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


Knife attack

On April 29 at 10:41 p.m., police responded to a 911 call from a business in the 500 block of Denny Way, reporting a woman had just tried to stab a man with a knife on the sidewalk at Denny Way and Taylor Avenue North.

The victim said he’d run into the business to get away from the woman. He had been standing on the sidewalk, minding his own business, when the woman ran up to him, yelling and cursing, before she pulled a knife out of her pocket and tried to stab him with it. He was able to dodge her and run away.

He gave police the victim’s description and said he thought she was high on methamphetamines.

The victim was reluctant to give police his information, stating he lived in Florida. However, when police ran his name, it came back to a Seattle address.

Police searched the neighborhood for the suspect but were unable to find her.

The victim said he’d waited about 10 minutes before calling 911 to report the incident. 


Police responded to a 911 call from the owner of a home in the 1900 block of Dexter Avenue North at 2:47 p.m. on April 27. The owner said he believed squatters had broken into the home and were living in it.

He said he’d had issues with squatters before, as the house is currently vacant, and that he was there that day to trim the hedges with a chainsaw.

Police arrived and searched the house with the owner. While they didn’t find anyone inside, they did discover that a basement window had been pried open and the majority of the wiring had been stripped from the house’s electrical outlets.

Police state it didn’t appear that anybody had been squatting in the house, as there was neither evidence of food or bottles nor any beds or sleeping bags inside.

The homeowner pointed out that the window that was pried is hidden from the street by tall shrubbery, so he was cutting down the trees and bushes to give the windows more exposure.

He said he’d boarded up most of the windows, and he’d put up no-trespassing signs, which someone had taken down.


Unlucky roommate

On April 26 at 1:37 a.m., police responded to a burglary 911 call at a home in the 1500 block of First Avenue West.

The victims, two roommates, told police they’d gone out for the night at 6:30 p.m. When they returned, one of the victims noticed that his bedroom had been rifled through and a change jar that had contained about $200 was gone.

The victims don’t believe the suspect went into any other rooms in the home.

The bedroom window screen had been removed, and a small piece of the outside window frame had been broken off. Items had been knocked off the windowsill.

A back door was found unlocked. One of the residents told police he vividly remembers locking that door before they left for the night.

The police believe the suspect likely entered through the window and exited through the door.


A man in the 1600 block of First Avenue West called 911 when, a while after arriving home, he realized all of the dresser drawers and cabinet doors were open and items appeared to have been rifled through.

The burglary occurred between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. on April 25.

The victim stated that his kitchen door and screen door were both unlocked when he returned home.

He also said there were laptop computers and other valuables left in plain sight, and nothing appeared to have been taken.

Stolen pot plants

Operators of a marijuana store on West Commodore Way called 911 on April 30 to report somebody had broken in between 7 p.m. on April 29 and 7 a.m. on April 30 and taken 100 marijuana plants.

This is the second burglary police has taken recently from this store.

Police checked out the building’s security and found that the back gate was missing a clasp, possibly allowing an intruder to sneak through. 

Pried window

On April 26 at 9:20 p.m., police responded to a burglary call at a home in the 1600 block of Second Avenue West.

The victims told police they’d been out of town and had just returned home at 6:30 p.m. When entered they noticed items had been rummaged through.

One victim said he noticed the dog dish and bins in the kitchen had been tipped over and then realized the back door was unlocked. When he checked the rest of the home, he found drawers throughout the home had been opened and rummaged through.

The other victim said her electronic weather station was missing from the kitchen window; it was the only item they had noticed was missing.

She said her wallet had been opened and the cards were pulled out and scattered, but she didn’t think any of her credit cards were missing. Her jewelry box had also been opened and its contents scattered, but nothing was missing.

They found a sliding window was partially open in one bedroom, with a screwdriver lying in the middle of the bed. Police checked the window and found scratch marks on the outside of it. They determined the burglar had broken into the house by prying open this