Blotter | Union F-bomb-L-Word pepper spray attack, QFC ‘serial’ wine shoplifter, Garfield threat

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  • 16/Union pepper spray attack: Police investigated a reported assault at 16th and Union in which the victim said he was pepper sprayed after saying “fuck you lesbians” to a group of three women during an altercation in the street. According to the SPD report on the just before 10 PM Friday, October 12th incident, the victim told police he and his partner were escorting their intoxicated neighbor home when they heard the three women “hollering as if they were having fun.” The victim told police his group joined in, upsetting the trio of women who yelled at the men as they passed. At this point, the victim told police he dropped the f bomb and the L word. As one of the women approached him, the victim told police he began swinging his arms to keep her away from him. The assailant then sprayed the victim in the face with pepper spray. The victim rushed home, showered, and then called 911, he told police. He also told the officer he didn’t believe he had been assaulted because of bias, only a misunderstanding. There were no arrests.
  • 15th Ave E can assault: A rush for a parking spot near 15th Ave E resulted in a knot on the head after a suspect threw a can of Red Bull and struck a woman in her car in an assault reported just around 3 PM on Friday, October 12th. According to the SPD report on the incident, a resident who lives nearby said she was hurrying for a spot in a 15th and Republican parking lot when a gold Chevy Malibu with California plates also made a rush for the spot causing both vehicles to stop short. The drivers had a “brief verbal exchange” before a male suspect got out of the gold vehicle and began to approach the victim’s car. She told the other driver to stay away and he got back into his car. As the sedan drove away, the victim told police the driver threw a full can of Red Bull through the open driver’s side window, striking the victim in the forehead. Police say the victim took herself for treatment at nearby Kaiser Permanente and that a “goose egg” bump was visible on her head. The incident was caught on security video from a nearby business. Police also took the Red Bull can into evidence.
  • “Serial” shoplifter: Police were looking for a “serial shoplifter” Thursday morning who started her day with a couple of bottles of wine. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, store security reported the shoplifter had been spotted entering the Capitol Hill grocery throughout the morning, grabbing a bottle of wine from the shelf and drinking it inside before exiting. She had reportedly completed a successful sixth trip to the wine aisle by the time QFC security called police. The suspect, described as a 6’2″ female wearing a black head wrap, denim jacket, plaid pants, and a small green backpack, was last seen headed eastbound on E Pike. There were no arrests.
  • Broadway E home robbery reported: Police investigated a possible armed home robbery early Saturday morning, October 13th in the 2200 block of Broadway E after a resident reported a man he found in his garage *may* have pulled a gun on him:
    Police searched for the area and spotted a possible suspect but lost the male on the E Howe steps.
  • Garfield threat: In a letter dated October 10th, Garfield High principal Ted Howard addressed families of the 23rd Ave school serving the neighborhoods around the Central District and Capitol Hill about a student arrested earlier this month over concerns about a threat against the campus:Police confirmed the arrest for CHS but declined to provide further details about the nature of the threat.



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