WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Admiral investigation

10:38 AM: Police are investigating a robbery reported in The Admiral District, and that had West Seattle High School sheltering in place for a short time – we’re told that has just ended. The call was logged to the 2600 block of California SW, but so far we haven’t found officers in the area. We’ll add more details as we get them.

11:37 AM: We checked with businesses all around the block in person and by phone. A Safeway staffer says that the incident was at their store but says it did not turn out to be a robbery. The only element discernible from archived dispatch audio is that police were looking for a suspect described as a Black man, mid-20s, 5-8, 150 to 170 pounds, wearing a black stocking cap, black jacket, white T-shirt, blue jeans, black shoes – and carrying a crossbow.

4:48 PM: Here’s the preliminary summary from SPD:

At 0958 hours, officers responded to the 2600 block of California Ave SW where a male subject with a crossbow entered the store and stole merchandise. Staff told police the subject had an unloaded mini crossbow in his hands as he was filling his backpack. The suspect left in an unknown direction on foot prior to police arrival.

14 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Admiral investigation"

  • Across the street May 9, 2023 (10:56 am)

    Lafayette elementary is also in shelter in place!

    • WSB May 9, 2023 (10:58 am)

      Still? WSHS ended theirs at 10:30. Police aren’t still in the area as far as we have seen and heard.

      • Yay May 9, 2023 (10:59 am)

        Ended now!

  • Next Door May 9, 2023 (11:07 am)

    King 5 news was at Safeway and there was a report that someone was robbed with a CROSSBOW… There were two police cars there and they left with no one in the car.    

    • WSB May 9, 2023 (11:24 am)

      Yeah, we have a suspect description coming up including the crossbow but still working on other details. No arrests reported so far.

  • Brian May 9, 2023 (12:08 pm)

    If the dude just had a crossbow but didn’t rob anybody then I’m surprised SPD even cared. I called in a person who was throwing a hatchet around on California and the dispatcher clarified that no crime was actually being committed based on my report. 

  • Frustrated Mom May 9, 2023 (12:57 pm)

    After everything calmed down I texted my kid to find out how they were.Siiiiiigh

    • Frog May 9, 2023 (4:49 pm)

      At least it wasn’t a naked dude with a crossbow.  That would be weird.

      • Mike May 9, 2023 (5:29 pm)

        I dunno, I’m starting to feel like it’s normal now.

      • Frustrated Mom May 9, 2023 (5:50 pm)

        Bwahahaahaaa 🏹🍆

  • BMC May 9, 2023 (7:39 pm)

    Then I saw this guy at Hiawatha around 1145 todsy wish I got a better pic. Looked like he had a giant pitch fork / otherwise mostly normal except the heavy backpack

    • Adam May 10, 2023 (5:50 am)

      It was the Mariners home run trident. Can’t we just celebrate a long ball without everyone calling the cops?

  • Scubafrog May 10, 2023 (12:49 am)

    What a scary week for West Seattle schools – so glad everyone’s alright!!

  • Pdavis May 10, 2023 (9:50 am)

    I was traveling south on California Avenue as the police were headed towards Safeway with their lights and sirens on. It’s amazing how many people do not pull over!  Keep in mind that someone’s life could be at risk!  Please pull over no matter which side of the street you’re on, so the police can safely and quickly get to where they’re going. Both directions of traffic need to pull over.

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