West Seattle police – West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 19 Aug 2018 13:30:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Why the Guardian One helicopter was over North Delridge https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/why-the-guardian-one-helicopter-was-over-north-delridge/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/why-the-guardian-one-helicopter-was-over-north-delridge/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:14:55 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925639 Thanks for all the texts about the Guardian One helicopter over North Delridge. We hadn’t heard about any corresponding ground activity so started heading that way – and they promptly left. But on Twitter they’ve responded to our mention by saying they were helping find a stolen vehicle that was emitting a LoJack signal. They say SPD is recovering it now.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Police hope you can ID four people they say were ‘associated with’ July stabbing death of Mike Abay https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-hope-you-can-id-four-people-they-say-were-associated-with-july-stabbing-death-of-mike-abay/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-hope-you-can-id-four-people-they-say-were-associated-with-july-stabbing-death-of-mike-abay/#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:18:22 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925596 Police released photos Wednesday night of four people they describe as “associated with” one of this year’s four remaining unsolved West Seattle murders – the July 20th stabbing death of 34-year-old Mike Abay. From SPD:

Detectives are attempting to identify two men and two women associated with the July 20th fatal stabbing that occurred at 16th Avenue SW and SW Cambridge Street. All four were captured on surveillance cameras in the area of the stabbing.

If you recognize any of the individuals, or have additional information, please call the tip line at 206- 233-5000.

Police did not elaborate on why or how they believe these people are “associated” with the July 20th stabbing. That night, police said, someone called SPD to report a man down in the street, and when they arrived, Mr. Abay was already dead.

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FOLLOWUP: 16-year-old charged as an adult in High Point bus-stop murder of Taylor Fehlen https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-16-year-old-charged-as-an-adult-in-high-point-bus-stop-murder-of-taylor-fehlen/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-16-year-old-charged-as-an-adult-in-high-point-bus-stop-murder-of-taylor-fehlen/#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:37:24 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925569 (WSB photo, last Thursday night)

3:37 PM: Just in from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office: 16-year-old Loyan A. Ahmed has been charged as an adult in the shooting death last Thursday night of 37-year-old Taylor Fehlen. He is charged with second-degree murder and unlawful gun possession. We don’t have the charging documents yet but we have the probable-cause document, from which the following is taken, with all but suspect and victim names redacted. It also reveals what preceded the murder:

On August 09, 2018 at approximately 2309 hours, Seattle Police Officers responded to a shooting at 35 Ave SW and SW Morgan Street. Officers arrived and located a victim down on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds. Witnesses told them that after shooting the victim multiple times the armed male suspect ran northeast across 35 Ave SW. The victim was lying on the sidewalk near the northwest comer of the intersection.

Seattle Fire Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center where he died from his injuries. The victim was identified as 37-year-old Taylor C. Fehlen. Homicide detectives were called to the scene.

Metro Coach #7003 was parked beside where the victim fell. Officers located several shell casings and the Coach appeared to have been struck by gunfire. Officers learned that the victim and the suspect had both been passengers on board the Metro Coach.

Witnesses consistently described the shooter as a young Black male, wearing a dark colored hoodie and long pants. Officers scoured the area immediately but did not find the suspect. An SPD Police Dog (PD) verified witness testimony that the suspect ran to the NE, across 35th Ave SW, through a parking lot of a Walgreens drug store. During the determined PD search, a semi-automatic firearm was discovered in some shrubs on the east side of that store. The gun was out-of-battery as if it had recently been used. A single bullet was “stove-piped” in the firing chamber.

The caliber and brand of ammunition in the gun were the same as those found at the shooting scene. The PD also alerted to on fenced yards east of the alley but the suspect was not located. Detectives determined that the Metro Coach was equipped with security cameras that recorded the incident.

