WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen-car crash; mail theft; robbery investigation

ORIGINAL 7:42 PM REPORT: Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes tonight:

STOLEN VEHICLE FOUND … ON ITS SIDE: On Sunday, we published Jim‘s report of his family’s stolen CR-V. It was found early this morning … after this crash:

Whoever was driving the car when it crashed near 34th and 97th in Arbor Heights subsequently bolted. Arlene sent the photo and said the driver was described as “a young man” wearing a black ski mask, blue jacket, and jeans. We confirmed with Jim tonight that it was indeed his CR-V, totaled. A parked car was reported to have been damaged too.

MAIL THEFT: From Kelly: “Mail theft from 22nd Ave between Thistle and Trenton. All mailboxes were opened including multiple locked boxes. I had a package stolen.”

ADDED 8:14 PM – ROBBERY INVESTIGATION: Police are north of The Junction right now investigating a reported street robbery near Holy Rosary. Officers have told dispatch that they’re looking for three suspects, Black men 18-22, all about 6′ and thin, all wearing face coverings and blue jeans, one in a white shirt, one with a black handgun, all of whom got away in a metallic blue 4-door sedan. No details so far on the robbery victim, circumstances, or what was taken.

ADDED 10:18 AM TUESDAY: Just got the report narrative on the robbery:

XXXX stated that she was walking from her home in the 4500 block of 40 Av SW to the restaurant located at 41XX California Av SW. She stated she was walking northbound in the 4400 block of 42 Av SW when an unknown year, make, model, four-door sedan, metallic blue in color traveling southbound on 42 Av SW suddenly pulled up next to her. XXXXXX believed the vehicle was stopping to pick up a possible [ride-share] customer.

XXXXX stated three Black males, 18-22 years old, 6-0, thin build, all wearing blue jeans exited the vehicle and surrounded her. She stated one male was wearing a white T-shirt and armed with a black handgun. XXXXXX stated this male pointed the handgun at her head and stated, “XXXXXXXXXX” XXXXXX advised she was terrified and clung to the purse. She stated the males were stronger than her and ripped the purse from her grasp. XXXXX advised that her identification, credit cards and cell phone were inside of the tan rounded purse. … XXXXX advised she was not injured from the robbery. She stated the suspects left southbound in a vehicle on 42 Av SW. An area check for the suspects and vehicle was negative.

The X’s are what was redacted by SPD before the narrative was provided in response to our request.

11 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen-car crash; mail theft; robbery investigation"

  • Alki resident November 16, 2020 (9:04 pm)

    The armed robbery isn’t too far from the recent car jacking. 

  • HS November 16, 2020 (11:07 pm)

    Does anyone know if the gang division of the police has been affected by budget changes? It really seems like we are having an uptick in crime / vehicle theft by youth.

    • N November 17, 2020 (12:13 am)

      I have the same impression. I’ve tried to speak with anyone in the gang unit for over a year and no response. No answer when I call, no return of voicemails, no return of emails, no response from online reports.

  • Lljhg November 17, 2020 (3:27 am)

    Does anyone know if there’s a gofundme for the owner of the Honda? The last article mentioned they have young children and won’t get much from insurance to replace it.  Would love to contribute to help this family Get back on the road. 

  • Junction Lady November 17, 2020 (6:46 am)

    More information regarding STREET ROBBERY!  This is alarming to say the least.  

    • WSB November 17, 2020 (8:57 am)

      I have a request in for the report. Sometimes we get a fast response on those requests, but yesterday it was 14 hours, so can’t promise how soon we’ll get the info.

    • WSB November 17, 2020 (10:18 am)

      Update: Just got the narrative. Adding above.

  • Tori November 17, 2020 (8:14 am)

    Yes- for the Honda family- I’d like to help them get new car seats too. Not a hardship they were expecting I’m sure. I have 2 little ones myself.

  • AR November 17, 2020 (11:30 am)

    I initially posted this on our Arbor Heights Nextdoor website and I 
    just let the owners of the car know that there are 2 kind neighbors
    offering to help with the purchase of the car seats (and I sent them
    this link). Kudos to both of you!

  • Alex S. November 17, 2020 (12:32 pm)

    The free-for-all our city council helped to create hurts ALL of us.  Insurance premiums for car owners, bicyclists, homeowners, renters, small business owners, retail….. will all certainly jump after this year; shoplifting & auto theft are now official Seattle sports, and violent, repeat criminals who use guns are released shortly after they are booked.  Meanwhile, we have an emboldened activist class who won’t stop until all the jails are emptied, the parks become full of junkies, and all gun-slinging 17-year olds get a big hug.  It’s a great time to be a predator in Seattle.

  • Mrs. A November 17, 2020 (11:26 pm)

    Hello all – We are the Honda family.  :)We want to thank everyone for their well-wishes and offers to help out. We just wanted to let everyone know that we have a secondary vehicle, and are luckily working from home right now, so we only need one car.  Other West Seattle families could probably use more help than us – perhaps the food bank or the Concord Families Rent Assistance Program?  https://www.gofundme.com/f/6jusy-concord-families-rent-assistance?utm_medium=email&utm_source=product&utm_campaign=p_email_m_pd-5311-donation-receipt-wp-v5&utm_content=internal Please know that we will be fine.  We feel very fortunate to have such nice neighbors and are so glad we live here!  It’s an example of how amazing West Seattle-ites can be!   Thank you!

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