Joined by Julia’s thump thump beat across the street, shattered safety glass quietly crackled as it settled in the window frames of Capitol Hill’s Chase bank at Broadway and Thomas late Thursday night. Windows on three of the bank’s sides were shattered and the front door was fully destroyed as Chase was apparently targeted by vandals again in the most damaging attack yet on the building. UPDATE: SPD says vandals were clad in black and in a “coordinated” attack — see full update below.
Seattle Police were at the scene but we have not yet confirmed the details of the damage that occurred around 9 PM Thursday. The damage to the front of the bank and the large windows on the southern and western sides of the building was significant and the front door was completely busted out.
This would be the third significant act of vandalism against the Chase outlet that CHS is aware of since a late February incident during anti-police rioting that also left broken glass at the bank. Broadway has been a busy place for sometimes damaging protest in recent months. In March, a group littered the street with leaflets, unfurled a large banner and set off smoke bombs and flares in a show of solidarity with an anarchist facing trial in Greece.
JPMorgan Chase has been a frequent target for protests across the country as it and other large financial institutions suffer a backlash following Wall Street bailouts and increased scrutiny of predatory lending practices.
We will will update this post as we learn more about the circumstances surrounding Thursday’s incident.