911 | Capitol Hill bus stop death, reported E Aloha armed robbery, 23rd/Union liquor shop bandit busted

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  • Bus stop death: A man died early Monday morning at a Capitol Hill bus stop. King County Metro workers found the man down and unresponsive at the eastbound stop near Broadway and Pine just before 5:30 AM. Seattle Fire was called to the scene and performed CPR but the man reported to be in his late 50s could not be revived. The King County Medical Examiner is investigating the cause of death. Seattle Police were called to the scene, standard procedure for a death investigation.
  • 14/Aloha robbery: Police investigated a reported armed robbery near 14th and Aloha overnight and were able to track down a phone taken in the holdup — but unfortunately it had been smashed to bits. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were called to a nearby residence after a victim reported being robbed just before 2 AM along E Aloha. The victim told police the robbery involved two masked suspects — one carrying a knife and the other carrying a handgun. Both male suspects appeared to be in their 20s and were wearing dark hoodies and black face masks. Police started a K9 search for the suspects using a Dick’s Drive-in bag the duo reportedly dropped at the scene but the dog was unable to start a successful track. Officers had better luck tracking the phone taken in the robbery but when they arrived at the Montlake location where the phone was last pinged about 30 minutes after the hold-up, police found the device smashed to bits after being apparently tossed from a car. There were no arrests and no serious injuries reported. UPDATE: According to information shared by neighborhood watch participants in the area, there were three victims held up in the robbery and the Dick’s burgers were part of the heist.
  • Liquor shop burglar busted: A suspect police believe had already burglarized the 23rd and Union liquor store multiple times was finally caught in the act. Police were called to Noble Spirits early on Thursday, February 28th after the store’s owner reported his video security system was showing a man broke into the shop a few hours earlier and set off the system again just before 5 AM. Police arrived and found the suspect trapped in a precarious position — on a shelf in the back of the store:
    Police say the suspect had made off with “at least five bottles of Hennessy and Remy Martin liquor” during the night and that the bottles “were no recovered.” The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.
  • $25K burglary: An E Alder screen printing shop suffered a terrible $25,000 burglary. According to the SPD report on the February 27th overnight break-in, the heist netted a roster of expensive equipment:
    Police say the thief was able to access the building by breaking into a lock box. Police were hoping to be able to collect video evidence from the scene.
  • Roy Street Commons burglary: A burglar targeted tourists visiting Seattle and staying at the Capitol Hill short term rental apartments, the Roy Street Commons. According to the SPD report on the Saturday, March 2nd break-in at the 12th Ave E building, the man and woman left the unit for about five hours. When they returned, they found their room ransacked:

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3 thoughts on “911 | Capitol Hill bus stop death, reported E Aloha armed robbery, 23rd/Union liquor shop bandit busted

    • My brother and his friend from Japan stayed there a few months ago, when police tracked an escapee there and locked out all the guests late one night. When they were finally let back in the next day she told me several people reported missing things. I’m generally not the worry-wart site, but based on what I’ve seen going on there, I wouldn’t advise anyone I know to stay there again. Just not safe, and local criminals seem to already know it’s full of easy-pickings foreign visitors.

  1. “Police started a K9 search for the suspects using a Dick’s Drive-in bag the duo reportedly dropped at the scene but the dog was unable to start a successful track.” … is maybe the funniest sentence I’ve read in a news report in a long while. :)

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