Police investigate second October shooting at 23rd and Union

(Image: @drewgillett via Twitter)

(Image: @drewgillett via Twitter)

A man in his 50s was reportedly shot multiple times in the leg in another shooting incident at 23rd and Union Thursday night.

Police and fire units rushed to the scene around 6:30 PM to a report of a man down and a shooter fleeing the scene.

According to Seattle Fire, the injuries are not life threatening.

Thursday night’s incident follows another shooting at 23rd and Union at Earl’s Cuts on October 6th. In that incident, a male in his late 20s was shot in the leg. A barber’s chair from inside Earl’s was amongst the evidence taken by police that night.

The search for the suspect Thursday night centered on the area around the Midtown Center parking lot and on E Union where the suspect was spotted walking casually from the scene. There were no immediate arrests.

A gang unit was called to the scene.

SPD’s East Precinct approval ratings improve, still lowest in Seattle

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-9-43-08-amThe East Precinct may still has the lowest approval rating of the five divisions that make up the Seattle Police Department, but public perceptions of the Capitol Hill-based officers are improving significantly.

A Department of Justice study released this week found 62% of residents in the East Precinct approve of police, up from 52% in 2015, and 49% in 2013. Citywide, SPD’s approval rating jumped to 72% from 64% last year. Approval ratings have also increased substantially among all surveyed racial groups, including a 14 point bump among African Americans. Continue reading

Blotter | Police search for Saturday morning Broadway bank robbery suspect

(Image: SPD)

(Image: SPD)

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • Broadway bank robbery: Seattle Police and the FBI are searching for the suspect in a Saturday morning hold-up at the Wells Fargo branch inside the Broadway Market shopping center. The robbery was reported around 10:45 AM Saturday. Monday morning, SPD distributed these security images of the suspect described by witnesses as a white male, dressed in black “from head to toe.” He reportedly had what was described as a Russian accent. It’s not clear if the suspect was armed or implied he had a weapon and police typically won’t say what if any cash is taken in bank hold-ups. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot, eastbound on E Republican. If you can help identify the suspect or have information that might help the investigation, call 911.

  • Purse snatch: A woman had her bag stolen in a purse snatch at Harrison and Belmont around 11 PM Sunday night. The victim’s son contacted CHS with details of the mugging and said a group of three had jumped the woman and stole her bag. If you see a ditched purse, call 911 or turn it in at the East Precinct at 12th and Pine.
  • Seattle U bias investigation: Seattle University is trying to find out who is responsible for swastikas drawn on white boards on the school’s campus earlier this month: Continue reading

SPD investigates third reported gun incident in three nights outside Capitol Hill clubs

Seattle Police were investigating a third gun incident in as many nights in the core of the Pike/Pine and Broadway bar and club district after reports of gunfire and a fight involving a crescent wrench in front of Neighbours early Sunday morning.

Arriving police found one person down in the 1500 block of Broadway after being hit in the head by the wrench in the incident around 3:30 AM. Witnesses said they heard gunfire during the fight though police were looking into whether the shot was related to the assault, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

Shaun Knittel of public safety group Social Outreach Seattle posted about Sunday’s incident:

Shots fired (again) on E Pike and Harvard. NOT at Neighbours but Neighbours security did help individual hit by wrench who was involved. Shooter threw gun into trash can on Broadway after running into a person. I’ve had enough. Our district representative does nothing about crime, shootings are common now, and obvious gang violence on the Hill is going unchecked. NO MORE!

We have not confirmed if SPD recovered a gun.

The reports follow an incident early Saturday morning near Harvard and Pine in which the suspect’s arrest was caught on video and another early Friday morning at Harvard and Pike in a small string of overnight gun incidents reported to police. Despite the gunplay, there have been no reported injuries.

Arrest caught on video in second night of Capitol Hill nightlife gunfire incidents

screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-4-00-55-pmA second night of late night gunfire in Pike/Pine ended with an arrest on Broadway as police blocked in a suspect’s vehicle in front of sidewalks full of nightlife crowds.

