Blotter | SPD looking for suspects in Pike/Boylston Pride gay bashing

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  • Pike gay bashing: Seattle Police are investigating a gay bashing reported early Sunday morning near Pike and Boylston:

    In the first incident, officers responded to Pike St. and Boylston Ave around 2 AM Sunday after a gay couple reported they had been attacked by a group of suspects, who told them they were “celebrating Pride, too.”

    The victim told police he was sitting on the street when one of the victims struck him in the hand.

    When the victim asked the suspect what he was doing, he responded “we’re celebrating Pride, too,” followed by an anti-gay slur. The suspect then punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground.

    The victim’s boyfriend intervened, but the two other male suspects joined the attack, knocking the second victim to the ground as well. The suspects then repeatedly kicked the victims as they lay on the pavement.

    One victim sustained a possible broken nose and scrapes in the assault. The other victim had a tooth knocked out in the attack, and sustained possible broken hand.

    The victims described the three attackers as a black male wearing a blue and white striped shirt and jeans, a heavy set black male wearing a white shirt and jeans, and a white male, approximately 5’11, 140 pounds, with blonde hair. The victims also said two women accompanied the suspects during the attack. The victims were only able to describe one woman as asian, and the other as black.

    SPD says the Capitol Hill attack is one of three malicious harassment investigations underway from Pride weekend incidents around the city.

  • Broadway phone robberies: SPD responded to two reports of Pride Weekend cell phone robberies along Broadway early Saturday morning. In the first incident near Broadway and Denny, the victim reportedly was choked in a phone robbery around 3 AM. Police also were called to Broadway and Pike later in the morning around 3:50 AM to a report that a male suspect had grabbed the victim’s phone and ran. There was no additional suspect information available and there were no immediate arrests.
  • I-5 fall: Seattle Police were investigating after a woman was reported to have jumped from the Madison overpass and was struck by a vehicle on I-5 late on the night of Friday, June 26th. According to police radio dispatches, the woman had been reported distraught and had been talked from the ledge of one overpass by a 911 caller earlier in the night. CHS has not yet verified if the woman survived the incident.
  • Pride drone knockout: Police are searching for the pilot of a drone that reportedly fell from the sky during Sunday’s Pride parade downtown and knocked a woman unconscious.

One victim shot in chest in Central District shootings

Seattle Fire responding to victim with gunshot wound left outside Swedish Cherry Hill (Images: Alex Garland)

Seattle Fire responding to victim with gunshot wound left outside Swedish Cherry Hill (Images: Alex Garland)

With reporting by Alex Garland

A male victim with a gunshot wound to the chest was left in the parking lot of the Swedish Cherry Hill hospital following a night of gunfire around 23rd Ave.

All details on Thursday night’s shooting incidents in the Central District are preliminary. SPD has confirmed that one male has been shot and that police are investigating. UPDATE: SPD says the victim is a 31-year-old man. Continue reading

Blotter | SPD releases photo, video of ‘$40K’ Capitol Hill burglary suspect

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  • Screen-Shot-2015-06-24-at-9.44.36-AM-1024x641‘$40,000 heist’ suspect sought: Seattle Police say they are looking for 41-year-old Jason James Mora in connection with this Friday, June 12th burglary on Harvard Ave E that netted its thief nearly $30,000 in cash and goods and resulted in another $10,000 in reported damage to the residence:

    Detectives believe Jason James Mora, 41, smashed his way into a home in the 2300 block of Harvard Avenue E. on June 12 and made off with tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and cash. Surveillance cameras captured Mora entering the victims’ property, and recorded him riding away from the scene about an hour later on one of the victims’ bikes. Continue reading

Seattle Police unsure if looking for one suspect or two after 19th Ave armed robberies — UPDATE

Seattle Police were working to untangle a bit of a mystery overnight after two armed robberies along 19th Ave were reported just before midnight with radically different suspect descriptions.

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, officers were first called to 19th after a victim in an armed hold-up near the Miller Community Center contacted police from a nearby residence. The victim described the suspect as a white or Hispanic male wearing a bandana over his face.

