WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Trespassers; bicycle found; driver pursues rider on Alki Trail

Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes:


The vacant homes on the corner of Fauntleroy and Brandon have attracted squatters. Unfortunately, we were informed that this has become a problem throughout the area.

The owners of both vacant properties (5251 Fauntleroy Way SW & 3914 SW Brandon St) have been notified and the police have been out multiple times this week. While an arrest was made on Monday evening, there does not seem to be much that be done to deter this.

As concerned neighbors, we will continue to notify the owners or both houses when we see individuals on the properties and will contact the police.

As reported in our community-meeting coverage, vacant homes are indeed a problem throughout the city. Police have to have permission from their owners to “trespass” people found squatting, so in some cases, they have been able to get that permission in advance so it doesn’t have to be sought anew every time. Meantime, we checked city files for the addresses, wondering about the sites’ future; both have redevelopment proposals on file – 5251 Fauntleroy, for three-unit rowhouse and two single-family houses, and 3914 Brandon for a six-unit rowhouse.

FOUND BICYCLE: Carmine spotted this bike at Lincoln Park:

Abandoned 17” Marin bicycle at far north end of Lincoln Park beach trail. Looks stolen, flat front tire caused abandonment.

DRIVER ON BICYCLE PATH: Yesterday on Reddit, a member reported seeing someone driving a car on the Alki Trail, pursuing a bicyclist with whom they had just had some kind of confrontation. The member reported having recorded it on video, and then posted it in a separate thread today. Caveat: It is shot from a distance, and the narration is full of profanities. We invited the witness – who was planning to take their video to police – to contact WSB, but have not heard from them, so we don’t know the status of the case, and all we can do is link to their posts. (Thanks to the people who flagged us to this – we do read the Seattle subreddits regularly but hadn’t seen this until we got the first note about it.)

3 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Trespassers; bicycle found; driver pursues rider on Alki Trail"

  • fair weather biker November 3, 2017 (10:26 am)

    The video is grainy but what you see is a single light on the bike path (the bike’s headlight) and then a car coming up behind the bike, trying to run them down. This is outrageous. I hope this person gets caught.

  • flimflam November 3, 2017 (11:10 am)

    ok, i’ll bite – why on earth would police need a direct communication from the property owner in order to remove a bunch of squatters from said property?

    • WSB November 3, 2017 (11:30 am)

      This is likely an oversimplification but – because otherwise they have no proof the people on the site don’t have the right to be there. Particularly if the person reporting the trespassing is NOT the property owner. Not unique to this type of property crime – if you look at charging papers/police reports in auto thefts, for example, there’s always the part where they have to get the owner to confirm that the suspect did not have the right to be using the car – TR

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