WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Late-night spree including robbery and carjacking

12:04 PM MONDAY: Police are investigating a crime spree late last night that likely involved the same three people.

Around 10:15, they got a call about a street robbery/carjacking attempt near 39th/Oregon. According to what police were initially told, three people – described as “juveniles, possibly Hispanic,” all armed – robbed the victim of their watch and phone, and got away in a black Toyota Prius, that turned out to have been stolen in a Kent carjacking.

Not long after that, they answered a call about car windows breaking in the 4800 block of 47th SW and found that had happened to at least two cars, a Kia Sportage and a Subaru Outback – the suspects were described as three young Hispanic men, and a “black sedan” was seen.

Then just before 11 pm, a carjacking was reported in the 1600 block of Sunset Avenue. The three carjackers took a blue Kia Sportage at gunpoint. They were initially described as three “unknown-race males,” wearing black masks. A gray Camry was “caravanning” with the stolen car, and an officer spotted them on Beach Drive a short time later. A pursuit ensued, but he reported losing sight of them around 48th SW and Holly. Not long after that, the stolen black Prius associated with the first incident was found abandoned at 47th/Dawson.

If you have any information related to all this, the robbery was incident # 23-270527, and the carjacking was # 23-270558. The SPD tip line is 206-233-5000.

ADDED 9:09 PM: From Liz in comments: “So our son was in the blue Kia Sportage that was carjacked at 11 pm last night in North Admiral. He and his friend are shaken but doing ok. The police last night were great — I had Apple-airtagged the car, so they livetracked it with me and were pursuing it every time the AirTag updated. The cars were found in south Burien 4 mins after they were dumped — both the Sportage and the Camry were recovered.”

21 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Late-night spree including robbery and carjacking"

  • Marcus September 18, 2023 (12:58 pm)

    Time for a fleet of drones if police cannot peruse the criminals, helicopter on standby, or robocop.  This is so chronic it has gotten silly.  Is there a law about persuits?

    • WSB September 18, 2023 (2:25 pm)

      The police DID pursue the criminals, in this case. 65 mph down Beach Drive, an actual approved pursuit, which is rare, but armed carjacking apparently qualifies. They just didn’t catch up with them.

      • Marcus September 18, 2023 (5:48 pm)

        Thanks WSB.  65mph is way too slow to catch-up.  We need to keep guardian 1, I believe, on standby so we can follow them and most likely all the way into other jurisdictions.  Catch these low life’s.

  • Brandon September 18, 2023 (1:28 pm)

    What the explicative is the point of any of this? Complete disregard of the law for what purpose? I can understand the stupidity of throwing your life away with a carjacking when you’re already facing life charges for some other stupid choice and on the run from those consequences. But to be out and about willy nilly doing these things for what seems to be nothing but joy is nuts. What’s next with society? Running down bikers and streaming it on social media? Oh wait, that’s another city.

    What are these people eating for breakfast, lack of parenting flavored cereal? Get your houses in order! Jeez!

    • Brian September 18, 2023 (4:29 pm)

      Material conditions deteriorating is the answer you’re looking for. 

    • The King September 18, 2023 (4:34 pm)

      Complete disregard of the law because they can.  The time and place I grew up had consequences. Not so much now, everything is mitigated or an excuse is found and held close to the heart. Reactionary policies got us here. 

  • Julian September 18, 2023 (1:36 pm)

    This is sincerely terrifying. It’s interesting that even when carjacking and not simply relying on the Kia/Hyundai exploit, they still go for modest vehicles like Toyotas Kias and Subarus. At least no one was harmed physically, but I imagine being in a carjacking could leave lasting psychological effects. Not even sure how to advise people to stay safe. Even being armed in a situation like this wouldn’t help since the victims were likely taken by surprise.

  • pilar September 18, 2023 (1:43 pm)

    West Seattle is getting really bad. This is not normal. We need more police.

    • Little One September 19, 2023 (4:18 am)

      This is honestly so frustrating. I love West Seattle and it’s awful to see what’s happening here.

