Police: Seattle U riders try to rob Uber driver in dispute over changed destination

Three criminal masterminds are being sought as suspects in a robbery incident near 11th and Madison Monday night after an Uber driver was attacked by her riders who she said tried to steal her cell phone and pulled on her head scarf in an argument over a change in destination on the ride.

According to the SPD report on the incident, the driver contacted police just after 8 PM to report the attempted strong arm robbery in her vehicle involving a customer and two other riders. The driver told police that she picked up the passengers in Shoreline for a ride to Seattle University. When the driver arrived at 11th and Madison, the Uber customer told her to drive to a new location and was told to enter the destination in the rideshare’s app.

That’s when things went bad quickly: Continue reading

Investigators say fire that damaged Central District barber shop was arson

Saturday’s early morning fire that scorched a Central District barber shop was intentionally set and Seattle Police are searching for the arson suspect.

Seattle Fire said its investigators determined the fire that damaged the Update Barber Shop in the 700 block of 23rd Ave E was set on the outside of the commercial building with flames spreading and doing some $200,000 in damage. Continue reading

911 | Pike/Pine stolen car arrest also yields stolen handgun

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  • Stolen car, stolen gun: A suspect was arrested after East Precinct officers located him in possession of a stolen handgun while sitting in a stolen car on Capitol Hill early last Sunday morning:
    On March 24th, at approximately 2:30 am, officers observed a 2018 Volvo with out of state plates parked in the 900 block of East Pine Street occupied by two people. A check of the license plate showed that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Seattle approximately a week earlier. Officers called for additional officers to respond to the scene and conducted a high-risk stop on the vehicle. As officers were taking the occupants out of the car, they observed the male in the driver’s seat drop something in the back passenger seat. After the two occupants were out of the car and in custody, officers located a loaded Glock handgun on the floorboard of the rear passenger seat. A check of the serial number showed that the handgun had been reported stolen in Seattle in 2014. Both suspects were arrested and transported to the East Precinct. At the precinct, it was determined that one of the men, age 38, was a convicted felon and on active federal probation. He was the individual who was seen dropping the gun in the backseat. The suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of possession of stolen vehicle and investigation of possession of stolen firearm. The other male, age 29, was identified and released from the precinct.
    The stolen vehicle was impounded and the stolen Glock was submitted into evidence, police report. Continue reading

Melrose Ave man shot in reported ‘suicide by cop’ attempt charged with assault

Prosecutors say last Tuesday night’s Melrose Ave shooting in which a man opened fire on officers and was shot by police was a case of attempted “suicide by cop.”

Steel Maharaj, 37, has been charged with assault in the first degree after police said he fired a single shot from his 9mm Ruger semi-automatic pistol at officers responding to the report of an armed, suicidal male on Melrose in the just after 9:30 PM incident. According to prosecutors and police, Maharaj threatened to pistol whip his wife if she did hand over the gun’s ammo as he was preparing to leave their 1600-block Melrose Ave apartment. “Fearing for her safety,” police write, “she gave the defendant the ammunition.” Police say Maharaj’s wife called 911 to report her husband was depressed, suicidal, and armed. Continue reading

Hakeem remembered — Family identifies 21-year-old gunned down in Cal Anderson — UPDATE

Family says the young man who died in Wednesday night’s shooting in Cal Anderson was trying to break up a fight when he was gunned down in the middle of the busy park.

A family member identified the victim for CHS as 21-year-old Hakeem Talley. The family is seeking donations to help defray funeral and burial costs. The victim also leaves behind a young child. UPDATE: The King County Medical identifies the victim as Hakeem Salahud-din. He had recently been released from jail after serving time for a sentence in a domestic violence case when he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm. CHS has asked for clarification from the family regarding their identification of the victim. Continue reading

‘Nobody wants to shoot you’ — SPD releases bodycam video, new details from Melrose Ave ‘officer involved’ shooting

Seattle Police have released new details and officer-worn bodycam footage from the incident on Melrose Ave Tuesday night in which a reportedly suicidal man carrying a gun opened fire and was shot by officers.

