WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Safety petition after garage attack

ORIGINAL REPORT, SUNDAY AFTERNOON: A woman says she was attacked in The Whittaker‘s garage and has started an online petition to ask the property management to increase security. Her story has been circulating on social media and the victim, Hillary, sent it to us early today:

I was in Whole Foods parking garage at 9:30 am Tuesday. A woman approached me very quickly mumbling something. I stopped like huh? She grabbed my purse and began punching me in the face about 5x. I tried to get my purse; she ripped my keys out of my hand, and I realized she was trying to take my car. I tried to stop her but she began hitting me in the back of the head with my keys. There were 3 women and a man that saw the whole thing but did not intervene. She took off in my car with my purse. The cops came but I was kind of out of it and left to try to track my phone. They never even marked my car as stolen despite that I called police later and asked if they needed more info or what was my incident #? Just no help and transferred to non-emergency line and nobody ever picked up. I called WF and they said there’s no cameras in the garage.

Hillary said she later found her car herself, near the truck stop/gas station at Detroit SW and 1st South. Her online petition is directed to Kimco, the current managers of The Whittaker’s retail spaces, and Whole Foods, the largest commercial tenant; the petition page says in part, “I definitely think that we as a community need to let large profitable companies know that they need to do more to protect their customers and clients.”

ADDED MONDAY AFTERNOON: The police media-relations office was able to find the report for us, though we couldn’t find an incident number (as noted in comments below). Here’s how the officer wrote the report (names were redacted by the media office before the narrative was provided to us):

I was dispatched to investigate a carjacking incident which took place in a parking lot located 47XX Fauntleroy WY SW.

This call came out as:


Upon arrival, I observed witnesses with the victim who appeared to be very agitated. I tried to speak with the victim, who per dispatch was identified as XXXXXX, however, XXXXXX did not want any police assistance.

I noticed that XXXXXX had some redness on her nose, but I could not verify if that was a result of an assault. XXXXXX kept on saying “XXX took my car.”

As I attempted to investigate the incident by questioning XXXXXX, XXXXXX decided to leave the scene without providing me with any information.

I could not verify if the suspect had permission to drive XXXXXX’S vehicle.

Due to the lack of information I was unable to determine if there was probable cause to arrest the unknown suspect. XXXXXX had stated that her bag and cell phone were in the vehicle.

I spoke with two witnesses regarding the incident. The first witness identified as XXXXX, stated that he observed XXXXXX and the suspect exchanging punches. XXXXX stated that it appeared that the two parties knew each other, but he could not say for sure. XXXXX stated that the suspect entered the vehicle and drove away.

I spoke with the second witness identified as XXXXXX, who stated that XXXXXX had been in a yoga class with her, and they were walking to their cars in the garage when the incident occurred. XXXXXX stated that she observed when the suspect approached them from the garage elevators, and upon reaching XXXXXX began to assault her. XXXXXX stated that she was afraid to intervene and because it all happened so fast, she was not able to get a better description of the suspect. XXXXXX stated that the suspect entered the vehicle and drove away.

The incident is classified “suspicious circumstances” in the SPD system, incident # 21-290889. P.S. Hillary described the woman as “white, 5’7”, about 170 lbs, brown hair pulled back, in sweat pants.” The archived radio exchanges we listened to last night added the details of purple sweatshirt and black pants, apparently from the witnesses.

86 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Safety petition after garage attack"

  • bill November 7, 2021 (2:51 pm)

    Four witnesses didn’t help? What is wrong with people?

  • StupidinSeattle November 7, 2021 (3:10 pm)

    Lisa Herbold, Teresa Mosqueda- are you reading these posts about crime in the community that you live in?  What can you as our elected city officials do about it?

    • Ice November 7, 2021 (5:20 pm)

      What do you suggest they do? Any bright ideas?

      • John P. November 7, 2021 (9:04 pm)

        How about hire more cops so they can do their job! How about enforce stricter  laws so crack heads and criminals don’t just walk so freely among the public just tying to buy some groceries! How about hold themselves accountable  and other city officials that turn thier eye to crime? How about start arresting all the riff raff that litter this city doing petty crimes! Hey Ice, the regular citizens of Seattle are tired of the Bull***T………DO SOMETHING! 

