CRIME WATCH: Arson suspect charged; gunfire incident; bicycle found

Three notes tonight:

(July 8)

ARSON SUSPECT CHARGED: A 35-year-old man is jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail, charged with arson and burglary, in the White Center fire that gutted a former funeral home almost two weeks ago. The full story is on our partner site White Center Now.

GUNFIRE INCIDENT: Several reports of “gunshots or fireworks?” over the weekend, but we found just one confirmed case of gunfire, early Sunday in South Delridge. Here’s the narrative we obtained from the police report:

The victim got into an argument at a local club with an acquaintance, the suspect. That suspect made a comment that the victim took as a threat. Later, on 7/19/2020 at about 0235 hours, the victim returned home (8600 block of Delridge Way SW) and was walking to her apartment. The victim observed a vehicle pull into the block being driven by the suspect. The suspect pointed a firearm at the victim and fired two shots before leaving the scene, then the victim called 911 to report the incident.

A spent shell casing was located in the street and collected as evidence. There were no reported injuries or property damage. The suspect was not located.

BICYCLE FOUND: Missing a green and black Specialized bicycle? Someone found one and posted in the WSB Community Forums.

14 Replies to "CRIME WATCH: Arson suspect charged; gunfire incident; bicycle found"

  • Gatewood July 20, 2020 (9:20 pm)

    I would really like to know what “Local Club” this started at.

    • WSB July 20, 2020 (9:22 pm)

      This is the entirety of the information we have. Have not heard from anyone involved, just caught the incident # while going through Tweets by Beat.

      • Gatewood July 20, 2020 (11:15 pm)

        Sorry, that wasn’t a shot at you.  You are great! I was just curious where the crowed that holds beef and settles with guns latter is hanging out these days. Thought commenters might have been around to answer.

  • ~Hockeywitch~ July 20, 2020 (10:33 pm)

    Man do I miss the “olden Days” when you had a problem with someone, you met up, threw a few punches at each other and either went off to hang out or called it a day with each other… Rather have a fist fight than a gun fight… so sad.

    • Brian July 21, 2020 (9:37 am)

      Cool story but wistful thinking for the olden days is not healthy or helpful. 

    • Bradley July 22, 2020 (5:04 pm)

      This wasn’t a “fight” or disagreement. This was a woman who was confronted at a nightclub miles away from West Seattle, denied the suspect’s advances, stalked, followed home, and nearly murdered. She’s only alive because her attacker was a bad shot, thank God.

  • Matt P July 20, 2020 (11:02 pm)

    Hearing a lot of fireworks tonight actually.  There’s no more celebrating the 4th excuse, so people need to cut it out.

    • Alf July 21, 2020 (8:07 am)

      Why should they stop with the fireworks why should they wear a maskwhy should they slow down on our neighborhood streetswhy shouldn’t they take the lower bridge versus the detoursthe sad answer is that there are some who feel entitled, the rules don’t apply to them, and no one in their lives have taught them responsibility and held them accountable cant blame their actions on the pandemic that is providing an excuse for bad behavior that I am confident is well engrained, the Me, Myself, and I syndrome 

      • Matt July 21, 2020 (8:21 am)

        Exactly, and with zero enforcement for any of those things, it won’t change. 

  • Lola July 21, 2020 (8:05 am)

    Everyone who thought they heard Gunshots on Sunday 7/19/20 at about 5 AM Near the WS Junction.  Other people commented that it was Fireworks that we heard. Not sure but I know that it woke me out of a sound sleep.  Just weird how 1/2 the people commenting said it sounded like gunshots.   

  • BJG July 21, 2020 (9:22 am)

    That 5AM series of blasts echoed across the valley west of the Junction, unlike all the fireworks we’ve had in July and we’ve had plenty.  My vote is for gunfire. Cannon shots?

  • Lola July 22, 2020 (8:57 am)

    More Explosions last night at 11:55 PM July 21st.  Woke us out of a sound sleep.  Sounded like it was right over our house at 50th & Alaska.  My husband even thought it sounded like a gun shot.  Maybe it is a new type of Fireworks or maybe they are making their own explosive devices?  We know of course no police will respond or look into the matter. 

    • WSB July 22, 2020 (9:43 am)

      Last night around midnight there was another power problem in The Junction. But if you think you hear gunshots, YES, CALL 911, THEY DO RRESPOND. I sit here by the scanner and hear the dispatches all the time, not just in West Seattle (our scanner has the other precincts’ frquencies too). How do you think they for example found the shell casing in the incident listed above? CALL 911.

  • Lola July 22, 2020 (12:02 pm)

    So the sound might have been the Power problem in the Junction?  Our bedroom faces towards the West so it sounded like it came from that way, but I know sounds can be deceiving around there.  Did other people say that they heard the sound last night?  Just weird how often these things are happening now. Thank you

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