Violent gunpoint robbery reported in Volunteer Park

Two people suffered cuts to the head in an armed robbery Sunday night inside Volunteer Park in an incident that may involve a team of criminals responsible for a rash of stick-ups in the area.

According to police radio broadcasts, the male and female victims reported they were robbed at gunpoint around 7 PM near the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. Both victims reportedly suffered head lacerations in the robbery and were being treated by Seattle Fire at a location near the park.

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SPD uncovers large stash of guns, drugs in Capitol Hill storage facility

Police uncovered a major stockpile of drugs and guns after the drama-filled apprehension of a wanted felon outside a Capitol Hill storage facility last week.

According to SPD, detectives seized two assault rifles, ammunition, stolen credit cards and checkbooks, a dozen stolen laptops, 30 stolen smartphones, passports, expensive handbags, $5,600 cash, power tools, a bicycle, more than 20 fake ID cards, and a motorcycle from inside the man’s 13th Ave storage units. 

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Blotter | New restaurant suffers $4k burglary in rash of Capitol Hill-area biz break-ins

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  • Single Shot burglary: A new Capitol Hill restaurant suffered a costly lesson in a weekend break-in. According to the SPD report on the incident, Summit Ave’s Single Shot suffered more than $4,000 in losses after somebody broke into the month-old venue next door to Top Pot Donuts and stole two computers and around $1,000 in cash. Police say the business was found unlocked and a key box located outside the restaurant had been damaged. The report also notes that police were told Single Shot did not yet have an alarm or video surveillance system in place “due to the fact that it had recently opened.”
  • E Union cafe burglary: A cafe in the 2000 block of E Union suffered a $500+ burglary earlier this month after an unknown thief busted the restaurant’s front door sometime over the weekend of November 9th: Continue reading

SPD releases video in search for Seattle U armed robbery suspects, getaway car

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 4.13.18 PMSPD robbery detectives have released security video and are asking the public’s help identifying the suspects and the getaway car in the November 10th armed robbery in a Seattle University parking lot:

Seattle University Robbery Video Released
Detectives are asking for your help finding two suspects and a getaway driver involved in a Seattle University robbery that happened November 11th (sic).

Officers on Wednesday released surveillance video taken from a Seattle University parking lot that shows two people getting out of a yellow Ford Crown Victoria. A few minutes later the suspects can be seen running back to the getaway car. One of the suspects can be seen turning and apparently point a gun at the victim across the parking lot. The car then pulls away and out of view.

Robbery detectives are asking for any information you may have on this case. Please call them directly at 206-684-5561.

911 | Life-threatening injuries in 50-foot fall on 18th Ave

(Image: @jasminemdean)

(Image: @jasminemdean)

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  • 18th Ave fall: A man believed to be in his 30s was found with life-threatening injuries outside a four-story building on 18th Ave just north of Madison Tuesday afternoon. Police and Seattle Fire were called to the scene just before 2 PM in a response in which medics worked for nearly 40 minutes to stabilize the victim before transporting him to Harborview. Police were working to sort out the circumstances of the fall. Seattle Fire described the man’s injuries as life threatening. Continue reading

Trial starts in 2012 stoplight shooting death of Capitol Hill QFC wine steward — UPDATE

UPDATE 11/19/2014 2:30 PM: Bowman, center, sits with his lawyers as the trial opened Wednesday with a dramatic statement from the prosecution. The defense, meanwhile, opted not to make an opening statement in the case.

UPDATE 11/19/2014 2:30 PM: Bowman, center, sits with his lawyers as the trial opened Wednesday with a dramatic statement from the prosecution. The defense, meanwhile, opted not to make an opening statement in the case.

UPDATE 11/19/2014 4:15 PM: A “student of murder” is how prosecutors described Thomasdinh Bowman in the dramatic opening statements in the trial against the man accused of killing Capitol Hill QFC wine steward Yancy Noll. The first degree murder trial got underway Wednesday afternoon in a court room packed with Noll’s family and friends.

While prosecutors initially called Bowman’s alleged actions a “thrill kill,” on Wednesday they painted Bowman, 31, as a calculated killer who studied how to get away with murder. Prosecutors described in graphic detail how Bowman allegedly fired four bullets into Noll’s head and face while both men sat in their cars at a north Seattle stoplight in August 2012.

“He left Yancy Noll dying in his car. Two hours later he was having dinner with his wife,” said senior deputy prosecuting attorney Adrienne McCoy.

Bowman faces a 20-30 year prison sentence, plus an additional five years for using a firearm. He was calm and emotionless through the proceedings, wearing a light blue sweater and neatly combed hair.

Defense attorney John Henry Browne opted not to make an opening statement on Wednesday. After the proceedings, Browne told CHS he may use a self-defense argument in the case.

The trial will resume on Thursday. Browne said the trial would likely end sometime in December.

Original Report: The Death Dealer’s Manual is a 100-page book first published in 1982 that describes in detail how to kill a person and (supposedly) how to get away with it. According to court documents, Thomasdinh Bowman studied the book and others like it before he allegedly shot and killed Capitol Hill QFC wine steward Yancy Noll in 2012.

Bowman allegedly pulled up beside the 43-year-old Noll at a stoplight at 15th Ave NE and 75th and shot him in the head with a 9mm pistol — a scenario prosecutors say was lifted play-by-play from the manual. Continue reading

Man attacked by group on Capitol Hill was taunted with gay slurs

A group of three or four men beat up another man on the corner of E Pike and Belmont Ave early Monday morning after the suspects taunted the victim about his sexual orientation, according to police reports.