        • Sociologistonboard November 8, 2021 (7:32 am)

          There’s no evidence that arrest and incarceration reduce this problem. Housing, supportive housing, drug treatment, and mental healthcare do. 

        • Jay November 8, 2021 (1:28 pm)

          The cops didn’t even bother to file a report on the stolen car. How can more police solve that problem? We need reform, not blank checks.

    • AmateurPoliticians November 7, 2021 (7:18 pm)

      Literally just need to copy what is working in other cities like Stockholm or if you must, Singapore. Even London works better.

      • Ice November 7, 2021 (8:53 pm)

        I’m sorry, but crime has been going up in those cities since 2020 as well. Until 2020, crime was largely on the downtrend nation-wide (and in Seattle too), but the pandemic has changed that trend to an upswing. Our justice system in this city and state isn’t great by any means, but I really don’t think one or two local politician will be able to do much about a global trend.

        • Normally I'm the cynic November 7, 2021 (11:47 pm)

          No one is asking them to. 

          • Smoosh November 8, 2021 (10:54 am)

            Read closed.  About every third commenter, sometimes half, on the crime posts rails about how the city council is responsible for and the mayors office needs to fix this problem that due to the posters sell willed myopia leads them to believe homelessness and pandemic related tension are somehow due to local politics.one guy on this thread called out Herbold and Mosqueda specifically. 

  • Tim P November 7, 2021 (3:23 pm)

    There is a real drug element around WF.  Weed smokers at 6 AM. Seen people sleeping in the garage. The homeless hanging out near the fountain.  It just gets better and better around here.  

    • Sick of it November 7, 2021 (7:15 pm)

      People smoking weed and/or sleeping is a far cry from someone assaulting someone. Theres people smoking pot all over the city outdoors, and in the past couple years sleeping too. Sure, the homeless dont look good if you are someone who could never imagine yourself in that situation, (fun fact- if you dont have a personal safety net its easier than you think. And not all homeless are drug addicts or mentally ill bums). The homeless are a symptom, not a cause.NIMBYism irritates me.

      • 🤦‍♂️ November 7, 2021 (7:42 pm)

        Do you know smoking pot outside is illegal? So is smoking pot if under 21. You’d never know it but looking around or by the smell almost everywhere. I don’t care if people smoke pot just do it legally. Enforcing laws may not turn our city in to paradise but it would be alot better than it is currently.

        • K November 7, 2021 (9:07 pm)

          Ever break the law or are you just upset when people break the ones you like?

        • KH November 10, 2021 (8:08 am)

          Pretty f-ed up that homeless people can be criminalized for smoking weed in this city, since being homeless= no access to private property. Also it’s not illegal to smoke weed outside, it’s illegal to smoke weed outside of private property. Maybe read the law.

      • bill November 7, 2021 (8:32 pm)

        If you ride a bike you realize (smell) there are lots of people smoking pot in cars. Impaired driving is borderline assault.

        • Smoosh November 8, 2021 (10:57 am)

          Another way to say ‘borderline assault’ is to say ‘nothing happened’ so why should we be worried. Like ‘I almost didn’t see you’ = ‘I see you’. 

  • newnative November 7, 2021 (3:34 pm)

    I really hope you got assessed for a concussion. the whole story sounds terrible. 

  • StopCuttingDownTrees November 7, 2021 (3:44 pm)

    Just to let you know, I would have GLADLY helped you fight off your attacker and hold them for police. Shame on those 4 careless witnesses.

  • anonyme November 7, 2021 (3:45 pm)

    Unbelievable.  Passive witnesses, unresponsive cops, an underground parking garage with no cameras (??!!!).   You’d think an assault and carjacking would deserve a bit more action.  People love to badmouth lawyers, but as security and common sense seem to mean nothing to these corporations, perhaps a very hefty lawsuit is the only way to get their attention.  Hillary, I’m sorry this happened to you.  How horrifying, especially having people stand there and watch.

