WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Gunfire investigation; 3 prowl reports

A gunfire investigation starts West Seattle Crime Watch:

GUNFIRE INVESTIGATION: Thanks for the tips about police activity at the West Duwamish Greenbelt trailhead off Highland Park Way, just uphill from West Marginal Way. Officers were investigating reports of a man seen firing a gun “into the treeline” just after 3:30 pm. Police told dispatch they found casings on the trail, in multiple locations. One possible suspect was reported detained but we don’t know yet whether they were subsequently arrested. No injuries reported. (Tuesday update: The person was not arrested; he told police he “drove a friend to that location and the friend had brought and fired a gun in the woods,” and no witnesses had seen the detained person firing the gun. Others reported seeing a second person in the area but he was not found.)

Also in Crime Watch, three reader reports – two car prowls and one mailbox prowl:

PICKUP BREAK-IN: From Creighton:

This morning someone broke into my late-model Dodge Ram truck that was parked deep in my driveway in front of my house. I live near Beach Dr & Jacobsen (south of Me Kwa Mooks). They took: the radio, a set of white twin bed sheets (??), and a few hand tools. They left the spare change, other hand tools, and didn’t take the registration. My neighbor’s camera picked up a suspicious video at 5:49 am of an older American (Ranger or Chevy S10?) truck exiting a nearby alley and approaching my house turning off its headlights.

The stealth mode sorta worked, but the truck had a loud untuned engine and bad muffler and squeaky suspension that was noticeable. It had a large box in its bed, and the tailgate down. Earlier this month a 6-foot aluminum ladder I kept near my truck disappeared, but I thought I loaned it to someone…but now suspect it was also stolen and wouldn’t surprise me if this was the same person again. I wanted others to be on the lookout for this rattle-trap bad-guy truck searching for things to steal in the early morning hours. Police report filed, and all things pawn-able or scrap worthy removed from outside my house.

TWO CARS PROWLED: From Peter, also in South Alki: “Car prowl last night, 2-19, between 9:00 PM and 7:00A M this morning. Two cars rifled through, coins taken. Cars were parked on 57th Place SW, just north of SW Orleans St.”

MAILBOX PROWLER: From Kevin in the 3800 block of 34th SW:

At about 12:30 am (Sunday) this prowler opens my mailbox to see if there’s anything in there he can grab. Maybe in light of all the other crime in our area this may be a tip that leads to something else.

The car he’s walking toward is my tan sedan, but the car behind me has been parked there for the last five days and we reported it to police. That car behind me is a white Odyssey minivan with license plates, AWL to start, Washington.

4 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Gunfire investigation; 3 prowl reports"

  • rob February 20, 2023 (7:34 pm)

     was this anywhere  by the dog park

    • WSB February 20, 2023 (7:36 pm)

      No. This was in the West Duwamish Greenbelt near Highland Park Way/West Marginal, not Westcrest Park Off-Leash Area, which is a mile and a half away.

  • neighbor February 20, 2023 (9:16 pm)

    I hope nobody was hiking along that newly groomed trail people worked so hard on recently.

  • 1994 February 20, 2023 (9:46 pm)

    So many people up to no good! But it was great to read about Washingtonian of the Day for the mini shelter guy Keith! What a nice touch from the governor!

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