Blotter | Police investigate ‘EAT THE RICH’ tagging spree

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  • Man struck on E Olive Way: A man in his 40s was taken to the hospital in stable condition after a reported car vs. pedestrian incident at Summit and E Olive Way Friday afternoon. Police were unable to provide many details of the peculiar incident at what is known as a busy and sometimes dangerous crossing but witnesses tell CHS this appeared to be more of an assault than a crash. According to one witness, the incident included an argument and the victim getting out of the involved vehicle before being struck by the hit and run driver. Police were looking for a silver hatchback involved in the crash. Another vehicle was at the scene damaged when CHS arrived around 2:30 PM.

  • Graffiti spree: Police have video evidence in the weekend “KILL WHITES” tagging of a mural behind the 15th and Republican Uncle Ike’s but the shop’s owner tells CHS he is more concerned about the damaged art and people’s vehicles also targeted with similar caustic slogans than any possible hate crimes. Ian Eisenberg shared pictures sent to him of the cars scrawled with sloppy “KILL YUPPIES” and “EAT THE RICH” graffiti over the weekend the same night the mural behind Uncle Ike’s was hit. According to the SPD report on the 3 AM Saturday mural tagging, Eisenberg and an employee told police they did not feel targeted in any potential bias crime. The tagging was caught on security video and, though the perpetrator mostly concealed his or her identity, police say the vandal appears to be white:

    The tagged cars were parked near 15th Ave E and Roy and 25th Ave E and Roy. Police are investigating.

  • 20th/Jackson shooting: Police rushed to 20th and Jackson Friday night after reports of gunfire and found a man apparently grazed by a bullet in the assault:
    Detectives are investigating after a man was shot at and assaulted Friday night. The 40-year-old victim was walking in the 1900 block of South Jackson Street at 10 p.m. when two men exited a red Dodge SUV and began chasing him. The two men were both holding handguns when one of them began firing shots at the victim. The suspects caught up to the victim and physically assaulted him before fleeing the scene. Officers searched the area but were unable to find the vehicle or the suspects, who were only described as two black males. Officers did find multiple live 9mm rounds scattered in the area where the suspect said he had been chased. Seattle Fire Department medics took the man to Harborview Medical Center where he was treated for a laceration to the head and a possible broken hand. If you have any information in this case please call the Homicide/Assault tipline at (206)233-5000.
  • Suspected package thief caught: A suspect was busted over the weekend in the one crime in which Capitol Hill residents might be ok with capital punishment:
    A 36-year-old man was arrested early Saturday morning after a witness called 911 and reported seeing him prying his way into a secure condominium in the 500 block of Belmont Avenue East. At approximately 6:30 am, called 911 and reported the man was breaking through a door of the condo building. Officers arrived, contained the building, and then began searching the interior. Officers quickly found evidence of a burglary, as there were several packages that had been opened in the common mail room. Officers found the suspect hiding in a small room on the 5th floor of the building. The suspect had stolen items in his possession and was taken into custody. He was later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary. Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.
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