WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stabbing suspect charged; package thief in pickup; car prowler gets in

Three notes in West Seattle Crime Watch:

STABBING SUSPECT CHARGED: The woman accused of stabbing a 16-year-old girl in The Junction early Sunday is now charged with second-degree assault. 44-year-old Tillie J. Lee remains in the King County Jail, with bail still set at $220,000. The charging documents tell the same basic story as the probable-cause documents on which we reported – saying the suspect became enraged because the victim hugged Lee’s boyfriend. Lee allegedly stabbed the girl in the shoulder and then took off. Prosecutors say in the charges that Lee has been booked 64 times since 1996 and has had 88 warrants for her arrest. Two of the convictions are felonies, both from the early ’00s, for vehicular assault and second-degree theft.


My neighbor just had a couple packages taken from their front porch. They were taken from 99th & 35th around 5:15 in Arbor Heights. Police were called.

The vehicle is a mid-2000s red Toyota 4-door truck. No plate on front bumper & damage to front bumper as well. Blue tarp covering items in the bed of truck. Be on the lookout. 2 white males with beards, probably mid to late 30s.

CAR PROWL IN ADMIRAL: Rick reports this happened early Wednesday in the 4000 block of California SW:

There are 4 townhomes facing California, 3 facing the alley. In between the 4 in front and the 3 in back is a communal driveway. Our car is parked about 5 feet from our back door. All townhomes can easily see the driveway from their windows; there are bright motion-sensing lights. … I saw my driver-side door was open (I know I locked it night). Inside the car, the glovebox was open and had been rummaged through. Looks like they got away with an old GPS from the glovebox, and a phone charger that was plugged into the cigarette lighter. No damage as far as I can tell. Seemed similar to the North Admiral Car Prowl mentioned here so I thought I’d report it, as it looks like they may be making their way south down California.

REMINDER: The next West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting is next Tuesday (February 21st), 7 pm, at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster).

19 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stabbing suspect charged; package thief in pickup; car prowler gets in"

  • Eromariner February 16, 2017 (7:31 pm)

    A correction to the type of truck in the picture…  it was actually just an extended cab not a 4 door. 

  • KD February 16, 2017 (7:39 pm)

    Any way for you to post a photo of Tillie Lee?

    • WSB February 16, 2017 (7:46 pm)

      If she served time in the state prison system for either or both of those felonies, they might have one, though it would be 15-plus years old. I will be asking tomorrow. Local agencies do not provide mugshots. – TR

  • Double Dub Resident February 16, 2017 (7:47 pm)

    Come the bleep on!!!!! Why is this POS woman out on the street?!!! 

    • ChannelingLewisBlack February 16, 2017 (8:03 pm)

      Careful Double dub – I made a similar comment yesterday and there was a reply “what do you want to do, lock her up?”.    There is a line here somewhere and the SPD /Washington State Justice system let this woman jump over it with both feet.  Am so supportive of refugees and people trying to make right, but 60+ arrests, two felonies and a stabbing is a bit much by even the most liberal standards.

      Curious when the writeup says the 16 year old “hugged her boyfriend” does that mean the 16 year old hugged the perp’s boyfriend or her own???

      • WSB February 16, 2017 (8:45 pm)

        The suspect’s boyfriend. I will change it to “Lee’s boyfriend.”

        • 16 y/o Victim's Mom February 16, 2017 (10:02 pm)

          Been following your story all along but afraid to comment with investigation pending… I’d love to see the documents you’re pulling this information from. Nuanced differences alter the narrative just enough to suggest something other than what I understand to be the case. There’s a great deal more to the story than this. Thanks WSB, as per usual the best source for information. We’ve not been contacted since giving a statement and providing photos, despite promises to the contrary. Maybe you can shed some light on why the charge was reduced from Assault 1 to Assault 2? This is distressing news to me. 

          • WSB February 16, 2017 (10:34 pm)

            I hope your daughter is doing OK. Court documents are available to anyone to download from the King County Superior Court Online (ECR-Online) system – you need an account because there is a nominal charge (we’ve spent thousands over the years, but of course for us it’s a business expense) per page. There are multiple places to get the court case # – from the online jail register to Washington Court Search. We don’t upload and publish raw court documents in criminal cases because they usually contain victim and witness names and other information. I think you can also go to the courthouse and request copies of documents – I would hope the prosecutor’s office would have a victim liaison who could help you with this too.

            Regarding the charge – here’s the definition of second-degree assault:

            Here’s first-degree assault

            Prosecutors make decisions based on what evidence is available to them and therefore what they think they could win in court. Although keep in mind that the majority of cases are plea-bargained …though I would hope they consult victims and families before getting to that point.

            Hope some of this helps. – TR

          • 16 y/o Victim's Mom February 16, 2017 (10:41 pm)

            Thanks, TR. Detectives told us just yesterday that prosecutors were pursuing assault 1. Liaison was supposed to have contacted us by now. I’ll be reaching out tomorrow. It is well understood that she ought not have been out at that hour, but as I said, there is a great deal more to it than is apparently being revealed in these documents. I will make every effort to ensure this is clear during the proceedings. Appreciate your strong reporting and follow up. Always been a fan/follower. Surreal to have the story hit so close to home this time.

          • 16 y/o Victim's Mom February 16, 2017 (10:44 pm)

            I should mention for anyone concerned that she is recovering very well. It was both the worst and best day of my life, first seeing my baby like that and then coming to know for sure that she would be ok. 

      • Double Dub Resident February 17, 2017 (5:27 pm)

        To answer that question to the person who asked it… I’m yeah,  I want to lock her up, duh

    • Gorillita February 17, 2017 (7:46 am)

      My question exactly.

  • Free eech February 16, 2017 (9:18 pm)

    Was Andover the cross street

    we have had issues on 44 th sw

    • Megan February 17, 2017 (11:54 am)

      Cross street is Andover for the car prowl mentioned above (this is Rick’s wife). Might have been the same person then. 

  • flimflam February 16, 2017 (9:23 pm)

     ” booked 64 times since 1996 and has had 88 warrants for her arrest”

    how do you even do that? 

    • Smitty February 17, 2017 (7:00 am)

      “65 strikes and you’re out”?

  • HG February 16, 2017 (9:37 pm)

    I want to see the mugshot – my gut from the first story I read about this was it was a woman I see around the junction. 

  • rob February 17, 2017 (12:07 am)

    the red pickup pictured is a Toyota T-100. the extra cab version was made from 95-98. it has been lifted and has larger tires on it, so it stands out pretty well. 

  • Artsea February 17, 2017 (7:17 am)

    I’d pay extra taxes to have more prisons built to keep garbage like this woman locked up indefinitely.  She obviously doesn’t belong on the loose to make life miserable for the rest of us.

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