    • Mike November 7, 2021 (4:42 pm)

      unresponsive cops…. Or severe lack of resources.  To the victim, Hillary, please do file a report online to SPD and get it on file.  It happened on private property, you can lawyer up and go after the property owner and city for creating unsafe conditions.  Sorry to hear about this, shouldn’t happen, ever.  I always was against conceal carry, and I grew up with firearms all my life, until I was harassed and threatened numerous times the past few years.  If you’re open to it, there are classes that cover the legal aspects of conceal carry, how to safely carry, firearms training and situational awareness.  If not, I’d recommend at least carrying pepper gel and have it in your hand and at the ready as you are going places you’re not comfortable.  Another option is a high lumen metal flashlight with thumb actuated on/off, like Streamlight.  Not only can it blind an attacker, you can jam it into the attacker and force a bone to break or more.  Whatever you need, protect yourself and your family.  You might want to reach out to a therapist too to talk about it and keep yourself in a good place mentally.

      • bill November 7, 2021 (8:36 pm)

        Oh get real. If the criminal could wrestle the victim’s keys away she could get the gun as well. You must never have experienced being taken by surprise.

  • Terry November 7, 2021 (4:08 pm)

    The gutless witnesses in this attack should be ashamed of themselves 

  • Rob November 7, 2021 (4:19 pm)

    IDK, this sounds a little suspicious, sorry.  The police came, she was there with them – in person- , but “wandered off” and didn’t get an incident # and the car wasn’t reported stolen…by the police who responded? ….This story just isn’t adding up.  

    • JOAN LABRIOLA November 7, 2021 (10:06 pm)

      yes, as a former 911 dispatcher I thought the same thing.  The story does not add up.   As soon as I read it my BS meter lit up.  I know woke Seattle loves bashing cops, but COME ON.   I don’t know a single police officer who would not take a genuine assault/robbery/car theft seriously.

    • AMD November 7, 2021 (11:13 pm)

      I have definitely interacted with police who decided my issue wasn’t worth their time and wouldn’t write up a report.  For threats, etc.  It’s the exception, not the rule, but I find this 100% believable based on my own experience.  Every workplace in the world has people who are bad at their jobs, and police departments are no exception.

      • Michael McCormick November 8, 2021 (7:33 am)

        I have to say my BS alarm went off when I read this story too. In addition to issues noted by Rob, Joan and AMD, I’m trying to figure out the odds of finding your car yourself 5 miles away. That beggars belief. My $0.02.

        • WSB November 8, 2021 (11:31 am)

          To the last point, this is far from the only time we’ve heard from car-theft victims finding their own car. Sometimes by looking around the blocks nearby, sometimes outside West Seattle (White Center, South Park findings come to mind).

          • Rick-WS November 8, 2021 (12:24 pm)

            I’m in total agreement with Tracy.    Plenty of times,  my neighbors, included where victims of car theft find their own cars.   Tracy has published many incidences in past articles.

        • Hillary November 13, 2021 (12:50 pm)

          Yes I did find my own car! It was completely by chance. I hadn’t left my house since the attack except to purchase a new phone. My good friend was going to lend me her car while she was out of town. She picked me up and as we were driving to her house in white center we passed by Shrees gas station next to that encampment n low n behold there was my car. It was crazy to me to that we just happened to drive past it. If you don’t believe me I can have my friend that was with hop on here n verify this is in fact the truth. Thanks 

    • Hillary November 13, 2021 (11:57 pm)

      ur not getting the story here. 1. I told dispatch the make model year n description of my car when the cop showed up I said I wanted to track my phone I did not say I didn’t be want them to look for it. I figured since I told dispatch that they had the info they needed. Apparently I was supposed to sign something but I didn’t know that I don’t get my car stolen everyday n had been repeatedly hit in the head. I found my own car by chance next to a homeless encampment wasn’t even looking for it. That bc was wild I wasn’t expecting to find it at all. I made 3 AAA calls n several to 911 while waiting in the rain attempting to get inside my car bc the attacker had my keys n I couldn’t find my spare. I never hit the woman nor do I know her. The male witness made a false report bc I yelled at him for not helping me. There was nothing to suggest we know each ither. Also why start a petition to get security cameras to ID criminals if I knew who attacked me? What would be the point of that? His would I benefit from such a ridiculous scheme. C’mon u guys there’s better conspiracy theories than this.

