West Seattle Crime Watch: 3 reader reports

Three reader reports and a reminder:

SUSPECTED LURING ATTEMPT: An employee in a business near Gatewood Elementary shared this via a parent who stopped in the store:

A white male of 5’5, wearing a plaid shirt and khaki pants, tried to lure two children off the bus to his car. He was showing muffins and goodies to get the kids to come with him. They did not go with him and notified their school immediately.

We haven’t found a police-report number yet. 6:28 PM UPDATE: See comments for more info – including the report #, 19-092718, if you have any info for police.

BURGLARY: From Annie, word of a burglary just after noon Thursday near 49th SW and SW Dawson. She shared security video showing two people:

They walk past the camera out front twice at exactly before the break-in happened and when they ran out of the house. They broke in around noon, knocked on the door and waited til my roommate didn’t answer to come in. They continued to try to get into her room when they found out she was locked in there before running out of the house without grabbing anything.

Police report # is 19-091345.

CAR BREAK-IN: From Shawn:

Just letting you know our car window was broken and appears car was prowled, likely last night at Holly & Fauntleroy. … Never had anything like this in 5+ years at our house!! We never leave anything important in it, so I have no idea what they were trying to get.

REMINDER: Your next chance to bring crime/safety concerns to local police is at next Tuesday’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, 7 pm March 19th, Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster), with a guest speaker from the SPD 911 center.

7 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: 3 reader reports"

  • MoonKitten March 15, 2019 (2:34 pm)

    What kind of car was this sicko trying to lure kid into?? Lets find this guy

    • WSB March 15, 2019 (4:27 pm)

      This is all the information we have – no police report found yet.

      • enginerd March 15, 2019 (5:42 pm)

        This afternoon, Madison Middle School sent an email notification notifying families that a group of students waiting for the bus at California and Frontenac were approached by a stranger attempting to engage them in an uncomfortable manner… the description of the man and incident sounds very similar to the incident involving the Gatewood students.

      • DT March 15, 2019 (5:45 pm)

        I’m the father of two of the girls. Police report number is 2019-92718. They saw no vehicle. The guy walked up on foot and struck up a conversation. The offer for school supplies or chocolate muffins was contingent on them following him away from the area to his car. When it became obvious they weren’t falling for it he walked away on foot. 

  • MrsT March 15, 2019 (6:05 pm)

    This happened to my nieces. The case number is 19-92718. They did not see the car. The man aged 60-70 was waiting at the bus stop.

    • WSB March 15, 2019 (6:26 pm)

      Thanks. Somebody just sent us that police report #, adding.

  • JPo March 15, 2019 (6:06 pm)

    My daughter was involved in a luring incident near Gatewood this morning. A man approached a group of five female Madison Middle School students as they waited for the bus at Frontenac and California. He appeared nervous, did not make eye contact, and was jangling car keys he held. He said he taught at the high school, coached volleyball. He told them his wife had died on Monday, asked if they needed any school supplies, asked if they needed any breakfast, and said he had muffins in his car. The students declined, and he walked away. The bus arrived a few moments later, they did not see if he got into a car. It didn’t occur to my daughter that anything was really wrong until after she got on the bus. They reported the incident to school security. The man is described as being 50-60s, Caucasian, white/gray, facial stubble. Average build. She doesn’t remember what he was wearing. A good reminder to talk with your kids about how to stay safe.

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