The video shows a tense scene outside a Melrose Ave apartment building where the 37-year-old can be seen leaving the building carrying a pistol and later is confronted by police as he holds the weapon.

“Go ahead and shoot me,” the man appears to say. “Nobody wants to shoot you,” an officer yells back. “I just want to talk to you but I can’t talk to you with a gun in your hand.” As the officer trying to negotiate with the man yells “Do not point that gun at me,” a single shot rings out followed by a barrage of bullets as officers returned fire.

The man sustained serious injuries in the shooting and was taken to Harborview for surgery but we do not know his condition. SPD says his injuries are considered non-life-threatening. He has not yet been charged. Continue reading

Police investigate fatal shooting at Cal Anderson Park — UPDATE

Police and Seattle Fire rushed to Cal Anderson near Nagle Place after a fatal shooting at the park.

Seattle Police says one person was shot in the incident first reported around 9:40 PM Wednesday. According to police radio updates, the victim appeared to have been shot in the back of the head.

UPDATE: Seattle Fire tells CHS the victim, reported as a 21-year-old man, died at the scene before life saving efforts could be attempted. Continue reading

Man shot by police after report of armed suicidal male on Melrose Ave — UPDATE

One person was reported shot in an incident involving Seattle Police on Melrose just south of E Olive Way,

Seattle Police were reporting one suspect was shot and down at the scene in a shooting involving at least three police officers, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. Seattle Fire was called to the scene just after 9:30 PM.

According to police radio, officers were called to the area minutes earlier Tuesday night to a report of a suicidal male armed with a gun. Continue reading

911 | Capitol Hill bus stop death, reported E Aloha armed robbery, 23rd/Union liquor shop bandit busted

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  • Bus stop death: A man died early Monday morning at a Capitol Hill bus stop. King County Metro workers found the man down and unresponsive at the eastbound stop near Broadway and Pine just before 5:30 AM. Seattle Fire was called to the scene and performed CPR but the man reported to be in his late 50s could not be revived. The King County Medical Examiner is investigating the cause of death. Seattle Police were called to the scene, standard procedure for a death investigation.
  • 14/Aloha robbery: Police investigated a reported armed robbery near 14th and Aloha overnight and were able to track down a phone taken in the holdup — but unfortunately it had been smashed to bits. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were called to a nearby residence after a victim reported being robbed just before 2 AM along E Aloha. The victim told police the robbery involved two masked suspects — one carrying a knife and the other carrying a handgun. Both male suspects appeared to be in their 20s and were wearing dark hoodies and black face masks. Police started a K9 search for the suspects using a Dick’s Drive-in bag the duo reportedly dropped at the scene but the dog was unable to start a successful track. Officers had better luck tracking the phone taken in the robbery but when they arrived at the Montlake location where the phone was last pinged about 30 minutes after the hold-up, police found the device smashed to bits after being apparently tossed from a car. There were no arrests and no serious injuries reported. UPDATE: According to information shared by neighborhood watch participants in the area, there were three victims held up in the robbery and the Dick’s burgers were part of the heist. Continue reading

Police ask for help locating suspect in Capitol Hill domestic violence assault

Police are asking for help tracking down the suspect in a domestic violence assault that happened in a Capitol Hill apartment last month.

During the incident on February 28th, Edward Gentry, 34, attacked his ex-girlfriend at an apartment, striking her repeatedly before strangling her until she was unconscious. Gentry attacked the woman in front of her three-year-old child.

Prosecutors have charged Gentry with two counts of domestic violence including assault and unlawful imprisonment and he is wanted on a $250,000 warrant.

If you can help SPD located the 34-year-old, call the domestic violence unit at (206) 684-0330 or 911.