccer at the EC Hughes Playfield. Our vehicle along with three other family vehicles were side swept by a silver sedan. The car was driving erratically when it crashed into the side of the 1st car and continued to drag along the 3 other cars. A witness was able to snap a quick photo of the silver sedan as it sped away without stopping. The driver is possibly a male, but the witness did not get a good look of identifiable features. Luckily no children or adults were struck as this a busy playfield and playground for families. The incident occurred at 29th and Holden around 11:30. Attached is a photo of the getaway vehicle, but unfortunately it is too blurry to make out the license plate.

From the photo, you can see the car is a silver sedan with a rear spoiler. The car will have obvious body damage with blue/black markings from hitting the parked cars. Any help from the West Seattle community would be greatly appreciated in helping the police identify the hit and run suspect.

Please contact officer Garth Lindelf from the Southwest Precinct Patrol and reference incident #16-418443. Thank you and I appreciate any help in bringing this dangerous driver to justice.

11 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Electric bicycle stolen; quadruple hit-run"

  • Al November 19, 2016 (6:00 pm)

    This sucks bout the bike. I’ve lost 3 high end bikes in 4 years in WS.

  • Matt November 19, 2016 (6:02 pm)

    Looks like that’s a ford escort zx2

  • Gladys Kravitz November 19, 2016 (9:13 pm)

    Too wide for a ZX2- plus on that model there was a red plastic strip that ran along the whole width of the back.  I was thinking one of the Holden based Pontiac models from near the end, like the GTO or G6- those had spoilers but the tail lights on the car in the pic seem too wide.  Ford Contour SHO is a possibility as well, along with the ’05 Pontiac Sunfire.

  • Josh November 19, 2016 (11:19 pm)

    Where on the silver car would the damage be seen?

  • Ducky November 20, 2016 (12:06 am)

    My first thought was Pontiac as well. Early to mid 2000s. Also looks like this one has a narrower/smaller left rear tire.

  • Fawn November 20, 2016 (10:33 am)

    Hi Josh – the damage is going to be on the passenger side. Thank you to all for any suggestions/leads. Note: the incident occurred on 29th & Kenyon, not Holden.

  • Furor Scribendi November 21, 2016 (12:23 pm)

    Fawn I’ve been hit by nine hit-and-run drivers, so I commiserate with you. That car looks like a ’90’s Mazda 626 with custom blacked-out tail lights. Alternatives: Nissan models w/factory 3-point spoilers, or possibly an early 90’s Ford Taurus.  That car is too wide for a Holden-built Pontiac or a domestic Sunfire even if the spoiler looks similar. Fawn, also go back and look for anything that might have fallen off the mystery car; once I found a piece of chrome and a little magnetic key box, with a key inside. I drove around our neighborhood until I found a car that was missing the same chrome piece, and the key fit,  so I turned everything over to Seattle police (who fumbled the investigation and didn’t prosecute, but that’s another story).  Good hunting and better luck bringing your perp to justice!

  • Gladys Kravitz November 21, 2016 (8:05 pm)

    I think we have a winner!

    2005 Mercury Sable

    P.S.- my experience was the same with the Seattle PD- I even presented them a license plate after my hit and run (I was in the car) and they fumbled the investigation as well.  Knocking once on the RO’s door (which they did not answer) does not qualify as an “investigation”.

  • Laura Bush November 21, 2016 (8:49 pm)

    The owner of this bicycle will be offering a $150 reward for the return of this bike. No questions asked. 

  • Furor Scribendi November 22, 2016 (1:47 pm)

    Dear Gladys, I commend your Mercury Sable guess but the perp’s car has backup lights flanking the license plate, not as part of the tail light assembly. However….  using my lunch break finds a contender: 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue (below, picture shows customized car, but you get the picture):Image result for Oldsmobile Intrigue

  • Furor Scribendi November 22, 2016 (1:58 pm)

    Gladys, sorry to hear your SPD investigative experience was as sad as mine. Turns out the Detective involved in my hit-and-run handled another a few years later, and he was just as unhelpful and uninterested the second time around, too. Now, if it happened again, I’d be banging precinct doors and taking names until I got some action, because that’s the way SPD works sometimes.

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