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- Shell Station brawl: Another weekend, another swarm of police and fighting at the Broadway and Pike gas station. Seattle Police were called to the gas station and market at Pike and Broadway around 2 AM Saturday morning to a report of “at least 50 people fighting” in the area. They arrived to find a cluster of groups fighting and a female victim who reported her purse had been stolen in the melee. Police took one male into custody as he attempted to flee the scene at 10th and Pike. The suspect was positively identified as the street robbery suspect. We do not know about any additional arrests or injuries in the incident at this time.The station has been the center of fights and street robberies in the area again this spring as groups of nightlife revelers mix with teens hanging out at the market. At the end of May, we reported on this incident in which one assailant was arrested after a late night street robbery outside the station. Early Wednesday, a male victim said he was beaten and robbed near the station in a gay bashing.
- Burglary swarm: A handful of business burglaries were reported across the Hill in recent days. We know of broken glass and stolen items at E Olive Way’s Holy Smoke, 15th Ave E’s Shop Rite and 19th Ave E’s Cone and Steiner among the unlucky group. One shop lost a laptop and cash in its smash and grab. You might want to advise your favorite neighborhood merchants to keep any laptops or tablet computers locked away and make sure to empty the tills.
- DUI: Three drivers were arrested and booked for DUI overnight continuing a recent trend of an uptick in charges for impaired driving around the Hill. Cops pulled over drivers at 14th and Union, 19th Ave E and Boyer and in the 100 block of Broadway E to nab their allegedly inebriated drivers. If you drink, get a ride. Or walk with a friend.