Police looking for information after man shot at 22nd and Union — UPDATE: Homicide investigation

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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.

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May trial date set in Neighbours arson case

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

Blotter | Police search for driver after pedestrian hit by car at 14/Union

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  • 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:
    Screen Shot 2014-04-18 at 10.06.38 AMTwo 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.

Blotter | Group robs disabled Capitol Hill man, parties in his apartment

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  • 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

Blotter | Police investigate overnight Capitol Hill street robberies

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  • 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.

Bank robber hits Broadway Wells Fargo — UPDATE: Suspect in custody

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

Blotter | Suspect armed with ferret, pepper spray arrested for officer assault

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  • 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:
    Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 10.13.48 PMIt turns out, the suspect has packed the Mustela putorius furo and oleoresin capsicum before:Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 10.14.17 PMFollowing 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.

Blotter | Police investigate reported mace attack on E Pine

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  • 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.

Law & Order | Cal Anderson beating suspect charged — Plus, Noll murder trial update

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

Blotter | Man shot and killed at 5th and Olive — UPDATE

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  • 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:

    Man Discovers New Drinking Buddy Is Actually a Robber

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    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.

Police fatally shoot bank robbery suspect near Viretta Park following manhunt

SPD released still images from bank surveillance video Friday as the department posted new details of the incident

SPD released still images from bank surveillance video Friday as the department posted new details of the incident. We’ve added SPD’s full report on the incident at the bottom of our post.

(Image: SPD)

(Image: SPD)

Police officers fatally shoot bank robbery suspect in Denny Blaine area — UPDATE x2: Seattle Police officers fatally shot a man just south of Viretta Park Thursday afternoon after the man, suspected in a earlier bank robbery, flipped his car and led officers on a 2.5 hour chase through the Denny Blaine neighborhood. According to SPD, officers believed the man was carrying a knife when they approached him at the 100 block of 39th Ave E. UPDATE: The dead suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Cody Spafford. The Stranger has details about his work as a chef in Ballard and a criminal record with nothing remotely approaching this incident. UPDATE: We’ve added a full report from SPD on the fatal shooting to the end of this post.

UPDATE: SPD fanned out around Viretta Park Thursday morning after the suspect flipped his car near 39th and John and was seen fleeing the area wearing women’s clothing and heavy makeup. Police believed the man to be armed.

According to police, the cross-dressed suspect walked into a Madison Park Wells Fargo bank at around 9:15 AM and demanded money from the teller. Soon after police said he flipped his car and was seen fleeing from the scene with a suitcase. The search for the suspect led police to Kurt Cobain’s former house, where K-9 units combed the house’s wooded plot.

The search began around 9:30 AM. SWAT and K-9 units were in the area and roads in the area near Lake Washington were being closed to traffic during the search. The suspect was described as a white male wearing “lots of female make-up” and a large bandage on his face. Police found clothing and money strewn on ground near where the car flipped. SPD  posted a brief on the search and updated the suspect’s description — “Lake Wa incident update: susp. ditched clothes, described as wht male, 5’7, 170 lbs, glasses, tan jacket & makeup”:

Just after 9:15 Thursday morning, an armed man, reportedly wearing lots of makeup, women’s clothing and a brunette wig, walked into a bank near E. Madison Street and McGilvra Blvd. and demanded money from a teller.

The man then fled the bank on foot, possibly carrying a rolling suitcase, and was seen getting into a silver sedan nearby.

About 10 minutes later, police received a report that a silver Hyundai had crashed and flipped over near 39th Avenue and E. John Street, and that the driver had fled from the scene of the crash, carrying a rolling suitcase.

Police are closing streets near 39th and John as they search for the suspect. Continue reading

Blotter | Suspect arrested after Pike/Pine window smashing attack

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  • Cops bust window breaker: A man seen breaking the windows of 11th Ave’s Vermillion art bar with stones was arrested only a few blocks away in a peculiar Tuesday afternoon attack. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the man was chased down by police near 13th and Pike around 12:55 PM after being seen busting the windows and glass door at the bar. A witness said the man had a bag of rocks. Police summoned Seattle Fire to the scene of the arrest to treat the man for a small laceration to his arm. UPDATE 3:36 PM: All’s well… From Vermillion’s Facebook page: “The guys from Perkins Glass came out after hours and had this all fixed up within a half hour. The BEST!” UPDATE 4/2/14 9:10 AM: It seems likely the man arrested in the case is suffering from mental illness. According to the police report on the incident, the 25-year-old told officers he broke Vermillion’s window because “God told him to do it.” He has a record of recent arrests including trespassing.
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