WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Hit-run driver injures pedestrian; neighbor interrupts catalytic-converter theft; more…

Four West Seattle Crime Watch notes so far today:

PEDESTRIAN HURT BY HIT-RUN DRIVER: The preliminary police summary says this happened at 42nd/Alaska in The Junction just before 7 am today. A woman in her early 50s, walking in a marked crosswalk, was hit by a driver who took off. She suffered a broken ankle and was taken to the hospital. A witness later called police with more information about the suspect vehicle, believed to be a black Kia Amanti with a license plate that begins with BYM. If you have any information, the incident number is 21-161387.


Someone was about 30 seconds from getting our catalytic converter from our Honda Element this morning just before 5 am. We live between Henderson and Barton on 34th. Our lovely neighbor was going to ask me what I was doing that was so loud, so early, and scared them off. SPD was interested in our videos, which I provided them.

At about 1:50 in, you’ll hear what the cutting tool sounds like. Police report # is 21-161330.

FOLLOWED: We heard a little about this via emergency radio just after midnight, and now have the police summary. A 911 caller said she was heading for the Southwest Precinct because someone was following her. That driver followed her into the precinct parking lot. Officers made contact with him and he claimed a man he had just met in a North Seattle bar asked him to follow her home. But, the report continues:

“… (his) story continued to change, and after finding out (he) had a suspended license and ignition interlock requirement (with no ignition interlock), officers asked (him) to exit his vehicle. Officers then observed a kitchen knife on the front driver’s seat, previously concealed under the suspect’s legs. (He) claimed to have been following the (victim) from the bar, but (she) stated she had been driving to her home in West Seattle from Burien. (The suspect) advised (police) he was a convicted felon, stemming from a stabbing murder. A wallet (with Washington driver license) not belonging to (the suspect) was seen inside the car, and later recovered with the (suspect’s) permission. (He was) arrested for DOL Suspended 1st Degree and Ignition Interlock Violation.”

We are still researching this one; the suspect is 43 and the murder case apparently dates back to when he was a juvenile.

GUNFIRE: If you thought you heard gunfire in southeast West Seattle around 5:40 am, this might be related. Police got a call about that time from someone in the 9400 block of 9th SW who heard suspected shots to the east. They found no evidence of gunfire in that area, but less than an hour later heard from someone near 7th and Trenton in South Park who had video of someone shooting out a car window. Officers found casings; no reported injuries.

13 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Hit-run driver injures pedestrian; neighbor interrupts catalytic-converter theft; more..."

  • JJ June 28, 2021 (2:34 pm)

    There are no words for the “Followed” incident. Thank God the victim had the wherewithal to drive to the police station. That is horrifying. 

    • sam-c June 28, 2021 (3:15 pm)

      Yes, that was horrifying to read.  Thank goodness that it turned out the way it did. Holy (*$&H

      • WSB June 28, 2021 (3:33 pm)

        Listening during part of that, before the dispatch updates stopped, the woman who was being followed stayed on the phone as she headed toward the precinct – they had officers dispatched before she even got there. Remember to call 911 if you can rather than going directly there because officers generally don’t wait around the building to be dispatched, they go from call to call. Even the watch commander may be out at a scene. – TR

    • HS June 28, 2021 (3:21 pm)


  • Ann June 28, 2021 (3:58 pm)

    These 3 stories need to be separated (undo the string) and posted individually on Crime Watch. Also need to post Amanda’s stolen Honda story from about a week ago

    • miws June 28, 2021 (7:24 pm)

      Ann, This makes two, stories that I’ve seen so far where you are directing WSB on how they should run their news site. Could you please list your journalistic qualifications? —Mike

    • Anne June 28, 2021 (10:34 pm)

      Why? I have no trouble reading these stories separately. WSB does a great job.

  • OneTimeCharley June 28, 2021 (5:20 pm)

    I bet Ann’s neighborhood blog is far superior. What is the web address for that stupendous blog with all the stories shown under their own headlines?

  • JK June 28, 2021 (5:35 pm)

    Agree with Ann! My initial thoughts too. The report on “Followed” is HORRIFIC and should NOT go unnoticed!

  • Kadoo June 28, 2021 (8:01 pm)

    That intersection is dangerous for pedestrians! I’ve almost gotten hit there twice by drivers turning left. 

  • anonyme June 29, 2021 (9:39 am)

    The “followed’ case is horrifying.  I don’t understand why the arrest itself had nothing to do with the fact that a convicted murderer was following a woman with a knife on the seat beside him.  I fear this means he’ll be out of jail in no time.

  • Jeff June 29, 2021 (3:11 pm)

    I’ve been almost hit at 42nd and Alaska than I can count. That intersection is one of the primary reasons I’m leaving The Junction. I wish they would put in a turn light or at least give pedestrians 5-10 seconds to cross before drivers like downtown. 

  • wseaturtle June 29, 2021 (5:08 pm)

    That looks like the same (2004?) Dodge Stratus that’s been hitting Elements and Prius’ in West Seattle, Search “catalyic” and see previous posts.  I see he has an accomplice this time.  If anyone knows where that Metalic silver/Gray Dodge Stratus lives please contact the police.  This scum has hit 5 cars in the area recently.  He must live nearby. Get him!!

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