The following are selected reports from the Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct. They represent the officers’ accounts of the events described.


Crazed vandal

Police responded to 911 calls reporting a crazed man throwing a brick through the window in the 600 block of Elliott Avenue West, before arming himself with a folding chair and continuing to break the window at 2:13 p.m. on Jan. 28.

Employees there told police they knew the man as a transient who frequently causes violent scenes. They told police that, when the suspect showed up, employees called the property manager and asked him to deal with the suspect. The suspect asked the manager where the restroom was, and she directed him to a restroom down the hall.

The suspect charged at the woman and demanded to use a closer restroom. The scared victim tried to close the front door, and the suspect and victim began a struggle with the door, with the victim trying to close it and the suspect trying to shove his way inside.

The suspect eventually got the door open, grabbed the victim by her shoulders and shoved her backward. The victim was able to push the suspect out. In the process, a plastic bag the suspect was holding ripped when he was forced through the door, and some of his items fell out onto the floor.

The victim locked the door, and the suspect began banging on the door, demanding to be let back in. The victim refused.

The suspect went outside the building and grabbed a brick, which he began throwing at the exterior window. He threw the brick at several windows; he chipped and scratched them, but they did not break.

The suspect grew frustrated and returned inside the building with the brick. He threw the brick through the glass window on the door, aiming for the victim’s head. The brick came close to the victim’s head, and she was cut by the breaking glass.

The suspect returned outside and grabbed a metal patio chair, which he slammed into the window; he was not successful in breaking it.

At this point, police arrived and arrested the suspect.


Liquor thief

On Jan. 27 at 9:30 a.m., police responded to a call from a business in the 500 block of Denny Way in response to a robbery.

The store manager said a man he recognized from stealing liquor the day before, entered at 9:25 a.m. The suspect went behind the counter and took three large bottles of vodka.

The manager went to stop the man as he was exiting the store without paying. The suspect tried to hit the victim with one of the bottles, and said, “I’m going to kill you!”

The suspect then fled the scene heading northbound on Denny Way.


Locker break-in

On Jan. 25 at 10:02 p.m., police were dispatched to building in the 600 block of Galer Street to investigate a forced-entry burglary of a storage unit.

The victim said someone broke into his storage between Jan. 9 and the day of the report. The common door to the storage room wasn’t damaged. The victim’s padlock was still intact, but the mount plate was unscrewed from the plywood.

The victim said his road bike was stolen from the locker, along with camping and climbing gear.


Broken TV

Police responded to a burglary call at 4:46 p.m. on Jan. 22 at a building in the 3400 block of 23rd Avenue West.

Police arrived and spoke with the victim, who was intoxicated and said she’d been drinking wine. The living room and bedroom were in disarray, but the victim wasn’t sure if anything had been taken.

There was a trail of coins from the bedroom to the living room. She said a change jar in her bedroom had been opened and about $7 in coins was gone.

She also pointed out a flat-screen TV set, which had a cracked screen and was disconnected. She said the burglar had done the damage by possibly trying to steal the TV set. There was a new laptop and several other expensive items that were left untouched.

The victim was unclear about how long she had been away from home but said the burglary definitely happened some time that afternoon.

Police looked around but did not find any sign of forced entry. The victim then mentioned she might have accidentally left her door unlocked.

A window had been smashed out and was temporarily covered with cardboard. She said this was from a previous incident.


Missing purse

On Jan. 22 at 6:56 p.m., police responded to a business in the 2100 block of Queen Anne Avenue North, where a woman claimed her purse had been stolen.

The victim said she entered through the back door at 3 p.m. and set her purse down in the back area. She was sitting at a desk about 15 feet away watching TV.

About 45 minutes later, she went to grab her purse and noticed it was gone. She checked around the business but could not locate her purse.

Her husband also searched the building, including the Dumpsters out back, but could not find the missing purse.

The victim said that her purse contained several items, including a wallet with debit and credit cards, about $100 in foreign currency, $20 in American currency, medication, a passport, makeup and car keys. Her car was at home at the time of the theft.