UPDATE: Police investigation after Delridge/Genesee crash following Don Armeni holdup, gunfire

(WSB photo)

7:40 PM: Northbound Delridge at Genesee is blocked while police investigate a situation involving a crashed car and a gun.

(Photo sent by Kellan)

Police at the scene tell us they’re still trying to sort it all out but “multiple people” are in custody. Tgey are also investigating whether this is related to a gunfire report at Don Armeni earlier this evening. (added) The Don Armeni situation was first reported as gunfire following a robbery at gunpoint.

8:31 PM: Archived police-radio exchanges indicate the two incidents were indeed linked.

26 Replies to "UPDATE: Police investigation after Delridge/Genesee crash following Don Armeni holdup, gunfire"

  • NW October 9, 2022 (7:49 pm)

    Is the block impacting the route 50 and 120? 

  • Brett October 9, 2022 (9:09 pm)

    I witnessed the crash. It was insane. I saw the car come through the intersection and thought ‘there is no way they are making this turn’. They smashed up onto the curb and into the stairs. The car was pouring smoke. People immediately started running out of the car. At least five maybe six mostly young males also one female. Then two cop cars came up and I just sat in my car with my jaw on the floor. After a minute I just drove home. It was a wild scene. 

    • Kyle October 9, 2022 (9:50 pm)

      I saw the suspect as they turned down Genesse from Avalon.  They barely made that corner and must have crashed less than a min later 

  • Alki resident October 9, 2022 (9:31 pm)

    Absolutely love KARMA

    • MyThruppence October 9, 2022 (10:28 pm)

      Karma and the SPD. Seeing criminals being rounded up makes me smile.

  • Joe Z October 9, 2022 (10:16 pm)

    Saw this car flying up Avalon at Spokane St, followed by about 5 cop cars going at an equally fast speed. 

  • Muhammad October 9, 2022 (10:52 pm)

    I was heading to the West Seattle bridge and pulled to the side and gave way to a Police car behind me. A minute later I saw an officer putting the handcuffed guy into the police car. A whole bunch of police cars were therem When I saw that black car damaged like that I thought the guy was drunk and got arrested for it. Damn I didn’t know there was a gun and shooting involved. West Seattle is becoming unsafe 😔 Where else to move to?

    • West Seattlelite Forever October 10, 2022 (8:45 am)

      Good bye! …. It’s your contribution to the community, just like everyone else who lives here to make it better. I’ve been here for 40 plus years and it has it’s upside and down, but it’s been the safest in recent decades. So work with your neighbors to make it better. 

    • Smoosh October 11, 2022 (12:48 am)

      It’s really not that bad here.  How often in your Personal life have you been affected by crime personally?  This area is generally quite lovely. I hear they will pay you to move to Fayetteville Arkansas but I’m not sure you will find it that incredibly welcoming Mo.

  • Cranky October 10, 2022 (12:42 am)

    So that is what all that commotion and multiple sirens was all about.  Glad I missed getting involved in that melee.

  • Notaopp October 10, 2022 (12:59 am)

    I saw the crash I was the second car behind the intersection northbound and it was crazy like they said I heard sirens and thought but they were from behind and then looked to my left and saw a black car smashing down Genesee and then heard the tires “skrrt” trying to turn northbound but failed miserably crashing into the dirt nearly missing a telephone pole and then the driver and rear driver passenger ran out in seconds but the passenger and rear passenger took about 30 seconds longer to get out frantically running around the crashed car then fleeing north were caught within 1 minute after getting out 

  • Michelle October 10, 2022 (9:53 am)

    We drove by the accident right after it happened and the car was totaled. Glad to hear the police caught them. Hate to see any gun crimes but always extra disappointing when they occur so close to a park or school. 

    • Rhonda October 10, 2022 (1:01 pm)

      This was an armed robbery with multiple suspects against one victim. They could’ve used a knife, a 2×4, or even their fists to rob the victim. Then they committed a “car crime” by endangering hundreds of people driving recklessly and extremely fast to allude police. Simplifying armed robbery as “gun crime” dillutes the fact that an innocent victim was robbed by multiple perpetrators in a crowded public park.

