WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Burglary suspect arrested in Alki area

ORIGINAL SUNDAY REPORT: Thanks for the tips about a briefly large police response seen heading into West Seattle. We’ve just talked to police at the scene. It was a call for backup while officers were responding to a burglary reported in the 2500 block of 57th SW. A suspect was taken into custody and the request for backup was canceled. According to what an officer just told dispatch, the suspect might also have been involved in an Admiral-area burglary on Saturday. (added) Listening back to original dispatch audio, the suspect was reported to have had a knife when this morning’s incident was first called in and was “possibly in crisis.”

TUESDAY NOTE: A few more details have been published today on SPD Blotter. The suspect remains in jail; we’re checking with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office regarding next steps.

15 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Burglary suspect arrested in Alki area"

  • Peter S. May 26, 2024 (10:28 am)

    Thanks WSB.  Wondered about  the multiple sirens (including Aid Car)  going down Admiral Way.  Thought it was a little early in the day for another shooting.   /sarc  

    FWIW, several SPD cruisers were checking out the 48th/49th/Stevens/Admiral area on Saturday afternoon.  Makes sense now, given the referenced Saturday burglary report. 

    • WSB May 26, 2024 (10:34 am)

      I heard some traffic on that incident at the time, not enough to write about pending post-weekend attempt to get police report, but it was on Walnut SW.

  • Grilled Cheese May 26, 2024 (10:36 am)

    I was driving over the WS bridge at the time and at least 10 cop cars were blasting over the bridge. 

  • Laurie May 26, 2024 (10:50 am)

    It was surreal. We saw 18 police cars in or heading into West Seattle.  Glad no one died.

  • Plf May 26, 2024 (12:23 pm)

    Shock and awe, continue to enforce the laws and get thugs off the streets thanks SPD you have more support than you may know 

  • Marcus May 26, 2024 (12:36 pm)

    As Bevis said “yeah get ’em, get ’em”.  Thank you SPD.

  • Dave May 26, 2024 (2:31 pm)

    According to radio traffic I heard, this incident occurred at the home of an off-duty SPD officer who held the suspect at gun point until additional officers were able to arrive. 

  • TMT May 26, 2024 (2:36 pm)

    Thank you very much SPD. Lots of support here for you. Keep it going. Yeah! 

  • Admiral Rob May 26, 2024 (2:54 pm)

    Per the 911 dispatch: The burglar entered the house, which happened to be an off duty SPD officer’s residence. Who held him at gun point (suspect had a knife), until on duty police arrived. Pretty poor choice for the burglar!

    • KM May 26, 2024 (3:34 pm)

      Ah! No wonder they got a huge rapid response. 

    • Justified May 26, 2024 (3:46 pm)

      Any burglar can be held at gunpoint, weapon or not, because breaking into an occupied home is robbery.

  • WSB May 26, 2024 (3:08 pm)

    We weren’t able to confirm that at the scene, and it wasn’t in the audio I went back to find (missed it “live”) but perhaps I didn’t go far back enough in the archives. Anyway, the suspect is in jail as of an hour and a half ago, his third time there this year.- TR

  • Forest May 26, 2024 (4:01 pm)

    I’m the Walnut Ave. house the police responded to Saturday morning. The suspect somehow got into my locked basement without breaking in, and bumbled around for a few minutes speaking in muffled grunts that I assumed were coming from the house next door. He quietly came upstairs to the main floor and started talking softly and incoherently. He was holding a metal shovel taken from my basement, which he handed to me casually and peacefully when I asked for it. (It was too late for me to run or try grabbing him.) He said he was looking for someplace to live. I’m extremely lucky he wasn’t violent or set to fight, and I was able to walk him out my door and point him to the closed community center as someplace to live.  The police said they recognized the first name he’d given me, and they would start looking for him in the neighborhood. It sounds like they found him.

    • WSB May 26, 2024 (4:09 pm)

      I wrote down the name mentioned over the air in yesterday’s incident, expecting to be able to follow up Tuesday; same name as the guy who was booked today.

    • flimflam May 27, 2024 (7:24 am)

      Wow, how frightening – I can’t imagine confronting a stranger in my home, my sanctuary. Hopefully you are handling it ok…

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