The following are selected reports from the Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct. They represent the officers’ accounts of the events described.
Persistent Rabble Rousers
Just before 2 a.m. on Sept. 10, police responded to a second 911 call from security at a bar at 105 West Mercer Street, for a group of men who were harassing and assaulting security officers.
On the first call police responded and criminally trespassed the group because one of them had punched a security officer in the face.
The second time police responded they found the suspects at their car, which was parked in a lot across the street from the bar. One of the suspects got into the car after officers ordered him not to. It appeared that the suspect was trying to hide something, and after he was detained they checked the car and found a hatchet in the back seat.
Security told police after officers left the suspects went to their car in the lot across the street and started drinking bottled beer and hanging out in the parking lot. They came back over to the bar and broke their beer bottles, threatening the bar’s security officers with the broken bottles and also threatening to get the hatchet out of the car.
Security began to escort the suspects off the property when one suspect punched a security officer in the side of the face. This set off a brawl that spilled out into the street. One of the suspects fell over onto his broken beer bottle and cut himself.
Two of the suspects were located and arrested. They were charged with assault, trespass and obstruction of justice.
Frequently Burglarized Storage Facility
Just before noon on Sept. 12, police responded to a storage facility in the 3000 block of 15th Avenue West.
The victim and his mother stated they came to the storage unit that day for the first time since June 29 and found a bunch of his boxes had been rummaged through and items were tossed around the unit.
He said he couldn’t tell if anything was missing. There were no signs of forced entry into the unit.
The victim’s brother has a unit in the same storage facility. They went and checked it and found it had been broken into and rummaged through as well.
The responding officers told the victim there has been a series of frequent burglaries at this particular storage facility, and advised him not to keep anything valuable in the storage lockers.
At 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 6, a man called 911 from the 100 block of Mercer Street to report he’d just been threatened by the same person twice in one day.
He’d already reported the first incident.
He said he’d been walking through a parking lot when he walked by the suspect. When the suspect saw him he stood up and picked up his skateboard, and raised it in an aggressive manner towards the victim.
When security from a nearby store walked by the suspect left the parking lot.
The victim gave a description of the suspect to police, who searched the area for the suspect but didn’t find him.
Failed Pizza Break In
Just after 7 a.m. on Sept. 9, police responded to a burglary call from a pizza parlor in the 1600 block of West Dravus Street.
The manager said somebody tried to break into the metal doors on the east and west sides of the building. The dead bolt on the east side door was damaged from being pried. The keyless access lock on the door on the west was pried off, but the suspect was still unable to open the door.
The manager estimated it would cost approximately $750 to replace the keyless access lock, and $100 to repair the deadbolt.
At 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 9, a man living in an apartment in the 100 block of Sixth Avenue North called 911 to report his motorcycle was stolen from his building’s parking garage sometime between Sept. 6 and that morning.
The victim still had the only set of keys in his possession, and there were pieces of the motorcycle’s ignition broken off on the floor of the parking garage.
Garage Break In
At 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 8, police responded to a house in the 2500 block of Seventh Avenue West for a burglary to the detached garage in the back yard.
The garage is accessible by a back alley.
The homeowner told police he’d been away from home from 6 p.m. on Sept. 5, until just before noon that morning. When he got home he noticed the man door to his garage was open and damaged.
He went in the garage and found that somebody had rummaged through his stuff. He said he thought the only things missing were a wooden box full of old United States Marine Corps medals and some old stereo equipment.
Police examined the garage and determined the door was pried with a crowbar or a similar tool. Responding officers gave the victim some home security tips.