WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Reader report – assault alert

Received via email:

Warning for females working in West Seattle.

Intended Sexual assault incident occurred on Thursday, December 5th at approximately 9:30 am on the 6500 block of California Ave SW.

Suspect is 6’2/4” in height, physically fit, approx mid-40s, African American, balding and has worn baseball caps at times. Targets shorter, Caucasian women in their place of business or in parking lots.

Has not been caught at this time but there is an active investigation to find him. If you have had any suspicions of this person or have photos, please contact the West Seattle police. People coming forward is one of the main ways he is being tracked and will be caught.

The Southwest Precinct number is 206-733-9800.

EDITOR’S NOTE, JANUARY 13: We tried repeatedly to verify with police that an investigation was under way. They were unable to. And then finally we were told this turned out to be a hoax. Publishing it without evidence of a police report was a departure from our usual policy so we apologize for that.

16 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Reader report - assault alert"

  • Alki resident December 10, 2019 (7:38 pm)

    I wonder if he lives in the circle apartments. 

    • Joe December 12, 2019 (3:49 pm)

      Why would you think that????

  • Memah December 11, 2019 (6:13 am)

    Per the info included in the post, it sounds like there may have been other incidents involving this man (it references he targets places of work and parking lots). Are there any additional details as to when and where these other incidents occurred? 

  • Femalepro December 11, 2019 (6:28 am)

    Did he enter your business? What time of day? 

  • HS December 11, 2019 (9:27 am)

    Thank you for the alert. Watching out for: Suspect is 6’2/4” in height, physically fit, approx mid-40s, African American, balding and has worn baseball caps at times”.

  • momof3boys December 11, 2019 (10:03 am)

    Was there a police report made? 

    • WSB December 11, 2019 (11:23 am)

      The OP said that police are working on it. As sexual-assault-related cases don’t go into Tweets by Beat, which is my only source for incident #’s since SPD’s online report public search has been down for months, I don’t have a #.

  • kj December 11, 2019 (10:45 am)

    Was it  “9:30 A.M.?” like  the article says? DAYLIGHT???

  • Sillygoose December 11, 2019 (11:06 am)

    This description fits a guy on ring neighborhood video, that has since been removed!  He tried entering the house then stood in yard until cars passes then went back to door to try it again. this all happened  during the day time.

  • SillyGoose December 11, 2019 (3:23 pm)

    Yes, he was on my ring video alert.  His actions are so odd and scary!!  Do you think he fits the description?

  • JH December 12, 2019 (10:12 am)

    Big police presence around 8 am on the west side of Gatewood Elementary this morning. Any chance that is related to this guy?

    • WSB December 12, 2019 (10:57 am)

      No idea. People are asking us about this now; wish someone had texted at the time, I’m not seeing an incident # yet for anything in that area (which is vital for following up if we don’t get word of something in progress) but will continue watching.

  • Ruth December 14, 2019 (6:38 pm)

    Where did this info come from? The police? How would they know who he targets? Thank you. 

  • Babs December 22, 2019 (8:28 am)

    Is there any further information on this?  Did a police report no. ever become available?  Is that system still down?  Even if it’s still down, wouldn’t the police station have a report?  Thank you.

    • WSB December 22, 2019 (9:15 am)

      I asked SPD media relations this past week to try to help track this down. So far, they have not found anything, so without an incident #, which no one has yet provided, there’s no other way to corroborate. It’s not a matter of the report system being “down” – report numbers are still published, but with a couple of certain types excluded, primarily sexual assaults.

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