Man Arrested for Lewd Conduct Near Chief Sealth High School

Southwest Precinct officers arrested a 34-year-old man for lewd conduct earlier this morning in the 2400 Block of SW Thistle Street.

At about 8:30 this morning, a 17-year-old  female student was walking to school when she passed a dark blue mini van parked on the street.  As she passed the van, she observed the suspect inside masturbating.  The girl immediately ran to school and reported it to the principal’s office.  Officers immediately responded and located the van and contacted the suspect.  He was positively identified and arrested by officers.  The suspect was transported to the Southwest Precinct where he is being interviewed by detectives.  He will later be booked into the King County Jail.  It is unknown at this time whether this man is connected with the previous incidents near other West Seattle schools.