Three notes in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:

WARRANT: Several people have asked about this; the SWAT officers in High Point this afternoon were there to serve a warrant. No other details yet.

PROWLER: From Brian west of The Junction:

Caught someone looking through windows and trying to open our front door today. Near 47th and Alaska. Reported to police and they came by about 15 mins later to check on the house. He went North. Please post video.

The incident # is 19-451485.

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33 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 3 notes"

  • helpermonkey December 6, 2019 (3:28 pm)

    do these dummies not realize a high number of people have security or doorbell cams now? 

    • Erithan December 6, 2019 (3:58 pm)

      I think it’s more they know they won’t get in trouble, or if they do they’ll be back out right away. ><

    • Mk December 6, 2019 (5:21 pm)

      I think cameras are worthless at preventing crime. It’s a reactionary tool that can catch thieves after the fact. Thieves may be caught and be out of jail soon as we have seen before or may never be caught. 

    • Mk December 6, 2019 (5:27 pm)

      People have to know they are on camera because of years of news reports or security signs, or seeing the ring camera by the door.. and they still steal the package. Smh

  • Lola December 6, 2019 (3:54 pm)

    Were you home when this happened?  Scary to say the least I am west of you on Alaksa. 

  • dsa December 6, 2019 (4:00 pm)

    That is odd behavior.

  • Brian December 6, 2019 (4:46 pm)

    No one was home.  Got the notification on my phone while at work.  I think a weak cell signal was preventing me from talking through the nest camera.  Very odd behavior, almost like he was high?

    • Angela December 7, 2019 (8:30 am)

      Brian, I live 3 houses north of you. He was looking into our yard and acting strangely as well. He was scared away by my large dog barking at him. 

  • R December 6, 2019 (5:19 pm)

    I am fairly certain this is the same person I saw standing on the corner of 47th & Alaska about 10:45 this morning. I was walking along 47th across the street from him, and he just stood in one place the whole time I could see him. It seemed to me at the time that he was high.

  • Brenda December 6, 2019 (6:01 pm)

    That is one weird dude. I’d be pissed if he came into my property. 

  • Also John December 6, 2019 (6:32 pm)

    He’s not operating on all cylinders.

    He’s definatley on something that’s seriously messing him up.

  • Alki resident December 6, 2019 (7:24 pm)

    Absolutely bizarre. 

  • Admiral Resident December 6, 2019 (8:54 pm)

    Yes, this man is trespassing. Yes, he’s violating the homeowner’s privacy. However, my immediate response was one of pity. It’s very sad to see this man looking so despondent, desperate, and confused.

    For someone to have so few options that they have to resort to this type of behavior…it just breaks my heart. I’d like to believe he’s wrestling with his conscience and, in the end, chose to walk away, but I suppose we’ll never know.

    • Norman December 7, 2019 (7:50 am)

      While it might be easy to pity him as you know very little about him besides his obvious dazed state, I’m sure the West Seattle lady who awoke to a stranger standing over her in bed at night would have a different tune to this sort of behavior in our neighborhood.

      • Normal December 7, 2019 (10:27 am)

        While it may be easy to assume the West Seattle lady who awoke to find the stranger standing above her bed felt no pity for him, she might just in fact have… 

        • WSB December 7, 2019 (11:30 am)

          That case, by the way, is still making its way toward trial – current start date, next month. The defendant has gone through at least one round of Western State Hospital treatment to restore competency.

        • Mildred December 8, 2019 (1:29 pm)

          No Normal- I can assure you- anyone who wakes to find a stranger in their bedroom is feeling pure terror- not pity. 

          • Naughty1 December 9, 2019 (10:52 am)

            What about Santy Claus? 

  • anonyme December 7, 2019 (7:11 am)

    He could be high, but he also has the demeanor of many schizophrenics who are continually distracted by the voices in their heads.  At times he appears to be listening to something, and perhaps even talking back. 

  • Friend O'Dinghus December 7, 2019 (8:28 am)

    Keep on keeping on Admiral Resident. It is difficult beyond measure to see the better angels among ourselves, but it is so important to stop and see the full picture. Like you, I am not excusing his actions, but without proper context, and the willingness to even look for it, then in some ways we are all equally lost. The phrase brother’s keeper comes to mind. It’s not always enough to simply remove the thief/trespasser/drug addled as the underlying cause(s) simply create more misery elsewhere. What did that guy say about helping people break the cycle; help them fill the potholes (psychologically/spiritually/financially) that they are unable to move beyond, and the unredeemable are often suddenly redeemed. That’s the hard part though, huh?

  • Mj December 7, 2019 (9:17 am)

    Admiral Resident I disagree with your assessment.  There are plentiful job opportunities available at the moment, historic low unemployment.  

    • The boss December 7, 2019 (10:43 am)

      Does this man look employable to you? 

      • Alki resident December 7, 2019 (11:23 am)

        What does employable look like?

        • The boss December 7, 2019 (11:48 am)

          I don’t see a porch pirate here just another mentally ill citizen the state can’t afford to help. 

    • waikikigirl December 7, 2019 (3:47 pm)

      But if he is mentally incapable to hold a job than what good is our low unemployment rate going to do for him?

  • Jeffrey December 7, 2019 (11:55 am)

    I don’t know if I see a crime committed. It’s not illegal to go knock on somebody’s door. Turning the door knob may be another story but you can’t see from the video exactly what he did. Alarming yes, but the last time I had a case like this the judge found no probable cause to arrest.

    • Brooke December 7, 2019 (4:15 pm)

      Jeffery, you can see he tries to open the door when he returns back to the porch. What if the door had been unlocked? Who knows what would have happened next. It’s not about “crime” it’s about safety for the owners and that individual. 

    • Brian December 7, 2019 (5:04 pm)

      We have an interior camera too, you can clearly hear him attempt to open the door.  This is trespassing with clear intent.  

      • Jethro Marx December 7, 2019 (8:12 pm)

        I don’t think anything is clear about his actions, although he seems like he ain’t gonna bring any good news to your house. You’re going to have to decide if you are claiming a crime was committed or if he is just freaking you out. It’s funny- if you didn’t have that intermittently-functioning doorbell camera, none of us would be concerned, what? He kinda looks like he may be wondering if he lives there? Or he wants to break in but forgot how? He certainly seems to have forgotten how to open the gate; at any rate, if you want to be successful, whether as a criminal or law-abider, don’t do drugs, kids. Especially opiates, or whatever this dude’s on.

  • TM7302 December 7, 2019 (9:32 pm)

    I look forward to reading crime watch, the give and take is so entertaining

  • anonyme December 8, 2019 (7:27 am)

    My impression is that this guy is mentally ill and needs help.  That doesn’t mean he’s not dangerous; things could go either way.  His demeanor is eerily similar to that of Ian Stawicki, whom I met on the day of his killing spree.

  • Mildred December 8, 2019 (12:24 pm)

    I don’t see him as nearly high as other posters- I just see an opportunist slowly considering his next moves. He goes to the door, no one home, goes back to the gate, no one around, goes back and tries the door, keeps pausing to think about how far to take it.. probably high, but not wasted- motor function fairly normal. I am confident he wants to steal or breach. 

  • M December 11, 2019 (9:18 pm)

    I live on the other side of Alaska and our home was broken into through a backyard kitchen window in August, so this concerns me out on multiple levels. It feels like the Junction area is getting prowled a lot more lately. Keep an eye out, everyone.

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