Street preacher draws crowd and police in Broadway/Pike pepper spray disturbance

A sign-toting street preacher who didn’t find a receptive audience for his message of hellfire and damnation abruptly ended his sermon in a cloud of pepper spray and a rush of Seattle Police at Broadway and Pike Thursday afternoon.

According to Seattle Police, the preacher had drawn a hostile crowd to the corner in front of the Harvard Market QFC where he called 911 around 2:30 PM to report he had just sprayed pepper spray in the face of a man he said tried to grab his camera.

Police arrived and settled the disturbance, separating the photographing preacher from any further debate over the nature of sin, and calling Seattle Fire to treat the man who had been sprayed.

There were no additional significant injuries and no reported arrests.

Woman reports gunpoint street robbery near 17th and Madison

A woman told police she was pushed to the ground and robbed at gunpoint in an incident early Tuesday morning near the 1700 block of E Madison.

Seattle Police responded to the reported armed robbery around 1:50 AM where the victim said she had been robbed on the street about 20 minutes prior. The victim told police two male suspects held her up at gunpoint and shoved her during the robbery before fleeing in a black four-door car. The two suspects were described as in their teens or early 20s with hoodies covering their faces.

According to East Precinct radio reports, police searched the area but there were no immediate arrests and they were unable to track the victim’s phone. There were no reported serious injuries in the hold-up.


Police search for suspect after stabbing victim comes to Broadway Starbucks for aid — UPDATE

A man was rushed to Harborview after he staggered into the Starbucks at Broadway and Denny with multiple stab wounds Tuesday morning just before 7 AM.

According to East Precinct dispatch reports, police were searching for a suspect described as a Hispanic or Indian male, 6 feet tall, 175 pounds, and wearing a backwards blue baseball cap and possibly a flannel shirt. He was last reported fleeing in the alley just west of Broadway north from the area where the attack occurred.

Seattle Fire was called to treat the victim at the scene around 6:41 AM for a stab wound near the sternum. He was transported to Harborview in unknown condition. UPDATE: Seattle Fire described the man’s injuries as “serious.”

UPDATE 6/27/2018: Police have released new details of the incident and say the victim suffered life-threatening injuries.

The 26-year-old victim may also owe his life to the Starbucks employee who called 911 and rendered assistance. According to police, an employee at the Broadway/Denny Starbucks called 911 when the 26-year-old man walked into the shop with what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. “The manager provided first aid to the victim until police arrived and took over. Medics arrived soon after and rushed the victim to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries,” police say.

According to the SPD report on the stabbing, a witness reported hearing a loud argument as the incident unfolded in a nearby alley and police found blood on E Denny Way near the alley entrance. Security video reviewed by police showed the victim and the suspect walking together in the alley when they began to argue and one man stabbed the other.

Police say the Starbucks remained closed following the incident for a biohazard clean-up required because of the amount of blood at the scene.

Police say the victim refused to cooperate with officers and are asking anyone with information to call the SPD tipline at 206-233-5000.

Police make quick arrest after reported First Hill kidnapping attempt — UPDATE

Police arrested a convicted drug dealer only days from when he had been ordered to begin his “community work program” after a reported attempted kidnapping of a child at a Boren Ave apartment building Saturday night.

According to police, the child’s father called 911 just before 10 PM Saturday to report the attempted kidnapping by a stranger. Police say the man told officers that the child had been playing outside at the apartment building in the 100 block of Boren Avenue “when an unknown man walked up to the child, picked him up, and began to run away.” Continue reading

Victim says thousands ripped off in 23rd and Union mugging

(Image: @sdottraffic)

Seattle Police are investigating a mugging at 23rd and Union Wednesday night that reportedly netted a group of three thieves thousands in cash.

Officers were called to the southeast corner of the intersection at the Midtown Center shopping center around 9:15 PM to a report that a group of three males was seen pushing another person to the ground before fleeing in a vehicle last seen headed south.

Police found a man who appeared to have suffered a serious knock to the back of his head and who told police he had just been mugged of $4,600 in cash, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

Police were searching for a vehicle described as a tan or beige four-door sedan and the three suspects. Police did not have specific descriptions of the suspects and there was no indication of why the victim was carrying so much cash in the SPD report on the incident.

Seattle Fire was called to the scene to treat the victim’s injuries.

Blotter | I-5 death, Broadway hate assault, E Pine thumb stabbing

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

  • I-5 death: Monday morning commuters were witness to a horrific scene along I-5 south as a woman fell to her death near Pike. Seattle Fire confirms the woman in her 50s died at the scene. Witnesses reported seeing the woman jump from the street above the freeway. SPD is investigating.
  • Broadway hate assault: Police took a woman into custody for investigation of a hate crime and harassment in a Sunday morning, June 17th incident on Broadway:Police tallied a long list of reported transgressions: Continue reading

City Council considering changes to how Seattle prosecutes hate crimes

The Seattle City Council will begin the legislative process Tuesday afternoon to change the way hate crimes are prosecuted in the city.

CB 119288 would remove Seattle’s malicious harassment crime, the city’s current hate crime statute, and replace it with a “special allegation of hate crime motivation,” giving the City Attorney’s office greater range in prosecuting crimes targeting protected classes and the ability to ask for greater penalties on more serious cases:

This ordinance authorizes the City Attorney to allege that a criminal incident of assault, harassment or property destruction was motivated by the defendant’s perception of the victim’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, mental handicap, physical handicap, sensory handicap, homelessness, marital status, political ideology, age, or parental status.

Replacing the crime of malicious harassment with the new special allegation of hate crime motivation will have three major impacts, according to a city council staff memo on the legislation. Continue reading

Blotter | Beating victim found on Melrose, cyclist hit at 12th/Alder

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

  • Melrose beating victim: Police are investigating a robbery and assault after finding the victim of a severe beating when an officer noticed moaning coming from the bushes in the 1600 block of Melrose early Wednesday morning. According to the SPD report on the incident, police were on Melrose around 4:15 AM when they found the man in extreme pain and suffering from a possible broken wrist and leg:
    Continue reading

Deputy in 13-hour Capitol Hill standoff charged for pepper spraying cops

The long standoff shut down several blocks around E Howell and Belmont

The off-duty King County Sheriff deputy who told police he had a shotgun and engaged in a 13-hour standoff with police inside his Capitol Hill apartment last week did, indeed, have a firearm in the unit.

Prosecutors say police found the weapon, ammunition, and a pepper spray canister inside the fourth-floor apartment of Berdon Parsons following the incident. The 30-year-old has been charged with three counts of third-degree assault for allegedly spraying pepper spray under a door as police officers attempted to contact him at the start of the Wednesday, May 30th standoff.

CHS reported last week on details from Seattle Police about the alleged domestic violence assault over a fight about groceries and sex that sparked the 13-hour standoff with the off-duty King County Sheriff’s deputy inside the Granada Apartments building. Continue reading

Scarf dancer arrested at Folklife, charged in alleged groping of minor

Boe the scarf dancer remained jailed this week, arrested at Seattle’s Northwest Folklife Festival two weeks ago after a group of juveniles at the Seattle Center event told police the 70-year-old had groped their friend as he danced and handed out paintings.

Capitol Hill resident Calvin Creech, also known as Boe Oddisey, has been charged with misdemeanor assault with sexual motivation and pleaded not guilty on May 29th to the charge. An order for his release was filed that day pending payment of $5,000 bail. According to facility records, Oddisey remains incarcerated in the King County Jail. Continue reading