  • Helen November 7, 2021 (4:30 pm)

    Don’t blame the police for lack of help when you leave the scene of the crime before they can get the info and help. The uptick in crime is what happens when you reduce or defund law enforcement, we need to reform law enforcement not get rid of it. And lets start treating criminals as criminals and stop looking at the reasons they commit the crime and hold them accountable for the crime.

    • bill November 7, 2021 (8:44 pm)

      Yes, it is every assault victim’s solemn duty to remain perfectly lucid.

      • Hillary November 13, 2021 (12:52 pm)

        Thanks bill! I was in shock and had a concussion! Appreciate that some people understand. I’m aware I made some mistakes n lapses of judgement here.

    • Derek November 7, 2021 (10:05 pm)

      This is so backwards. Defunding police is not correlated to crime and seattle has never even attempted to defund. They’ve given cops MORE money. So please know what you’re talking about next time.

  • Auntie November 7, 2021 (4:51 pm)

    Perhaps a boycott of Whole Foods would help. As the major lessee, they have lots (and lots and lots) of money and could either afford to put in cameras or convince the management to put in cameras. As a senior citizen, I sure don’t feel safe parking there to shop at Whole Foods, so guess I’ll go elsewhere.

    • momosmom November 8, 2021 (5:57 am)

      What would camera’s do, yes they could help ID the attacker but that’s not catching them and it wouldn’t stop the crime from happening as we all know by the use of those doorbell cameras…look at how many packages still get stolen and how cats still get cut off of cars, criminals  don’t give a sh*t if there’s a camera or not. 

    • Sid November 8, 2021 (7:40 pm)

      That parking lot is run by The Whittaker. I have tried calling them before about problems in their underground parking lot. There was always someone parked in the back corner of the lot tearing a car apart like it was their own personal chop shop. I haven’t seen that activity in the last six months. I also did see a security guard patrolling last time I was there.

    • alki_2008 November 10, 2021 (11:40 pm)

      @Auntie.  WF cannot simply install cameras in the parking garage themselves.  Just as someone who owns a single condo in a condo building cannot install a camera system in the communal parking garage…or an apartment renter cannot install something in the building’s common area. The building manager, in this case The Whittaker that Whole Foods pays rent to, is the only one that can modify the parking garage.

      • Hillary November 13, 2021 (11:59 pm)

        Kimco is property management company 

  • WW Resident November 7, 2021 (4:52 pm)

    Why am I not surprised about 4 people doing nothing

  • Seek_Peace November 7, 2021 (5:00 pm)

    As with the subway rapist in Chicago, where no one stepping in to help, and now apparently people witnessing the attack, but decided not to step in, one asks Why?The “Good Samaritan” law speaks to helping a person with some physical ailment.  Rendering aid to such a person, and yet that person gets worse or dies, renders the “Good Samaritan” harmless, as they attempted to help.I suspect pulling an attacker off of someone, is not the same thing covered under the “Good Samaritan” law, and could land the person attempting to dis-engage the two (one being attacked the other the attacker) responsible should the attacker be hurt, maimed, harmed, damaged or otherwise made to feel bad.  Yes such things do happen.  The attacker suing those who intervened to stop said attack.As in PDX, when two men intervened to stop a Racist while attacking a Muslim woman on the light rail system, one of the men was stabbed to death by the Racist for his good efforts.The point being, many people that attack others might have deadly weapons on their person.Caution is advised.

  • sgs November 7, 2021 (5:03 pm)

    Can WSB try to get a response from the police as to why they came to the scene and then left without doing anything?  I find that hard to believe – and if true, they need to explain why.  This person was assaulted, so it was not just a property crime. 

