CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUPS: Weekend gunfire, robbery

Early Saturday, we reported briefly on two incidents. Today, we obtained the report narratives:

SOUTH DELRIDGE GUNFIRE: This was reported at 16th/Trenton after 1 am, in connection with a reported gathering of about 20 people. A caller said someone wearing white pants had a gun tucked in his waistband. The officer who wrote the report arrived to find several people wearing white pants “standing on the sidewalk,” then walking away, while “yelling at SPD stating that the person that had fired the shot had already left the area.” None of them wanted to provide details or go on record as being a victim. “The group entered several parked cars and began to leave the area. A 45-cal shell casing was found in the roadway of 16 Av SW.” The report also notes that officers heard a car in the distance “driving at high speed,” then the sound of a collision, and evidence of a hit-run crash taking down a sign at 12th/Trenton, but no indication whether that was related.

JUNCTION ROBBERY: Just before midnight Friday night, officers responded to a report of a robbery at the Junction 7-11 (California/Erskine). The report clarifies that the store itself wasn’t robbed. The victim had been standing outside the store and told police he decided to clean the area, though he is not a store employee. He left his backpack by the store entrance while taking trash to a receptacle behind the store, and saw someone pick it up. He told that person to give it back. The thief refused, and then he and two people with him all took out pocket knives, the victim told police. They then got into a red, older-model, 4-door Cadillac with body damage and started to leave; the victim tried to open one of the car’s doors and was knocked down, but, he told police, unhurt. He described the three as “all black males in their teens … 16-19 years old, approximately 5’8”, and medium builds … the driver was wearing a white tank top (and the others) were wearing black pants and tops.” Police didn’t find the car or suspects. The backpack, in case you find one discarded, was black, JanSport brand, containing clothing and medication.

8 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUPS: Weekend gunfire, robbery"

  • Lisa October 12, 2020 (2:35 pm)

    It seems that wearing white after Labor Day might have been a good thing as it appears to have confused the police…

    • aRF October 12, 2020 (3:20 pm)

      I can get away with anything in seersucker during the fall.

    • momosmom October 12, 2020 (5:02 pm)

      I was going to say something like “oh how dare they wear white after Labor Day” but thought I’d be sneered at so thank you Lisa!        

    • Joseph October 12, 2020 (9:16 pm)

      Why would confused police after a potentiality-deadly shooting be a “good thing”? Some innocent residents nearby (like a child) could’ve been struck by those stray bullets. I don’t see anything funny about the incident, at all.

  • Chris Hoffman October 12, 2020 (3:40 pm)

    One of my neighbor’s grandkids found an additional shell casing across the street from my house on Trenton, between 16th and 15th. The casing has been turned over to the Police.

  • Balderdash October 12, 2020 (4:47 pm)

    Big crowd… nobody saw anything… we’re not talking….  Hasn’t that red cadillac been involved in other incidents?  Just curious. Pretty bold to have a trio pull knives in the junction 7/11.

  • spooled October 12, 2020 (8:46 pm)

    The police should have the authority to detain and question that entire group who “didn’t see anything” and are “just leaving”.  Yes, the victims and perpetrators have left the scene.  The people remaining know exactly who they are.  Does nobody remember their parents giving the “guilt by association” talk?!

  • anonyme October 13, 2020 (6:40 am)

    What each of these stories has in common is that neither contains a single credible witness.  It almost sounds like police may have been talking to the perps themselves…

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