- Cab hate crime investigation: A Belmont Ave resident said a hateful cab driver tried to run him over in an altercation that followed his ride from downtown to West Seattle early last Saturday morning:KOMO first reported the incident and has additional details from the SPD report. Police investigated the incident as a hate crime. It has been referred to the City Attorney’s office for possible charges, according to the SPD report.
- Alleged drunk driver parks, gets busted: A 32-year-old man found passed out and surrounded by empty liquor containers inside a mini van parked near 16th Ave E and E Aloha was arrested for DUI Tuesday afternoon. The man has been charged but has not yet entered a plea according to municipal court records.
- Broadway sidewalk driver: A driver with little regard for human life picked the wrong Capitol Hill dude to pull a crazy stunt in front of on Broadway’s busy sidewalks Saturday night. The unofficial mayor of Broadway — and City of Seattle Neighborhood District Coordinator — Tim Durkan is always packing a camera. You’ll see his work frequently in the Capitol Hill pictures of the week. Saturday around 10 PM, Durkan was hanging out on Broadway when his fast lens captured this BMW suddenly speeding down the sidewalk at about 25 MPH with seeming disregard for pedestrians and property near the Vivace walk-up. Durkan tells CHS that some thought the driver had been seen earlier in a drug transaction nearby. Others reported seeing the car speeding around the Hill that night including an apparent run-in with a tree at one point. Though the license plate can be seen clearly in some of Durkan’s images and despite a small swarm of TV news coverage, SPD has made no arrests.
- CD shooting victim: The victim in the shooting early Saturday at 22nd and Union has been identified by friends as Kevin Brown, a convicted drug dealer and a man prosecutors say was a member of Central District gang Deuce 8.
- Arrests in 12th/Jeff gun incident: Police made two arrests after reports of gunfire in the area of 12th and Jefferson early Monday morning. Around 1:15 AM, SPD received multiple reports of gunshots and rushed to the area to investigate reports of a shooting. No victim was found but responding officers found “a pile” of shell casings near an alley in the 400 block of 13th Ave. One male suspect was arrested as he fled the area on foot. It’s not clear if the other arrest involved a black Lincoln Town Car found nearby that witnesses said was involved in the shooting. In addition to the bullet casings found by police, officers also found a shot out window in the nearby Capitol Hill Housing apartment building The Jefferson.
UPDATE 4/19/14 4:23 PM: SPD says the victim has died:
The shooting from early this morning is now officially a homicide investigation.
The 24-year-old male victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries.
Original report: Police and medics found a man in his 20s suffering from life-threatening injuries after a burst of gunfire was reported early Saturday morning near 22nd and E Union. Detectives are looking for information about what led to the 2:35 AM shooting. If you saw or heard something that might help, call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide/Assault Unit at (206) 233-5000.
Man Shot in the Central District
Written by Detective Jeff Kappel on April 19, 2014
The suspect(s) remain at large after a man was discovered shot in the chest in the Central District early this morning.
On April 19th at approximately 2:35 a.m. officers responded to the 2200 block of East Union Street for 911 reports of multiple shots fired. Additional calls to 911 reported someone had been shot.
A trial date has been set for the former Capitol Hill man suspected in the New Year’s arson at Neighbours nightclub. According to court documents the trial for Musab Musmari, 30, is scheduled to start May 29th in King County Superior Court. Musmari pleaded not guilty to the arson charge in February. Continue reading
- Car strikes pedestrian in hit and run: Police were searching for the driver of a small, gray, compact car that left the scene after striking a pedestrian Thursday night at 14th and Union. There were no immediate details of the injuries suffered by the 23-year-old pedestrian but the 10:12 PM incident was upgraded to require a larger response after the initial dispatch. The injuries were not believed to be life threatening. Police officers at the scene got scant details of the car witnesses said struck the pedestrian before driving away from the intersection.
- Pizza assault: Police say an assault that drew a large crowd at 10th/Pike early last Saturday morning was over pizza:
Two males were injured in the melee but both declined treatment. Both victims said they had been drinking “heavily” that night, according to police.
- Broadway trail mix heist: A delivery truck for trail mix provider Northwest Delights was reported stolen from the Broadway Market QFC Friday morning. According to police radio dispatches, the driver told police the key was left in the vehicle and the Isuzu delivery-style truck was nowhere to be found.
