23rd Ave gunfire: Police investigated a rolling gun battle that tied up traffic around 23rd Ave but fortunately left no victims Wednesday afternoon. According to East Precinct radio dispatched, 911 callers began reporting several gunshots in the area of 23rd and Marion around 3:30 PM and quickly found a trail of shell casings and damaged vehicles along the streets starting around Midtown Center. Witnesses told police shooting began in the shopping center and continued as involved vehicles sped away. Police blocked traffic along 23rd Ave to collect evidence and a K9 unit searched the neighborhood on foot to search for at least one suspect seen fleeing the area. More gunfire was reported in the area as the search was underway. At least one firearm was reportedly recovered but we have not confirmed that with police. There were no injuries and no immediate arrests.
- 26/Alder armed robbery: Two victims reported being robbed at gunpoint in a hold-up at 26th and Alder just after midnight on May 2nd:
Police noted that the victim vehicle smelled of marijuana and that both victims appeared intoxicated. Officers were also suspicious of the coordinated nature of the hold-up:There were no arrests.
- Key burglar suspect: A Capitol Hill business has a mystery burglary on its hands and has provided this picture of the person they say is breaking into area businesses — somehow — using keys:
Last night (Friday) at about 2 a.m. the alarm went off at XXX and we got a call from ADT. I headed to the shop and XXX called the police and they said to not enter until the police officer was there. When I went down, the alarm had stopped but the lights were on. Everything looked in order. When the police officer got there we went in together. The doors were locked and everything looked fine. I called the next morning and ADT said the alarm was triggered by a front door breach. Then, this afternoon someone called the shop to say that he had seen someone come into the shop at around 1:30 or 2 a.m. and then leave and lock the door after the lights came
on and he heard the alarm beep. He said the guy was “about 47 years old and 5 foot 7 inches tall” with a back pack and a beany style ski cap with a ball on top. He said the guy approached our door, walked away and then came back after a few minutes and tried 4 or 5 keys. One key worked, he walked in and then quickly left and locked the door.
CHS suspects a “knox box” bandit. If you haven’t heard about the break-in vulnerability, you can read more about it from a past CHS report here.
- ‘Convoluted’ Broadway assault: This Friday, May 4th assault report from Broadway and E Olive Way is a doozy involving colorful descriptions — polk a dot pants, pink ponytail — and a complicated crime scene. We’ll let reporting officer Dorian Koreio take over here:
Ready? Here we go…
Vlogger disturbances: There were multiple reports to police of harassment and assaults but no arrests Tuesday as a group streamed their provocative “live vlog” around the streets and businesses of Pike/Pine and Broadway. It’s not clear if the group was ever contacted by police but officers were clearly aware of the shenanigans underway in the neighborhood and prioritizing calls about the broadcast accordingly as the vloggers attempted to interview people about gender and other provocative topics as thousands of viewers tuned in online. CHS had the unfortunate experience of viewing the live stream but did not report the vloggers for assault or harassment. According to the group’s latest updates, they have moved on from the city.