Police investigate Madison/Seneca stabbing — Plus, man grazed by bullet inside E Denny Way apartment

Police were looking for two suspects from a fight reported just before a man was found stabbed in the chest in an assault near Madison and Seneca early Sunday morning.

Police and Seattle Fire were at the scene across from Seattle University on the backside of Pike/Pine just before 2 AM where a man reported to be in his mid 20s had been stabbed. Police say the victim was conscious but was not able to provide a detailed description of his assailant.

A fight had been reported in the area near 12th and Madison shortly before the stabbing. UPDATE: A bulletin from Seattle U security reports that the stabbing apparently happened at 11th and Madison:

On February 18, 2018 at approximately 1:51 AM, the Seattle Police Department responded to the north side of the intersection at 11th Avenue and East Madison Street for reports of a physical fight involving a small group of individuals. As the police arrived, those involved in the incident began to clear from the area, away from campus. Police identified one person remaining at the scene who had been assaulted with a knife. The Seattle Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital.

Seattle Fire reports the victim was transported to Harborview in critical condition.

E Denny Way shooting
A man was grazed by a bullet inside an E Denny Way apartment in an early Sunday morning shooting reportedly involving gunfire from the street.

911 callers reported multiple shots fired just after 1 AM and police found at least one bullet casing in the street across from the Bonneville Apartments at 600 E Denny Way, according to East Precinct radio reports.

Police found the victim inside the building and a bullet hole in an apartment unit window. The man was treated by Seattle Fire for what was described as a grazing bullet wound. SFD described the victim’s injury as minor.

UPDATE: Police say the victim said he heard gunfire in the street below his apartment and went to the window to see what was happening. As he turned to walk away, a bullet smashed through the glass and apparently grazed his body, Police say the recovered the slug from the apartment unit.

A grey sedan was reported fleeing the area following the gunfire.

Seattle gang detectives were called to assist in the investigation.

Blotter | Broadway phone robbery, burglary arrest update, EastPAC looks at bias crimes

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  • Broadway phone robbery: A man was robbed of his phone after being assaulted and thrown to the ground in an incident reported just before 1 AM on Sunday, February 11th in the 100 block of Broadway E:
    A male was reported running from the scene with the victim’s phone. There were no reported arrests in the incident.
  • Burglary arrest update: The two suspects police say they arrested in the act of burglarizing a Capitol Hill building last Friday have not yet been charged. According to court records, probable cause was found in the cases and both men were eligible to be released from jail on $2,000 bail. Continue reading

SPD: Two Capitol Hill apartment building burglary suspects caught in the act

East Precinct officers patrolling the area around north Broadway Friday morning busted two men breaking into an apartment building they believe could be involved in more burglaries in the area.

According to the SPD brief on the arrests, police saw the two men approaching an apartment building near Broadway and E Aloha just before 6 AM Friday:

The officers watched the two men for a few minutes until they saw them approach a building near the intersection of Broadway East and East Aloha Street. The police officers exited their patrol car and quietly approached where they had last seen the two men. As they did so, the officers witnessed the two men prying open a door before disappearing inside. As the officers were calling for additional units to surround the building, the suspects exited, carrying a stolen bicycle.

Police placed the men under arrest and were able to track down the owner of the bike.  Police also found the men were carrying stolen mail and one had “an illegal foot-long fixed blade knife” strapped to his hip.

The men, aged 18 and 23 were booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary and “other various charges.”


Blotter | Two-alarm fire on Cherry Hill, highway diamond heist, Comet beating

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  • 15th/Cherry fire: Seattle Fire responded to a two-alarm fire Thursday just after 11 AM after a vacant structure at 15th and Cherry caught fire and the flames threatened to spread to neighboring buildings:
    Crews applied water on the fire and had it under control within 19 minutes. The fire was completely extinguished by 11:48 a.m. Seattle City Light was called for a live power line that had fallen across the Ladder 1 apparatus.
    SFD says the cause of the fire is undetermined. There were no reported injuries.
  • Comet beating: A man suffered serious injuries after he was beaten by an assailant who claimed he made him spill beer on himself at the Comet Tavern last Friday night. According to police, the victim said the suspect approached him from behind and began beating on him some 30 minutes after the beer incident. Police were not contacted that night and the victim did not seek treatment for his injuries. Monday, police were called to the Swedish Cherry Hill emergency room where the victim was being treated for “a broken rib, fractured nose, fractured eye socket, and a laceration on his eye ball.” Police are investigating the assault. There were no arrests. Continue reading

