Small group of right-wing protesters met by larger counter-protest in Cal Anderson

A small group of right-wing protesters was met with a larger police presence and counter-protest in a permitted rally and march from Cal Anderson early Sunday evening.

A small handful of protesters gathered behind police-constructed barriers in the park Sunday afternoon in a “liberty” event promoted in recent weeks on social media. Police and counter-protesters outnumbered participants, according to reports from the scene.

The small group marched on Broadway and down Pike/Pine before dispersing. There were no reported arrests and no reported significant injuries during the event. Continue reading

‘No Minors’ — Police nab suspect after street deal outside two Capitol Hill pot shops turns into gunpoint robbery

Police held the suspect on the ground at gunpoint (Image: @LexiLips)

A transaction outside two of the neighborhood’s pot shops involving two men too young to purchase marijuana legally turned into an armed robbery, Seattle Police say.

CHS reported on the large SPD response around 6 PM Friday to the area of 15th Ave E and Republican where police say the hold-up went down:

When police arrived they spoke with the 20-year-old victim who said he was attempting to purchase some marijuana from the suspect when he pulled out a gun and stole the victim’s cash. The suspect then ran away with the the victim’s $60.

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  • Gun arrest: Seattle Police arrested a 24-year-old man in Cal Anderson early Monday after he reportedly struck a woman and pulled a gun on a group of bystanders when they tried to intervene:
    Just after midnight, police received a report that a man was brandishing a gun in Cal Anderson Park. Officers arrived and spotted the suspect running north through the park and arrested him. Police learned the man had been walking through the park with a woman when he began striking her. When several homeless people, who frequent the park, moved to intervene, the suspect pulled a gun out of his waistband and pointed it at one of them. After a search with a K9 unit, officers found the suspect’s handgun—which was reported stolen—stashed in some bushes near where police had taken him into custody. Continue reading

Court: Fatal Capitol Hill stabbing sparked by fight over declined cigarette lighter — UPDATE

A King County Superior Court judge Thursday found probable cause to hold David Nichols in jail for murder in the second degree and assault in the second degree. Seattle Police announced they had arrested Nichols Wednesday for the deadly overnight stabbing at Cal Anderson Park early Sunday that left 25-year-old Rayshauna Webber dead.

His bail was set at $2,000,000. Nichols has not yet been charged in the case.

UPDATE 7/22/2019 2:54 PM: Nichols has now been charged in the murder:

David Lee Nichols has been charged with Murder in the second degree-Deadly Weapon, and Assault in the second degree-Deadly Weapon.  He will have an arraignment hearing on August 5 at 8:30AM, E1201.  Bond remains at $2,000,000.

SPD identified the suspect publicly after taking Nichols into custody thanks to video surveillance from a nearby business and credit card information from an E Pine business he patronized that night, according to court documents. Continue reading

Police announce arrest in weekend Capitol Hill fatal stabbing — UPDATE

Seattle Police announced they have arrested a suspect in the weekend fatal stabbing of 25-year-old Rayshauna Webber on Capitol Hill.

“Detectives arrested a 50-year-old man Wednesday afternoon in the city of Tacoma in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 25-year-old woman on Capitol Hill,” Seattle Police said Wednesday.

Police say detectives are now interviewing the suspect and have not publicly identified the man. SPD says he will be booked him into King County Jail for investigation of murder.

UPDATE 8:57 PM: Seattle Police said Wednesday night the murder of Webber apparently came in a dispute over a spurned offer to light a cigarette. Deputy Chief Marc Garth-Green provided new details from the case in a Wednesday night media conference and identified the man taken into custody for the murder.

“Due to outstanding work with patrol officers on scene that evening, diligent work with our homicide detectives and our real time crime center detectives, in conjunction with help from local businesses in the area, we were able to identify, locate, and, today, with the assistance of the Tacoma Police Department, we were able to arrest 50-year-old David Nichols for the murder of Rayshauna Webber,” Garth-Green said. Continue reading

Man charged with rape for sex assaults on two teens in Cal Anderson Park

A 60-year-old man has been charged with two counts of child rape after an early morning incident in Cal Anderson Park in which police say he plied two teenagers with drugs before sexually assaulting them both.

