SPD: Guard shot at 23/Jackson bank, suspect turns gun on self

A shooting outside a 23rd and Jackson bank left a security guard and a suspect in critical condition Thursday afternoon, according to Seattle Police. Officers responded to 911 calls of shots fired at the Central District Bank of America at around 11 AM.

Police said the 30-year-old suspect shot the 46-year-old guard with the guard’s own gun after he took it from him in a fight in the bank’s breezeway. The suspect then turned the gun on himself, according to the SPD Blotter.

Medics transported the security guard to the hospital in critical condition. The suspect was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries. He also suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder that may have occurred during the fight.

Officers closed off 23rd Ave between Jackson and King soon after the incident. Mayor Ed Murray had recently gone on a “find-it-fix-it walk” around 23rd and Jackson as part of his summer public safety initiative. The shooting will be discussed at Thursday night’s EastPAC Community Meeting, which starts at 6:30 PM at Seattle University’s Chardin Hall.

Blotter | Cops bust man for harassment after QFC knife threats — Also, Chop Suey fanny pack robber eludes capture

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  • Malicious harassment arrest: Seattle Police arrested a 29-year-old man early Wednesday morning after he pulled a knife and yelled homophobic threats at two men that came to a woman’s aid inside the Harvard Market QFC:

    Man Arrested After Pulling Knife on Grocery Store Shoppers During Homophobic Rant
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SPD investigating two shooting targets left on Capitol Hill

The used shooting target left at the 18th and Madison office (Photo: LWVS-KC)

The used shooting target left at the 18th and Madison office (Photo: LWVS-KC)

Seattle police are investigating why two paper shooting targets riddled with bullet holes were left outside within a block of each other this month on Capitol Hill. The first was reported by staff at the League of Women Voters  at 18th and Madison, in what a spokesperson said was likely an attempt at intimidation for the groups’s recent endorsement of gun control legislation. The target was left outside the nonprofit’s door sometime over the 4th of July weekend.

CHS found out about the second shooting target on Friday when a CHS tipster emailed us after seeing it posted on a tree near the Shell gas station at 17th and Madison.

“I didn’t take a photo but there were bullet holes similar to the one left at LWV,” said the tipster in an email.

The tipster made a report to SPD, but a police spokesperson was unable to provide CHS with any details at the time. On Monday SPD said they had little information on who might be behind the targets and asked anyone with knowledge of the targets to call 911. From SPD’s Blotter: Continue reading

CHS Pics | Small turnout for Cal Anderson safety fair

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Chief O’Toole addresses attendees

IMG_1410A lot of concerns have been expressed about the state of safety on the streets at night around Capitol Hill but Sunday afternoon in Cal Anderson Park, only a small crowd gathered for some martial arts training and to hear new SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole talk about public safety. Other recent self defense workshops with a focus on specific communities have proven popular in Seattle. With the small turnout in Cal Anderson, there might be a few interested in learning more who couldn’t attend. Check in with organizer Social Outreach Seattle to learn more about future opportunities.

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Yancy Noll murder trial pushed back to September

The trial for the man accused of gunning down a Broadway Market QFC wine steward in 2012 is slated to begin next month, according to court documents. The trial for Thomasdinh Bowman in the murder of Yancy Noll is now scheduled to start September 22nd after it was initially slated to begin in February. According to court documents, prosecutors expect the proceedings to last three to four weeks.

In September 2012, Bowman was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Noll in the head outside Noll’s at 15th Ave NE and 75th home. King County prosecutors have called it a “thrill kill” case. If convicted, prosecutors say Bowman, a former child prodigy and onetime resident of the E Republican Melrose Terrace co-op building, will face up to 31 years in prison.

Bowman’s defense attorney John Henry Browne entered a plea of not guilty on charges Bowman gunned down Noll in his vehicle just blocks from each of their homes. According to charging documents, Bowman pulled his car next to Noll’s at 15th Ave NE and 75th and shot Noll in the head. The two men are believed to have never met prior to the shooting.

12th Ave theft ring trial

Police seize allegedly stolen items from Darling’s Capitol Hill house in 2012. (Photo: CHS)

Police seize allegedly stolen items from Darling’s Capitol Hill house in 2012. (Photo: CHS)

Also scheduled for trial in September is the Capitol Hill man arrested in 2012 for allegedly running a sophisticated operation to sell stolen goods from his 12th and Mercer home.

Prosecutors say Rabindranath Darling was buying items he knew to be stolen and selling them on eBay. Darling, who pleaded not guilty in the case, is scheduled to appear in court September 2nd.

When police raided the 12th Ave house in November 2012, they needed a trailer to haul off all the evidence. Computers, tools, and bikes with an estimated worth of “well in excess of $100,000″ were allegedly found throughout the Capitol Hill property. Police reported finding a shed filled with professional grade musical mixing equipment, scuba gear, Tiffany brand jewelry, and “a large amount of one brand of makeup.” Boxes in the basement contained Rolex watches and expensive data storage equipment. Many items would later be traced to past burglaries around Capitol Hill and Seattle.

