Two charged in Friday the 13th armed robbery at Pike/Boylston

The two men arrested following a reported gunpoint theft of a bottle of vodka from a man walking on the street at Pike and Boylston early on Friday the 13th have been charged with first degree robbery.

Cordero Duckworth, 27, and Anthoney Moss, 29, have each been charged in the crime and are now being held on $250,000 bail.

Police say the men are being investigated “for ties to other recent crimes” after officers found “they were carrying a gun, a ski mask and gloves” during the Friday the 13th incident involving a bottle of Cinna-Sugar Twist vodka.

The victim told police he had just been kicked out of his girlfriend’s house and was trying to sort out what to do next. His first move? Buying a bottle of flavored vodka. Things got worse when he encountered two men who police say were Duckworth and Moss:

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Police tracked down Duckworth and Moss nearby and found Moss was carrying a holstered 9mm pistol. The victim identified both as the men who had held him up. Police say they found a bottle of Cinna-Sugar Twist (inaccurately identified as “Brown Sugar” in the police report above) in Duckworth’s backpack. Duckworth told police the victim offered to sell him the vodka and mushrooms and that he had only purchased the booze. He couldn’t explain how the victim knew Moss was packing a pistol. Police say Moss claimed not to have been involved and to only have known Duckworth as “O.”

According to prosecutors, Moss does not have any prior felony convictions. Duckworth was convicted for second degree manslaughter in 2007 and a drug charge in 2014.

Suspect arrested in Capitol Hill attack charged with attempted rape

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 1.27.42 PMThe man arrested for an attack on a 72-year-old Capitol Hill woman has been charged with attempted rape and burglary.

Police tracked down Willie Sorrell, 46, a week after the brutal May 7th attack inside the woman’s 17th and Denny apartment that left the victim battered. She was hospitalized in intensive care for 10 days following the attack and was expected to require at least another week in the hospital before a long recovery process, according to police, after suffering multiple fractured ribs, a fractured clavicle, and a fractured pelvic bone. The victim told police she pleaded with her attacker, “Please don’t do this. I’m a mother. Please don’t do this.”

Prosecutors say Sorrell’s attack comes in an escalating series of assaults including a February 24th incident in which he pleaded guilty to assault after knocking a female to the ground and getting on top of her. That same date a few hours later, Sorrell was arrested after allegedly exposing himself to another woman on the street.

Sorrell is charged with first degree burglary and attempted rape in the second degree. Prosecutors asked that Sorrell be held on $500,000 bail. He remains jailed and faces additional an additional charge for a separate drug crime. Police say Sorrell admitted to being high on meth at the time of the Capitol Hill attack. Police arrested Sorrell at 16th and E Olive’s Sound Mental Health clinic on Friday, May 13th just blocks from the scene of the attack.

One arrest after fire set inside Broadway apartment building — UPDATE

Firefighters called to the Broadway Crossing building early Tuesday morning found signs of a suspicious fire — and a combative man who was taken into custody by police who rushed to the scene.

Arriving fire crews to a report of smoke on the building’s fourth floor reportedly found signs of an intentionally set fire and person believed to be armed with a knife or gun. Police were called to help in a “fast backup” situation to assist the first responders and took the man into custody. A report of a second suspect was apparently unfounded but prompted police to evacuate the building.

The Seattle Fire Marshal was dispatched nearly immediately to the just after 3 AM incident in the Broadway and Pine apartment building to investigate.

Residents of the building, meanwhile, had a rough night’s sleep. Here’s a note from one sent to CHS:

Fire alarms went off around 2am. Fire trucks arrived and gave the all clear. Few minutes later the alarms went off again and no fire response until someone from the building called saying it wasn’t false alarm. He smelled smoke.

SPD is investigating the incident.

UPDATE: SPD has posted details of the arrest:

Seattle police arrested a 32-year-old man for arson early Tuesday after firefighters found him standing over a fire in the stairwell of a Capitol Hill apartment building.

