- Boylston/Madison rent robbery: Police were called to a Central District residence Saturday night where a man told him he had been robbed of his rent money 90 minutes earlier while sitting in his vehicle in a parking lot at Boylston and E Madison around 4:30 PM:The victim told police his assailant ran from the scene westbound on Seneca. He described the attacker as a black male in his 30s, 5’11″ and wearing a red sweatshirt with white Nike logo on it along with dark pants and red shoes with white soles. The man told police he lost $411 cash in the robbery.
- 22/Union mugging: A female victim had her phone yanked from her hands in a street robbery last Saturday night just before 7 PM at 22nd and Union:
- SPD — First Hill shooting was robbery: Tuesday’s shooting inside a First Hill apartment near Harborview involved drugs and cash, SPD says the victim told arriving officers:
The male victim suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the shoulder in the incident that involved SPD searching the 300-unit building floor by floor and, for a time, unit by unit. No arrests have been announced.
- Car part ripoffs — This particular report comes from a reader who lives in the CD but we’ve heard about other incidents on and around the Hill — unfortunately, not much to do about preventing the crime. But at least you’ll know you have company. The incident below occurred on October 6th:
Last night on the 25th block of Jefferson street (right next to the Garfield play field) my Catalytic Converter in my Toyota Tacoma was stolen. The catalytic converter is a vehicle emissions control device which converts toxic emissions into less harmful byproducts. I immediately reported it to the police and my insurance company. Then I decided to shop around for a muffler repair man. The repair man informed me that this is a pretty common occurrence. Every week or so, he gets a call from someone with very similar stories to mine. He also told me that most of these thieves strike very close to the previous site. He concluded from this that the thieves will scope out a car, steal a converter, and then the next week move a block or two away. I have very little faith that the police will be able to catch these perps, mainly because they work in the middle of the night, will be underneath your car so even if you do look out to check, they will be undetectable. They also don’t need to pop the hood, break windows, or break into the bed of the truck to steal what they want. The only way to keep these thieves away, would be to have a motion sensing alarm put on your car.
- Alleged embezzlement at Capitol Hill after-school program: If you missed it, CHS has uncovered a lawsuit and embezzlement investigation alleging at least $236,000 was stolen from a neighborhood after-school program by a former director.
- Aggressive magazine crew still working area: We’re continuing to hear reports of an aggressive magazine sales crew making its rounds in the area. Here’s another sent to us Wednesday:
We live in the 700 block of Boylston Ave. E. At 7 p.m. tonight, our doorbell rang and my husband opened the door and stepped outside to talk to two women. They asked him, “Do you believe in second chances?” My husband replied that he had someone with similar line come to our door several days ago, said he wasn’t interested, as he wasn’t sure it was a legit business (probably not the best response). That is all he said. The next thing we know this one woman (longer black hair in curls; blue/blue green sweater) was screaming at him. She was calling him a “cracker,” racist bastard,” and lines like “quit disrespecting me just because you have a house” “I’ll show you what a N (word) can do”, etc. She was trying to be restrained by her friend, but kept getting really close to us. Both my husband and I remained fairly calm under the situation – no yelling back, no name calling. We were just kind of stunned. We inched our way back into our home, locked the door, and called 911.We probably should have said a “no thank you” when they first started their spiel, but lesson now learned.
- Guitar assault: SPD had some fun writing this one up –
Man Arrested For Assault Following Chord Discord
Seattle police arrested a 36-year-old man on Capitol Hill early Sunday morning after he tuned up another man he mistakenly believed had stolen his guitar.
Around 4:15 AM, officers were called to 11th Avenue and E. Pike Street where they found a 26-year-old man with cuts on his hands and legs and missing patch of hair, along with a very agitated 36-year-old man who claimed the 26-year-old had stolen his guitar.
Officers separated the two men and spoke with the 26-year-old victim, who told police he had never met the suspect before and had no idea what the suspect was talking about. The 26-year-old told police he had been walking down Broadway when the 36-year-old man approached him and demanded his guitar back. Bewildered by the suspect’s request, the 26-year-old man took off running.
The victim said the suspect then chased after him, shoved him to the ground and ripped out a fistful of his hair.
When officers questioned the 36-year-old, he told police he had only asked the victim to hold onto his guitar, and had only picked a fight with the victim when he ran off.
After determining the suspect had chased down and attacked an innocent man, officers learned the suspect also had an out-of-state warrant and arrested the 36-year-old.
Not long after that, another officer came upon a man having an early morning jam session parking lot about a block from the scene of the attack. The man, who was strumming away at a guitar, told the officer he’d been waiting waiting for the suspect to come back and get his instrument.
Officers booked the 36-year-old into the King County Jail for assault and the out-of-state warrant.