Crime notes: James sentenced, scanner logs, $7.5K reward

BHNW incident map
Selected incidents appearing in scanner logs. B - Burglaries, V - Vehicle thefts/break-ins, S - Shooting or weapons

Rodney James was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the December 12th alcohol-involved crash that injured Wah and Jason Wong on Columbian Way. The West Seattle Blog has minute-by-minute coverage of the sentencing hearing. Thanks, Seattle Times and WSB!

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Man shot in robbery — On the night of January 7th around 10:15pm, a man was robbed by several suspects in a black Jeep in the alley between 15th and 16th, just north of Plum. After refusing to turn over his money as demanded, three of the suspects physically assaulted the victim and the driver, a white female, fired a small handgun, striking the victim in the left torso. The victim reports he escaped and heard two more shots as he fled. After returning to his home near 16th and Holgate and evaluating his wounds, he took a cab to Harborview and reported the incident to police on January 10th. The reporting officer was unable to correspond any 911 calls to the approximate time of the incident.

Thanks to Scott from CDNews for forwarding the police report.

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Selected incidents of note, collected from scanner logs and recent mailing list postings:


  • 2/6 10:30pm near 13th and Bayview: Forced entry burglary.
  • 2/9 2:45pm near 25th and Bradford: Forced entry burglary.
  • 2/11 1:00pm near 21st and Waite: An attempted burglary. Police responded with suspect still in the yard.


  • 2/9 4:15pm near 33rd and Graham: A woman saw someone leaving something something in her trash. When confronted he pulled a gun on her and then jumped into a black Mercedes and left.

Vehicle theft

  • 2/14 near 19th and Spokane: As reported on the BAN list, a teal 1992 Honda Civic hatchback was stolen and replaced with a nearly identical vehicle(!). The missing vehicle has plate number 932VQS. The “replacement” vehicle, also presumably stolen, has plate number 187WHY.

Vehicle break-in

  • 2/15 8:30am near Beacon and Graham

Other suspicious activity

  • 2/10 2:45pm near 12th and Nevada: Two men came to the resident’s door and tried to get in. Perhaps unrelatedly, about three hours later a drive-by shooting occurred at this same address.

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$7,500 reward for return of stolen data — Eriq Chang lost his entire business last weekend when, in a seemingly targeted occurrence, his home was burgled and the only items stolen were his computer and backup drive.

Following the break is a formal request, reward stipulation, and release of liability on return of the stolen data as drafted by Eriq’s attorney. If you can help Eriq out, contact his lawyer or email Eriq directly at or call 206-659-5585.


Eriq Chang’s residence and business, located at 2521 13th Avenue S. Seattle, Washington, was burglarized on February 5, 2010.

Mr. Chang’s computer and external backup hard drive were taken.

This was all Mr. Chang’s business intellectual property. Contained on the stolen property were the entire contents of Mr. Chang’s business and intellectual property – essentially years upon years of electronic files, data, and production materials representing thousands of work hours over the course of fourteen years. This business and intellectual property also includes projects that are currently active, will be due, or that are due immediately. Damages to Mr. Chang’s business, should the data not be returned, are to be considered catastrophic – far exceeding the value of the actual computer and electronic equipment taken.

Mr. Chang is offering a reward of $7,500 for safe, timely and ANONYMOUS return of all the data that was stored on his computer and external backup hard drive.

If the data is returned to Mr. Chang’s attorney, Aric Bomsztyk, Mr. Chang has no desire to press criminal charges against anyone or seek any compensation whatsoever.

The data can be returned ANONYMOUSLY as follows:

1. Contact any Washington State attorney of your choosing. A criminal defense attorney would be best able to assist you.

2. Have that attorney contact Mr. Bomsztyk and Mr. Bomsztyk will not inquire of the persons’ name, only of how the data can be delivered/sent to Mr. Bomsztyk safely and quickly.

3. Once the data is received and verified by Mr. Bomsztyk and Mr. Chang, Mr. Chang will remit the reward directly to the trust account of the other attorney


The reward offered is far more than the “street” value of the actual equipment and can be returned safely and anonymously to Mr. Chang through the procedure above.

If you do not wish to use an attorney, you may contact, or have a third person contact, Mr. Bomsztyk directly at the number above. Time is of the essence.

Very truly yours,
Aric Bomsztyk
Attorney At Law

Barokas Martin & Tomlinson
1422 Bellevue Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
P: 206.621.1871
F: 206.621.9907