WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Robbery, burglary cases turn violent; hate-crime followup

In West Seattle Crime Watch:

SHOPLIFTING-TURNED-ROBBERY CASE: When a case of shoplifting – or other theft – turns violent or threatening, it becomes a robbery case. That’s what happened around 7 am today at the Westwood Village QFC. According to the preliminary police report, store security tried to stop a man who took items without paying; he punched a security guard in the face and left the store. Police found and arrested him nearby.

SUSPECT ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING OFFICERS: This happened Tuesday afternoon but it took us a while to get the report so we could follow up on the suspects’ status. Police arrested a man and woman suspected of breaking into a house in the 4100 block of 39th SW. They were both arrested nearby, reportedly after going into another house. After being detained, police say, the woman hit one officer in the face and kicked another in the groin, twice. Both suspects were taken to jail, where records show they were released one day later. Neither appears to have a record.

HATE-CRIME FOLLOWUP: We’ve answered several readers’ questions about a West Seattle case mentioned briefly in coverage of the recent police report that anti-Asian hate crimes are on the rise, so in case you wondered too: The case in which a suspect is reported to have told a woman “go back to your country” is this one, in which, as we reported in January, 35-year-old Lloyd C. Hill was charged with robbery and hate crime for a series of incidents on the east side of The Junction. Checking the case file today, we discovered that Hill was found incompetent last month and sent to Western State Hospital for up to 90 days in an attempt to restore competency so he can stand trial.

14 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Robbery, burglary cases turn violent; hate-crime followup"

  • David March 5, 2021 (1:18 pm)

    Both suspects were taken to jail, where records show they were released one day later. Neither appears to have a record.”

    They do now!

    • Bob March 5, 2021 (2:34 pm)

      Don’t hold your breathe

  • Alex S. March 5, 2021 (1:55 pm)

    We keep hearing from Seattle criminals’ apologists & enablers that these property crimes are benign – that they are petty, non-violent and that “insurance will pay for it”  Well, just ask the officers who are now assaulted more often while arresting perps (now known as victims) while they are literally in the act of committing crimes.  And just ask local store security staff that are violently attacked by Seattle’s entitled shoplifter class who convert their stolen goods to drugs, furthering the perpetual cycle of shootings and gang violence.      Unless our city attorney and municipal/district court judges start doing their jobs and these repeat offenders are actually forced to be accountable for their crimes, violence and gunfire in Seattle will continue to spike upward. 

  • anonyme March 5, 2021 (2:36 pm)

    I always thought assaulting an officer was a pretty serious crime.  No more!  Perps out in 24 hours.  Punched in the face, kicked in the groin, defunded, and treated with disrespect all around.  Why would anyone want to be a cop?

  • Jim P. March 5, 2021 (3:01 pm)

    Westwood Village is turning into quite the welcoming facility for the morally challenged.  One no longer has to go downtown to find the fun and excitement of burglaries, robberies, panhandling and sundry other quaint practices.Wasn’t there supposed to be a permanent presence of SPD indicated some time back?

  • flimflam March 5, 2021 (3:12 pm)

    So much shoplifting going on, just boldly walking out with armfuls or carts full of stuff as if there is no concern for consequence.

    • BigB March 6, 2021 (9:25 pm)

      Unless you’re Tim Eyman.

  • Junction Lady March 5, 2021 (4:21 pm)

    More disturbing evidence that we need some quality leadership in this town.

  • Bradley March 5, 2021 (6:36 pm)

    This Catch and Release program is ridiculous. 

    • Seriously March 5, 2021 (8:51 pm)

      Yeah I’m soooo sick of this.  Please everyone, as soon as we possibly can we have absolutely got to change the leadership in this city.  This is getting so bad and these clowns do not care. 

  • Dan March 5, 2021 (10:19 pm)

    Such a sad mess our community has become. I feel bad for the cops who do the best to serve and protect their community only to have the court system make their efforts a lost cause 

  • Tom Collick March 6, 2021 (9:45 am)

    Things are a bit odd  these day with COVID and political issues. But SPRING is on the way.. 

    • WSB March 6, 2021 (10:31 am)

      Exactly two weeks to go.

  • Peterbilt March 6, 2021 (5:57 pm)

    I don’t understand how you assault an officer, steal from houses, and are still released within 24h. That’s awful for the community. I’m new to WS, from another major city, but this seems like bad crime, and bad legal system. Cops did their job, risked their safety, and the offenders are released?! Defund, politics aside, I don’t understand how there is no accountability?! Where are Durkin and Lisa on this?

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