    • Westseattle2 September 19, 2023 (9:17 am)

      We definitely need many more police and full police funding… but we need to get rid of the judges, letting these losers back out on the street.  And equally important we need to really get serious about who we vote into the legislature and is Governor..  our state legislature has destroyed public safety

  • Bdr September 18, 2023 (7:53 pm)

    It’s so sad to see all the crime and drugs in Seattle. It was such a beautiful city with many great neighborhoods. Now you have to watch your back 24/7. Always on alert until maybe a new city council will shift the downward skydive that is happening. We also need to pay a lot more attention to the judges who keep letting people go instead of putting them in jail!  

  • Deniece September 18, 2023 (7:56 pm)

    At 10:30 PM last night I heard a loud noise outside and thought a car might have hit a parked car.  Watched on our cameras and a car was going an insane speed down 46th and hit a spot in the road with a bump and bottomed out shooting sparks.  The car was so fast our cameras couldn’t catch what the car even looked like, just a blur.  A couple minutes later I heard the police sirens. I have no doubt this is what it was.

  • MW September 18, 2023 (8:07 pm)

    These criminals are laughing now, they seem to get a thrill out of being violent.  Last month in Las Vegas the “youths” laughed as they filmed themselves intentionally striking and killing a man riding his bike.  A couple days ago in nearby Normandy Park, 6 “youths” laughed as they brutally beat the cashier at Friendly Market til she fell on the floor. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12531903/amp/Washington-gas-station-cashier-brutally-attacked-five-rob-store-cigarettes-cash-Cops-hunt-six-teen-suspects-driving-stolen-Kia-Hyundai-cars.html

  • Liz K September 18, 2023 (8:35 pm)

    So our son was in the blue Kia Sportage that was carjacked at 11 pm last night in North Admiral. He and his friend are shaken but doing ok. The police last night were great — I had apple airtagged the car, so they livetracked it with me and were pursuing it every time the AirTag updated. The cars were found in south burien 4 mins after they were dumped — both the Sportage and the Camry were recovered. Very scary. 

    • WSB September 18, 2023 (9:06 pm)

      Thanks for the update. Police do not disclose much on robbery cases, so we really appreciate hearing from people with direct knowledge. Glad your son and friend were not physically harmed. – TR

  • Lynn Garcia September 18, 2023 (9:08 pm)

    West Seattle is feeling less and less safe. What are the steps I can take so that this city will increase police patrol in West Seattle? The number of shootings and thefts here have been very noticeably on the rise, while it feels like police presence has been nearly non existent.

  • Millie September 18, 2023 (9:09 pm)

    Why do they do it?   Because they can!   There is really no one to stop them.  This is not faulting the Police.   There is no respect for other’s safety, personal property, and, actually, even for themselves.   What wonderful role models they are for their siblings and friends.

  • 1994 September 18, 2023 (10:00 pm)

    Time to catch and NOT release these hooligans. Lock them up! They need some time to ponder their actions — with no distractions.  We can’t just let them continue getting away with this destructive and violent behavior. They behave like urban terrorists!

  • cam September 18, 2023 (10:42 pm)

    We need our elective officials to make Seattle safe again! When first moving here in the 80s, Seattle was a safe and friendly city with community police on bikes, horses,  walking neighborhoods… being a part of the communities! Our city council needs to go! They have their heads in the sand and do nothing but talk… 

  • Frank September 19, 2023 (11:24 pm)

    We need to start voting differently. A lot differently. No consequence mean this is going to get way worse. Only voting locally differently will help. One of the groups of people in the carjacking at gun point was my neighbors kids. They are terrified. No one was hurt, money and phones can be replaced.  Severe consequences are what stops people from acting this way. Not leniency. 

  • Misti October 6, 2023 (5:37 am)

    My mom got robbed at gunpoint that night on admiral around 11. She was hit and drug across the ground till her purse snapped off her shoulder. They got away with her wallet and phone.

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