Blotter | Thousands of dollars in power tools reported stolen from Capitol Hill Station mixed-use work site

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  • Overnight robberies: In a busy overnight for East Precinct cops, SPD investigated two armed street robberies early Friday morning. The first reported hold-up went down around 1:45 AM when a man said he was robbed at gunpoint near the 100 block of 21st Ave E. A second street hold-up was reported about 15 minutes later when a group of five said they were robbed at gunpoint near Union and Boylston. The group said they were held up by a group of three with one person armed with a handgun, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. In the first robbery, the victim told police there were two assailants including an armed suspect described only as a black male in his 20s with a stocky build and wearing a white sweatshirt. Police searches for the suspects were not successful. There were no reported injuries. Continue reading

Drug and gun charges for man feds say was prolific fake Xanax dealer around Capitol Hill

The haul recovered during searches last week (Image: SPD)

A man investigators say has been dealing marijuana, coke, oxy, and Adderall out of a Capitol Hill apartment for years has been arrested and charged with federal drug crimes after being nailed by Seattle Police detectives working in conjunction with Homeland Security and the King County Sheriff’s Office major crimes unit.

28-year-old Gizachew Degol Wondie was arrested Thursday morning by police at the E Denny Way apartment after an informant tipped off Homeland Security about his activities involving counterfeit Xanax and a King County Sheriff homicide investigation produced the needed search warrants. Continue reading

Fight with woman tearing apart store brings big police response to Broadway

A struggle with a woman suffering a possible mental crisis brought a massive police response and left a Broadway store trashed Tuesday night in the heart of the Capitol Hill business strip.

According to East Precinct radio, police were called to the 500 block of Broadway E around 7:45 PM Tuesday as callers reported a woman running and assaulting a man on the street. Continue reading

Capitol Hill gunpoint robbery suspects reportedly use bike share as getaway ride

A couple of Capitol Hill armed robbery suspects put Seattle’s robust bike share system to use for their getaway in at least one of two early morning gunpoint hold-ups reported over the weekend.

According to East Precinct radio broadcasts, a man was held up by a suspect brandishing a black handgun just after 5:30 AM Saturday morning near the QFC at Pike and Broadway. The suspect described as a white male in his 20s, around 5’7″, with a thin build, and wearing a black hat, black coat, and ripped blue jeans reportedly left the scene along with an accomplice riding Lime bikes.

The male and female duo were last seen headed west on Pike on the bikes. They were not wearing helmets. Continue reading

Seattle moves to toss ‘driving while poor’ warrants

In an effort to help end the often unfair and inequitable cycle that can start from even the lowest level criminal conviction, the City of Seattle has asked that a few hundred warrants for non-violent crimes be tossed out.

“We’re acting to make Seattle a more just city, to recognize that our criminal justice system disproportionately impacts people of color, and to ensure that our officers can focus on the most violent offenders and protecting public safety,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement. “We must continue to challenge ourselves to discover and provide more effective alternatives to prosecution and incarceration.” Continue reading

Blotter | $2K cash reported taken in 12th/Spruce armed hold-up

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  • Armed robbery: Seattle Police were able to quickly track down a stolen iPhone but it wasn’t clear how much of some $2,000 in stolen cash was recovered in an armed robbery reported just after 7 PM at 12th and Spruce Wednesday night. Police were called to the area of King County’s Youth Service Center around 7:10 PM to the reported street hold-up. The suspect reportedly brandished a pistol and fled the area in a gold or silver vehicle with the victim’s jacket, phone, and wallet with $2,000 in cash. Police tracked down the location of the phone minutes later off S. Lane and searched the area. A backpack, a phone, and a 9 MM handgun with 13 rounds and one chambered were found at the scene along with a wallet with an unknown amount of cash. At least one person was taken into custody, according to East Precinct radio. UPDATE: SPD has released a report on the rip-off with quite a few additional details:
    On Wednesday, shortly after 7:00 pm, the victim arranged to meet with the unknown suspect to purchase a cell phone. The meeting occurred in the 1100 block of East Spruce Street. According to the victim, the suspect showed the victim a cell phone and the victim agreed to purchase it. The suspect then pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the victim, and demanded his phone, jacket and car keys. The victim’s wallet and a large amount of cash were in the jacket pocket. The suspect then ran to a nearby waiting car, jumped in, and left the area. Continue reading

What are your Capitol Hill crime concerns? Seattle U’s 2018 survey process wrapping up

The annual process at Seattle University to collect survey responses to aid the Seattle Police Department and City Hall in better understanding how citizens feel about crime and safety in their neighborhoods is winding down. You have a couple more days to add your responses to the dataset:

The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. The survey is accessible at from October 15th through November 30th, 2018 and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Please help get the word out and circulate this information to your friends, family, co-workers and community members and feel free to post the information on your social media. If you would like the survey information in one of the other languages that we provide the survey in, please let us know. Public safety and security are community concerns. Make sure your voice is heard.

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Blotter | Roy Street Commons standoff, failed Broadway video game boost

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  • Roy Street Commons standoff: Police closed off the area around Roy Street Commons in the 600 block of 12th Ave E Friday night after a report of a gun found inside the Airbnb guest house led to a standoff with a wanted man believed to be inside the building. According to East Precinct radio reports and witnesses, the building was surrounded by police for hours on the holiday weekend Friday night with guests arriving at the apartment style building exempted to allow only short-term rental being turned away during the standoff. We’re still sorting out when the incident drew to a close after midnight and any details on an arrest. Guests were allowed back into the building by Saturday morning where one guest reported his backpack had been stolen at some point following the standoff.
  • Broadway video game boost: A burglar made a major mess and *nearly* made off with more than $9,000 worth of gaming consoles in a Thanksgiving week break-in at the Broadway Game Stop. According to the SPD report on the rip-off, surveillance video shows a gloved suspect with a hoody covering his face trashing the store and tossing around merchandise during the just before 4 AM burglary at the store in the 1600 block of Broadway. But the big score was apparently out of reach. Police found a pile of 29 video game consoles stacked in a hallway near a pried-open exit door behind the shop: Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s Mexican consulate holds repatriation ceremony for recovered artifacts

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What happens when Seattle Police finds out about historical Mexican artifacts being sold at an estate sale? Tuesday afternoon, officials at Capitol Hill’s Consulate of Mexico in Seattle held a repatriation ceremony for hollow clay Nayarit figures recovered from a sale last year in Seattle.

The figures were recovered a year ago and examinations by anthropology experts and Mexican officials determined that the items were genuine, SPD says.

SPD says the the restitution of the pieces is being done under the Treaty of Cooperation between Mexico and the United States of America providing for the Recovery and Return of Stolen Archaeological, Historical, and Cultural Properties, as well as in the provisions of articles 5, 27, 28, 50, 51 and 53 of the Federal Law on Archaeological, Artistic and Historic Monuments and Areas. Continue reading

Police say Ruckus hit in $5K armed hold-up, Capitol Hill’s first big pot shop cash robbery

Seattle Police are searching for an armed robbery suspect who chose an interesting pair of gloves for his lucrative gunpoint hold-up of a Capitol Hill pot shop.

The October 29th incident at 15th and Republican’s Ruckus marijuana shop went unreported by media and SPD but a recently released incident report includes details of the heist. Continue reading