Judge refuses to lower bail for Capitol Hill photographer accused of rape

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-12-14-24-pmFormer Capitol Hill resident and Pike/Pine regular Matt Hickey was in a King County courtroom Tuesday morning after extradition from Las Vegas to face accusations he raped incapacitated victims he allegedly lured with promises of work in the porn industry.

The 40-year-old appeared with his court appointed lawyer who argued unsuccessfully for Hickey’s bail to be lowered as he entered the initial “not guilty” pleas on behalf of his client.

Hickey remains in the King County Jail, held on $200,000 bail.

The sometimes journalist and photographer is charged with three counts of second degree rape. Prosecutors allege the crimes were part of a string of sexual assaults in which women said they went with Hickey “under false pretenses or stated Hickey had sex with them when they were too intoxicated to give consent.”

Hickey was arrested in Las Vegas in October where the Stranger reports he had continued his online search for women to photograph.

King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector also approved protection orders prohibiting Hickey from contacting his alleged victims.

Police investigate after woman found shot in leg at Melrose and Roy

A woman was shot in the leg in early morning gun violence near the Melrose foot trail on the northwest corner of Capitol Hill.

Police were called to the area just after 2 AM Wednesday morning to a report of one shot fired and sounds of a man and woman yelling. Officers arrived to find the female victim down at E Roy and Melrose. The suspect was described by the victim as a white male, around 30 years old, 5’10″, 150 pounds, wearing a gray trench coat but police were unable to find anybody in the area matching that description.

As police fanned out across the area near the homeless encampments along the trail, they encountered one male and took him into custody without incident. Another male reported he had been stabbed in the hand and was treated at the scene. Continue reading

Blotter | Tashkent Park drive-by, Pike/Pine street dancer gun threat

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  • Tuesday gunfire: There were no reported injuries and no damage was reported but police found evidence of a drive-by shooting incident near Tashkent Park early Tuesday morning. Several 911 callers reported hearing multiple gunshots near Boylston and Republican around 3 AM. An arriving officer found a witness who reported seeing an older model Honda leave the scene at a “high rate of speed” following the shot. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police found three shell casings near the intersection. There were no immediate arrests.
  • 13/Olive murder investigation: Detectives are looking for witness information in the November 13th murder of Jacob Osborne-Bash at 13th and Olive. The incident is part of an ongoing string of gun violence across Capitol Hill and the East Precinct.
  • Pike/Pine street dancer gun threat: A fun moment in the middle of Pike/Pine turned ugly in an early morning November 13th incident when a man who said he was messing around, dancing in the street, and blocking traffic told police things suddenly got serious:
    screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-11-59-47-amscreen-shot-2016-11-29-at-11-59-54-amThe victim suffered swelling to his face but refused medical attention. There were no immediate arrests. Continue reading

Capitol Hill shooting now a murder investigation as 13th/Olive victim dies — UPDATE

img_9697-600x401The 31-year-old man shot in what was described as a targeted assault on a Capitol Hill street earlier this month has died.

Detectives are now investigating the early morning November 13th shooting at 13th and E Olive St as a homicide, Seattle Police confirmed Wednesday morning.

Thanks to a CHS reader for this image of a memorial to the victim left at 13th and Olive

Thanks to a CHS reader for this image of a memorial to the victim left at 13th and Olive

The victim in the shooting died in the hospital earlier this week. Witnesses reported multiple shots being fired and the victim reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the neck as he was jumped while at the corner of 13th and Olive with a small group. Officers spoke with several witnesses who said the suspect ran up to the victim, shot him several times, and then ran away.

The victim has not yet been publicly identified. UPDATE: The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Jacob Osborne-Bash.

Police are looking for a white SUV type vehicle the shooter is believed to have left the area in following the shooting. Police say though there were witnesses to the incident, they do not have a good description of the suspect.

The incident comes in a string of gun violence across Capitol Hill and the East Precinct.

UPDATE x2: Police say a stolen glock pistol was found on the ground near the victim and baggies containing 41 grams of cocaine were handed over to police by emergency room medical personnel after being found when Osborne-Bash was taken to Harborview. Continue reading

Police investigate reported 12th and Fir shooting

A male victim was hit in the upper body after a shooting late Monday night near 12th Ave and E Fir.

Police were called to the area to a report of gunfire just after 11:30 PM and found the victim nearby. Seattle Fire transported the victim to Harborview for treatment.

The shooter reportedly fled in a vehicle seen leaving the area.

Information in this report has not yet been confirmed by Seattle Police or Seattle Fire. UPDATE 11/22/2016 3:58 PM: A SPD spokesperson says our details of the incident are accurate and that little is known about what lead to the shooting.

