WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Carjacking followup; street holdup

Two items in West Seattle Crime Watch:

CARJACKING FOLLOWUP: We have more information today about the carjacking we covered last Friday afternoon. First, police say they found the stolen 2000 Honda Accord in Northgate, unoccupied. Second, we obtained the police-report narrative today: It says the victim was returning home from work and parked her car in the alley behind her building in the 3000 block of California SW. Her door was open and she was gathering her things. She saw two people walking northbound in the alley past her car, then turning around, walking up to her car, and demanding she get out and give them her keys. She hesitated a moment and then one pulled out a handgun and said, “We’re not kidding, get the f— out.” She was frozen in shock, the report says, and the other carjacker grabbed her arm and pulled her out. Both then got in and drove the car away. Her purse with ID, credit cards, and money was still inside, She was not injured. This excerpt from the narrative includes descriptions:

(The victim) described the suspect with the handgun as a black male in his 20’s standing 5’8” tall with a medium build. He wore a beige zip-up hoody with the hood up and gray sweatpants. When he threatened her with the handgun, he pulled back his hoody showing some sort of silver badge underneath. The suspect did not identify himself as any sort of law enforcement or security personnel. She described the handgun as silver in color and very small, she was unsure if it was a revolver or semi-automatic. (The victim) described the second suspect as a black male in his 20’s standing 5’8” tall with a medium build. He wore a gray zip-up hoody with the hood up and gray sweatpants. He also wore a red or pink face mask over his face. He did not brandish any sort of weapon at (her) and he is the suspect who pulled (her) out of her vehicle and took her keys.

If you have any information on the case, the incident number is 22-107341.

STREET HOLDUP: A preliminary summary from weekend reports says this happened just before 10 pm Friday at 10th and Elmgrove. Three people were approached from behind by the robber, who “forcefully placed a gun barrel at one victim’s back,” then “grabbed the victim with a purse and choked her” and “demanded they give him their property, or he would kill them.” He stole the purse and fled northbound on 10th SW. The summary does not include a description. If you have any information, this incident number is 22-107708.

7 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Carjacking followup; street holdup"

  • Ex-Westwood Resident May 2, 2022 (6:05 pm)

    Welcome to Dodge City before the Earps cleaned it up.

  • justme May 2, 2022 (6:24 pm)

    How horrifying. I’m a neighbor of yours and I am so sorry you had to go through this.

  • rob May 2, 2022 (7:41 pm)

      this sucks. this could have happened to anyone of our mothers. and the fact that seattle times never picked up on this, thank you WSB for keeping us up dated.  these people could strike again. Please folks we now need to be super aware of everthing around us.  It’s now on us not to be a victim.

  • Eric May 11, 2022 (6:12 pm)

    Follow up here: Mom is doing ok. Just got the car back from the recovery yard, barely drivable. The thieves really gave it a rally I guess. The cars idle is very rough and it bounces across the road if taken above ~40 mph. If you’re able to donate, we’re trying to get enough together to get her something more reliable.

  • Eric May 12, 2022 (8:34 am)

    Just for completeness, the actual assault is just the tip of the iceberg.- There is the shock of what just happened.     – I really saw the tenants of Island View (the senior housing where this occurred) come together around my mom and support her. That was inspiring. – Then there is the car. My mother works part time. How will she get to work, to the store, to visit friends, family, etc?    – I live up the street, so this is not a big obstacle to work around. But is an arbitrary infringement on her personal freedom.    – Once the car was recovered, I had to go down to the tow yard, hookup the battery (they unhooked it because of the alarm), and see if it worked well enough to get it to the shop.    – Then my mom had to drive the car herself to the shop. She was sitting in the same seat that only a few days earlier, the carjackers were seated. Grabbing the same wheel. That was disturbing to her.- Then there is the investigation. The SPD has been great. There are still many tasks that need to be done to coordinate between SPD and Senior Housing Authority.- Then there is working with the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA). They too have been great. They responded with helpful information in a timely fashion and have been working with investigators.     – They do have some more work to be done in regards to resident safety, but so far, they’ve been responsive.- As of now, 13 days after the event, the car is in the shop with all kinds of problems that were not there before the thieves stole my moms car at gunpoint.    – Shes is in a rental car and we’re unsure of how the insurance is going to handle her case.     – This has had quite a toll on our family. 

    • Bridget May 13, 2022 (11:24 am)

      I live in the alley behind Island View and am just now hearing about this horrible thing. I will see if I can get an electrician to put a motion sensor light on our garage there, but wondering if this happened in the daylight? Please contact me if I or the other neighbors on 44th can be of any help (I will post the go-fund-me link on our neighborhood group mail)

      • WSB May 13, 2022 (11:37 am)

        Yes, it happened in daylight, Our original report started shortly after it happened – it’s linked in the story above.

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