Minutes later, another caller reported an armed robbery only blocks away near 18th and John. In that hold-up, the victim told police he was robbed at gunpoint of a bright yellow backpack and his wallet by a black male in his 30s, wearing all black, and a black ski mask.

Police believe the 18th and John robbery likely occurred first but were uncertain if they were searching for one suspect or two as they searched the area. No K9 units were available for the search, according to radio dispatches. There were no immediate arrests.

The victims reported no significant injuries.

UPDATE: SPD’s report on the robberies is below. CHS is told that SPD is still trying to pin down the exact location where the 18th/John robbery occurred. Continue reading

Blotter | E Pine hate crime investigation

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  • Malicious harassment investigation: CHS has preliminary details on a bias crime investigation underway involving a dispute Friday night outside E Pine club R Place. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, a caller reported that two men were outside the club trying to pick fights and using anti-gay slurs. Officers arrived at the club in the 600 block of E Pine around 9 PM. UPDATE: The two men, ages 33 and 40, were arrested for malicious harassment, according to SPD. The men allegedly threatened to beat the victim and called him gay slurs when they saw him smoking a cigarette after he had declined to give them one few minutes earlier. The case is being investigated as malicious harassment, the state’s hate crime statute. Last weekend, organizers held a “Not One More” march against hate crimes and bashings on Capitol Hill.
  • Harvard/Union gunshots: A peal of gunfire rang through the night early Sunday morning as multiple 911 callers reported from eight to sixteen gunshots near Harvard and Union just before 3 AM. According to East Precinct radio, officers had already been in the area dealing with a dispute in the Harvard Market parking lot. There were no reported injuries or immediate reports of damage and no arrests. Police were looking for a brown Corvette reportedly involved in the shooting.
  • 10/Pine robbery: An East Precinct officer on patrol early Saturday was too late to stop a street mugging, arriving just as the thieves in the 10th and Pine purse grab were fleeing the area. According to East Precinct radio, an officer reported he saw two males running north on 10th and contacted a distraught female victim who said she had been robbed of her bag containing her phone and credit cards. Both suspects were reportedly wearing black hoodies, one with white “angel wings” on the back. There were no immediate arrests.
  • Wolf mask gun threat: Police recovered a handgun from a man wearing a wolf mask and riding a Razr scooter after contacting the male suspect after a bizarre confrontation reported Sunday night. According to East Precinct radio, police were called after the masked male suspect reportedly brandished the gun at a female near Broadway and Thomas. The caller reported that the male was riding the scooter north on Broadway wearing the wolf mask and a black “possibly bullet proof” vest. Police arrived and contacted a male fitting the suspect description near Julia’s and recovered one handgun. We’ll check in with SPD for more details on what exactly went down on Broadway Sunday night and any arrests.
  • E Thomas fall: Seattle Fire was at the scene Friday afternoon for a call involving a man reporting he was feeling suicidal when the victim in his 20s fell or jumped from a fifth story window of the Lyric apartment building at 10th and Thomas. The male victim was rushed to the hospital with life threatening injuries. CHS does not have updated information on the victim’s condition. CHS reports on suicide because we believe it is an important community issue that shouldn’t be ignored. Here are two resources to help: National suicide-prevention hotline: 800-SUICIDE. Local Crisis Clinic: (206) 461-3222.
  • UPDATE: North Capitol Hill search: A suspected burglar eluded an SPD K9 search early morning Monday. A private security officer told police that a man had been seen inside the fenced area of a residence in the 1200 block of E Harvard around 1:20 AM attempting to steal packages. The suspect, described as a white male, with long hair, bare feet, and carrying a large backpack, was last seen running from the area. Via East Precinct radio, police reported finding “improvised weapons” in some of the possessions the man left behind. A K9 police unit searched alleys and streets in the area around St. Mark’s but the suspect could not be located.

Police search for Lyft driver accused of demanding sex for lost phone

Police are looking for the Lyft driver identified as  Kevin Jun Chau (Image: SPD)

Police are looking for the Lyft driver identified as Kevin Jun Chau (Image: SPD)

Detectives are searching for the man identified as the suspect in the Saturday, May 30th incident in which a woman was dragged by a Lyft ride share car after she said the driver attempted to extort sex from her and would not return her phone.