Police rushed to the area around Harvard Ave for a second straight night — this time around 12:30 AM to reports of a man firing shots at Harvard and Pine and possibly in another incident in the Seattle Central parking lot. Officers found at least one shell casing at Pine. There were no reported injuries.

As police searched for the shooter, a vehicle associated with the suspect was spotted in a Broadway parking lot. Police moved in and blocked the car in the 1500 block of Broadway, ordering the occupants out at gunpoint in an arrest captured on video by not one but two different police video enthusiasts.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The shooting incident was part of a second night of gunplay around the area’s busy bars and clubs. Early Friday morning, police rushed to the area around Harvard and Pike around 1:45 AM after a man was reported firing a gun. Officers found shell casings but the suspect was not located and there were no arrests.

911 | Police investigate ‘last call’ gunfire at Harvard and Pike

Thanks to a CHS reader for this image of Friday morning's police response

Thanks to a CHS reader for this image of Friday morning’s police response

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  • Pike/Harvard gunfire: Police found shell casings in the street but no victims following a “last call” gunfire incident early Friday morning. According to East Precinct radio dispatches and a security bulletin, police rushed to the area near the intersection of Pike and Harvard after multiple reports of gunshots around 1:45 AM as sidewalks in the area began to crowd with patrons exiting area bars and clubs. Witnesses outside 95 Slide reported seeing a male open fire in an incident possibly involving a vehicle just north of Pike on Harvard near the Harvard Market upper parking lot. The suspect, described only as a heavyset black male wearing a grey hoodie and dark jeans, was seen leaving the area walking east on E Pike but the man could not be located by police. A busy rush of police calls around the same time made for several active crime scenes and medical responses in the area including an assault suspect pinned down by security outside Q and a report of a fight involving an employee at the Unicorn but nobody was reported injured by the gunfire. In August, CHS reported on a string of “last call” shootings in the area including one in the Harvard Market parking lot in which a woman in her 20s survived being shot in the chest. The shopping center’s owners said they would work with the East Precinct to address safety concerns around the parking lot.


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  • Montlake house fire: Seattle Fire battled a stubborn basement fire Thursday night in a two-story house on East Montlake Place E across from the Montlake Blvd Market near 520. Flames shot from the small house as firefighters struggled to control the blaze after arriving to the call just after 9:30 PM to find the house “fully involved.” Seattle Fire has not announced what caused the fire or the damage estimate but said that the home’s occupants had made it out safely. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for evaluation due to exertion.

Blotter | Pike/Pine robbery search, package theft video, policing survey

A scene from security video captured during a recent Capitol Hill package theft

A scene from security video captured during a recent Capitol Hill package theft

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • Robbery suspect search: Seattle Police fanned out across Pike/Pine below Broadway after a woman reported being robbed by two men Wednesday afternoon. Seattle Fire was called to the scene in the 300 block of 10th Ave E around 1:30 PM to treat a female injured in the incident. Police were looking for two suspects that were reported to have been seen fleeing the area but it wasn’t clear if the search was on the right track after a vehicle found on Broadway believed to have been involved in the crime turned out to be unrelated. Police were also called to a location near where the robbery was reported on 10th Ave E to collect what was described as a large bag of marijuana dropped at the scene.
  • Package theft: A building manager at the Braeburn Condominiums sent CHS this video taken during a recent package theft at the 15th and Pine building. If you can help identify the people caught on video in the October 14th incident (below), call 911. Continue reading

Federal agents struggling with arrest trigger ‘help the officer’ response on Capitol Hill

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-5-09-17-pmFederal agents taking a man into custody near Roy and Belmont triggered a large “help the officer” response Wednesday afternoon that brought Seattle Police units streaming to the street just off Broadway.

In an incident caught on video by a neighbor who wrote about the arrest in a CHS Community Post, federal agents can be seen taking a staggering man into custody as he screams about diplomatic immunity: Continue reading

Police: Man arrested at Seattle U investigated in connection with string of gropings


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Seattle Police say a man taken into custody Monday afternoon wanted on a felony warrant is being investigated in connection with a string of sexual assaults on the streets around the Seattle University campus.