Around 3 AM, firefighters responded to a building in the 800 block of East Pine Street after smoke tripped an automatic fire alarm. After arriving at the apartment complex, firefighters entered a stairwell and found a 32-year-old man standing over a pile of burning debris. The man whispered that there was someone else in the stairwell with a gun, and firefighters noticed the man was holding a knife in his hand, so they backed out of the building and called for police.

SPD officers arrived and approached the stairwell and arrested the 32-year-old man. A team of officers checked the stairwell for signs of a man with a gun, but only found scorched walls, smoldering debris, and a burnt cellphone.

Police recovered two knives and a lighter from the man and booked him into the King County Jail for investigation of arson.

Police: Suspect high on meth in attack of 72-year-old woman on Capitol Hill

The man arrested in the Saturday, May 7th attack on a 72-year-old woman told police he was “out of his mind” on methamphetamine.

According to Seattle Police documents, the suspect admitted to entering the victim’s 17th Ave and E Denny Way apartment to rob her for money to buy drugs. He said he targeted her because he thought she would be easy to rob. Police say he also admitted to “imagining” having sex with the victim as he attempted to pull down her pants during the attack.

Willie Sorrell, 46, was arrested on Friday for burglary, assault, attempted robbery and attempted rape. A King County judge found probable cause to hold Sorrell until his bond hearing, set for Monday afternoon. Sorrell has not been charged with the crime.

Sorrell was arrested six days after the attack when police tied him to the victim’s apartment by taking fingerprints collected at the scene and checking them against a national database. Sorrell, who had a warrant for his arrest in a separate assault case, has a lengthy criminal history that includes multiple arrests for theft, burglary, and one previous assault.

Police arrested Sorrell at 16th and E Olive’s Sound Mental Health clinic, where he regularly visits a case manager.

The victim, who did not know Sorrell, told police she had just entered her residence after shopping when she saw a man standing at her door exposing himself. She told police the suspect knocked her to the ground, attempted to sexually assault her, and struck her several times. The victim said the man left after she elbowed him in the face. The woman was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.

Two shot in weekend of Central District gun violence — UPDATE

A male victim was dropped off at Harborview with a gunshot wound to his buttocks following a shooting incident that lit up 911 line Sunday night around 28th and Jackson. The shooting was part of a series of gun incidents around the Central District over the weekend — but fortunately the only one in which somebody was hit.

Police fanned out around 28th Ave S after the reports of shots fired started coming into 911 around 9:15 PM.

Police found casings and bullet holes in houses in the area but no victims were immediately located. Some witnesses said three to four males involved in the melee had been seen speeding away in a silver car.

A few minutes later, a 29-year-old male victim was dropped off at Harborview with a gunshot wound to his posterior. The injuries were believed to be non-life threatening, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

The shooting was part of a weekend of gun violence. Police were also investigating a Sunday afternoon drive-by reported in the 700 block of MLK Way S, and two early morning gunfire incidents at 23rd Ave S and Lane and 14th Ave S and Lane, plus another reported drive-by earlier that morning at 14th and Main. Meanwhile, police also investigated a shooting early Saturday morning around 14th and Alder and a gunpoint robbery just before 3 AM Saturday at 23rd and Cherry.

UPDATE 4:55 PM: According to SPD, a 28-year-old man was shot in the leg early Sunday morning and dropped off at Harborview Medical Center. The victim said he had been shot near 12th and Main. SPD said the incidents were not random acts and that police would be increasing patrols in the Central District following the weekend shootings.

Police arrest suspect in attack on 72-year-old Capitol Hill woman

Seattle Police have arrested a 46-year-old man suspected of assaulting and attempting to rape a 72-year-old woman on May 7th near 17th Ave and E Denny Way.

Officers arrested the suspect on Friday without incident, just one block from the victim’s Capitol Hill home where the alleged attack took place. The man was booked into King County Jail for burglary, assault, attempted robbery and attempted rape. Police said the suspect was identified using evidence collected at the scene.