Kevin Jun Chau, 38, has been charged with second degree robbery. The Pioneer Square resident is wanted on a $100,000 warrant.

King County prosecutors say Chau committed the crime “with sexual motivation.” “The defendant abused the victim’s trust as a car service driver by not only withholding her property but insisting on sexual services and later assaulting her,” they write.

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Blotter | $29,000 Harvard Ave E home burglary reported

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  • $29,000 burglary: Seattle Police are investigating a brazen daytime burglary of a home in the 2300 block of Harvard Ave E that reportedly netted nearly $29,000 in stolen goods including $5,500 in cash. The victims reported around $40,000 in damage and stolen goods in the Friday, June 12th break-in that occurred during the day while they were away from their North Capitol Hill home just above I-5:Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 12.47.00 PM Continue reading

‘Not one more’ — March strikes back at anti-queer violence on Capitol Hill

IMG_9991 IMG_4078With reporting by Alex Garland for CHS

With Seattle Gay Pride events in full swing including a sunny Saturday picnic in Volunteer Park, a march against anti-LGBTQ violence took to the streets of Capitol Hill Saturday night and struck a more defiant tone.

“If you don’t like a gay neighborhood, why did you move to one?” went one chant after the group marched from Cal Anderson into the nightlife scene of Pike/Pine. The demonstration was noisy and provocative with protesters entering bars and restaurants along E Pike to make sure patrons inside got the message.

From the organizers:

Our goal is to have a large force marching on the hill and getting the message out: NOT ONE MORE!

-Wear black accented by pink and rainbow #queervisibility
-This is not a violent protest. We are not responding to their hate with hate.
-The main chant will be “NOT ONE MORE”
-This is a solidarity movement. We are standing in solidarity with every member of the community who has been victimized.

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Blotter | Lyft assault investigation update, pizza chain burglary spree, stolen car brawl

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  • Lyft assault investigation: Police have not yet made an arrest in the attack reported by a Lyft customer who said her driver dragged her after attempting to force her to have sex with him to get her phone back in an incident reported near 20th and Jefferson last Saturday, May 30th. A Lyft spokesperson tells CHS the company shared the driver’s information with detectives and is cooperating in the investigation following a subpoena for the records. The ride service company also released a statement on the investigation:
    We take all matters involving safety extremely seriously. We immediately disabled the driver’s account upon receiving this troubling report. Our Trust and Safety team has been in touch with the passenger and we will continue to help in any way we can, as well as support the authorities in the ongoing investigation.
  • Pagliacci burglary spree? An overnight burglary that netted around $800 in cash — and the $1,500 safe it was sitting in — could be part of a string of break-ins targeting Pagliacci pizza restaurants, according to the SPD report on the incident. Police say somebody broke into the pizza joint in the 2400 block of 10th Ave E sometime Sunday night and made off with the safe and the cash. Police found no obvious point of entry though there were some pry marks around the business’s doors. The break-in appeared to be part of a small wave hitting the pizza chain:Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 1.10.20 PM
  • Stolen car stop leads to brawl with SPD: Two suspects went to the hospital and a police officer was injured in an arrest behind a 300 block Bellevue Ave E apartment building late last month. According to the report on the May 31st incident, police were called to the alley for a report of a suspicious vehicle. A check of records showed the car was listed as stolen and police approached the vehicle to contact the man and woman inside: Continue reading

Hill’s Gender Justice League pushing for more information on Sunday night beating

Capitol Hill’s Gender Justice League is looking to learn more about a beating that took place in Pike/Pine Sunday night.

According to East Precinct and Seattle Fire radio dispatches, officers responded to a disturbance reported Sunday night on 10th Ave near Pike around 9:20 PM in which the victim suffered a bloody nose that required medical treatment.

But the League’s Danni Askini has posted details to Facebook from witnesses to the altercation that describe a much more violent incident involving “a very serious hate crime against a trans woman in Capitol Hill.” Continue reading