Arson suspect in custody, another being questioned

This morning, 46-year-old Kevin Todd Swalwell was booked into the King County Jail on investigation of arson after being taken into custody several blocks away from a warehouse fire in Shoreline last night. Swalwell has a long history of arson. According to this Seattle Times article from 1995, he has convictions both in the 1990’s and 1980’s. The Seattle Times is reporting that a second person-of-interest is also being questioned.

According to Nancy McKinney, the director of the Ballard Food Bank, Swalwell had his mail delivered there. “I actually talked to him within the last five days,” she tells us, but doesn’t know who he is. “I couldn’t pick him out of a line-up.” He is one of about 600 people to use the food bank for their mail service.

PhinneyWood has complete coverage of the arrests, the Shoreline fire and reaction from the Greenwood business community.


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YES!!!

ktown69
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ktown69

Wow, another fire last night?? I'm glad he hung around long enough to get caught!

ballardpilot
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ballardpilot

Good.

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

I hope this is the right guy! It's no way to live wondering each morning if your house or business is still going to be standing in the morning. :(

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Yeah, I really hope they got this a-hole at last.
All that extra oxygen out there is from the whole of Greenwood holding their breath.

AlonzoNeighbor
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AlonzoNeighbor

This is great news. I imagine the arsonist saw the news story last night that listed the dates and times the Greenwood community planned to walk the streets on arson partrol. Knowing they were going to be around, said arsonist probably moved on up to Shoreline.

Steve
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Steve

1 arrested, 1 in for questioning. Glad they might have got them

mongo
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mongo

The person they arrested has a long history of arson

http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/arch

Christophe
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Christophe

” Swalwell's most recent mailing addresses is for the Ballard Food Bank.”

What a surprise…..not.

Add him to the level 3 child rapist housed at the Church and Ballard's 'Save thee Vagrants' campaign is doing wonders for the community.

ballardbard
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ballardbard

Finally, someting we can all agree on! I hope this is the right guy and our Greenwood neighbors can sleep at night again.

ballardcitizen
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ballardcitizen

The Ballard Food Bank serves all sorts of people, including people just like you who, due to the economy, find themselves out of work for the first time in their working lives. We should applaud their work. Also please remember that everyone whose looks don't appeal to you isn't less worthy or a criminal.

Christophe
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Christophe

Hey, if you want to feed the pigeons, be my guest, just don't complain to me when you get a pigeon problem and they **** all over your property.

ballardcitizen
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ballardcitizen

I'm wondering if we could elevate the tone of discussion. Surely your opinions are worthy of more dignity.

cyclistandSUVdriver
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cyclistandSUVdriver

very interesting … thanks for posting the link

BallardDINK
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BallardDINK

Huzzah to the cops! Here's to hoping they got the right guy, and put him away for a good long time.

TTTCOTTH
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TTTCOTTH

The Ballard Food Bank serves needy people. They also serve criminals, and sex offenders. That isn't hyperbole, it's just plain fact. Sugar attracts insects, good ones and bad ones and it's apparent that the food bank is frequented by a lot of scum. What a neighbor.

ballardcitizen
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ballardcitizen

QFC, Safeway, the public library, and many other needed facilities also serve “criminals and sex offenders.” Should we close them all? How do you know who's a criminal or a sex offender? By the way they dress? Couldn't your next-door neighbor, to whom you might say hello every day, be one or the other without your knowing it?

ethel
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ethel

And the Unabomber used interlibrary loan. Should we not let anyone else use it?

ethel
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ethel

Yup. Case in point: the “flasher” principal at Whittier was a perfectly respectable-looking guy.

Christophe
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Christophe

“QFC, Safeway, the public library, and many other needed facilities also serve “criminals and sex offenders.”

Yes, but not as many by percentage so why add to the problem by busing in bums?

ballardcitizen
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ballardcitizen

Have you done research? How do you know what the percentages are?

Jules
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Jules

As QFC and Sagfeway are private, the can in fact “86” bums, who are drunk, disorderly, stink, and generally do not fufill the “social contract” the rest of us have with each other.

The Library has become the Hobo Hotel and Porn Emporium, and all of us taxpayers pay for the privilege of providing them a warm place to watch portn.

Years ago, the food bank was called “Neigbors in Need” and it was in fact…for neighbors…and I worked as a volunteeer for a dinner program at a church. Trust me, the clientele has changed….and snce Ballard seems to have embarked on a “Save the Vagrant” prpgram, as someone else wrote, the rights of the rest of us have taken second place to the rights and desires of the vagrants/drug addicts/drunks/criminals.

I'm sure that there are plenty of people who use the food bank who aren't bums….but we've attracted a whole population of vagranats here, now, good luck trying to get rid of them. (unelss we enact the same panhandling laws that they did in Tacoma…that wuold get rid of a lot of miscreants.)

ballardcitizen
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ballardcitizen

I'm a neighbor, I'm well aware of the food bank's clientele. I also know that the food bank has its own “social contract” and will likewise refuse to serve anyone who's disorderly. Just because some people look like your definition of a “bum,” doesn't mean they are “vagrants/drug addicts/drunks/criminals.”

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

True fact: Ted Bundy volunteered for a rape crisis line in Seattle back in the day. Does that mean that the rape crisis line was a terrible service that attracted serial killers?

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

Do a little research before you throw around those accusations about the Ballard Food Bank. For one thing, they only help residents in Ballard. For another, their clientelle is not “mostly criminals and sex offenders”. Come back and have this discussion after you've spent some actual time there talking with the staff and going over the actual numbers of who they help. Right now you just sound like a reactionary blow-hard.