According to SPD, the attacked occurred around 11:45 AM on May 7th. The victim had just entered her residence when she saw the suspect standing at her door. She told police the man knocked her to the ground, attempted to sexually assault her, and struck her several times. The victim said the man left after she elbowed him in the face.

The woman was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries to her neck. Police searched the area but were unable to find the suspect in the hours after the alleged attack. Forensics specialists and sexual assault unit detectives also responded to the scene.

“Crimes like this have a serious impact on our community,” SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole said in a statement. “The Seattle Police Department is committed to keeping people safe, and hope this arrest will bring some comfort to the victim, her family, and the community.”

Blotter | Two arrested in Pike/Boylston armed robbery may be tied to other crimes

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  • Pike/Boylston hold-up arrest (UPDATE): Two men arrested for an armed robbery on Capitol Hill early Friday morning may be linked to other recent crimes, according to Seattle Police. Officers rushed to Pike and Boylston after the reported 1:15 AM robbery. The victim said two males approached him and demanded he hand over a liquor bottle he had just purchased. When the victim refused, he told police the suspects attacked him, stole the bottle, and attempted to steal his wallet. One suspect flashed a gun tucked into his waistband. The two suspects, ages 27 and 29, fled scene but were arrested soon after. Officers pursued one onto the Seattle U campus where he was held at gunpoint and taken into custody. SPD did not specify what recent crimes the suspects may be linked to.
  • 18th Ave house robbery: Police made one arrest and are investigating a Thursday afternoon incident inside a residence in the 1500 block of 18th Ave as a home invasion robbery. Around 2:30 PM, police were called to the house near 18th and Pike to a report that two males were beating the caller’s roommate. Officers pursued the suspects who were seen fleeing the area on foot. One male was taken into custody. Officers found a handgun in the alley and multiple knives at the property. Seattle Fire was called to treat the beating victim. Police continue to investigate the crime but believe the involved parties knew each other and say that suspected methamphetamine was found on the suspect who was arrested. Police were still looking for the second suspect.
  • E Yesler streetcar tracks crash: A bicyclist was injured Friday morning after the bike’s wheel reportedly got stuck in the First Hill Streetcar track running up E Yesler near 13th Ave. We don’t yet have details of how badly the rider was hurt but the initial report called for a serious response but non-life threatening injuries.

Blotter | No arrests in 17th/Pine, First Hill gunpoint hold-ups — UPDATE: Search for sex assault suspect

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  • Attack suspect sought: Police are seeking the public’s help in finding the man responsible for an attack and attempted rape of a 72-year-old woman inside her Capitol Hill home Saturday near 17th and E Garfield Denny — UPDATE: We’re checking with SPD on this location. We were checking into a similar incident that happened on 17th Ave near E Denny. More when we sort it out with SPD. UPDATE x2: SPD has confirmed that the attack happened in a multifamily residence near 17th and Denny.

    On Saturday, May 7th, at approximately 11:45 am, the woman had just entered her residence near 17th Avenue East and East Garfield Street Denny when she  noticed the suspect standing in her front door.

    The suspect knocked the woman to the ground, attempted to sexually assault her and struck her several times.  The victim elbowed the suspect in the face and the suspect eventually left. After the man left, the victim was able to call 911.  Officers, medics, forensics specialists and Sexual Assault Unit detectives responded to the scene. East Precinct patrol officers conducted an exhaustive search for the suspect, but they were unable to locate the suspect.

    Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center, where she is receiving care for serious injuries sustained during the attack.

    Detectives are now working to identify the suspect, who was described as a black male, 40-50 years old, with a dark complexion and a heavy build.  He was described as having a long face and a thin nose, and unkempt short hair.  He was last seen wearing a red and black lightweight parka and jeans.

    Anyone with information on this crime or the suspect is urged to contact Detective Gallegos at (206) 684-5767.