    • WSB November 7, 2021 (6:16 pm)

      Kind of a Catch-22 because I haven’t yet found an incident number (in the only searchable DB, which is Tweets by Beat) and without an incident number, research is fairly close to impossible. After I finish a couple more stories for tonight I’m going to try listening to archived scanner audio for that day/time but that is a similarly needle-in-haystack (sorry for all the old phraseology) aspect to it …

    • Highpoint Dude November 7, 2021 (7:09 pm)

      From my personal experience with the police, you usually have to beg them to file a police report. It’s not surprising to me that something like what is reported in this article could happen. I called 911 and the non-emergency police line numerous times regarding violent, abusive neighbors who were likely cooking meth. Several of these calls resulted in police reports, which I had to beg officers for on more than one occasion. Several of these police reports were missing large and very important details and some were were redacted in such a way as to render them entirely useless. I am not one of the ‘defund the police’ people, but my experiences dealing with the police haven’t been great, and I can see why people would erroneously think that getting rid of them would improve the situation. They often gave me conflicting information, and didn’t really seem to understand how the laws they were supposedly enforcing even worked.  If someone is shooting a gun at you, the police are the best people to call, but if you are reporting a crime that has already happened or you are dealing with domestic abuse, they are aren’t very helpful at all. The police themselves also seem to have no faith in the justice system, which, in their defense, is completely fair. The real problem from my experience is the courts. I am convinced that the ‘catch-and-release’ system that people complain about is because the courts are a such a completely disorganized mess where nobody has documentation of anything unless it has been explicitly handed to them by a victim. The level of disorganization between government agencies within Seattle and King county is mind boggling, from my observations. Many agencies don’t even seem to have a way to electronically track their documentation. Trying to use the legal system in this city has been a miserable experience for me.

      • 🤦‍♂️ November 7, 2021 (7:45 pm)

        Agree high point dude

      • Jay November 8, 2021 (1:33 pm)

        Someone dizzy and confused with a concussion is going to have a challenge pressuring SPD to do their jobs. It’s work.

  • Zoomy November 7, 2021 (5:10 pm)

    The Whittaker is an absolute miserable place run by incompetent people. I lived there for 2 years and it was a mess. It’s not surprising at ALL they are turning a blind eye to what happened. 

  • Azimuth November 7, 2021 (5:29 pm)

    Give the petition a try but to get their attention you will probably have to the large profitable companies where it really hurts them. 

  • NowaStreetParker November 7, 2021 (5:30 pm)

    It’s really upsetting how little tenant safety matters to these companies. About six months ago someone tried to enter our building in the Junction by kicking the call box. When that didn’t work they broke into the garage and managed to get a hold of the master keys by breaking into the janitor’s office. Fortunately for us, they didn’t use the keys to break into apartments at 3am but spent several hours breaking into cars in the garage. While there have been repeated break-ins into this garage that tenants pay $150 a month for, the building management refuses to install cameras or take further safety measures. Given how incredibly difficult it is to find housing in Seattle as much as many of us would like to move it’s just not a possibility. Instead we take our chances everyday knowing that the people we pay a very large percentage of our earnings to continue to disregard our safety and wellbeing. That’s corporate America for you and the new Seattle. Hilary- good wishes for a speedy recovery. So sorry this happened to you. 

  • SeattleS November 7, 2021 (5:45 pm)

     Yes, action to hold the owners responsible.  But how about a petition — or something — to the police department  as well.  It sounds like they really shirked their duty in this situation and should have some accountability.  Sorry you had to deal with this. 

  • waughtown November 7, 2021 (5:56 pm)

    Corporations???  How about the city leadership and the voters who elected them that have allowed this city to become so crime ridden?  The corporations didn’t defund and demoralize our police department.  

    • anonyme November 14, 2021 (6:48 am)

      While what you say about our city leadership is valid, underground parking structures like this one are on private property and under private control.  The police can do little to deter this type of crime.  It is the responsibility of the corporation that owns or manages these buildings to supply security, either in the form of cameras or an on-site attendant.  Cameras should be a no-brainer; they may or may not deter crime, but at least they could provide evidence.