Blotter | E Pine pistol whip robbery, Central District manhunt for downtown shooting suspect

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  • E Pine robbery: A man who walked into the East Precinct at 12th and Pine overnight with a bloodied face told police he had been pistol whipped and robbed in the Rancho Bravo parking early Saturday morning. According to police radio reports, the victim was robbed by a group of around eight who fled the area in a blue Buick Regal and a white Crown Victoria-style car after assaulting the victim and stealing his wallet and phone. Police did not immediately find either of the suspect vehicles. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. Earlier, police were also investigating a reported mugging in Cal Anderson around 7:30 PM Friday.
  • CD manhunt: A large police search spread across the Central District Friday afternoon as officers tried to track down the man wanted by police for the November 9th downtown shooting incident that injured five people and added chaos and confusion to a day busy with anti-Trump protests. Police were called Friday around 3:20 PM to reports of shots fired in a domestic violence incident near 31st and E Olive St.
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Blotter | E Denny woman charged in child abandonment

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  • Abandonment charges: A 34-year-old woman has been charged with abandoning her children after police say she left her two-year-old twins alone inside a filth-covered Capitol Hill apartment, the Seattle PI reports. Tramaine Robinson has pleaded not guilty. Police say they found the children thirsty, hungry, and alone inside the Capitol Hill Housing managed Pantages Apartments on E Denny Way after being contacted by the building’s manager in September. A month earlier, police say the children had also been found wandering alone inside the building. Police say the kids were thirsty and had nothing in the filthy apartment but “Cheez-It crackers and fruit rolls.”
  • The great Ketel One backpack heist of 2016:

    Seen $2500 worth of this stuff around the Hill?

    A 19th Ave E resident and “brand ambassador” is looking for help tracking down $2,500 worth of swag ripped off from her apartment building’s storage:
    I’m on a ‘vigilante-esque’ mission to find out what happened in the storage unit of my apartment building over the weekend. This morning, I discovered that my storage unit in my apartment was robbed of nearly $2500 of Ketel One branded backpacks and golf shirts. I’m sure you’re curious why I had two grand worth of Ketel One paraphernalia in a storage unit, but that’s because I’m one of the Ketel One ambassadors for the city of Seattle. I feel like this kind of merchandise is easy to spot, but hundreds of eyes are better than two. I’d encourage local consignment shop owners/workers, and the general public to be vigilant about buying brand new Ogio backpacks and/or golf shirts especially if it is branded with Ketel One.
    Police were called to the building in the 400 block of 19th Ave E Monday morning to investigate the burglary. Victim KR tells us it wasn’t just her storage emptied in the burglary — at least six other units were hit, she said. If you have any information or found a bunch of Ketel One backpacks, let us know and we’ll connect you with KR. Continue reading

Police search for vehicle after 13th Ave shooting

Police gather evidence after a shooting on the southwest corner of 13th and E Olive St early Sunday morning (Image: CHS)

A male victim was hit and a vehicle was reported speeding away in an overnight shooting near 13th and E Olive St early Sunday.

Police reported hearing gunfire from the area around 1:30 AM and arrived to find a male down with a gunshot wound to the neck, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

UPDATE: A sergeant at the scene said the shooting appears to have involved a close “exchange” of gunfire and that a handgun was recovered from the victim. The officer said around five or six shots were fired. Continue reading

Jury finds SPD cop violated man’s civil rights in Capitol Hill ‘walking while black’ case

A federal jury has found former East Precinct police officer Cynthia Whitlatch guilty of violating the civil rights of William Wingate after arresting the pedestrian at the corner of 12th and Pike in 2014 and sparking a massive a backlash against the Seattle Police Department.

Whitlatch was eventually fired for racial bias. The jury decided Tuesday that Wingate, now 72, should be awarded $325,000 for the actions of the veteran officer who claimed she felt threatened by Wingate’s actions as he walked through the neighborhood that July day on Capitol Hill. Continue reading

Police search for masked suspect after reported gunpoint robbery at Broadway sandwich shop

A masked suspect armed with a black pistol robbed the Broadway Subway sandwich shop Monday night, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

Police were searching the area around the 200 block of Broadway E for the suspect described as a white male with a ski mask partially covering his face, around 6’2″, thin, and wearing a black winter coat with a hood. The suspect also appeared to have sores on his face according to the description being broadcast following the hold-up.

UPDATE 11/8/2016: A police spokesperson has confirmed the details of the robbery and tells us the suspect has not been captured as of Tuesday morning.

The suspect was reported to have left the sandwich shop on foot following the robbery around 8:50 PM. He was last seen headed east on E John.

There were no reported injuries.


Blotter | Broadway bank robber police report: ‘I’m horrible at this’

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  • Broadway bank robbery charge: “I’m horrible at this,” police say Murtezan Bekteshi admitted to them after the 20-year-old was arrested and found carrying “bait bills” handed out in the October bank robbery at the Broadway Market Wells Fargo. Prosecutors have charged Bekteshi for the October 22nd hold-up. Prosecutors say the about to turn 21-year-old has a history of frequent run-ins with the law and had only been out of prison for two months before the latest allegation:
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Blotter | E Pike knife threat arrest, First Hill IT burglary

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  • SPD report on 23/Union shooting: According to the police report on last Thursday’s shooting inside Earl’s Cuts at 23rd and Union, witnesses inside the barber shop “did not come forward” and “would not cooperate” with the investigation after a man suffered gunshots to both legs:
    screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-3-23-10-pmPolice are still looking for the suspect captured on security video leaving the scene. The victim suffered serious but not life threatening injuries in the incident.
  • E Pike threats: A man who had been threatening concert goers with a knife as they lined up for a show at Neumos was apprehended by police without incident. Police were called to the area around 10th and Pike on Monday, October 24th around 9 PM and found the man standing nearby after a short search. Victims told police the man had been making threatening remarks and waving around a knife: Continue reading