  • Wait A Minute October 10, 2022 (10:49 am)

    Back up a minute. There was a ROBBERY AT GUNPOINT at Don Armeni?!? Anyone know more about that? The victim’s well-being? Were they an innocent bystander or known to the suspects? I too am concerned about the many gun violence and reckless driving incidents in West Seattle. Enough! When is the rescheduled community meeting on these topics? I think it’s going to take more than one meeting…

    • WSB October 10, 2022 (11:00 am)

      I’m requesting the full narrative. The preliminary summary says “a male victim was in his parked car at the Don Armeni boat launch when several suspects approached, one was armed with a handgun. The suspects demanded the victim’s wallet and phone. During this robbery one shot was fired from the suspect’s gun. The victim gave up his phone and wallet.”

      • Wait A Minute October 10, 2022 (11:17 am)

        That’s terrifying. Hope he’s ok. No new date yet? MEETING POSTPONED AGAIN: For the second time, Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner has announced the postponement of a planned community meeting with police:

        I am deeply sorry to have to do this again, but we are very excited to announce that the next SW Precinct Crime Prevention Council Meeting will be held in-person at the SW Precinct!! For the first time since 2020, we are looking forward to welcoming our community back into our community room. The meeting was scheduled for next Thursday, but we will be postponing until the community room is available.

        We’ll update when there’s a new date.

        • WSB October 10, 2022 (11:49 am)

          No, will publish as soon as we hear. Also note that there are SW Precinct reps at most community-council meetings. Haven’t seen the agenda yet but Alki Community Council meets second Thursdays (online and at Alki UCC, 7 pm) so that would be this week (10/13).

          • Kathy October 11, 2022 (12:47 pm)

            Did Alki Community Council change their meeting time? I always thought it was the 3rd Thursdays.

          • WSB October 11, 2022 (12:54 pm)

            Sorry, should have checked our own calendar. Next meeting October 20th.

        • NeighborsSW October 10, 2022 (12:12 pm)

          This Thursday’s meeting is postponed again? How is that acceptable to keep kicking the can down the road? The neighborhoods have asked for more engagement and they can’t even keep a commitment to the meetings they set out. Not cool.

        • Jerry Kovacs October 10, 2022 (4:15 pm)

          seriously, How do I report being a victim last night? their were witnesses and most like camera footage from the coffee stand. I can NOT get a hold of anyone at SPD and am thinking they don’t care. any information would be helpful. also, it’s F’n sad I have to ask…

          • WSB October 10, 2022 (4:33 pm)

            Did you call the main non-emergency # 206-625-5011? I know it’s hard to get through on that line b/c dispatch is short personnel too but the case # to refer to is 22-271365.

          • sam-c October 10, 2022 (7:01 pm)

            Wait, what ?!? You were the victim held up at gunpoint for your wallet and phone and you can’t get police to take your info?   Hope you find some type of resolution, even though it won’t be closure.

          • WSB October 10, 2022 (7:25 pm)

            No, police were definitely with the robbery victim (and stayed with them all the way until the “victim show-up,” where they take them to identify the arrested suspect/s). I believe this person is saying that somewhere between there and crashing on Delridge, they were hit by the same car.

  • NCGF October 10, 2022 (12:15 pm)

    My partner and I were approached by one of the suspects on the sidewalk a few minutes before the holdup. They walked up to us quickly and aggressively, and it scared me enough to move to the edge of the sidewalk. They made friendly conversation, but seemed very clearly under the influence of something. Very thankful we weren’t harmed, and hoping for peace for anyone else involved.  

  • Bob Vila October 11, 2022 (8:04 am)

    This car resembles the same one that was involved in the shooting on 35th and Webster a month ago. Seconds after the gun shots I witnessed  the car heading southbound on 35th with lights off at over 100 mph. 

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