Neighbours arsonist blames excessive drinking ahead of sentencing hearing

Masmari at a court hearing earlier this year (Image: CHS)

Masmari, right in purple, at a court hearing earlier this year (Image: CHS)

The former Capitol Hill resident who pleaded guilty to setting a New Year’s Eve fire inside a crowded Neighbours nightclub is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday for sentencing.

Under the plea agreement Musab Masmari will serve the mandatory minimum of five years in prison, although the judge in the case could sentence the 31-year-old up to the maximum 20 years allowed by law. Continue reading

Blotter | Kidnapping suspect caught, biker overdoses, ‘Roscoe Bandit’ strikes again

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

  • Man who took infant daughter arrested: Seattle Police swarmed a Capitol Hill apartment building on 14th Ave E Tuesday afternoon after tracking down a man being sought for the alleged kidnapping of his one-month-old daughter:
    Eric Carney, 39, approached his child’s mother in the 5200 block of 15 Ave. N.E. just before noon, threatened her, and then grabbed a stroller—containing their infant daughter—out of her hands. The woman tried to grab the stroller back, Carney attacked her and fled with their child.
  • 14/John biker OD: Seattle Fire units were called to 14th and Thomas Sunday night to a report that a man riding his bike had fallen and was suffering a drug overdose. The male in his 20s was unconscious as arriving firefighters began CPR. Medics were able to get a heart rhythm and the victim was transported to Harborview. We have not been able to get an update on his condition from the hospital. According to a person familiar with the incident, the victim’s companion said the male had taken what the two believed to be heroin. The drug was reportedly purchased online.
  • E Denny OD: Police and Seattle Fire were called to an apartment building in the 500 block of E Denny Way Monday night after a woman was reported to have been found dead in a bathtub with a needle stuck in her foot. There were no further details of the suspected overdose.
  • Cal Anderson OD: Medics and police were called to the bathrooms in Cal Anderson Park Tuesday night around 7:15 after a woman was found suffering from an apparent overdose. We’re checking to see if any more information is available on the woman’s condition.
  • Cap-Hill-Bank-Robber-2-300x225 (1)Broadway bank robbery suspect strikes again: The suspect in Monday morning’s Broadway bank robbery is believed to be the same man who struck this Belltown bank on Tuesday.Authorities are calling him the “Roscoe Bandit” after the large pistol he has brandished during the hold-ups:unnamed (1)
    The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is seeking information about a bank robber nicknamed the “Roscoe Bandit.”The unidentified bank robber is believed to have robbed at least two different banks in the three days, most recently yesterday in the downtown Seattle neighborhood Belltown.    Continue reading

Broadway bank held up in reported armed robbery — UPDATE: Suspect photos

photo (36)Police are looking for an armed man who held up the Capitol Hill branch of Homestreet Bank Monday morning.

According to police radio dispatches, the suspect entered the bank in the 700 block of Broadway E around 9:30 AM in the hold-up. He was reportedly armed with an “old revolver.”

The suspect was described as a black male in his 30s, around 6′ with a medium build, and wearing a red jacket, blue ball cap, blue jeans and black plastic, square-framed sunglasses. He left on foot headed northbound from the north Broadway bank. The suspect’s red jacket was found discarded outside the bank.

There were no reported injuries.

UPDATE 1 PM: SPD has posted a brief and photos of the suspect –

A man wearing a red jacket and brandishing a handgun robbed a Capitol Hill bank this morning.

The suspect, who appeared to be in his 20s or 30s, walked into the Homestreet bank in the 700 block of Broadway East, displayed a gun and demanded money. Seattle police officers arrived within minutes, but the suspect had fled, ditching the jacket he was wearing.

Robbery detectives and a K9 unit responded and are searching for the man. If you know the suspect, or have any helpful information, please call 206-684-5535. The man is armed, so if you see him call 911 immediately.

Blotter | Police search for shooter after 12th/Marion gunfire

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

  • 12th/Marion shooting: Police say one victim was reported grazed by a bullet in a 2 AM shooting in an E Marion just off 12th Ave early Sunday. SPD units spread throughout the area to search for a suspect last seen wearing a white and orange striped polo as he fled. Police found a white Mercedes at the scene believed to have been driven by the shooter and an uncooperative female passenger. A K9 unit tracked the shooter to a nearby construction site but a search of the area did not turn up the man who reportedly opened fire. Police found one handgun ditched near the scene and a Glock magazine at another location, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. There were reportedly at least two guns involved in the incident. Police had been called to the area just prior to the shooting to a report of a fight across from Seattle University.

