Blotter | Man busted after string of small July 4th fires in Montlake

It has been a busy start to the 4th of July holiday for police and fire crews in the neighborhoods around Capitol Hill. As a reminder, SPD has a few requests to help emergency service crews do their job during the holiday. If you see something others should know about, email us or call/txt CHS at (206) 399-5959.

  • Suspicious Delmar Dr. E fires: Police took a man into custody Thursday morning after a series of small fires were found set to bushes and shrubbery near homes along the Delmar Dr. E area of Montlake north of Capitol Hill. We do not yet have confirmation of an arrest but according to police radio traffic, one man was taken into custody around 7 AM after police and a Seattle Fire crew were called out to the 2300 block of Delmar and found the small fires and, eventually, the suspect in the area. The flames did not spread and apparently no structures were damaged. We’ll check with SPD and Seattle Fire to learn more.
  • Minor knife wound at 12th/Jax: A man suffered “a very minor wound” in a reported stabbing near 12th and Jackson around 1:15 AM Thursday. According to emergency response radio dispatches, the incident was reported by Metro. Seattle Fire arrived to treat the man’s wound. We do not have further details at this time.
  • UPDATE: Shots fired at 12th/Jeff: Seattle University security reports an incident in which a male was assaulted and shots fired near 12th and Jefferson: “Early this morning at approximately 4:40am Seattle Police responded to 1206 E. Jefferson St. for a report of a group of non-affiliate males assaulting another non-affiliate male. The reporting party to Seattle Police stated shots were fired and a handgun was witnessed. Seattle police quickly located the victim and provided aid. The suspects were located soon after and a handgun was recovered from an area near the crime scene off campus.”
  • Suspicious E Pine car fire: A suspicious car fire at 21st and E Pine drew a fire response, police and an investigation Wednesday night. According to police radio, the department’s bomb squad was notified of the incident but did not respond. We’ll update with more information when we get it. UPDATE: An eyewitness reports: “early 2000’s Subaru legacy wagon. Total loss. Fire started in passenger cabin. Owner was a non neighborhood resident (I think).” UPDATEx2: Seattle Fire tells us fire investigators determined that somebody set fire to the locked Subaru Legacy causing $7200 in damage.The night, meanwhile, was filled with many booms and pops from private — and illegal — fireworks use from Melrose to Lake Washington. Seattle Fire responded to a reported “rubbish fire” at E Denny and Belmont just before 2 AM and were called to Prentis I. Frazier Park at 24th Ave E and E Republican to a report of a burning park bench.
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