A review of that footage showed the suspect boarded the Coach at 16 Ave SW and SW Roxbury. When he boarded the coach, he paid for his fare by “tapping” his ORCA card. During their investigation, detectives leamed the card had been issued to Loyan A. Ahmed … The victim, and several other passengers were already on board. Ahmed sat directly behind the driver. To the ire of the passengers, Ahmed repeatedly pulled the stop cord on the coach. The driver stopped the coach each time but Ahmed didn’t disembark. The driver and passengers, including the victim, expressed their anger at Ahmed. Ahmed and the victim quarreled … After this occurred the Ahmed appeared to ready himself by deliberately dawning his hood, synching the drawstring to conceal his face and by tucking in his pant legs. As the coach neared the intersection of 35 Ave SW and SW Morgan Street the victim raised from his seat and pulled the stop cord. Ahmed got up and moved to the back door where he manipulated something under his hoodie in his waistband. When the door opened, Ahmed got off, walked a short distance and waited for the victim. Ahmed yelled for the victim to get off the bus. The victim exited the front door and started walking toward Ahmed. Ahmed drew a handgun from his waist, shot the victim multiple times and ran off.

Still images depicting the suspect were disseminated to local media.

Detectives obtained a recent school photo of Ahmed and he matched the suspect depicted in the Metro video. Further, they determined that Ahmed lived with his mother … The residence is blocks from the crime scene and in direct line with the suspect’s direction of travel from the scene.

Detectives were preparing to arrest Ahmed for the murder when his mother unexpectedly called 9ll. She reported that her juvenile soon wanted to talk to police about being a murder suspect. (A detective) called Ahmed’s mother … She informed me that she had seen images of her son on the West Seattle Blog and identified him as being the murder suspect. SPD SWAT responded to their residence where Ahmed was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect’s arraignment – initial hearing for entering a plea – is set for August 29th.

ADDED 3:56 PM: We now also have the charging documents, with the additional details that prosecutors requested $1 million bail and that the suspect has “no known criminal history.”

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FOLLOWUP: 16-year-old arrested in High Point murder; victim identified https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-16-year-old-arrested-in-high-point-murder/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-16-year-old-arrested-in-high-point-murder/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 22:31:41 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925487

3:31 PM: Police have now confirmed that they’ve arrested a 16-year-old suspect in last Thursday night’s deadly shooting of a 37-year-old man after the two got off a bus on the west side of the 35th and Morgan intersection. He was arrested in High Point – where detectives have been on scene along Lanham north of Graham for a while, though when we asked for comment about an hour ago, after taking the photo above, we were told they had nothing to release yet. SPD’s announcement adds, “Detectives are interviewing the teen and plan to book him into the King County Youth Service Center for investigation of murder. Thank you to everyone who called in with information about this case.” The arrest comes one day after police released Metro surveillance video of a person they described as the murder suspect. This is the fifth murder case of the year in West Seattle and the first with an arrest.

7:52 PM: The victim has been identified as Taylor C. Fehlen; a commenter shared this link to his obituary, which says a memorial gathering is planned tomorrow.

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About the wrong-way truck on SW Morgan https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/wrong-way-truck-on-sw-morgan/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/wrong-way-truck-on-sw-morgan/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2018 22:37:44 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925409

After questions about that white truck facing uphill in the downhill lanes of SW Morgan near 40th SW, we went over to check. Police say the driver lost control of the truck’s forward gears several blocks east – the first report was from 31st/Sylvan – and tried traveling in reverse gear for a while, but that didn’t work out too well, as some trees and other vehicles were hit along the way, including the purple-and-gold van in the photo. No injuries reported; police were directing traffic until the truck could be moved.

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FOLLOWUP: Police release bus-camera video of High Point murder suspect https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-police-release-bus-camera-video-of-high-point-murder-suspect/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-police-release-bus-camera-video-of-high-point-murder-suspect/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:46:51 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925398

First – as reported here Saturday morning – police released still images of a person they say is the suspect they’re seeking in Thursday night’s High Point bus-stop murder. This morning, they have released video from Metro bus security cameras. Police said Friday that they believe the 37-year-old victim (who has not yet been publicly identified) and his killer were involved in a “disturbance” on board before exiting the bus on the west side of the 35th and Morgan intersection, where the shooting happened. Here’s the description of the suspect: “16-21 years old, 5’7” to 5’9”, has a thin build, and was last seen wearing a dark gray hoody & jeans.” If you have any info on his identity, the SPD tipline is 206-233-5000, or call 911.