- Downtown transit tunnel closed: Seattle Police and King County Sheriff cordoned off the downtown transit tunnel Friday morning around 9 AM after a report of a suspicious item left aboard a Sound Transit light rail train. The tunnel remained closed during the response as of 10 AM.
- Unwanted visitors rob disabled man: Police are looking for a group of thieves that robbed a disabled Capitol Hill resident and forced their way into his apartment this weekend where they partied, took drugs and boozed it up — apparently enjoying fine food and drink thanks to the victim’s bank account.
According to the report on the incident, the mentally disabled man told police he was hanging out at a club in Pike/Pine Saturday night and was walking home through Cal Anderson just before midnight when three young males and a female near the basketball court started following him. The victim told police the group surrounded him on Broadway near Thomas and demanded money or “they would do something to him.” The victim told the four he had no money but the suspects then demanded he withdraw $100 from a nearby ATM. The victim told police he was afraid and complied with the demand. Continue reading
- 10th/Pike assault and robbery: Police found a large crowd gathered around a male victim down on the pavement in the core of the nightlife district at 10th and Pike early Saturday morning in an incident being investigated as a street robbery and assault. A 25-year-old male victim was transported to the hospital with a head injury in the incident reported to police around 1:49 AM. There are no further details about the robbery and the victim’s condition at this time. We’ll update when we learn more.
- E Olive St mugging: A male victim had his backpack stolen by a duo of muggers in a incident just before midnight Friday at E Olive St and Summit. Police were called to the area but no suspects were immediately found. The victim was not injured in the robbery.
Police rushed to the Wells Fargo on Broadway near Republican Friday morning after a reported bank robbery attempt just after 11:15 AM. A suspect described as a white male, wearing a white baseball cap and with a web tattoo was seen fleeing the bank and heading north on Broadway.
A suspect was taken into custody a short time after the initial report. Police spotted the suspect on foot on Melrose near E Mercer just above I-5, a half-mile from the Broadway Market bank. Witnesses from the bank confirmed that police had the correct man in custody.
The suspect in the Broadway hold-up matched the description of a robbery suspect in a University District bank robbery earlier Friday morning. In that incident, a man reportedly armed with two knives robbed the bank and fled the area. One 911 caller reported possibly spotting the suspect getting off the 49 bus on 10th Ave E following the University District hold-up.
Last week, police shot and killed a suspect who fled and crashed his vehicle following a Madison Park bank robbery.
UPDATE: Here is the preliminary SPD report on the incident:
Seattle police arrested a bank robber on Capitol Hill Friday morning minutes after he robbed a bank on Broadway, and several hours after police believe he held up a second bank in the University District. Continue reading
- Ferret assault: A Capitol Hill area resident who caused a stir by walking the streets armed with both a ferret and pepper spray was arrested Saturday night for a serious, felony offense. According to the SPD report on the incident and police radio dispatches, police were called to 12th Ave’s Tavern Law just before 8 PM to a call that the ferret man was making threats:
It turns out, the suspect has packed the Mustela putorius furo and oleoresin capsicum before:Following the Saturday night disturbance on 12th Ave, police eventually caught up with the suspect near Broadway and Pike. When contacted by an officer, the man pointed his pepper spray but was quickly disarmed, according to the SPD report. The suspect was arrested for felony assault of an officer and also could face harassment charges.
- Victims says E Pine mace attack a hate crime: Police were called to E Pine near Bellevue following a report that teenagers jumped from an SUV and attacked two people with mace Monday night. According to radio dispatches about the 11:30 PM attack, police were told that two teens jumped from a silver SUV and sprayed their victims with mace — UPDATE: The SPD report only details one attacker — a Hispanic male, approximately 5’6″ to 5’9″ and wearing all black — jumping out of the vehicle in the assault. The Stranger reports that the victims say the attack was a hate crime:
A man jumped out of the car and ran up to them. ”He asked if we like mace, and then he maced us,” Lopez says, though she and her friend turned away swiftly enough that most of the spray landed on their jackets and bags. She heard him say something in Spanish, then remembers hearing the word “tranny” and something like “You stupid bitches like mace” while she was trying to avoid getting hit. The man quickly got back into the backseat of the vehicle and it sped off.
