WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Helicopter helps police arrest suspect in Highland Park

9:45 PM: If you’re noticing the law-enforcement helicopter Guardian One over the Highland Park Way hill, here’s what’s going on: Police are searching for a “felony warrant suspect” last seen near HP Way and West Marginal Way SW, and asked if the helicopter could help. We don’t know the suspect’s name, description, or warrant details.

10:04 PM: Suspect in custody. We’ll follow up tomorrow to see if we can find out who he is and what the warrant’s for. (added) Officers just told the helicopter crew it was a warrant for robbery.

11:39 PM: Guardian One has published video of the search and arrest:

Medics were called for the suspect after he was in custody, and the video appears to show why.

ADDED FRIDAY: The suspect is 41 years old and wanted in Kansas.

19 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Helicopter helps police arrest suspect in Highland Park"

  • somedongus April 30, 2020 (9:54 pm)

    I live at 10th and Thistle, just heard 5-6 distant gunshots in rapid succession

    • WSB April 30, 2020 (10:01 pm)

      That’s a different call. Reported from the ~8700 block 16th SW. No shooting going on with this call, just the helicopter trying to help police get this suspect… sounds like they may have him.

      • Nikki April 30, 2020 (10:06 pm)

        Any info on the shooting? Super close to home, and the reason I just checked the blog. Thanks!!!

        • WSB April 30, 2020 (11:38 pm)

          Police were talking to someone near 16th and Roxbury but I don’t know if they ever found evidence of gunfire. Again, totally unrelated to this incident.

      • Wst April 30, 2020 (10:12 pm)

        Any update on the shots fired?

      • somedongus April 30, 2020 (10:20 pm)

        oh gee,  that’s comforting, thanks

    • Rnrn April 30, 2020 (10:08 pm)

      Heard same over at 18th&henderson not so distant 

  • dwb April 30, 2020 (10:02 pm)

    Apparently not related, but at precisely 9:52 I heard 5-6 handgun shots clear as day a block away from me, by the intersection of 16th + Trenton. I called it in, and dispatch said someone also called for the same. No sirens so far. 

  • DarlaG April 30, 2020 (10:06 pm)

    We live on Othello off HPW and helicopter has been over us quite awhile. Also have had cops in cars searching streets. 

  • Janelle April 30, 2020 (10:08 pm)

    If they have him why are they still looking? Helicopter just stopped and now sirens.

  • TM7302 April 30, 2020 (10:09 pm)

    SFD from Station 11 just departed and sounds as if they’re heading south…

  • Alki resident April 30, 2020 (11:55 pm)

    I can’t say enough about our K-9, they really rock. Thanks to our police who try to clean up our streets no thanks to the court system. 

  • Dan May 1, 2020 (12:01 am)

    Any way we can find out which K9 this was? 

    • WW Resident May 1, 2020 (3:02 am)

      Why do you ask? 

    • SPDFan May 3, 2020 (4:15 pm)

      What an odd question to ask. Why would you need that information?

  • Friend O'Dinghus May 1, 2020 (6:15 am)

    Thank you SPD and King County Sheriffs Office! Much love to all the men and women, in this and every other capacity, who put their lives on the line every single day for our community. Nothing can stop us if we all pull in the same direction, so never forget that criminals suck; misery creators suck. Their impact must be minimalized in every way; at every turn….and its never-ending, so grab ahold and pull like there’s no tomorrow.

  • Wsresident May 1, 2020 (7:41 am)

    We definitely seem to have an uptick of gang activity every spring. It’s this some common I initiation period or something? I swear I’ve been here 14 years and EVERY spring around this time, shootings, shots fired, had a drive by on my street a few years ago. Always when the weather gets nicer.

    • WSB May 1, 2020 (10:24 am)

      No gang activity mentioned here. The guy’s warrant was from Kansas (will be updating the story shortly) and he’s 41 years old.

  • momof3boys May 1, 2020 (9:06 am)

    Thank you SPD and KCSO. Another bad-guy off the streets.

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