WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Latest from SPD on South Delridge break-ins

Friday night, we reported on neighbors’ living-room meeting with Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis, after a series of break-ins with residents finding themselves face-to-face with the intruder. One question was how SPD would get the word out widely. They’ve just done that by posting this to SPD Blotter:

Detectives are attempting to identify and locate a suspect after receiving several similar reports in the same West Seattle neighborhood last week. The description and behavior of the suspect all seem consistent in the reported incidents. In three out of the four reported incidents, the unknown suspect was actually inside the victim’s bedroom.

Police responded to burglaries where the suspect was inside the house in the early morning hours of June 17th and 19th. The incidents occurred in the 9000 block of 11th Avenue SW, the 9200 block of 12th Avenue SW, and the 9400 block of 13th Avenue SW.

In the first reported incident, reported June 17th, the victim stated that the suspect was outside her window and never made entry into the house, however, she did observe his hand reaching inside an open window. The suspect ran off when the victim screamed. The suspect was described as a black male wearing black clothing.

In the next reported incident, about an hour after the first, the victim woke to find the suspect inside her bedroom. The suspect spoke to the victim and after several minutes left the house. The suspect was described as a black male in his twenties, 6’02”, 220 pounds with a heavy build. He was wearing a black hooded coat, black sweat pants. Officers searched, but did not find the suspect.

On June 19th, just after 1:00 am, the victim was asleep in her room when she observed an unknown man inside the room, sitting on the edge of her bed. The victim was able to walk past the suspect into another room where she called 911. During that the time, the suspect left. That suspect was described as a black male, 6’1″ tall, with a heavy build. Officers conducted an area search but did not find the suspect.

On June 19th around 4:00 am the victim awoke to discover an unknown man standing outside her bedroom door. The victim’s husband chased the suspect out the front door of the house. The suspect was described as a tall black male in all black clothing with something covering his face.

Detectives believe that the suspect gained entry into the homes through an open or unlocked window. Detectives are comparing investigative notes with the King County Sheriff’s Office to see if they have received any similar type reports, since these reports are so close to the county line.

If anyone has information on any of these incidents, they are urged to contact the Seattle Police Department.

P.S. If you have questions about this or other crime/safety concerns, local police will as usual be talking with the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network at their monthly meeting tomorrow night at the precinct (2300 SW Webster), 6:30 pm, all welcome.

15 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Latest from SPD on South Delridge break-ins"

  • Peeb June 25, 2018 (5:03 pm)

    Creepy AF.

    • AhDahDoh June 25, 2018 (6:02 pm)

      Close your windows at night. Please!

  • T June 25, 2018 (7:28 pm)

    “Hide your kids, hide your wife.. ” Antoine Doson

  • Seattlite June 25, 2018 (10:42 pm)

     This dude is bold.  Every incident described in this post is so frightening. Lock up at night.

  • Aaron June 25, 2018 (11:02 pm)

    “Get the word out quickly…”The only reason they’re doing this now, after several days is because we contacted all the news stations and started to get coverage and because I went door to door handing out fliers with the description and letting people know about the attack, complete with Captain Davis’ phone number.Captain Davis also told us there would be extra patrols but in the two nights I walked the neighborhood, once for 4 hours and once for 2, I didn’t see a single police car. The SPD are only now starting to take this seriously and they deserve scrutiny for their treatment of these incidents, not a pat on the back.

    • I'mcoveredinbees June 26, 2018 (7:43 pm)

      I agree. WHY is there no sketch of this guy? This is going to escalate until he is caught. These people don’t just stop!

      • WSB June 26, 2018 (7:45 pm)

        I’m at the WSBWCN meeting. There are description discrepancies, said Capt. Davis.

  • mcrowley June 26, 2018 (5:02 am)

    After reading the accounts and description of the intruder, I felt compelled to share an incident that happened to my wife on June 11th. We live near the delridge Home Depot. While my wife was getting something out of the trunk of her car, she heard a noise and turned to find a man standing behind her. We have a fairly long driveway and we suspect he came through the brush and entered our property. Naturally, my wife was startled and scared as the man began to come closer. My wife was able to scream, threaten and call 911 within a few seconds, which seem to halt his approach and he began to walk out of the driveway. The police arrived but was not able to locate the intruder.  The description of the person in the police blotter fits the same person who approached my wife. Fortunately, my wife had enough presence of mind to capture a photo of the man. I post it here in hopes that other the victims and the police my be able to identify.

    • WSB June 26, 2018 (7:15 am)

      Hi – our comment photo upload isn’t working right now. I hope you have provided the photo to police?

    • Imcoveredinbees June 26, 2018 (7:46 pm)

      Would you or your wife be able to post this on West Seattle Connection or any of the other community FB groups? 

  • Bradley June 26, 2018 (8:30 am)

    Why isn’t this classified as robbery  since he’s entering occupied residences? This outrageous criminal is lucky he hasn’t been perforated by an armed homeowner. Let’s all be on the lookout.

    • Marisa June 26, 2018 (9:51 pm)

      I think this would be residential burglary, assuming the break in was done with intent to commit some other crime in addition to the trespass.  Very scary for these victims!

    • Johnny H June 27, 2018 (3:28 am)

      It must become violent in order for it to be considered a robbery. Nothing was taken sonit can’t be called a burglarly. He was just… intruding and being really creepy and weird.

      • WSB June 27, 2018 (8:01 am)

        That’s not exactly the difference between robbery and burglary. Most importantly, as reiterated last night at the Block Watch Captains Network meeting, categorizing something as a burglary absolutely does not require something having been stolen.

  • Paul June 26, 2018 (10:25 am)

    Never mind the police, get a shotgun and learn to master using it. 

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