Thurs., July 6. 1:20 a.m., S. King St. Officers responded to a report of several trespassers. The caller — a Metro employee — indicated he had seen several individuals enter the wooded property just south of S. King St. Upon arrival officers contacted a suspect, a transient Native American male aged 34, along with two other subjects sleeping in a makeshift shelter. While conducting a name check on the men, the officers found an outstanding warrant for the suspect which was verified via the Seattle Police data unit. Upon verification of the warrant the suspect was arrested, and later booked into King County Jail.
Thurs., July 6. 2:02 p.m., Third Ave. at Columbia St. Two officers were dispatched to the above address on a report of a male in a Metro bus stop with his pants down, urinating. Officers arrived on the scene and observed the subject, a transient white male aged 57, sitting on the Metro bus shelter bench at Third Ave. and Columbia St. He had no pants on. They approached the subject and officers noted that the man had defecated in his pants, which were sitting on the ground behind him. On further inspection they noticed feces on and underneath the bench the subject was sitting on — there were also feces spread on the subject’s legs. Subject had a wheelchair in front of him with garbage in and around it. One of the officers contacted the man and asked him what he was doing. The subject said he was waiting for the bus. Subject seemed confused, and was slow and hesitant in answering questions. When the officer asked him if he had a place to go, he could not give a definitive answer other than “the U-District.” The officers cleared the items from the wheelchair and asked the man if he could get in it. Subject attempted to get into the wheelchair but had trouble standing and keeping his balance. The officers assisted him into getting into his wheelchair, and asked him where he could go. Again he had no definitive answer. When asked if he was thinking of killing himself, subject replied “Yes.” He then attempted to wheel away, but his wheels were in the locked position. He began to get agitated and started swearing at one of the officers, saying, “If I had a gun, I’d shoot you pigs.” He simulated shooting a gun at the officer. Police then called American Medical Response (AMR) and requested they send an ambulance for an involuntary commitment on the subject. Subject stated he was homeless and did not go to any of the shelters. He also refused to go to detox when asked. AMR arrived on the scene and the officers assisted the medical staff in loading the subject into the ambulance. Subject went without a struggle, but continued to swear and make threats toward the officers. Officers then contacted Metro and notified them that they needed a cleanup at the bus shelter. They placed tape around the area of the bus stop with urine and feces in it, and subject was transported to Harborview Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.
Compiled from incident reports of the Seattle Police Department by Emma Quinn. Got your own experience to relate? Call us at (206)441-3247 ext. 207 and we’ll get the scoop.