  • Armed robberies: A police K9 unit tracked the trail of a suspect in a gunpoint hold-up reported at 17th and Pine just off E Madison early Wednesday morning but police were unable to make an arrest. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the suspect in the armed robbery fired off a shot during the course of the incident around 1:30 AM. The victim reportedly told police that shot didn’t sound real — but also said he hit the ground in fear. Police searched the area and tracked the possible E Madison escape route for the suspect — described as a white male in his 20s with short hair, wearing no shirt and a black shorts — but were unable to track him down. Earlier in the night around 11 PM, police searched for a suspect described as a black male around 5’5″ and wearing a camo pattern hoodie who held up a female victim at gunpoint at 9th and Cherry. Police detained one possible perpetrator but it was determined he was not the suspect and released. Police are investigating both incidents.
  • Fireworks: 911 was flooded with calls Tuesday night around 11:30 PM to reports of possible gunfire around the Hill and the Central District but the booms were determined to be these fireworks posted in a video to Reddit Seattle:
  • Uber driver investigated: A Seattle cop fired for using his job to get phone numbers and contact women from police reports is under investigation for more creepy behavior in his new job as a driver for Uber: Continue reading

Blotter | Police seek duo in gunpoint hold-up at Madison Valley shop

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  • Madison Valley robbery: Police are looking for two suspects in a Friday night hold-up at a 2800 block of E Madison convenience store:
    On May 6th, at 10:30 pm, two black males each armed with a handgun and wearing masks and gloves, entered the Village Market in the 2800 block of East Madison Street.  They demanded money from the clerk.  The clerk was pistol-whipped in the mouth and knocked to the floor.  One of the suspects fired a round into the floor of the store.  The clerk sustained injuries during the encounter and was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire.  The suspects fled the store on foot before officers arrived.  Despite an extensive area search, the suspects were not located.  Robbery Unit detectives responded and processed the scene.  The video below is from inside the store that evening.  Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call the Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.

  • Carjacking recovery: The suspects in a West Seattle car chase apparently involving a RAV 4 stolen at gunpoint two days earlier on Capitol Hill escaped police after crashing the ripped-off car in a Saturday incident reported by the West Seattle Blog. WSB reports that three people were in the vehicle that police began to pursue. The stolen RAV 4 was reported traveling around 80 MPH during the chase before finally crashing. A female occupant of the vehicle was injured and did not flee the scene, WSB reports. A person who said she is the victim in Thursday night’s gunpoint carjacking on 18th Ave E helped connect the two incidents in the WSB comments:
    The was stolen from me at gunpoint on Thursday night as I was parking in front of my apartment on Capitol Hill. I was not injured and all they managed to take was my car (which they clearly didn’t get much out of by crashing it a day and half later!), but did any of you local witnesses happen to see if there was a bike in the back? I can’t claim anything from the car until the police are done investigating and I am dying to know if I might at least get my bike back from all of this.
    According to police, officers searched the area but made no arrests. Sorry, but we couldn’t find any information about the victim’s bike.
  • Cal Anderson trash can fire: The East Precinct beat is always exciting. Here’s a shot of SPD officers in action Saturday after an E Pine trash can caught fire. If you’re a smoker, please fully extinguish your butts.

#Seattle PD putting out a trashcan fire on #CapitolHill

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Big Boylston Ave raccoon bites woman

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The weird 911 reports from Capitol Hill keep coming. This one involves a frighteningly large masked bandit reported to have bitten a Capitol Hill woman Thursday night.

According to Seattle Fire, Station 25’s Ladder 10 was dispatched to the 700 block of Bolyston Ave E Thursday around 10:30 PM after a woman reported she had been bit by a giant raccoon.

Worse, the woman reported that the approximately 15-pound animal was still outside at the scene. Police were called to assist.

Seattle Fire couldn’t provide information about the extent of the woman’s injuries and SPD’s records for what transpired next are light on details — it’s likely the big raccoon left before police arrived and got away with the crime.

It wouldn’t be the first. A woman reported being bit on the hand by one of the Hill’s plentiful raccoons just before Halloween last year. This attack made news in 2009. Mostly, though, you don’t have anything to fear. Like most of your neighbors, raccoons are extremely intelligent, highly adaptive, and streetwise creatures just looking for something to eat and a place to hang out on Capitol Hill.