The victim told officers he was smoking a cigarette around 1:30 AM when the group approached him, called him a “faggot”, and then attacked him causing injuries to his head and face. The victim said he did not know the suspects.

A nearby resident initially told a 911 operator that the victim had been shot, according to police reports.

Officers did not make any arrests following the incident. The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with injuries not considered life threatening. According to SPD, the department’s Bias Crimes unit will review the case.

Seattle Police can now do more to help when victims ‘Find My Stolen Phone’

Holy shit, my phone is in SF :( (Image: Apple)

Holy shit, my phone is in SF :( (Image: Apple)

SPD is taking a new tack to address situations CHS hears about on a regular basis throughout the East Precinct as owners track stolen phones and tablet computers — only to find police can do little to help get them back.

Chief Kathleen O’Toole will now make the department’s Technical and Electronic Support Unit available to SPD officers:

Effective today, a supervisor in the department’s Technical and Electronic Support Unit will be available to officers around the clock to guide them through the technically and legally complicated process of zeroing in on a stolen phone. Officers will now have a new resource available to help them locate stolen phones and get warrants, as they search for smartphones stolen in robberies, thefts and car prowls.

The announcement comes after a Seattle Times columnist documented his family’s experiences trying to recover a stolen phone they were able to track to a north Seattle parking lot. Long story, short, police said there was little they could do and that the family should stop risking their lives following the suspected thieves. Continue reading

Blotter | Illegal dumping, Broadway bank robbery suspect busted, ‘Emphasis Area’ success?

This mess near 12th/Denny is yet another instance of illegal dumping incidents on the Hill

This mess near 12th/Denny is yet another instance of illegal dumping incidents on the Hill

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  • Cap-Hill-Bank-Robber-1-300x234Broadway bank robbery suspect nabbed: The man authorities say was responsible for this July Broadway armed bank robbery and a string of hold-ups in Washington has been arrested in Oregon. The FBI says William Mitchell, 55, was taken into custody this week in Grants Pass. Authorities say the suspect walked into the north Broadway Homestreet branch on the morning of July 28th displayed what was described as an “old” handgun and demanded money. Though police arrived within minutes, the suspect was able to make his getaway, cash and old gun in tow. During its search for the suspect in four bank robberies stretching from the Broadway hold-up to a November 7th robbery in Spokane, the FBI referred to Mitchell as the “Roscoe Bandit” after “an early 19th-century nickname for a handgun.”
  • Illegal dumping: It’s not clear if the incidents are related, but a rash of significant illegal dumping has hit the Capitol Hill area in recent weeks. In one incident noted to us by a reader who sent in the picture above, piles of items were dumped into an alley just off Denny between 12th and 13th. In another incident in the 200 block of Broadway E, police are investigating what a victim says has been years of harassment by a former employee who she ways repeatedly uses her property as a dumping ground, racking up more than $5,000 in costs over the years to clean the mess up.
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Police looking for teen duo in reported armed hold-up near Seattle U — UPDATE

Police were searching for a car carrying two teens armed with what one witness said was a “long, silver” handgun Monday night after a hold-up attempt reported near Seattle University.

According to East Precinct radio reports and a security bulletin sent to the Seattle U campus, police were called to the area around 9:10 PM after school security reported seeing two males running with one carrying what appeared to be a handgun. Continue reading

Police say charged 17-year-old responsible for string of Capitol Hill robberies — Plus, a look at stats after emphasis patrols

Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 1.55.05 PMDid those Pike/Pine emphasis patrols work to quell street robberies on Capitol Hill? SPD said yes in early October. CHS looked at the numbers. As the patrols played out, a quieter October did, indeed, reverse the summer’s rising robbery and pickpocket/phone grab trend. Overall, however, 2014’s robbery totals are nearly identical to the totals through October 2013. Meanwhile, a 17-year-old police say was one of the main perpetrators in this year’s string of Capitol Hill street robberies has been charged in a late September carjacking.

Here’s a look at at the monthly tallies from 2013 to through October 2014:Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 1.51.38 PM

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Auto crimes also surge around Capitol Hill

While they may not have had the experience of coming face to face with the brazen thief who prowled their car, there are plenty of people around Capitol Hill who would probably like to imagine the moment. As Seattle Police looks at its own policies and procedures around property crimes and car prowls, the East Precinct has been rough on automobiles so far in 2014. By CHS’s count using SPD’s crime report datasets, Central Seattle above I-5 has seen a whopping 32% jump in car prowls and auto thefts this year.

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CHS Pics | 29th and Yesler on the five year anniversary of the Officer Brenton murder


CHS included one somber stop at 29th and Yesler on what was otherwise a fun and peaceful Halloween Friday night. Five years ago, Officer Timothy Brenton was gunned down in what investigators would call an assassination of the veteran officer as he sat in his patrol car with a trainee partner. CHS heard the East Precinct radio broadcasts that Halloween night 2009 as partner Britt Sweeney called for help. She had been grazed by a bullet and was in obvious, painful distress. Brenton died at the scene.

Friday night at Brenton’s 29th and Yesler memorial, CHS found flowers and a cup of coffee left for the fallen officer. Continue reading