  • Question Authority November 7, 2021 (6:06 pm)

    In no way am I discounting the trauma caused or perpetrator actions but those witnesses could have been affected by past trauma or other issues.  Such as, been badly beaten before, recovering from spine surgery, elderly or etc etc.  Don’t randomly judge why humans don’t act.

    • Johnny November 22, 2021 (2:25 pm)

      These people could have at least called the police for her with a description of the suspect. No?

  • Colonel Mustard's Wrench November 7, 2021 (6:06 pm)

    So sorry this happened to you. 
    All aspects of this story are terribly disturbing. 
    Lisa Herbold:  can you start contributing solutions to West Seattle’s problems ?  How many more years are we stuck with you ? 
    Anyone know any potential candidates to run against Herbold when her term is up ?

  • Chris November 7, 2021 (6:12 pm)

    We wish parking outside was better.   If we cannot see parking outside, we keep going as have never felt safe in that garage.   So sorry this happened to you Hillary.   Just gives us confirmation to not park in there from what happened plus what is being said in comments.    Agreed there should be cameras.  T.Mobile, Whole Foods, BECU & a restaurant all rely on that parking since parking so scarce around there.   If anyone knows of other places to park around there outside, please let us know.    Very frustrated.  

  • Sue H November 7, 2021 (7:29 pm)

    Growing up in NYC, we were taught at an early age not to intervene when something like that is going on because of the risk. Being disabled,  I would be unable to defend myself against an attack if they turned their attention to me as the good samaritan. Even aiding an injured victim after the attacker is gone, you never know what kind of trauma response they will have and lash out at you, or even blame you as an accomplice. HOWEVER, when I have witnessed things like this (both there and here in Seattle), the first thing I do is get on the phone and call police as a witness. .I’m sorry this happened and hope she will be okay. I park in that lot often and never thought about it as being unsafe (especially during daylight hours), as I used to live a block away. I also never expected there would be no cameras down there. I’ll have to rethink my shopping habits.

  • Meryl November 7, 2021 (9:04 pm)

    I agree with Rob. Something is missing from this story. Hillary, you were violent assaulted and the cops did nothing? I have a hard time believing that, even with the current staffing situation.You said you were “out of it.” Did that affect their actions?  If you are reading this, can you explain further. Thanks and I hope you are ok! 

    • Hillary November 14, 2021 (12:05 am)

      Yes I told dispatch make model year n description of my car I was under the impression they had the info they needed. When cop arrived I was trying to track my iPhone n never said I didn’t want assistance. I wanted to go home to try n figure out my Apple ID. I left scene n I guess I needed to sign something for them to say it was stolen. I called 911 an hour later to try get incident number and go see what was up I was sent to non emergency line n nobody answered. I attempted to call non emergency a few more times n no answer. My head hurt so I went to bed. I worked that whole week with a concussion n trying to get my things back. I explained how I found my car in an above response. So I fucked up I guess but nobody on dispatch ever connected my to an officer and nobody called to follow up with me. The male witness have false report bc I yelled at him for not helping me which I can admit was not cool. I hood this clears some stuff up! 

  • WS resident November 7, 2021 (9:20 pm)

    So scary, I’m so sorry this happened to you!  I work out at Orange Theory and park in that garage 4-5 times a week in the early morning hours.  I used to take the stairwell but when I saw human feces on the landing once I stopped going in there.  Now I walk up the ramp, it can be a little scary since it’s still dark when I go and I always carefully watch my surroundings but I might just have to get some pepper spray to carry just in case.

  • Peter November 7, 2021 (9:33 pm)

    A lot of people are jumping in here to blame the alleged witnesses, who may very well have not known what was happening, if they actually saw anything at all. Even if they did, it is a very bad idea to insert yourself into a clearly violent and dangerous situation. In addition to the personal danger, there is also the very high risk of being identified as another attacker by the victim, the perpetrator, other witnesses, and/or the police, in a confusing situation. 