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Person found dead on Alki Beach https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/person-found-dead-on-alki-beach/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/person-found-dead-on-alki-beach/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:23:19 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925396 Thanks for the texts about the Medical Examiner and police near 55th/Alki earlier this morning, after someone was found dead on the beach. The scene was cleared by the time we got there but we’ve since been able to confirm with police that they believe this was a death by suicide. No other details except that there was an initial medical call to the area at 6:25 am.

As always, when we report a case of suicide, we include a reminder that the Crisis Clinic has a 24-hour hotline, 206-461-3222.

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PM REPORT UPDATE: Harbor Avenue standoff over, suspect in custody https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/harbor-avenue-standoff-closure-continuing-afternoon-report/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/harbor-avenue-standoff-closure-continuing-afternoon-report/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2018 19:00:11 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925121 (Photo tweeted by @jpaulsea)

NOON: Since the 6 am hour, we’ve been covering a standoff that’s led police to close off much of Harbor Avenue SW, between the bridge and California Way. A man broke into one of the vacant buildings at the old Sea-Way site around 3 am. He has refused to surrender. For a while he was inside; you cannot clearly see him in the reader photo above, but for some time he has been outside one building’s window, on an awning/ledge section. The SWAT team and negotiators have been on site for hours trying to talk him into giving up; he’s reported to be wielding a foot-long piece of broken glass as well as a screwdriver. Harbor remains closed at the bridge and at California Way. Some bicyclists have reported that the path was closed as well as the road. Our photographer, who went to the scene for a while early this morning, is back there now so we’ll have updates from him as well as via scanner.

(WSB photo)

12:23 PM: Our crew reports this is coming to an end. The man apparently tried to bolt, and was taken into custody.

12:28 PM: Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis tells us at the scene that they’ll get Harbor Avenue reopened as fast as they can – hopefully within 15 minutes or so.

12:49 PM: Per scanner, reopening now. We will update with more photos and followup info a bit later.

2:20 PM: Two more photos added above, including the man as he came down from the ledge. It wasn’t clear from radio communication at the time whether he was being taken to Harborview for evaluation or directly to jail; SPD media relations says the former.

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‘Scenes of violence’ response on Harbor Ave, quickly canceled https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/scenes-of-violence-response-on-harbor-ave/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/scenes-of-violence-response-on-harbor-ave/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2018 07:39:05 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925043 12:39 AM: Now there’s another “scenes of violence” callout, this time in the 2800 block of Harbor SW. Details to come.

12:45 AM: The call has closed.

ADDED: As noted in comments, this may be related to the later Harbor Avenue standoff after all. We hope to be able to check on that with police after the standoff is over.

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Crime, safety, police opinions? More West Seattle focus groups coming up https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/crime-safety-police-opinions-more-west-seattle-focus-groups-coming-up/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/crime-safety-police-opinions-more-west-seattle-focus-groups-coming-up/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2018 23:00:23 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924985 Be part of shaping your nearest Microcommunity Policing Plan, while sharing your feedback about neighborhood crime, safety, and policing. You can do that by participating in one of the focus groups that will be conducted by Seattle University – SPD won’t be present, but will get the eventual findings. Here’s what’s coming up this month in West Seattle:

High Point Community: 8/11, 2-3 pm, at High Point Library [3411 SW Raymond]

Fauntleroy Community: 8/15, 5:30-6:30 pm, at Southwest Library [9010 35th SW]

Morgan Junction Community: 8/19, 3-4 pm, at High Point Library

Commercial Harbor Island Community: 8/20, 6-7 pm, at Delridge Library [5423 Delridge Way SW]

Pigeon Point Community: 8/25, 11:30-12:30 pm, at Delridge Library

Commercial Duwamish Community: 8/27, 6-7 pm, at Delridge Library

Alki Community: 8/29, 6-7 pm, at West Seattle Library [2306 42nd SW]

You can contact the Southwest Precinct‘s Seattle U intern Tiana Lee with questions, and to RSVP, at leet12@seattleu.edu

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UPDATE: Police search after crash in Sunrise Heights https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/police-search-in-sunrise-heights/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/police-search-in-sunrise-heights/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2018 01:03:50 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924926 6:03 PM: Thanks for the tips. A police search in Sunrise Heights followed a 2-car crash at 31st and Elmgrove. Readers report one person was taken to the hospital and the other driver bolted, which led to the search.

