Police Blotter Week of 4-1-13
Purple sweatpants = trouble
It was just after 1 a.m. at the Yen Wor Village Bar in the Admiral District on March 25 when a male patron wearing purple sweatpants started acting strangely. Bar staff said the man was repeatedly pulling his sweatpants down to reveal his birthday suit. When they asked him to refrain from the activity, the man pulled them down once again and mooned the entire bar. Uninterested in continuing the show, staff told the man he needed to pay his tab and leave. Instead, the suspect walked into a back hallway, ripped a fire extinguisher off the wall and started spraying the place down. The bar evacuated their customers and called police. When police arrived, fittingly, their suspect was found with his purple sweatpants around his ankles. He was arrested for property damage and indecent exposure.
Polevia finally arrested
31-year-old Alan Polevia has been a thorn in the King County Sheriff’s Office’s side for weeks. Arrested for a slew of property crime charges, in February he escaped deputy custody at Harborview Hospital and ran away in handcuffs. He reappeared in West Seattle on March 5 (sans handcuffs) and, despite a manhunt using K-9s and a helicopter, he was able to slink into the shadows yet again. Polevia made the TV show Washington’s Most Wanted as a result of his shenanigans and on March 22 a viewer who had seen his picture saw the man digging through a dumpster near a Burien apartment. The witness called police and they were there within minutes. When first contacted, Polevia told deputies they had the wrong guy because his name was “Alex Polevia,” not “Alan Polevia.” It didn’t work, and he was arrested.
The ol’ cab switcheroo
On March 14, 33-year-old Michael Kelley and his several outstanding warrants were passengers in a stolen vehicle driving through White Center. A King County Sheriff’s Office deputy noticed the car had expired tabs and pulled it over. Kelley and his warrants ran away. Several deputies had responded to the scene and were planning their next moves in tracking Kelley when a cab driver pulled up and asked if they had seen “Michael?” A plan quickly hatched and police asked the cabbie if they could borrow his ride for a minute. One deputy posed as a cab driver while another hid in the backseat. After driving around the area for a few minutes Michael Kelley popped out from behind some bushes to get into the cab he had called to be whisked away from trouble. He was given a fare-free ride to jail.
Block by block crime statistics and police reports were unavailable from the Seattle Police Department this week due to computer system maintenance on their end. As a result, there is no breakdown of crimes in this column. Our apologies and we'll be back to the usual next week!