Blotter | 10th/Mercer mental crisis resolved, E Denny armed robbery, 20 MPH hoser

Police hold down a man to take him into custody after a tense situation early Saturday morning at 10th and Mercer. Thanks to @sbhopper8 for the video this image is from and to readers for their notes about the incident.

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  • E Mercer mental crisis: A man suffering a mental crisis armed himself with a knife and threatened to harm himself and officers in a situation that was ultimately resolved without any significant injuries in the early hours of Saturday morning near 10th and Mercer. According to eyewitness accounts provided to CHS and SPD’s report on the incident, a man known to police for mental health crisis episodes called 911 late Friday night. Arriving officers found him in the garage at the location reportedly armed with a kitchen knife and making threats he would harm himself and police. More officers were called to the scene as a standoff situation and negotiation efforts took place for about an hour. Police say the man eventually dropped the knife and he was overtaken by officers and taken into custody without reported injuries. The man was taken to Harborview for evaluation and could face charges in the incident, police say.
  • 16th/Denny robbery: A woman reported she was robbed by a group of two or three armed assailants just before midnight Friday near 16th and Denny. According to East Precinct radio reports, the victim told police she was robbed by the male suspects who reportedly were aggressively panhandling in the area before the robbery. The victim said the suspect were carrying a handgun and took her phone and backpack before fleeing southbound on 16th Ave. The suspects were described as two or three black males in their teens or early 20s. There were no reported injuries and no immediate arrests.
  • Broadway mugging: A man who was mugged early Sunday morning sought refuge at Swedish First Hill where he called police about the 1:45 AM street robbery at Broadway and John. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the muggers took keys and belongings from the victim. The suspects were described only as a black male and a white male wearing hoodies.
  • 18th Ave E burglary search: Police searched the area around 18th and Thomas late Sunday night and early Monday morning after officers were able to disrupt an apparent break-in attempt at an area home thanks to a 911 call from neighbors. According to police radio reports, officers were called to a home in the 300 block of 18th Ave E where an officer found a group of burglars in the backyard of the house. One suspect was taken into custody immediately while another apparently was tracked down in the search that followed. A third suspect was able to elude police who searched the are for blocks including near St. Joe’s church where a K9 unit found a male in the bushes who was camping, not hiding from police. One of the suspects taken into custody was a teen girl while another was a teenage male, according to radio updates. Police also found a red Corolla left running nearby that they believe was involved in the attempted burglary.
  • 20 is plenty: Police were called but we’re not aware of any officer being sent out after a Denny-Blaine resident was reported to be spraying her hose at passing motorists driving faster than 20 MPH. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the incident was first reported around 1 PM on Thursday, June 28th. There were no injuries reported and no reported arrests.

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14 thoughts on “Blotter | 10th/Mercer mental crisis resolved, E Denny armed robbery, 20 MPH hoser

  1. That robbery is awful close to where I live (on Denny). I’ve seen some “gangstery” types around with pants hanging low and ‘tudes. But thought diversity. Now thinking “perps”?

  2. So, Jer.

    Let me get this straight…

    You’ve chosen to put in the effort to write a comment, flaunting a word like “diversity” in some supposed attempt not to cast obviously taboo race and class stereotypes then it all falls apart because of a single vague blog post? I find it so hard to believe that all your valiant attempts at being such a moral progressive, could be, in a moment, obliterated for the obvious higher ground of sloppy racist stereotyping.

    You’re probably right.

    Next time you see one of these types with the low pants, just follow him. He’s probably on his way to steal your TV.

  3. Collectively we’re a bunch of sissies for allowing these vagrant drug addicts and wannabe gangsters to freely roam our neighborhood. If men acted like men, we’d kick their ass on sight and tell them don’t come back. It’s super obvious when people don’t belong in this neighborhood. Saggy pants, covered in filth, yelling or threatening people, stealing bikes, shooting heroin, sleeping, etc. LONG list of “red flag” behavior that should immediately get everyone’s attention. Instead we cower and maybe call 911 which often results in nothing. Ear buds in, eyes down, and mind your own business- it’s pathetic.

    • It’s funny, when you’ve acquired a few things, a house or condo, savings, career, have a family, etc… you tend to not want to risk it randomly assaulting someone without provocation.

    • It is often difficult to tell the difference between a person with mental illness (ranting and raving) and a drug addict. They both need help, but mentally ill people get alot more empathy from me than addicts (who choose to continue to use drugs) do.

      • who choose to continue to use drugs

        Oh Bob, I just love your continued and willful ignorance that addicts can up and quit at any time, of which you will find exactly zero concurrence in the medical community.

        I only hope you never have a major injury, which results in you getting addicted to prescription opioids as the only way to control the massive amounts of pain.

      • Of course the addicted cannot just “up and quit”…..I never said that. But they can decide to enroll in an inpatient treatment program……if a spot is not immediately available, they can at least get on a waiting list.

  4. “Of course the addicted cannot just “up and quit”…..I never said that.”

    But you said exactly that and I even quoted it from your previous post: (who choose to continue to use drugs). Which implies that they can choose to not continue using drugs at anytime, which is the same thing as “up and quitting”.

    But they can decide to enroll in an inpatient treatment program……if a spot is not immediately available, they can at least get on a waiting list.

    Again, this just shows your complete ignorance regarding addicts. A person on the street addicted to fentanyl or meth isn’t going to mosey over to a drug treatment center, put their name on a waiting list and wait patiently for their turn. They may want to quit, but the physical, mental and emotional effect some of these hard drugs have on addicts makes it extremely difficult for them to begin the process of recovery by themselves and you can’t seem to figure that out. THEY. NEED. HELP. Full freaking stop.

    There are a few options that have been proposed, the foremost being a safe injection site, but you claim they don’t and won’t work, despite studies and hard evidence of them working in other countries. So the problem continues and people like yourself are helping it get worse.

  5. OK, to clarify, I agree that addicts can’t quit cold turkey, they need help to do so. But, yes, they can get the help they need by deciding to seek long-term treatment (many have case managers who can facilitate placement). There should be at least a little personal responsibility on their part in order to get clean and sober.

    Since you are such an expert on addiction, and I am so ignorant, please tell us what you would do to help the many addicts on our streets. Safe injection sites save lives, and that may be enough to use them in Seattle. But that is not enough….intensive case management and a “tough love” approach is necessary, and as I have said I doubt that would be part of such site(s).

    • Little late on this, but:

      Fully funded inpatient addiction services, with mental health services available if needed and absolutely no strings attached. Combine this with safe injection sites, which provide addicts with the initial help they need to pursue treatment. When these services are in place, then we can talk “tough love”.

      The inpatient places don’t necessarily need to be centrally located, but the safe injections sites absolutely will need to be.

      Then we need to address housing, which is another animal…

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