West Precinct bicycle officers assigned to Sunday night’s football game located and arrested a car prowl suspect inside a parking garage. The 48-year-old suspect was trespassing inside the structure and was near two cars that had just been prowled.
Officers Ryan Stone and Alexandra Harris were patrolling the parking garages surrounding the stadium. They checked a garage in the 700 block of 1st Avenue where a car had been broken into. A few hours later, the officers returned to the garage where they observed the known suspect inside next to several recently prowled cars. The suspect was arrested for trespassing. The officers searched the suspect, and he was found to be in possession of property from the previous car prowl. He was also in possession of crack cocaine and heroin. The suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for narcotics, with requests for additional charges.
Perhaps you have seen some of these signs in parking garages around town. While car prowls incidents are still down across the city, the Seattle Police Department continues to work with the owners of local garages in an attempt to keep car prowls from occurring inside the facilities.
The signs will be available to the owners/operators of the secure parking garages in Seattle.
For more information, contact your local Community Police Team in your precinct.
Download our car prowl prevention brochure here (pdf).
A suspect is in custody after he was arrested for a car prowl and a stolen handgun was recovered early Saturday morning in the Belltown neighborhood, thanks to the assistance of a watchful security officer.
Just after midnight on Saturday, March 25th, a victim called 911 to report that his vehicle had been broken into and that his semi-automatic handgun, which had been locked inside a lockbox inside, had been stolen. A security officer nearby had witnessed the suspect rummaging around inside the vehicle and took cell phone video of the suspect as he left the area of 7th Avenue and Blanchard Street. Officers searched for the suspect but did not locate him and took the theft report from the victim. About an hour after the initial call, officers were on another call at 3rd and Blanchard when they observed a suspect closely resembling the suspect from the cell phone video. The suspect was detained and officers determined that the man was indeed the car prowl suspect. The suspect was arrested and his backpack was searched. Officers located the stolen firearm inside.
The suspect is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing firearms. He was later booked into the King County Jail for theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm.