Officers Arrest Man for Arson Following Sunday Morning Apartment Fire

Seattle police responded to the 4700 block of 42 Avenue Southwest Sunday at 1 a.m. to assist the Seattle Fire Department with an apartment fire.

Fire fighters were able to get the blaze under control and the Fire Marshal began attempting to determine the cause of the fire.

The resident of the apartment returned to the scene and advised the Fire Marshal that he had intentionally set the fire.

Officers took the man into custody and booked him into King County Jail for investigation of arson.  Arson Detectives will now work with the Prosecutor’s Office as this case moves forward.

Officers Arrest Man Armed With Machete and BB-Gun in the Delridge Neighborhood

Witnesses called 911 around 9:30 Thursday night to report a man with a rifle and machete outside an apartment building in the 7500 block of 24 Avenue Southwest.

Officers quickly converged on the address and found a man standing in the stairwell of the building still holding the rifle and machete. SWAT team members as well as hostage negotiators responded to the scene and were able to start a dialogue with the 33-year-old man. After an hour of talking with the suspect, officers were able to convince the man to come down from the stairwell.  SWAT officers took the suspect into custody and discovered the rifle was a BB-gun.

Officers booked the suspect into King County Jail for investigation of Harassment and Investigation of Assault.

Police Looking to Identify Burglary Suspect in Highland Park

Detectives are attempting to identify and locate a suspect after receiving several similar reports in the same West Seattle neighborhood last week. The description and behavior of the suspect all seem consistent in the reported incidents.  In three out of the four reported incidents, the unknown suspect was actually inside the victim’s bedroom.

Police responded to burglaries where the suspect was inside the house in the early morning hours of  June 17th and 19th.  The incidents occurred in the 9000 block of 11th Avenue SW, the 9200 block of 12th Avenue SW, and the 9400 block of 13th Avenue SW.

In the first reported incident, reported June 17th,  the victim stated that the suspect was outside her window and never made entry into the house, however, she did observe his hand reaching inside an open window.  The suspect ran off when the victim screamed.  The suspect was described as a black male wearing black clothing.

In the next reported incident, about an hour after the first,  the victim woke to find the suspect inside her bedroom.  The suspect spoke to the victim and after several minutes left the house.  The suspect was described as a black male in his twenties, 6’02”, 220 pounds with a heavy build.  He was wearing a black hooded coat, black sweat pants.  Officers searched, but did not find the suspect.

On June 19th, just after 1:00 am, the victim was asleep in her room when she observed an unknown man inside the room, sitting on the edge of her bed.  The victim was able to walk past the suspect into another room where she called 911.  During that the time, the suspect left.  That suspect was described as a black male, 6’1″ tall, with a heavy build.  Officers conducted an area search but did not find the suspect.

On June 19th around 4:00 am the victim awoke to discover an unknown man standing outside her bedroom door.  The victim’s husband chased the suspect out the front door of the house.  The suspect was described as a tall black male in all black clothing with something covering his face.

Detectives believe that the suspect gained entry into the homes through an open or unlocked window.  Detectives are comparing investigative notes with the King County Sheriff’s Office to see if they have received any similar type reports, since these reports are so close to the county line.

If anyone has information on any of these incidents, they are urged to contact the Seattle Police Department.



Domestic Violence Call in West Seattle Ends in Apparent Suicide

Police are investigating after a man fired shots at a woman’s home and then apparently fatally shot himself in the Puget Ridge neighborhood.

A woman called 911 just after 10 a.m. to report her 32-year-old ex-boyfriend showed up to her home in the 6500 block of 16 Avenue Southwest and began firing shots at the house.

Officers converged on the home and found the victim had escaped to a neighbor’s house.  Police began searching the victim’s house and the surrounding area.  At approximately 10:50 a.m someone called 911 to report they had found a body in a nearby greenbelt.  Officers responded to the area and found the suspect dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Seattle Fire Department medics treated the victim at the scene for minor injuries she sustained while fleeing her home.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence and you wish to get assistance please call police or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE(7233).

Detectives Investigate Vehicle/Pedestrian Collision in West Seattle

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are conducting the investigation following a serious injury vehicle/pedestrian collision in West Seattle Thursday evening.

Shortly before 5:00 pm,  a 35-year-old man was attempting to cross 35th Avenue SW mid-block in the 4400 block when he was struck by a Nissan sedan travelling northbound on 35th. Patrol officers from the Southwest Precinct, along with Seattle Fire Department medics responded to the scene.  Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

TCIS detectives responded to the scene to begin their investigation and process the scene.

The adult driver of the Nissan remained at the scene.  Per protocol, a DUI/Drug Recognition Expert officer evaluated the Nissan driver for any signs of impairment.  No intoxication or impairment was detected, and the driver was allowed to leave after being interviewed by detectives.

35th Avenue SW was shut down for the investigation between Avalon and Fauntleroy for several hours but has since reopened to traffic.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.