Blotter | Police investigate violent Boylston phone mugging

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  • Boylston robbery: Police were unable to make any immediate arrests but collected a lot of hopefully useful evidence with the help of witnesses and video after a Sunday night, April 9th phone robbery on Boylston. Officers were called to the area around Boylston and Union just before 10 PM on April 9th after a 911 caller reported hearing a woman yell for help. Police were directed to a nearby apartment where friends were treating the victim for a swollen lip, cuts and bruises to her face, and head pain. The victim told police she was walking home from dinner in the Pike/Pine neighborhood and walking home when two suspects “came up behind her, held her down, and hit her multiple times in the face,” according to the SPD report on the incident. The victim provided police written notes on what she remembered from the attack:
    One witness told police an assailant kicked the victim in the head as he left the scene. The investigation also got a boost from a witness to the attack who caught the perpetrators on video despite threats from the getaway driver:
    Police were able to use the video to track the car to a rental company. Records showed that it had been rented to a 51-year-old but a check of the customer’s South Seattle address did not turn up the suspects or the vehicle. Police also were planning to collect surveillance video from nearby businesses and a construction site. Officers got permission from the victim to track the stolen phone and its last location, a ping on Rainier Ave S about two hours after the attack at a location where police are also investigating a recent shooting. The victim’s friends took her to the hospital for further treatment.While recent summers on Capitol Hill have seen flurries of phone grabs and muggings, there was a drop in overall robbery activity in 2016 in the East Precinct and the spikes in phone thievery seen in 2013, 2014, and 2015 seem to have somewhat faded thanks in part to improved technology safeguards and more awareness from owners. In 2017, meanwhile, robbery reports in the East Precinct are pacing below recent trends through the first three months of the year. You can see all crime trends for the precinct on the CHS Capitol Hill Crime Data page.

    East Precinct robbery report totals — Capitol Hill Crime Dashboard

  • E Republican overdose: A Seattle Police Officer was first to the scene and helped revive a man suffering a drug overdose in an E Republican squatter house overnight. SPD and Seattle Fire were called to the house in the 1000 block of E Republican just before 2 AM Thursday to the reported overdose. According to radio dispatches, an SPD officer got to the scene first and began to perform CPR on the victim. The officer reported that he was not carrying naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote being used in a pilot program by SPD that has been repeatedly credited by the department for saving lives. The victim was reported breathing but still unconscious when Seattle Fire arrived. We’re checking with SFD on the condition of the victim. UPDATE: SPD has posted some additional details about the incident:Just before 2:00 am Thursday morning officers responded to a report of a man overdosing in an abandoned house in  the 1000 block of E. Republican Street.  Officer Do located a woman inside the house, calling for medics and screaming that someone was dying.  Officer Do entered the house and located an unconscious man lying on the floor.  The man was not breathing and did not have a detectable pulse.  Officer Do immediately began CPR on the man and continued until he regained consciousness.  Seattle Fire personnel arrived and provided the man with additional medical aid.  The 37-year-old man was treated at the scene and later transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

    As a reminder, Washington law provides immunity from criminal drug possession charges for anyone seeking medical aid for themselves or someone else experiencing an overdose.


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