Seattle moves to wipe away old pot possession convictions

The City of Seattle will join San Francisco in retroactively applying marijuana legalization laws to past pot possession convictions, Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office announced Thursday morning.

“Today, former U.S. Attorney and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes will announce plans for the City to move to vacate misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions prosecuted by the City before marijuana was legalized in Washington. Passed in 2012, I-502 legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 years or older,” the announcement reads. Continue reading

Blotter | DUI arrest after driver hits pedestrian at 11th/Pike

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  • 11/Pike DUI: Police took the 29-year-old driver into custody for investigation of DUI and false reporting after a pedestrian reported being hit in a slow-speed collision at 11th and Pike just before 10;30 PM Thursday night. According to Seattle Fire radio dispatches, the victim suffered only minor injuries in the collision. Seattle Municipal court records show the Tacoma driver was booked for being under the influence and false reporting before he was cited and released.
  • Harvard burglary: The report on a Sunday, January 28th 5:30 AM burglary arrest in the under construction building at Harvard and Pike is a sad read. First, officers found a couple seeking shelter from the soaking rain and moved them along without incident:
    Continue reading

City Council candidate charged for allegedly trying to rip off Seattle’s Democracy Voucher program

Seattle’s new Democracy Vouchers program worked to create a more level playing field for campaign donations in 2017 — but one candidate who tried to utilize the program has been charged with false reporting and attempted theft in what police say was a fraud that started with outreach to voters at last June’s Trans Pride event in Cal Anderson Park.

Sheley Secrest, 43, was charged Wednesday in Seattle Municipal Court for allegedly using her own money to boost her campaign contributions to qualify for the Democracy Voucher program. Under the program, a candidate is required to “collect at least 400 qualifying signatures and contributions” to qualify for the up to $150,000 in funding the program can provide depending on how people donate their $25 certificates.

Secrest mounted an unsuccessful run for Seattle City Council Position 8 and was knocked out of the race in the primary. CHS talked with the attorney about her candidacy here.

After tipping off the Seattle’s Ethics and Election Commission, Secrest’s former campaign manager Patrick Burke told police how the alleged ripoff began with a day collecting signatures in Cal Anderson: Continue reading

Police investigating reported Seattle University rape

SU’s Campion Hall (Image: Seattle University)

Seattle Police say they are investigating after a student reported she was attacked and raped on the Seattle University campus last fall.

The incident came to light in a legally required security bulletin sent to the campus this week. The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to notify students and employees about serious crimes. Continue reading

Capitol Hill crime trends dip but more assaults, more burglaries

The Seattle Police Department has released its reports on 2017 crime showing “a continued overall downward trend in crime in Seattle.” CHS took a look behind the numbers and found a similar overall direction for Capitol Hill and across the neighborhood’s East Precinct where you were much more likely to be punched, even more likely to be burgled, but less likely to be robbed or have your car stolen in 2017.

Overall, crime in the city dropped 1% in 2017 — the much more numerous property crimes fell 2% year over year while crimes vs. people jumped 7% thanks (or no thanks) to a 13% rise in assaults. Seattle was also a deadlier city in 2017 with a jump in homicides from 18 to 27. Continue reading

Miskell pleads not guilty in Broadway apartment stabbing attack

Branden Miskell, the 30-year-old Capitol Hill man arrested after police were able to stop a bloody attack on his boyfriend in their Broadway apartment just before midnight January 11th, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder Tuesday morning.

Police say the suspect admitted he was trying to kill his boyfriend after ingesting a large amount of cannabis before the horrific attack. Continue reading