WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Three reader reports

Three reader reports to share before the long weekend ends:

STREET ROBBERY: Eric‘s son was robbed around 5:30 pm in Highland Park last Wednesday.

My son (who’s 14) was walking, I believe, on 12th between Trenton and Henderson and he was robbed, for his shoes. A man, appearing to be in his early twenties snuck up behind him, claimed he had a weapon, and told my son to give him his shoes. He did and then the man ran off, at which point my son called 911. No luck in finding him or the shoes but I thought it might be something people would want to be aware of. It’s a bummer it has to be this way but kids should try to walk in groups and keep their eyes open.


On Thursday I discovered my PODS had been broken into on 45th between Alaska and Edmunds. They got 2 air conditioners and a lot of family memories, like the birth of my child and my original music (I’m a songwriter). If someone sees a box of family DVDs or CDs with home labels dumped, please contact me. I don’t care about stuff I can replace with money. The other stuff is priceless.

CAR VANDALISM: Kylie says this happened around 3:15 pm this afternoon in Highland Park:

At first she thought it was a car prowl – though there was nothing in her car to take but grocery bags — and noticed that a neighbor across the street had a busted rear window too. Then “a neighbor from 3 blocks down stopped by and reported his car was also hit. … He said a car drove down 12th and guys are intentionally hitting windows, not stopping to prowl. He said at least 4 cars on our street were hit that he saw.”

19 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Three reader reports"

  • Alki Resident May 30, 2017 (6:27 am)

    This is an atrocity. I don’t even have words right now for these crimes.  

  • Mike May 30, 2017 (7:59 am)

    The shoes incident is what pisses me off the most.  As a parent, anyone that would do that to my kid will end up crying for mercy.

    • Brian May 30, 2017 (12:38 pm)

      Wait, how? Do you follow your kid around everywhere or would you devote your life to finding the perpetrator if it happened?

      • Elle Nell May 30, 2017 (5:12 pm)

        Honestly Brian.

        please don’t get me started here…

      • Mike May 31, 2017 (6:47 am)

        I’d hunt down the person that did that to my kid.  I’m not your typical passive aggressive Seattleite.  I’m not from California, I actually grew up here.  It kinda freaks people out when they realize somebody will stand up to them.

  • Christie May 30, 2017 (8:54 am)

    I am normally walking my dog at this time – sorry to hear that he got his shoes taken! It is hard enough for us as parents to let our kids learn to be independent – then to have this happen.

    • Eric May 30, 2017 (9:32 am)

      Thanks, and yes it’s infuriating – You don’t want your kids to have to worry about just walking down the street, in broad daylight no less.  There is literally not very much that’s more descpicable than robbing a kid.  

  • EJ May 30, 2017 (9:00 am)

    Our car was also hit.  In Highland Park.  The window appeared to be shot with a marble or something small that left a tiny hole, and splintered the whole window.

    • KM May 30, 2017 (9:43 am)

      I remember we had this going on in Gatewood/Sunrise Heights/Westwood about a year (?) ago, I wonder if they ever found who did that, and if it is possibly the same perps. 

  • Nick May 30, 2017 (11:13 am)

    We seem to recently have a lot more people openly camping in highland park area. They are not friendly I see people walking up to these groups and dropping things off and walking the opposite direction.Open alcohol consumption now we are having mugging and smash and grabs maybe there is some relation. I have a 12 year old that has to walk to the bus and this infuriates me. 

    • Sassy May 30, 2017 (2:03 pm)

      Nick – where are they openly camping in Highland Park? We’re in that same neighborhood. 

      • WsEd May 31, 2017 (1:31 pm)

        By the church off 16th by Youngs and over at the community center parking lot.  There is a new gang of homeless dudes that have started hanging out under the trees drinking.  Please if you are one of the folks dropping off stuff for the people, stop it or take them into your own home.  I think some of these folks are getting displaced from White Center Nearby due to all of the development and new businesses going in that don’t want them around anymore.  

  • Seaview parent May 30, 2017 (12:17 pm)

    This same thing happened to my car 10 days ago in Seaview.  Back glass smashed, nothing taken.  

  • steve May 30, 2017 (12:35 pm)

    In Hawaii, highjacking was a daily occurrence on my way to school.  Finally some parents got on the principal, and organized their own watch as well. It helped and stopped things for a while.  I don’t know the particulars here, but perhaps this neighborhood  could  do something similar.  

    • Rick May 30, 2017 (2:51 pm)

      Once you’re known on the Rock, you’re known.

  • Junction Lady May 30, 2017 (9:54 pm)

    How wrong that a child/citizen was accosted by an adult and forced  to give up his shoes!  

  • ts May 30, 2017 (11:59 pm)

    I feel the robbery was very upsetting. Just in case some people are new to the area, WSB published robbery accounts a few years ago where middle school and high school kids were robbed of laptops, etc on their way to/ from school. There have also been several flashers operating along California Ave and near Sealth. Sad the robberies seem to be popping up again.

  • EG May 31, 2017 (7:43 am)

    There’s something going on right now at 26th ave sw and Cloverdale – several police cars, EMT, fire engine, came with sirens — at the apartment complex. Don’t know what it is.

    • WSB May 31, 2017 (9:02 am)

      It was a medical response at a private residence – don’t know about the police component, but there are certain types of medical incidents that they are required to check out. I’ll ask SFD. Several blocks south on 25th a little earlier, police were chasing trespassers seen breaking into what turned out to be “registered as” a vacant house, but that was closer to Roxbury and not likely related. – TR

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