Blotter | 17th Ave mugging reported, 12th Ave short-term rental party goes bad

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  • 17th Ave mugging: A woman told police she was jumped by a group of teens, punched in the face, and robbed while walking on 17th Ave from Trader Joe’s last Tuesday night. According to the SPD report on the late night incident, the victim said she heard a vehicle pull up behind her and was then suddenly punched by two males who demanded her phone, wrestled her to the ground, and continued the assault. The victim told police she was able to hold onto her phone but the assailants made off with her wallet. The phone was also damaged during the attack. The victim told police the attackers appeared to be two teenage males wearing black clothing and that the vehicle appeared to be a gray or white SUV but she could not provide more details. The victim suffered a cut lip in the attack but declined medical attention. Continue reading

Metro #metoo: County calls on riders to report sexual misconduct

Metro has started a new campaign it hopes will help reduce incidents of lewd comments on its buses and increase reporting of sexual misconduct.

The “Report it to Stop It” campaign focuses on encouraging riders to report the problem: Metro is calling on riders to report misconduct by:

  • Telling their Metro bus driver at the time of the incident,
  • Calling the King County Sheriff’s Office/Metro Transit Police 206-296-3311,
  • Calling 911.

The push to encourage reporting comes amid a huge increase in reported incidents, according to officials. “Since the #MeToo movement gained widespread attention in October 2017, calls to KCSARC’s Resource Line have increased by more than 50% compared to the previous year,” Metro says.
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Man reported stabbed in Pike/Pine brawl — UPDATE

A fight that drew a large group outside the Havana nightclub early Friday morning ended with a male victim stabbed in the back.

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were called to a fight disturbance around 2:15 AM involving two female combatants and a large group outside the 10th and Pike night spot.

They arrived to find a man in the 900 block of E Pike with multiple stab wound to the back. We do not have details on his condition but he was conscious and able to speak with police. UPDATE: Police say the victim was stabbed about five times and was taken to Harborview. SFD reports that he was in serious condition.

The suspect was described as having a distinctive “University of Washington tattoo” on his face.

Police detained two people in the area following the stabbing and believe they have identified the suspect but he has not yet been taken into custody.

Man charged in Planned Parenthood crash and store assault

The man police say shattered the teeth of a victim he punched inside a nearby grocery store after crashing his car into the barriers outside E Madison’s Planned Parenthood last Wednesday has been charged for the assault and the damage but not for targeting the provider of women’s health services, according to court records filed in the case.

Charlie Armstead, 35, has been charged with second degree assault, fourth degree assault, and malicious mischief in the morning melee that included smashed cars and Planned Parenthood employees going into lockdown mode during the incident. Continue reading

Man arrested after barrier rammed outside E Madison Planned Parenthood, assault at nearby store

Police interview a witness outside the E Madison Planned Parenthood Wednesday morning (Image: CHS)

Police took a man into custody Wednesday morning who appeared to be high on drugs and experiencing a mental crisis after he reportedly rammed his car into a barrier outside the E Madison Planned Parenthood, crashed into cars on nearby streets, and seriously injured a man he attacked inside the nearby Safeway.

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, staff at Planned Parenthood initiated security protocols at the E Madison facility after the crash around 9:30 AM. The building was not damaged by the crash but barriers were smashed in the collision. Continue reading

Blotter | Police looking for car involved in spate of CD drive-by shootings

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  • CD gunfire: Police swarmed the area around 27th and Union Tuesday afternoon after a bout of gunfire left one car damaged and SPD searching for a suspect vehicle believed to have been involved in a spate of similar shootings this week. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, multiple callers reported gunfire in the Central District around 2:15 PM. Arriving officers found nobody injured but a victim’s vehicle was reportedly targeted and damaged by gunfire. Police closed E Union as they collected evidence at the scene including 9MM shell casings. Police are looking for a brown Kia Optima believed to have been involved in the afternoon shooting and in similar drive-by gunfire incidents in the Central District and South Seattle this week. There have already been 59 gunfire incidents in Seattle so far in 2018 according to SPD data. UPDATE 3:58 PM: SPD has taken at least one person into custody:

UPDATE 4:52 PM: Police say four people were taken into custody after a brief chase near Rainier Ave S and a search assisted by the King County Sheriff’s Guardian-1 helicopter. UPDATE 4/11/18: SPD has added additional information about the arrests: “After lengthy interviews by detectives, the four suspects, a 20-year-old male, a 20-year-old female, and two 16-year-old males were booked into the King County Jail and Youth Services Center for various charges related to this incident. The suspect vehicle, the Kia, was a reported stolen car from Kent, and was impounded from the scene pending a search warrant. A 9mm handgun was located next to the stolen Kia, and was recovered for evidence.”

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Woman robbed at gunpoint, shot fired on Summit Ave E — UPDATE: ‘drug related’

A woman said she was robbed at gunpoint and gunfire was reported in the area just before midnight in an incident near the 600 block of Summit Ave E late Sunday night. UPDATE: Police say the incident appears to have been drug related and not a robbery.

Police rushed to the block home to the Summit Pub and Sun Liquor around 11:55 PM where the victim said she had been robbed about 10 minutes earlier by a man and woman reportedly in a ReachNow-style car-sharing vehicle.

The victim told police a shot was fired during the robbery. There were no reported injuries. Continue reading

‘Amazingly, there don’t seem to be any injuries’ — Truck flips in 10th/E Highland collision

A two-car collision on E Highland at 10th Ave E left a truck flipped on its roof and a sports car’s front-end mangled but miraculously nobody was hurt in the Friday night crash.

Preliminary reports indicate one driver was taken into custody for investigation of DUI but CHS has not yet confirmed the arrest with police.

Seattle Fire units rushed to the scene just after 6 PM for a serious “heavy rescue” incident but found occupants of the truck had been able to climb out on their own. “Amazingly, there don’t seem to be any injuries,” said one officer reporting on the scene via East Precinct radio. The crash also knocked down street signs at the corner.

The investigation and emergency response temporarily blocked traffic and buses on 10th Ave E but the street was reopened after about 30 minutes as the collision scene on the corner continued to block E Highland and police processed the scene.

UPDATE 4/2/2018: Police say the driver of the flipped truck had been traveling eastbound on E Highland at the time of the collision. The 34-year-old woman was evaluated for DUI and booked into King County Jail. Court records show she has not yet been charged.

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Blotter | Broadway ‘crisis’ arrest, Cal Anderson basketball robbery

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  • Broadway crisis: A suspect believed to be suffering a mental crisis or under the influence of drugs was taken into custody Tuesday on Broadway after 911 callers reported a violent assault and a man running through the street wrapped in a blanket and carrying a large knife. Police were called to the area around 11:45 AM Tuesday following the initial report that the man was sitting on top of a woman in a dispute near 10th and Pike. He was then reportedly seen on Broadway carrying a large knife. Police found the suspect inside the Freddy Junior’s restaurant where he was taken into custody and the knife was recovered. During a struggle with police, the suspect had a “spit sock” to prevent spitting or biting placed over his head. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation. There were no reports of serious injuries in the incident. Continue reading

Fire in E Howell apartment and restaurant building investigated — UPDATE: Arson

Thanks @flyguy84 for the pictures from the scene

The Seattle Fire Marshal was investigating Monday night after firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze inside a 1925-built E Howell apartment building home to 40 apartment units and the Kedai Makan restaurant.

Smoke and fire were first reported in the 400-block E Howell Burlingame Apartments building off E Olive Way around 7:35 PM. Seattle Fire units quickly brought the blaze on the mezzanine level in the building’s residential entrance under control. One early report indicated the fire may have involved a couch.

The building was evacuated during the response and SFD was checking smoke levels inside to make sure it was safe for residents and customers. Kedai Makan is not open for business on Monday nights.

The Fire Marshal was called to the scene to determine what caused the blaze.

Seattle Fire reports there were no injuries.

A person familiar with the situation, tells CHS that a bartender at Montana, on the other side of the block from the blaze, may have helped save the building when he noticed smoke coming through an emergency exit door, grabbed an extinguisher, and jumped into action. Continue reading