  • JTK November 7, 2021 (10:26 pm)

    I’m so sorry this happened.  I lived at the Whittaker last year and there was so much shady ness happening around there it was unbelievable.  A lot of which could have been helped by the Whittaker management.  They do NOT care.  They are there to make money. Homeless people In the alleys.  Garbage dumpsters that don’t get picked up for weeks.   Loud trucks for deliveries all night long for Whole Foods.  No mask mandates or signage that masks should be worn.  The building was filthy.  The elevators were barely cleaned once or twice a month.  Always dog pee or crap somewhere in the building.   For what they charge you would think safe guards were put in place.   It was a literal nightmare of a place to live.  Avoid it at all cost!   I hope you feel better and recover soon.  

  • WSB November 7, 2021 (11:47 pm)

    Listening to archived police-radio streams – this was dispatched (at 9:45 am Tuesday), as an auto theft, and while officers were still en route, upgraded to “carjacking,” and it was broadcast on multiple frequencies – the dispatcher told officers the victim was “punched” by the woman who then stole her car and drove it away. A bit later, officers told the dispatcher they were trying to get the plate number from the victim but she was “really upset.” Then after a few minutes more, they confirmed the plate. Don’t know why the incident # didn’t end up in Tweets by Beat but this at least gives me a time frame to ask the media office to look up the report tomorrow – TR

    • Del November 8, 2021 (11:22 am)

      Thanks for looking through the archives for police report WSB.  At least there’s documentation on the incident. Hopefully the lady is doing ok and her car isn’t damaged. 

    • 22blades November 8, 2021 (5:06 pm)

      Thanks for pouring over the files. This blog was starting to spin out if control a bit. What I don’t see is if anybody, including LEO, asking if the victim required medical assistance from SFD. I would think the immediate welfare of the victim is the first priority. With that, maybe a better interaction with & response by SPD could have occurred. Forget the chase, get an Aid Car, even if it’s just an evaluation.

  • Bill November 8, 2021 (1:22 am)

    I actually LIVE at The Whittaker and haven’t heard anything about this. Shocking that the apartment hasn’t mentioned anything about this, so thank you WSB. The apartment isn’t that great either, like another reader mentioned, it can get sketchy here. I’ve encountered homeless wandering around the resident stairwells, common areas, and garage of the building, including the “secured” resident garage. They’ve broken into vehicles, stolen bicycles and other items. They also urinate and smoke in some of the stairwells, it smells horrible. On-site security might as well be ghosts, I’d have to see them to believe they exist.

    • Heyy November 8, 2021 (6:19 am)

      I’m not surprised you haven’t heard. I used to live there until September. My actual apartment (in the north building) was broken into (the actual lock mechanism was hammered open). I bet you didn’t hear about that either. The Whittaker had/has security footage they wouldn’t share with me.

  • Mari November 8, 2021 (7:09 am)

    Last Friday at the downtown 3rd and Pine bus stop a man stared circling me and tried to take my phone.  He grabbed for it several times.I didn’t know what to do so I screamed at the top of my lungs.  Everyone turned away.  No one called 911.  By the time I called he was long gone.  He had no fear at all.  Everyone is scared and the message is do nothing.

    • Mike November 8, 2021 (9:12 am)

      There’s a reason that area is referred to as murder third and the warzone.  It’s been bad for decades.  I used to work at Century Square, coworkers assaulted, people murdered during lunchtime, drug deals all day everyday.

  • neighbor November 8, 2021 (8:33 am)

    This is going to be an unpopular opinion, but we have around half the number of police officers needed for a city our size. People seem to think that more officers mean more problems, but the way they’re staffed right now means that all they can do is respond to crimes that have already happened, and sometimes they can’t even do that. A correctly staffed police department would enable officers to simply be present in the community, keeping an eye out, getting to know the community, and actually helping to deter criminal behavior instead of just reacting after it happens.

    • Jay November 8, 2021 (1:38 pm)

      The police were there. They had time. And they didn’t do anything while she solved the crime on her own. More officers won’t solve the problem of corruption and laziness.