Police capture suspect accused in 29/King murders

The suspect Seattle Police say killed two Seattle men in a “premeditated” and “unprovoked” June 1st attack at 29th and King after a night out on Capitol Hill has been captured by authorities after a weeks-long manhunt.

Ali Muhammed Brown, charged with two counts of murder in the slaying of 27-year-old Ahmed Said and 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young, was arrested Friday in New Jersey: 

Essex County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Homicide Task Force and West Orange, New Jersey police arrested Seattle double-murder suspect Ali Muhammed Brown on warrant charges earlier this afternoon. Brown was arrested without incident and the investigation is ongoing. Seattle Police and King County Prosecutor’s Office representatives will be monitoring this case very closely.

“I want to thank the Seattle Police Department, the West Orange Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for their diligent efforts to bring Mr. Brown into custody,” Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement released by SPD. “All of our communities are safer today as a result. I hope his arrest brings some initial measure of closure to the families of Dwone Anderson-Young and Ahmed Said.”

“Seattle Police Homicide detectives have been working on this case relentlessly since day one. I personally offer my thanks to them and every other local, state and federal law enforcement official involved in the search for Mr. Brown and his eventual capture,” said Chief Kathleen O’Toole in the same statement.

Police say Brown shot the two men to death at 29th and King after a night out on Capitol Hill.

Details from court documents have described an attack possibly involving a hookup sex app. A friend of the two murdered men who saw them at R Place earlier in the night told police Said spent much of the evening on his phone and that he believed Said was using an app “like Grindr or Jack’d” — “These are phone apps on which gay men meet up with other gay men,” the police report noted. This friend told police he also saw the stranger with Said and Anderson-Young that night as they left R Place. That friend later identified the suspect Brown out of a police photo montage. Detectives were also able to retrieve video surveillance from a nearby business showing the suspect and Said and Anderson-Young together. Police say shell casings at the murder scene matched a 9 MM Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol purchased by the mother of Brown’s children that she said had gone missing. Police found Brown’s fingerprints and three spent 9mm shell casings inside Said’s car

Gay community group holds public safety and self defense event on Capitol Hill

Chief O’Toole, center, is expected to address Sunday's fair (Image: Seattle.gov)

Chief O’Toole, center, is expected to address Sunday’s fair (Image: Seattle.gov)

Gay public safety community group Social Outreach Seattle is holding a first-time event this weekend to actively engage people from Capitol Hill and beyond in learning more about self defense and personal safety. The SOSea Summer Safety Fair is Sunday from 3 to 5 PM in Cal Anderson Park.

Organizers say instructors and representatives will be on hand to teach and provide information about classes and services related to safety and wellness. Public officials are also expected to attend including new Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole.

The fair comes following renewed awareness of hate crimes and violence against LGBTQ communities — especially as changes continue to reshape Capitol Hill’s culture, economy and the people who visit, work, play and live in the central city. Meanwhile attacks including the Neighbours New Year’s arson and the June double murder at 29th and King have boosted concerns as some in the community have taken to the streets on their own to provide protection.

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The First Annual SOSea Summer Safety Fair

Sunday, July 20th at 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Cal Anderson Park

Join Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea), self-defense and personal safety experts, certified CPR instructors, yoga instructors, SPD and City Government officials at Cal Anderson Park’s Bobby Morris Playfield July 20, 3 – 5 p.m. to participate in The First Annual SOSea Summer Safety Fair!

“OUR NEIGHBORHOOD BELONGS TO US, NOT CRIME!” Continue reading

Blotter | Man arrested after shots fired outside Capitol Hill IHOP

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  • IHOP shooting: Seattle police arrested one man after a shooting early Tuesday morning outside the Capitol Hill IHOP restaurant near 10th and E Madison. No injuries were reported. According to police reports, witnesses said the incident began when one man called another man’s girlfriend a “bitch.” Some time later a patrol officer at 11th and Pine heard three gun shots near the IHOP at around 2 AM Tuesday morning. While responding to the scene a second officer stopped a car that matched a description of one that had fled the scene. The driver of the car later told police he fired the shots to break up a fight. Witnesses at the scene told officers that the man fired the shots at another man while yelling “I’m going to kill you!” After the shots were fired, the victim ran into the IHOP where witnesses told police he was screaming that someone had tried to shoot him. Police said the man was drunk and scared, and eventually became uncooperative.

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Woman says driver raped her at unknown Capitol Hill park — UPDATE

UPDATE 7/15: A woman who said she was raped by an Uber driver on Capitol Hill early Sunday morning had in fact taken a ride from a stranger who offered her a lift while she was “highly intoxicated,” a Seattle police spokesperson told CHS. The suspect was not posing as an Uber driver, police said.

