Blotter | Broadway parking garage shootout update, cop cars stuck in Cal Anderson, Boylston trash fire

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  • Cal Anderson incident: Reader Edwin Howard shared these pictures taken Sunday night in Cal Anderson after responding SPD officers got stuck in the mud in the park. Just before 7 PM, police responded to a reported fight disturbance involving people possibly armed with a knife and a golf club. Police arrived before the incident got out of hand but their cars didn’t come through so well. A tow truck arrived to remove the vehicles.
  • Broadway parking garage shootout update: The Sunday, November 19th shootout inside a Broadway parking garage that sent one man to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm started earlier in the night as a “rolling disturbance” at a Pike/Pine club, according to the SPD report on the incident:
    Police also identified a man wearing a puffy orange jacket as one of the shooters in the chaotic incident:
    According to the report, the man was taken into custody later that night, identified,  and released pending investigation:
    Another man, “a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm,” police say, was arrested on the night.
  • Gun violence: On November 21st, a 45-year-old was gunned down in the Central District at 24th and Spruce. Meanwhile, police continue to investigate the November 22nd shooting at Chop Suey that injured two.
  • Stop sign fight: Police broke up an apparent stop sign vs. knife fight around 12th and Madison around 10:30 PM on November 15th:
    After some back and forth, the victim decided they no longer wanted to be a victim and declined to report the crime, according to the report on the incident. There were no injuries and no arrests.
  • 20/Union ladder burglar: A passerby helped police end a break-in at a business near 20th and Union. According to the SPD report on the early morning November 17th burglary, a witness called 911 to report a strange scene involving a man on a ladder around 5:30 in the morning outside the cafe:
    By the time officers arrived, the suspect could not be located. He left a mess:According to the report, the mostly non-plussed business owner told police to leave the ladder at the scene because she thought customers might be able to help locate where it might have been taken from to use in the burglary.
  • First Hill auto theft arrest: Police nabbed a suspected auto thief on First Hill after he was caught in the act Monday, November 21st:

    Officers arrested a man Monday afternoon after he was seen stealing a car from a First Hill Parking lot. A 50-year-old man called 911 after he saw his truck being stolen from the lot near 7th Avenue and Cherry Street around 1:40 p.m. Monday. Detective Matt Lilje happened to be walking to lunch when he witnessed the truck going the wrong way down Cherry Street at a high rate of speed. The detective, believing the truck had been stolen, took note of the driver and where it was headed. Officers coming into the area were approached by the victim who said he could now see the suspect returning to a white Ford sedan parked nearby. Officers arrested the 31-year-old man who admitted to taking the truck. Detective Lilje confirmed that officers had arrested the same person he had seen driving the truck. Officers searched the man and found credit cards, an ID card belonging to a man who had been the victim of a car prowl earlier in the day, and a piece of heroin. Officers booked the suspect into King County Jail for vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, and drug charges. Additional officers located the truck parked in the 500 block of Yesler Way and were able to return it to the victim.

  • Boylston trash fire: Police and Seattle Fire were called to a rubbish fire outside a 1600 block Boylston apartment building just before 2 AM on Friday, November 24th. Fortunately, the fire, which appeared to have been set intentionally, according to radio dispatches, did not spread. A CHS reader concerned about the fire’s proximity to an apartment with a sign in the window championing “Queers Against Islamophobia” sent us these pictures from the scene but we can report the incident is not being investigated as a hate crime.
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