Blotter: Another suspicious item, two creepy break-ins, $3k burglary

A little later in the week than normal with this one. Sorry for delay. Here’s what has gone down on the police beat last week (and a little beyond). Reports are compiled from Central District News scanner reports, SPD media reports and CHS reporting. Got a tip or a question about something you witnessed? E-mail CHS.

Recent Capitol Hill Police Activity CDN Scanner Reports

Friday 4/10/09

CHS Report: 11:54 AM – 400 block 11th Ave – Suspicious circumstances – A 26-year-old man reported that he was awoken by an unknown man opening the screen door on his second-story balcony just after midnight. When the apartment resident yelled at the man, the man replied “Sorry, I thought the apartment was empty,” and then climbed back down. Man was described as  early 20’s, clean shaven, with brown curly hair, wearing a black Northface fleece lined jacket, and brown “punk” pants with belt buckles on the rear calf.


Sunday 4/12/09

CHS Report: 12:59 PM – 300 block E. Howell – Residential burglary – About $3,600 in electronics and other items were stolen from the residence of 43-year-old woman. She returned to find her front door open and a window broken and several items missing from her home.

Monday 4/13/09

3:08PM 1600 E. Olive Way Narcotics Activity

Man smoking the crack in the Starbucks restroom.

Tuesday 4/14/09

2:52PM 11th & E. Olive Suspicious Package

– Another bomb scare but this one was dismissed as harmless very quickly. Small trend of ‘suspicious item’ reports on the Hill lately. CHS Coverage

Wednesday 4/15/09

12:59PM 800 E Denny Way Threat

Threats to cause bodily harm over a parking space

3:26PM E Galer St and Interlaken Pl E Shennanigans

Eight skateboarders in the street

Thursday 4/16/09

CHS Report: 11:41 AM – Group Health 15th Ave – Graffiti – A cement wall on the Group Health building at 15th and Denny was tagged with white spraypainted letters.

2:42PM 1519 E. Howell Suspicious Circumstance

Two suspects seen trying doorknobs in the area. Last seen northbound on 15th. White male and white female in 20s, man in black, female in brown jacket and white hat.

Friday 4/17/09

CHS Report: 2:30 AM – Crescent Tavern – Robbery – A 36-year-old Eastlake man reported he was jumped by four unknown males, robbed of $125 and beaten in an alley near the Olive Way bar. A witness reported seeing the victim looking into cars parked in the area before seeing him again a short time later laying on the ground and appearing to have been beaten. A search of the area did not turn up any of the four suspects.

4:31PM 23rd Ave E and E Boyer St Erratic driver

A semi is traveling at a high rate of speed holding his horn down, caller thinks he might be having mechanical problems, heading Northbound

CHS Report – 9:03 PM – 511 Broadway – Robbery – A man and a woman were caught stealing from the tip jar at Yasuko’s Teriyaki. The employee who discovered them brandished a meat cleaver and the suspects ran off with undetermined amount of cash but were caught be responding officers. A search of the female suspect revealed she was carrying nine $1 bills and a joint. The male suspect had $1. As he was being arrested, the report states the male suspect threatened the officer. “I am HIV positive and if you don’t get your fucking hands off of me I will spit in your eye.” The man was booked on charges of theft and harassment. 

Saturday 4/18/09

CHS Report: 5:13 AM – 600 block 13th Ave E – Burglary A 36-year-old woman was able to call police and scare off a man who allegedly had broken into her apartment. 26-year-old Michael Valle was arrested and booked on burglary charges after the woman reported she woke up to find Valle holding her hand and kneeling by her as she slept on the couch. The woman said Valle remained in her apartment for two hours and attempted to ‘cuddle’ and touch her before she was able to call 911 at which point Valle was found running on 13th Ave E and eventually caught in the bushes near the apartment building.

CHS Report – 6:03 PM – Broadway QFC – Shoplifting – A 37-year-old man was arrested for shoplifting two packages of hamburger, a 6-pack of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and a 6-pack of Budweiser.

CHS Report – 1:50 AM – Neighbors – Threats – As two men were ejected from the nightclub after becoming unruly and being cut off from purchasing more alcohol, one threatened staff that he had a gun. When the men returned to the alley, the man who made the threat was arrested and booked for harassment. The other man returned to his sister’s house.

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