A department spokesperson confirmed the Monday afternoon arrest on the 12th Ave at Madison campus but said the man is currently being held on a warrant unrelated to the string of reported gropings. Continue reading

Blotter | Seattle U warns on street groping sex assaults

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  • Sex assaults: Seattle U is warning students after a spate of reported sexual assaults involving a man groping female victims near the 12th Ave campus. In the most recent incident, a student was attacked by a suspect just before 8 PM on Thursday, October 6th on 11th Ave near E Columbia:
    The student was groped by a male on a bicycle while walking northbound on campus. The suspect is described as a male, wearing a white hoodie with the hood over his head, with a  green backpack riding a bicycle.
    A man fitting the same description was also involved in a similar incident on September 26 near 12th and Cherry in which the suspect was described as “a dark complexioned male, in his mid 30’s, riding a dark gray and black bicycle, wearing a construction vest, white hoodie and a construction hat.”  The Seattle U security bulletin states that the school became aware of the first attack after alerting campus to the October 6th incident. The university reports Seattle Police and Seattle U Public Safety have increased patrols around campus in response to the reports. If you have encountered this man or there are other incidents to report, call 911. UPDATE: Seattle U security says it has now received five reports about similar attacks in the area and provided a picture of the “subject” seen in the area:unnamed-100
    Seattle University has received five reported incidents of indecent liberties between Oct. 6 and Oct. 9. The male subject is apparently the same in each of the incidents. All incidents are very similar in nature. The male subject rides a bicycle, approaches the person from behind and touches or slaps their buttocks as he quickly rides by them and away from the area. The incidents have occurred between 4 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. The subject has been seen with multiple bicycles/mopeds as well as bolt cutters. He has been seen frequenting the 14th Avenue corridor between Columbia and Jefferson Streets, as well as the 12th Avenue and 11th Avenue, Broadway and East Cherry corridors. Public Safety is working with the Seattle Police Department to identify this person. Photos of the subject have been found and are being shared with the campus community in an effort to raise awareness of this person and to assist the Seattle Police Department in identifying the subject. UPDATE x2: Seattle Police say a man taken into custody Monday afternoon wanted on a felony warrant is being investigated in connection with a string of sexual assaults on the streets around the Seattle University campus. Continue reading

Police search area after one shot at 23rd and Union

(Image: @drewgillett via Twitter)

(Image: @drewgillett via Twitter)

Police were searching for a suspect who fled the scene on foot Thursday night after a male victim was shot near 23rd and Union.

911 callers reports gunfire near MidTown Center just before 7 PM. Police arrived to find a male victim down inside a business in the shopping center.

The man in his 30s late 20s was initially reported to have been shot in the leg. He was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Seattle Fire.

Police were searching for a suspect described only as a black male with possible braids and wearing a red sweatsuit seen fleeing the area eastbound on Union.

UPDATE 10/7/16 12:35 PM: Police say Thursday night’s shooting stemmed from a dispute between to men outside Earl’s Cuts and Styles:

Detectives Investigating After Man Shot Following Argument
Gang Unit detectives are investigating after a man was shot overnight following an argument outside a Central District business. Continue reading

Driver charged in fatal collision with bus on Broadway

The driver police say was high on crystal meth before a March 2016 collision with a Metro bus on Broadway has been charged this week with vehicular homicide for the death of a backseat passenger inside the mangled PT Cruiser.

Prosecutors say Kevin Arrington, 38, was driving with a suspended license, admitted to taking crystal methamphetamine, and was looking at his cellphone when the vehicle he was driving slammed into the back of a Metro bus on Broadway just before Denny on March 8th. The driver and the owner of the car riding in the front seat suffered non life-threatening injuries and the bus driver suffered a knee injury in the rush hour crash. Though police said he was wearing a seatbelt as he sat in the car’s backseat, 44-year-old Chad Rogers suffered a “catastrophic spinal cord injury.” Rogers died 11 days later. Continue reading