WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Roxbury arrest; supermarket incidents

Three incidents in West Seattle Crime Watch:

ROXBURY INCIDENT: This response is unfolding right now – it started with a report of an “aggressive man in the street,” then as police responded, the man is reported to have gone inside the gas-station mini-mart at 30th/Roxbury and started breaking glass and throwing things. Officers told dispatch they deployed a Taser and have the suspect in custody; we confirmed that on scene:

Medics were called to check out the suspect. This is King County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction and they were reported to be on the way. (ADDED 9:31 PM) We’re not likely to get additional information until tomorrow, but we do have a short video clip from Ted Huetter, who was at the nearby stoplight when he noticed the police response:

ADDED WEDNESDAY: SPD’s preliminary summary adds details:

Officers responded to a 911 hazard call regarding a subject lying in the roadway in the 2100 block of SW Roxbury St. Officers arrived and located the subject walking in the roadway in the 3400 block of SW Roxbury St. Officers attempted to persuade the subject out of the roadway, but he refused. While officers waited for additional units to arrive for an emergent detention, the subject ran in the road several blocks before entering a nearby gas station, located in the 2800 block SW Roxbury St. The subject proceeded to damage and/or throw most items in the store, shatter a window, and threw items at officers. One officer was struck by flying glass but uninjured. The subject eventually exited the store and a taser was deployed … The subject was taken into custody and Seattle Fire was requested for his injuries. The subject was transported to Harborview Medical Center via SFD, and a hospital guard was established until the subject could be booked into King County Jail for investigation of Malicious Mischief and Assault 3. The amount of loss suffered by the gas station was undetermined due to the extent of the damage.

Also in Crime Watch, the next two incidents both happened Saturday at Admiral Safeway, according to police summaries:

SHOPLIFT TURNED ROBBERY: This was reported at 8:45 am – a man was “placing items inside his cart, backpack, and duffel bag.” The store manager, the summary continues, “approached the suspect and offered to assist the suspect with checking out all the items he was concealing. The suspect became agitated and pulled out a hypodermic needle, and aggressively held the needle in his hand as a weapon. The manager placed a shopping cart between him and the suspect. The suspect walked out of the store with the stolen items inside his backpack and duffel bag.” Police searched but did not find him; the summary does not include a description.

ARMED MAN THREATENS CUSTOMERS: This was reported at 11:22 pm, and it did result in an arrest. The summary says “multiple 911 calls” reported a man “armed with an axe and knife, threatening customers.” No injuries were reported. Police found the man hiding in a stairwell. He was booked into jail for investigation of felony harassment.

8 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Roxbury arrest; supermarket incidents"

  • flimflam January 18, 2022 (6:20 pm)

    Well that’s not good. Jeez.

  • NW January 18, 2022 (8:42 pm)

    When this Safeway was built years back a lot of the design I believe was done on the suggestion of local residents I believe who are involved in the admiral association. If you take a look next time you are there the windows facing south in the deli and bakery take in the beautiful canopy across the street at Hiawatha Park. The public cafe area also faces the street with nice views especially during the snow storm last month taking in the strong winds I could see the American flag wiped about and crows taking to the wind. This Safeway is an exceptional store we as a community in my observation do not use it to its potential instead it’s going downhill taken over by drifters and those with no direction in life. There are employees here who have been working there decades think about that and take in the store really see it’s potential next time you visit. 

    • Mike January 28, 2022 (10:58 am)


  • steve January 18, 2022 (9:05 pm)

    About two years ago I stopped a shoplifter I had been watching on camera and demanded items back. He reached for his coat pocket, and I knew 100% that was NOT where he stuffed the items. I didn’t have much time to react so flung him to the ground and he struck his head, items (mostly beers) scattered about. Including 3 needles that he pulled from his pocket. He was going to stab me. He was dazed from the impact and my boss didn’t see what happened and told me not to sell him the beer because he appeared too drunk already. Scary situation, I would have done what the manager of Safeway did if I had the opportunity. I wonder if it was the same guy?

  • Buddy January 19, 2022 (9:54 am)

    I personally don’t believe that employee should be told to stop shoplifting and that is the job of security or people who are hired to patrol the store for shoplifting, no store pays their employees enough money to risk their lives for stopping someone for stealing a bottle of alcohol or steak and that employee is getting paid minimum wage.  Your life is worth more then any items a person will shoplift and so is your car that someone will carjack. 

  • Audifans January 19, 2022 (10:01 am)

    These creeps just can’t stop from crawling out from under their rock, can they?  Repeat offenders and will be another catch and release?

  • ltfd January 19, 2022 (11:04 am)

    We need more jail diversion programs; that will solve the problem.        

  • John January 30, 2022 (9:13 pm)

    I was recently shopping at Jefferson Square Safeway on 1/29/22 at 6:53 pm.I walked out of the store to notice one exit sliding window boarded up with plywood. Walking towards my car I got a weird feeling, something is not right. I saw from the corner of my eye some transient in a mask and hoodie walk around me.I got into my car and looked in the rearview camera and backed up only to hear a huge crash noise. I thought someone ran into me as I was backing up.I got out of the car engine still running to see a huge parking block was placed behind my tires.I kicked it away, it slid slightly like a huge hockey puck on ice.I noticed the transient hiding by the redbox dvd rentals on his phone watching me.I wasted no time got back in my car reversed turned the wheel all the way left and went forward.As I was leaving the parking lot I noticed another transient tweaker type running across the street 42nd  towards the Safeway parking lot.Was this some archaic form of Car Jacking? I don’t know.Please always watch your surroundings!

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