Police are currently investigating the incident as an assault and not a bias crime, according to the SPD report on the attack. According to police radio dispatches, the vehicle’s license plate number was recorded by somebody at the scene and the vehicle was registered to an address outside the city. Seattle Fire was not called to the scene to treat the victims in the incident according to the 911 logs. The attack comes after renewed concerns about intolerance and anti-LGBTQ crimes in the neighborhood.
UPDATE 4/9/14 1:25 PM: SPD confirms that the incident is being investigated as an assault. “If the victim has additional information, she has been urged to contact SPD and provide that,” a police spokesperson said.
While the crimes and, often, the arrests of the East Precinct can play out relatively quickly, the wheels of justice turn more slowly. Here’s a look at recent court proceedings involving Capitol Hill criminal cases of note. Is there a case you’ve been wondering about? Let us know in comments.
- Yancy Noll murder trial: The start of the trial in the Yancy Noll murder case has again been pushed back. Lawyers in the case asked for a continuance for a July start date in the case of the 2012 alleged road rage slaying of the 43-year-old QFC Broadway Market employee. North Seattle resident Dinh Bowman, now 31, faces a charge of first degree murder in the case. He has been jailed since his September 2012 arrest. The trial of Dr. Louis Chen, another notable area murder case, was last slated to begin in October.
- Capitol Hill theft ring trial: The trial of Rabindranath Darling for his role in an alleged theft ring is slated to begin in July.
- Cal Anderson beating and robbery: The man arrested in this brutal beating and robbery inside of Cal Anderson the night of Sunday, March 23rd has been charged with first degree robbery. Police say Harvey Westmoreland stole his victim’s wallet after beating the man found lying in the fetal position and spitting up blood near the park’s basketball court. Prosecutors say the extent of the 58-year-old’s criminal record was not clear at the time of the charge but that he was convicted twice for burglary in Missouri in 2007 and also convicted for bank robbery in 2001. Prosecutors asked that he be held on $75,000 bail. He remains jailed. Continue reading
- Downtown homicide: Seattle Police are investigating a homicide after a man was shot and killed early Sunday morning in front of the Bartell’s near 5th and Olive. Police are searching for a suspect last seen headed east on Olive Way.
A man shot and killed in downtown Seattle
Written by Detective Renee Witt on April 6, 2014
A man was shot and killed late last night in downtown Seattle, following an argument. On 4-6-14, just shortly after 2:00 a.m., two males were involved in a heated argument at 5th and Olive Way. According to witnesses one male pulled out a gun and shot the other male.
Officers arrived and found the 47-year-old male victim deceased at the scene. The suspect is described as a light skin black male, with a short curly afro, early 20s, approximately 5-11 to 6-00, thin build. He was wearing a red sweatshirt and jeans.
Homicide detectives responded and processed the scene. This is an open and active investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident and or information about the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips are welcome.
- Broadway/Pike armed robbery report: Police are investigating a robbery reported early Sunday morning on Capitol Hill. The victim in the crime told police he was forced to withdraw $200 from an ATM near Broadway and Pike around 4 AM by two men who claimed to be armed with a .45 caliber pistol. The men left the area with the cash and the victim told police he then walked to the East Precinct at 12th and Pine to report the crime. No suspect details or additional information about the report were available.UPDATE 4/8/14 4 PM: SPD has posted a report on the robbery:
Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on
What’s worse than the Seattle Freeze? Making a new friend in a bar, only to have them rob you several hours later.
That’s what a Ballard man told police happened to him late Saturday night. The victim said he first met the suspect in the robbery at a bar on Capitol Hill near 11th and Pine where the pair chatted, had drinks and went walking around the hill. Around 4 AM, while on their walk, the suspect informed the victim he had a handgun, and said he needed to take him to an ATM and withdraw cash.
The victim walked with the suspect to an ATM on Broadway, withdrew cash and handed it to the suspect, who fled. The victim then walked to the East Precinct and contacted police.
The victim described the suspect as a black male in his late 20s, 5’10, 160 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, purple shirt and blue jeans.
Robbery detectives are investigating the case.