    UPDATE: Here’s a Seattle U security bulletin on the incident. SPD hasn’t yet posted any additional info. Curiously, SU’s bulletin doesn’t mention firearms:
    On 07/27/2014, at approximately 2:03am a non-SU affiliated male assaulted 2 non-SU affiliated females at 12th Avenue and E. Marion St. after a verbal argument. The male was described as dark skinned, 6 feet, medium build, wearing an orange t-shirt, blue jeans, and white and orange tennis shoes. The male was last seen inside a white Mercedes sedan leaving the area in an unknown direction. Seattle Police responded and investigated the incident. DPS has increased patrols in the 12th Avenue corridor.UPDATE: SPD reports the primary suspect was tracked down and another suspect was also arrested in the incident:

    A man was grazed by gunfire and three people were arrested on Capitol Hill early this morning.

    Officers were called to the 1300 block of East Spring Street around 2 a.m. for a report of shots fired. When police arrived they found a man on the ground who had been grazed by gunfire. The man was treated at the scene by Firefighters.

    A K9 officer and bicycle officers tracked a man believed to have fled the shooting scene inside a construction site and took him into custody.

    A car linked to the shooting was stopped with several people inside. The vehicle was searched and a stolen gun was located. Two of the people inside were arrested for investigation of being felons in possession of a firearm.

    Officers found shell casings and a handgun a few blocks stashed in some bushes from where the shooting occurred.

Blotter | Boylston armed robbery, E Pike tavern motorcycle heist, Dick’s pants dropper bust

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

  • Boylston “implied gun” robbery: Police were called to the 1600 block of Boylston early Friday morning after a street robbery involving a suspect who threatened his victim with a knife and said he was carrying a gun. According to East Precinct radio, police were called to the area around 2 AM to search for the suspect described as a white male around 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, in his 20s, with short hair, and wearing a brown or black shirt with white writing. He was also carrying a sleeping bag and grocery bag, according to the victim’s description broadcast to police units. No gun was seen but the suspect threatened that he was carrying a firearm. A search for the suspect was not successful. Meanwhile, a man told police his backpack was stolen by suspects near Boylston and Pine in a street robbery around 1:20 AM. No description of the suspects was available.
  • E Pike tavern motorcycle heist: Police were called to nearby Big Mario’s Pizza early Friday after someone was overheard bragging about having stolen a motorcycle earlier that night. The bike, belonging to Sam’s Tavern across the street from the pizza joint, had apparently been pushed across the street. Somebody from Sam’s told police the inoperable motorcycle typically sits at the entrance of the hamburger bar as part of the tavern’s decor. The bike was apparently returned and no arrests were made.
  • Dick’s pants dropper arrested: In a case from earlier this month also involving late-night shenanigans at a Capitol Hill nightlife dining spot, police arrested a woman who somehow caused $75 in damage when she dropped her pans and committed a lewd act in front of Broadway’s Dick’s Drive-in:

Suspect Drops Pants, Attacks Staff at Dick’s
Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on July 17, 2014 1:47 pm
Employees at the Broadway Dick’s Drive-In now have 100% real beef with a woman who dropped her pants and attacked staff Wednesday evening.

Staff at the Dick’s on Broadway and E. Denny Way called police at about 5:30 PM after the woman began harassing customers and refused when a manager asked her to leave the property. Instead, the woman grabbed a condiment holder and a charity donation box off Dick’s front counter and hurled them at employees. The woman struck one staff member in the arm, scratching him.
When officers arrived at the scene, a witness also told them the woman pulled her pants down and performed a very lewd act in front of Dick’s.

Officers arrested the woman—who reportedly caused $75 worth of damage during the incident—and booked her into the King County Jail for assault and harassment.

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.

UPDATE 7/25/14 10 AM: A SPD spokesperson said investigators have not yet released any information to clear up what lead to the shooting and if the incident was part of a robbery attempt. Police say the guard was shot with his own gun in the attack. The suspect has also not yet been taken into custody as he remains hospitalized in serious condition Friday morning. Q13 Fox has identified the 46-year-old guard as Bruce Golphenee. He also remains hospitalized in serious condition.

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

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

  • 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
    Written by Detective Drew Fowler on July 23, 2014
    Officers arrested a knife-wielding man on Capitol Hill early this morning after he pulled a knife on two people inside a grocery store while in the midst of a homophobic rant. Continue reading

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

IMG_1554

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.

IMG_1450

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.

10530772_671619466262963_7657431548599541699_n

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