6:23 PM: We’re in the area. Elmgrove is blocked off, with police cars and crime-scene tape. Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives are here; police confirm one driver was transported to the hospital and the other is being sought.

Police say the car below is the one whose driver was taken to the hospital; they’re looking for the driver of the one above.

They expect Elmgrove will be closed another hour or so.

7:10 PM: Updated which car was which, after neighbors corrected us.

8:17 PM: We asked SFD about the driver taken to the hospital. Tge man’s believed to be in his early 30s and his injuries were not life-threatening.

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LAST CALL: Deadline for registering your Night Out block party https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/last-call-deadline-for-registering-your-night-out-block-party/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/last-call-deadline-for-registering-your-night-out-block-party/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2018 19:10:32 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924650 (Photo courtesy Pete Spalding. P.S. For Delridge Day info, here’s our most-recent update!)

Clever sign like that one from Pigeon Point NOT required – but if you want to close a (non-arterial) street for your Night Out block party tomorrow night, you have until 5 pm today to register it. Just go here. And you can go here to find templates for street-closure signs and neighborhood invitations. If you won’t be at your own block/building party – remember that as of last count, more than 260 parties were registered in this area, so be mindful of many closed side streets between 6-9 pm tomorrow!

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FOLLOWUP: Council committee unanimously OKs Orchard Street Ravine expansion purchase https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-council-committee-unanimously-oks-orchard-street-ravine-expansion-purchase/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-council-committee-unanimously-oks-orchard-street-ravine-expansion-purchase/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2018 22:18:36 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924233 (Slide from presentation to committee)

The vote was 4-0 minutes ago as the City Council’s Civic Development, Public Assets, and Native Communities Committee gave their approval to buying a 5,600-square-foot parcel for expansion of the Orchard Street Ravine. We previewed the proposal in this story; if the full Council gives final approval next Monday, the site at 7137 38th SW (shown on this map)will be bought with $235,000 in Park District levy money. The presentation at today’s meeting was relatively short; earlier, as expected, several neighbors and community advocates spoke in favor of the purchase. (4:59 PM UPDATE: Here’s the Seattle Channel video – this is the last item, 46 minutes in.) The councilmembers present and voting yes today were committee chair Debora Juarez, Lorena González, Sally Bagshaw, and Lisa Herbold, who said as the meeting wrapped up that she’d heard another OSR neighbor is interested in donating/selling land, and Seattle Parks reps confirmed they’re looking into that.

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NIGHT OUT: What you need to know with 6 days to go https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/night-out-what-you-need-to-know-with-6-days-to-go/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/night-out-what-you-need-to-know-with-6-days-to-go/#respond Wed, 01 Aug 2018 20:51:58 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924229 Less than a week until Night Out – next Tuesday is the night when neighborhoods around the nation have block/building/etc. parties to celebrate community and safety. We checked in with Southwest Precinct crime-prevention coordinator Jennifer Danner, who says 266 Night Out events are registered so far in our area (still the second-highest total in the city, though SW is the smallest precinct). If you want to close a (non-arterial) street and/or request a Night Out visit by public-safety personnel, register your event ASAP (you have until Monday afternoon, but why procrastinate?) – just go here. If you’re already registered, that page is also where you can download invitations, street-closure signs, and other Night Out collateral.

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UPDATE: About the police response in Arbor Heights https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/about-the-police-response-in-arbor-heights-2/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/about-the-police-response-in-arbor-heights-2/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2018 02:15:30 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=923936 (WSB photo)

7:15 PM: We’ve just arrived at 31st SW and SW 106th in Arbor Heights, where we heard via scanner that police were setting up a command post and calling for the mobile precinct, but didn’t hear why, so we headed out to see what we could find out. It’s a “person in crisis” situation but it’s in the process of getting resolved – the person in question is now in custody.

7:23 PM: The lieutenant at the scene tells us that the person is going to be taken to the hospital by private (AMR) ambulance for an evaluation – as is common in “person in crisis” situations – and the police response will be winding down.

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