West Seattle Crime Watch: Warrant suspect arrested

(WSB photo)

5:56 PM: If you saw the big police response outside the Westwood Village McDonald’s around 5:15 pm – here’s what it was about: Officers spotted someone they knew had a warrant out for his arrest, related to an armed-robbery case, called for backup, moved in, and arrested him. We don’t have name/case information yet but will be watching the jail register.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON: Online records show the suspect arrested is 20-year-old Christian Demuth-Hebert. He also was cited for resisting arrest and obstructing police. He is jailed in lieu of $101,000 bail – the $100,000 is for the robbery warrant, which we traced to a case involving shoplifting turned violent at a store in Bellevue, which is also the city listed for his most recent residence. We haven’t found any West Seattle ties so far. The charging documents in that case say his record stretches back to at least 14: “Assault Third Degree and Theft Third Degree (2016, reduced from Robbery 2); Theft Third Degree (2015, reduced from Robbery 2); Vehicle Prowl 2 (2015); Theft Third Degree (2014), Escape Third Degree (2011) and Criminal Trespass (2011, 2010).”

16 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Warrant suspect arrested"

  • Double Dub Resident November 2, 2016 (6:41 pm)

    Was down at WWV earlier tonight grocery shopping .  Man it’s going down hill with all the shady characters hanging down there .  Getting sick of this area 

  • Live near there November 2, 2016 (9:21 pm)

    Heard some unhealthy looking guys on bus talk openly about their heroin dealer meeting them in lot of Barnes and nobles. I’ve lived in area 7 yrs now and that shopping center is getting sketchier every year.

  • Nano Hayes November 2, 2016 (9:36 pm)

    I was on the way home from West Seattle YMCA about 8pm last night. Serous multiple accident on Marginal Way. Car hit telephone pole, live wires in the street. Several Emergency Response vehicles,at least 8 police cars. Any news about details?

  • LauraWM November 2, 2016 (10:03 pm)

    Long ago, when I was growing up here, WWV was a pretty sketchy place. Renovations in the 90s and early 2000s (Target and QFC primary among them) seemed to buoy the newly-renovated complex. The fact is, this is a traditionally lower-socioeconomic area with more transition than representation. What if those of us who have stakes in this neighborhood not only participate in community activism (which can be time-consuming) but petition the owners and managers of the complex for additional security and closer work with local law enforcement/community leaders? Perhaps that collaboration will lead to filling the empty storefronts and finally address some of the issues with the transit hub across Barton.

    In case this interests you: http://madisonmarquette.com/portfolio/property-listings/westwood-village/

    • WSB November 2, 2016 (10:07 pm)

      Regarding community activism – the area’s community council, the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council, all volunteers (as are all such local groups), meets next Monday, 6:15 pm at Southwest Library.

  • Double Dub Resident November 3, 2016 (6:15 am)

       I also remember WWV being a run down plaza with many empty storefronts when growing up. I’ve been really impressed with the way that they turned it around. Unfortunately, due to our present climate, pan handlers, homeless, and drug addicts have really created a sketchy atmosphere for the present WWV.

       The amount of times I have been in QFC only to see either someone being arrested, detained by employees, or someone threatening employees have been too many.  Now, the roaming security guards hired by individual businesses is the norm. I have even seen armed security at QFC, though when I asked, it was said to be temporary.

       The shoplifting at Rite-Aid is ridiculous, and I have seen the same at Target.  Sometimes I can’t even go to the Chase ATM early in the morning, because it is over run with sketchy people.  


  • Ren November 3, 2016 (9:11 am)

    Great Job SPD!!!!

    i have seen drug dealers at the bus stop across the street from McD’s…hanging out for hours with scummy drug attics run up to them…

    Get rid of these losers for our area and let dealers know this area is not for them…

    Also citizens…if you see drug dealers and users breaking the law you can HELP the police by reporting anonoum

    • WSB November 3, 2016 (9:13 am)

      While the officers were wrapping up the McDonald’s arrest, we heard a dispatch for a report that five people had just emerged from the Roxhill Park bathroom. Some headed over but the people had “scattered.”

  • Sunuva November 3, 2016 (9:27 am)

    I agree with everyone above that WWV is a sketchy place these days. I feel really bad for the employees who have to put up with it on a day-to-day basis. Especially the Rite Aid which seems to attract the drunk and crazy people. I see something crazy every time I go in there and it makes me feel unsafe.

    That said, at least this is one less crazy in the area for now. Thank you for the good job SPD! Keep it up! We support you!

  • steve November 3, 2016 (9:43 am)

    I do miss the old Sea Galley. Anyone remember the Pickwick?  How about Ernst? The QFC and Target are welcome additions, of course. But MCd’s is a no travel zone for us with kids.  I’ve seen drug deals, and other bad behaviour in there(shooting up). We used to love Roxhill Park, but now its a toss of the dice. Its either pleasant, or has foul mouthed, cussing, skateboarders.  Nothing against skateboarding, but I think  park goers should be somewhat  respectful. i.e., no pot smoking,  or cussing. My kids like to ride their scooters there, but sometimes we just turn around and have to leave.

    • uncle loco November 3, 2016 (7:06 pm)

      Yes, I remember the Pickwick. Kind of sketchy for the time but it doesn’t compare to what’s happening in the neighborhood now. I had some good times at the Pickwick, thanks for jarring my memory!

  • JeffK November 3, 2016 (10:30 am)

    The gentrification steamroller is slowly getting there.

  • Double Dub Resident November 3, 2016 (12:24 pm)

    The gentrification steam roller ,  really ?  So not wanting drug dealers , drug addicts and  sketchy people in your neighborhood is the equivalent to the gentrification steam roller?

     Interesting, because  since I’ve lived in Westwood for about 16 years,  what I have seen in this area in recent years  is a decline,  so I don’t think the community college level sociology class/SJW sound bite applies 

  • WSB November 3, 2016 (1:33 pm)

    We’ve added an update with information about the person who was arrested. – TR

  • Double Dub Resident November 5, 2016 (8:47 am)

    Well we already have our problem people in this area  and now thanks to Rapid Transit ,  it’s more convenient for POS to come here to  WWV 

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