Here’s the latest from the mean streets of the East Precinct. Have you seen this man? SPD is looking for information to help catch him after a brutal beating on 15th Ave E.
- Two men seen stuffing bottles of alcohol down their pants in a morning shoplifting attempt at the 15th/John Safeway Tuesday morning were chased from the store and are wanted for felony robbery because one of the suspects took a swing at the security guard who tried to stop them from leaving the store. A search for the suspects in the area came up empty. The report did not indicate what type of liquor the men were attempting to boost via their pants at 7:40a.
- posted about this Thursday, but here’s the full report on a freaky incident that happened in the 100 block of Melrose Ave E earlier this month: : The Slog
A note on the delay in providing information on this incident: SPD’s reporting system suffered a failure on the 4th of July that delayed the process by which the officer narratives the department makes public. The system appears to have caught back up to the SPD’s standard two to three-day window of making select narratives available. We’ll check with SPD to find out if the video from the incident produced any useful imagery of the suspects.
- : A burglar was caught red-handed in the storage area of an apartment in the 1000 block of E Mercer and had to leave behind his backpack full of loot in order to escape. In the July 6th afternoon incident, police were called to the apartment building to a report that a tenant was fighting with the suspect. The tenant told police he caught the burglar in his storage locker and attempted to detain him until the thief finally broke away and ran off. Left behind was the burglar’s backpack — inside, the tenant recovered his camera and iPod. Responding officers were unable to find the suspect but were able to lift fingerprints from the stolen electronics.
- : The victim in an early Tuesday morning street robbery gave police mixed stories of how, exactly, he was mugged. According to the report on the incident, the victim showed up at a club in the 1100 block of Pike and told staff he had just been robbed. When police arrived, the victim had an abrasion on his cheek and apologized for being unable to provide more detail because he was too drunk. He first told police that a girl came up to him in front of the club, hit him, then took his wallet. The victim also told police he was jumped by “four black guys” after the girl lured him to a nearby bus stop as he was walking downtown.
- : In a June 30th incident, police were called to the area near Pillars Park for a report of a man threatening two other males with a stick. Police arrived at the Saturday night incident to find the suspect swinging a “large wooden object” as he chased two other men. Despite commands to stop, the trio continued to run around through traffic, the report notes. The man with the wood swung the object at one of the men until finally complying with the officer’s commands to stop. Witnesses told police that the man had come out of nowhere swinging the wood. Officers discovered that the weapon was “a wooden leg to a piece of furniture.” The suspect was taken into custody and booked into jail for investigation of assault.
- Burglar making up for raised rent? The complainant in a June 29th burglary of a Capitol Hill apartment building’s storage lockers told police he suspected a tenant who had recently had his rent upped more than $100 per month. Police arrived at the building to find seven of the 14 storage lockers busted into but it wasn’t clear what had been stolen when the report was filed.