WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police search for suspect after shoplift-turned-robbery

3:05 PM: If you’re noticing police activity in the Westwood Village/Roxhill Park area, it’s because of a shoplift-turned-robbery at the shopping center. According to the dispatch, Ross security tried to stop a shoplifter, who subsequently flashed a gun. They were last seen heading toward Roxhill Park. We haven’t heard a description so far. The Guardian One helicopter is arriving to help with the search.

3:08 PM: According to the description just given to the helicopter crew, they’re looking for a “light-skinned Black man, 25-30, 5’10”, medium build, black face cover, black hoodie with a tie-dye shirt.”

3:22 PM: No one matching that description was in view from the air, so the helicopter has moved on.

5:48 PM: Commenters say the robbery was at Marshalls, not Ross, though the latter is what was initially dispatched. A final written report won’t be available before Monday.

14 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police search for suspect after shoplift-turned-robbery"

  • Anonymouse April 26, 2024 (3:11 pm)

    Heard the helicopter, came right to here. Husband just went to WWV for an errand and said KCSO is all around Roxhill. Hope this gets settled quickly, especially with all the kids getting out of school around now.Be safe out there, all!

  • Will April 26, 2024 (4:12 pm)

    Ross security did not attempt to stop the theft. The robbery was at Marshals. The robber came into our store but did not attempt theft. This is false information. 

    • WSB April 26, 2024 (4:35 pm)

      This is what was broadcast over police radio. Certainly sometimes initial reports change, which is why we attribute to dispatch.

  • rise up April 26, 2024 (5:23 pm)

    That shopping center is an embarrassing mess. I don’t know how to solve any of the problems that happen there, but the stores are terrible, the layout is ridiculous, and you feel like you are practically risking your personal safety trying to get detergent or toothpaste. That everything in target is locked up, and 1/2 of ulta seems to be looted most of the time, is a depressing statement about our times. It feels like in the last 10 years it’s gone from “this could be good!” to a total wasteland. I feel sad when I need to run errands outside of the junctions. The sweet family owned jewelers holding on in there- the best!!  They need more support or a way out. What can we do? It could be such an incredible gathering space with the park across the street, for local events like concerts or performances. Just such a sad state of affairs that’s bringing us all down. 

    • PDiddy May 1, 2024 (2:53 pm)

      I go to westwood and I never get that vibe. Now mind you I dont go by the McDonals, Ross or Target so maybe that is different. I have seen a few sketchy people there but by and large and have not noticed any problems there minus the center being a little empty.

  • Rhonda April 26, 2024 (5:37 pm)

    Yes, robbery was at Marshalls. Our niece was cashiering there at the time. Very scary.

  • 1994 April 26, 2024 (9:51 pm)

    Westwood needs some cops on bikes to pedal around! Or send along the horse patrol  to keep an eye on things. Maybe even some parked police cars could work as a deterrent measure.

    • Westwoodvillage April 27, 2024 (9:26 am)

      To1994:  YES ! Obviously, they need significant security within Westwood Village in order to keep the stores there and to keep people coming.  Whoever owns westwood village  must realize they are driving away potential customers due to the lack of safety. The stores in Westwood should join together and pressure the property owner to hire constant security(like southcenter mall) That video of that woman was appalling! Those little parasites and losers, causing harm to an innocent person!  The owners of that property need to have constant security. Creepy 

    • K April 27, 2024 (3:00 pm)

      WWV used to have its own independent security, but that was with the last management company.  The current company is doing a better job of filling vacant spaces, but a worse job of everything else.

  • The Manager April 26, 2024 (10:37 pm)

    I shop at Westwood like daily. All of the stores that still exist there anyway. I was never one to pay attention to my surroundings much, or constantly be looking over my shoulder, but I do now and I hate it. Feel so vulnerable! After I saw the video of the lady who had her purse snatched and then get socked in the face by a 13 year old punk, it made my blood boil! I am very resentful that I went from a confident person to scared of my own shadow! Something has gone to change. You have choices though, move away, be scared of everything and everyone. , or be killed ! 

  • TheArroyos April 28, 2024 (12:24 am)

    Make Westwood Village light rail destination, metro hub, housing & outdoor community space. 

  • Dog Whisperer April 28, 2024 (10:16 am)

    Time to ban face coverings in stores. Its the inconvenient truth.

  • Discusted! April 29, 2024 (8:43 am)

    Until the city starts holding criminals accountable for their horrendous behavior, this will continue to happen.  Police need to have backing from the powers that be to do what they were hired for, and that is to enforce the laws.  9 times out of 10, the criminal is slapped on the wrist and asked to do better next time.  I am most certain the 13 year old punk who assaulted the woman at Rite Aid was released the same night.  Seattle has become completely lawless.  It is a shame that the general, law abiding public are forced to deal with this sort of behavior.  It sickens me to feel that there is no end in sight for this.  

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