WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Student arrested; burglary attempt; arrest followup

Three notes in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:

SCHOOL ARREST: Thanks to the Madison Middle School parent who forwarded the audio of a robocall sent to families by principal Dr. Robert Gary this evening. No accompanying e-mail so far as we’ve heard, so here’s our transcription from the audio:

At approximately 3:55 pm today, in the front of the school, near the bus area, a student was taken into custody by the Seattle Police Department. The situation that the person was taken into custody for was unrelated to any school situation that occurred at Madison. At this time, we don’t have any more information to share. This is a police matter.

After inviting parents to contact him if they have questions, Dr. Gary continued, “Once again, Madison was safe the entire day; the student that was taken into custody was taken into custody by Seattle Police, and it was a situation unrelated to Madison Middle School.” Police online incident lists don’t show anything with Madison’s address so far tonight, so we have no cross-reference on the incident, but will be following up tomorrow. (TUESDAY UPDATE: SPD tells us the case stemmed from a dispute between juveniles. We are still trying to find out more.)

Speaking of followups:

SUNDAY MORNING BURGLARY ATTEMPT: We were tracking multiple incidents early Sunday; one of them was a burglary dispatch to South Delridge/Highland Park. When we looked at the log this morning, we found only one potentially matching incident, and requested the report narrative, which SPD provided as follows:

We responded to a possible occupied burglary call at 90XX 11 Av SW. I contacted the victim, V/XXXXX, at the front door. She said she was asleep in her bedroom. The bedroom is on the N/E corner of the house. XXXXX had her bedroom window (north side) open a few inches.. The window has a lock to prevent it from opening further. XXXXX woke up to a light shining into her bedroom. She looked up and saw a hand reaching through her open window. The hand was moving the curtains a little to the side. XXXXX screamed to her daughter, XXXXX, to call 911. The male moved away from the window and walked out the front gate. He left in a S/B direction. XXXXX did not get a good look at him but described the suspect as a B/M wearing all black. Other units conducted an area search but did not find anyone in the area. We checked the window for fingerprints but did not find any.

This evening, Tweets by Beat – which is catching up from having been down much of the weekend – shows there was another “occupied burglary” call in the 9400 block of 13th SW a little later Sunday morning; we’ll have to pursue that report tomorrow.

And finally:

GREGORY THOMPSON UPDATE: We reported last Friday on the arrest of 28-year-old Gregory L. Thompson on Puget Ridge; police said they recovered stolen fish while seeking Thompson in an unrelated case. No information on that case was available Friday but we’ve obtained the documents from his weekend bail hearing, which explain why he is being held for investigation of tampering. Police allege that last Thursday morning, he shot out the window of a truck he is charged with stealing, “in an apparent attempt to dissuade the victim from testifying.” His bail is currently set at $275,000 – $100,000 for the tampering investigation, the rest related to various cases in which he already is charged. Nothing related to the fish case so far.

10 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Student arrested; burglary attempt; arrest followup"

  • Ice June 18, 2018 (11:33 pm)

    I don’t think poor old Gregory Thompson is getting out of this one.

  • Beckyjo June 19, 2018 (3:52 am)


  • KatherineL June 19, 2018 (8:26 am)

    I want to know if they’re going to keep those stolen fish in the evidence room.

  • Rick June 19, 2018 (9:16 am)

    Can’t to try the “stolen fish special”!

  • HM June 19, 2018 (9:27 am)

    Tweets by Beat showed two more occupied burglaries in the vicinity earlier today.  One on the 9200 block of 12th and one on the 9400 block of 14th.  Does SPD think these are connected or just a run of bad luck?

    • WSB June 19, 2018 (9:34 am)

      Don’t know but tonight’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting is a chance to ask. Also one thing to be cautious about TBB – “occupied burglary” is a code that applies to other situations too, we noted recently while inquiring about one such auto-tweet – a break-in at a locked multifamily building garage can be coded that way (because the building was occupied).

      • Native June 19, 2018 (8:47 pm)

        Thanks again WSB… fornthenuodatesAny update on Keira Ward… the stabbing suspect or guilty and was she incarcerated?Also is it true Nicholas Watson is back in town or is that another Watson on the rolls?thanks for your updates 

  • Junction Lady June 19, 2018 (8:41 pm)

    This person is wreaking havoc in West Seattle neighborhoods!  

  • BJG June 19, 2018 (10:00 pm)

    Happened by Madison MS at the time the cuffed shirtless young man was being held up against the hood of the police SUV while an officer was pulling everything out of his backpack with his free hand. Seemed not that hard to do both as the detained student ? was rather slight. All this was occurring while dozens of students were leaving school. The crosswalk was blocked by the takedown.  (Just not my old junior high anymore.)

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