According to SPD, the woman, who was visiting from Texas, had taken a Uber ride earlier in the day and mistakenly reported to police that it was an Uber driver that had raped her in an unknown Capitol Hill park. The app-based rideshare service has been cleared of any connection to the incident and police say they are still searching for the suspect, described as a Middle Eastern or Black male driving a red SUV.

Original Report: A woman visiting Seattle from Texas said she was raped by an Uber driver early Sunday morning at an unknown park on Capitol Hill, according to Seattle Police. UPDATE: A Seattle police spokesperson told CHS that investigators determined Monday afternoon that the suspect was not an Uber driver, despite the initial report, and the company has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident. The investigation into the alleged sexual assault is still open.

Police reports said the woman used the Uber app to call for a driver at around 2 AM to take her from downtown to her fiancé’s house on Capitol Hill. A man driving a red SUV responded to the call.

The woman told police she was unfamiliar with the area, but said she knew the driver was not taking her in the right direction. She said the suspect then turned off to an unknown park on Capitol Hill, pulled her out of the car, and raped her. Continue reading

Blotter | Modern cuisine chef charged in DUI, hit and run

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  • Chef charged in DUI, hit and run: A well-known figure in Seattle’s modernist cuisine scene has been charged with DUI and hit and run after being busted late Tuesday night allegedly driving away from the scene of a collision near Madison and Summit, according to City of Seattle Municipal Court records. Maxime Bilet, 32, was arrested after a caller told police a black 2013 Honda CRV hit another car just before midnight Tuesday and left eastbound on Madison. Police caught up with the Honda a few minutes later and pulled Bilet over near 17th and Madison. A former director of Nathan Myhrvold’s Modernist Cuisine venture, co-author of Myhrvold’s six-volume book on the subject, and current proprietor of an exclusive dinner series business, Bilet was evaluated and taken into custody. He’ll return to court later this month to enter his plea on the charges.
  • Pot DUI-free Capitol Hill: According to SPD records, Bilet’s DUI investigation involved evaluation for impairment due to alcohol consumption. The arrest is the only DUI listed in records for East Precinct beats covering Capitol Hill and most of the Central District since the start of legal marijuana sales in Seattle on Tuesday. Don’t drive high.
  • E Pike mugging: Around 1:30 Thursday morning, police found a man who said he had been mugged 30 minutes earlier walking E Pike between Broadway and Belmont. Medics were called to the scene to treat the victim who said his attackers had been two possibly Hispanic or Asian males, both wearing shorts and one in a black and the other in a red t-shirt. We have no details on what was taken in the street robbery or the extent of the victim’s injuries. There were no immediate arrests.

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Filmed sex assault alleged in Capitol Hill gay bathhouse last year

steamworkssuitA man who claims he was drugged, sexually assaulted, and filmed by a group of men in a gay bathhouse on Capitol Hill last summer has filed a lawsuit against one of his accused assailants. The case spilled out of the courts over the past year with a series of “wanted” posters documenting allegations against the alleged attacker that have appeared on Capitol Hill utility poles. Continue reading

Russian hacker captured in 2010 Broadway Grill data breach

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 11.17.20 AMA 30-year-old Russian man was arrested over the weekend for a series of crimes involving hacking into point of sales systems at Washington restaurants including a data breach in 2010 that involved stealing credit card information from hundreds of customers of Capitol Hill’s Broadway Grill. The allegations detail at least $1.7 million in losses to banks and credit card companies from data stolen from the Capitol Hill restaurant’s point of sale system.

The U.S. Attorney’s office Monday morning announced the arrest of Roman Seleznev — known as “Track2″ in “the criminal carding underground,” according to the announcement. Seleznev was indicted in 2011, according to the U.S. Attorney but wasn’t taken into custody until July 5th. Department of Justice representatives won’t say how the suspect was ultimately captured or how he ultimately arrived in Guam. Russia’s security and law enforcement infrastructure has reportedly been slow to pursue alleged hackers even going so far as to provide travel advisory warning possible online criminals not to travel to “countries that have signed agreements with the U.S. on mutual extradition.”

CHS reported on the status of the case earlier this year as we reported that authorities had still made no arrests in the 2010 crimes against customers of the Capitol Hill restaurant. Secret Service agent Bob Kierstead told CHS that investigators had contained and identified the malware used in the virtual attack but were still working to locate suspects. Kierstead did not tell CHS at the time that an indictment had been made.

The Broadway Grill shuttered in 2013 after owners said they struggled to recover from the negative publicity related to the wave of credit card fraud. Agent Kierstead told CHS there was no illegal activity from within Broadway Grill “whatsoever.” In all, the indictment documents the theft of information about 32,000 credit and bank accounts from October 2009 to October 2010 at the restaurant. Continue reading