    • heartless November 8, 2021 (2:29 pm)

      Maybe your opinion that we should double the police force is unpopular because adding more cops isn’t a very effective anti-crime strategy.

      Then again, given the general level of discourse here, your opinion might actually be wildly popular (if still wrong).

      • neighbor November 9, 2021 (10:08 am)

        I’m simply advocating for a visible police presence as a deterrent. Kind of like when you go to a large sporting event or concert, how security personnel are highly visible. Most of them are not there to detain people, but simply by their presence to deter some behaviors from happening. I’m not debating that police responded after the fact, or who found the car. I’m saying that responding after the fact isn’t ideal.

        • heartless November 9, 2021 (10:32 am)

          Visible police help deter crime.  That is absolutely right.  The problem is that they only deter crime when they’re right there–like once they walk a block away (or get in their car and drive away) any effect dissipates.  The number of cops we’d have to hire to have one on every block in Seattle is so mind-bogglingly large that one quickly realizes it’s not a viable strategy.  In a tiny town with a huge police budget, maybe that’d work.  But here, no. 

          And so if we want to reduce crime in economically viable ways we gotta explore other routes–and, fortunately, there are much cheaper AND more effective ways of doing that: more funding for housing, health, education, more resources for at-risk youth and mental health, even just beautifying and illuminating neighborhoods.  All these things have been shown, again and again, to be more effective at reducing crime than the act of hiring more cops.

          • neighbor November 9, 2021 (11:15 am)

            I agree with you 100%, and I am actively involved in many of those upstream efforts as well. They are definitely needed, but they will take time. That’s why I also support more officers more officers patrolling communities in the meantime. I hope that one day we won’t need them, but we’re not there yet.

  • Pete November 8, 2021 (10:42 am)

    I worked early morning and late night shifts at WF this time last year (thankfully I’m out, good for me lol) and that carpark is a sh*tshow. I had a guy try my door handle whilst I was sat in the car, I mean what?! He had the cheek to do a full *hands up* “sorry man!” before moving on to the next car. Obviously, I reported this and asked if I could park closer to the door, as the staff parking is way down the far end. Nothing was done. I did challenge the guy as he walked off, but he just kinda shuffled off – this might have been the best outcome for me to be fair, I haven’t had a fight since I was a kid and who knows what he had on him. It’s unacceptable that a building that pulls in tens of thousands in a week in rent and has wealthy corporations as tenants has no security.

  • Timber! November 8, 2021 (12:50 pm)

    Sometimes, I seriously wonder if we need something like the Guardian Angels again.

  • John Clement November 8, 2021 (2:01 pm)

    I do NOT feel safe in the junction anymore. 

  • WSB November 8, 2021 (3:35 pm)

    The SPD media office found the report for me though I couldn’t provide an incident #. I have added the narrative above.

    • Hillary November 12, 2021 (6:40 pm)

      Hi there I’m the victim of this attack. A few things…this report looks bad. I was in shock n had a concussion n I left the scene to track my iPhone which was DUMB. I did not d er hit my attacker and the guy that said it appeared we knew each other? No not one bit! I never saw her in my life I told all the witnesses n police that. Idk how he could make such a leap in logic by watching me get hit repeatedly and yelling for help. I also had to ask witnesses what her race/height/weight was so idk why he said that but I feel really victimized and retraumatized reading the things he said to the police. 

  • 22blades November 8, 2021 (5:20 pm)

    If you see ANY kind of physical assault, seriously consider a call for an Aide Car as well as Police. Adrenaline can mask a lot.

  • Audifans November 8, 2021 (5:58 pm)

    Everyone is an expert on police it appears.  I am happy that we have a police force and would welcome more police. (despite some of you thinking ‘police don’t do anything). Police follow up on things and help track down people if they are given information.  And of course, once they follow up and collar someone, it’s imperative that some of these ‘mental’, ‘angry’, ‘unhinged’, ‘aggressive’ people need to be sidelined by the justice system and that doesn’t seem to be happening (witness the repeat offender circus going on).

    • heartless November 8, 2021 (7:46 pm)

      Everyone is an expert on police it appears.”

      If only.

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