Blotter | SPD videos, Vita ruckus, Pike taxi robbery, Marilyn kissing bandit hits Cyber-Dogs

  • KOMO has found another ugly story in its ongoing coverage of ugly stories turned up as efforts continue to open up the Seattle Police Department’s video archive. This one seems to show an SPD officer saying he would make up evidence as a threat to two men being detained by police in a 2010 incident. Slog talks to the man who has helped to increase access to the videos after his own Capitol Hill run-in with police. His latest update is a site — seattlepolicevideo.com — designed to help people look up what video might be available in the SPD archives. CHS has started using the tool to look up potential incident videos to request from the SPD’s public information process. If you know about a Capitol Hill incident you think we should we should look into, let us know.
  • That “ripped-off” Capitol Hill kid who helped Seattle Police track down the guy who allegedly burgled his family’s Capitol Hill home? Turns out, his name is Max Malkin and the act of technological crime fighting savvy earned the teen an appearance on the Anderson Cooper Show, SPD says. Malkin comes from a crime fighting family. His father is Assistant U.S. Attorney Harold Malkin.

  • A bit of a strange scene unfolded at E Pikes Caffe Vita earlier this week. According to police, three men reportedly entered the cafe and attempted to take an espresso machine from the location. Though the incident was first reported as a robbery attempt, SPD says it appears to be a civil matter involving a dispute about work being done on the machine. No arrests were made in the Valentine’s Day incident and SPD left the parties to sort out the issue.
  • A burglar at a apartment complex in the 300 block of Bellevue Ave E left a mess and, apparently, a pellet gun behind in a Monday morning break-in. In the SPD report on the incident, the arriving officer detailed a storage area that had been, um, rifled through and a pellet gun that none of the building’s residents claimed was theirs leaning against the wall.
  • Residents of a co-op on Belmont Pl E called police on February 11th to report their security system had apparently been compromised and their storage area ransacked. According to the report, there was no sign of forced entry and the residents said it appeared the security system had “been programmed into the system to allow someone to enter without a key or without ringing a tenant.”
  • A taxi driver reported being robbed by a knife-wielding assailant in this February 11th incident that went down in lower Pike/Pine just before 6:30a:
  • Cyber-Dogs had an unpleasant experience with an interesting visitor earlier this month. According to the report on the February 6th incident, a man came into the tiny restaurant near the Convention Center just before 1p and caused a scene:

The suspect pushed the victim out of the way with his forearm , stopped to kiss a picture of Marilyn Monroe by the door and then left laughing. Hewent eastbound on Pike st. Victim called 911. Victim did not suffer anyinjury and all that was taken was a $1.50 can of soda. She had never seen him before. Suspect had white sunglasses, a white womens purse and a rolled up silver space blanket.

2 thoughts on “Blotter | SPD videos, Vita ruckus, Pike taxi robbery, Marilyn kissing bandit hits Cyber-Dogs

  1. Eric and I slapped that site together with the database he obtained from SPD just before we each got very busy with other things back in early October, and the site has sat in its minimally-functional state since. Eventually, we hope to link those records with the general offense reports I’ve been scraping from the SPD site since they started putting them on the Web in June of 2010, then to tie in public records scraped from the Seattle Municipal Court site, which will provide defendants’ and attorneys’ names. There are lots of interesting possibilities. We just need to find time to put it together.