Edward Smith was arrested early on the morning of July 4th when police found him outside the tent in the park where the teens said the attacks had occurred. He remains jailed on $250,000 bail. Continue reading

Woman dies in Capitol Hill stabbing — UPDATE

A 25-year-old woman died in a stabbing on Capitol Hill early Sunday morning.

Seattle Police has posted a brief on the incident:

Homicide detectives are investigating the fatal stabbing of a 25-year-old female that occurred early Sunday morning at Cal Anderson Park. On Sunday, July 14th at approximately 2:45 am, East Precinct officers were dispatched to report of a stabbing at Cal Anderson Park near East Pine and Nagel Place. Officers arrived and located a 25-year-old female with a stab wound to her chest. Officers performed first aid until they were relieved by Seattle Fire medics. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries. Homicide detectives responded and assumed responsibility for the follow up investigation. CSI processed the scene. There is no suspect description at this time. This remains an active and on-going investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Seattle Police tip line at (206) 233-5000.

UPDATE 7/15/19: Q13 says family has identified the victim as 25-year-old Rayshauna Webber.

According to East Precinct and Seattle Fire radio reports, the woman was reported stabbed near Cal Anderson and found outside the Rock Box around 2:45 AM. Seattle Police arrived to find the victim on the sidewalk outside the bar at Nagle and Pine. CPR was reportedly underway as confusion at the scene and an extremely busy night for Seattle emergency responders delayed the arrival of units from Seattle Fire.

The victim was transported to Harborview as CPR continued but did not survive, according to East Precinct radio. Continue reading

Police shut down MAGA ‘free hugs’ after Pike/Pine disturbance

Police convinced two men reportedly causing a disturbance near 10th and Pike outside the Comet Tavern to move along Friday night.

Earlier in the evening, there were multiple reports of two men wearing Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats and carrying a poster advertising “free hugs” attempting to interview and make video recordings of E Pike passersby. Continue reading

Police take one into custody after downtown stabbing suspect reportedly flees to Capitol Hill — UPDATE

Police quickly took a suspect into custody who reportedly fled toward Capitol Hill completely naked after stabbing multiple people at the 6th Ave Nordstrom building.

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the suspect was reported as a nude male seen fleeing eastbound on Pike toward Capitol Hill after the stabbing incident inside the 1600 block 6th Ave building. Police reportedly took the male into custody after he was spotted headed east near 8th and Pine.

Details were not immediately clear about the scene of the attack but Seattle Fire was responding to a report of two or three people stabbed across multiple floors of the downtown building.

UPDATE: Police say three people were stabbed in the incident and confirmed that the naked suspect was taken into custody: Continue reading

911 | E Denny armed robbery, 4th of July dognapping, driver hits man and child at E Olive Way/Harvard crossing

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  • E Denny hold-up: Police responded to a reported gunpoint robbery near Cal Anderson and Capitol Hill Station’s southern entrance early Sunday morning. Police were called to the scene near 11th Ave and E Denny just before 2 AM to a report of a street robbery by a man armed with a silver handgun. Witnesses told police the suspect may have fled the area in a vehicle last seen westbound on Denny. The light rail station was closed at the time of the incident. Police contacted at least one suspect vehicle in the area and were checking serial numbers on at least two recovered handguns, according to East Precinct radio. There were no reported injuries and no immediate arrests reported.
  • Big police presence on Broadway: A large contingent of Seattle Police filled the area around a 300-block Broadway E apartment building just before 1 AM on July 5th after a reported possible domestic violence incident set off a short standoff in the building. Police were able to clear the apartment and determine there was no danger. We do not have information on any arrests. There were no reported serious injuries.
  • Dog robbery: The victim in a 4th of July dognapping at a Capitol Hill market is looking for help bringing Layla, a white and brindle-spotted Boxer, home. According to a social media post about the incident, Layla was stolen from the victim in an altercation at E Olive Way’s Hillcrest Market:

    Two men approached the owner, inside of the market, and harassed him to sell her. After being denied, one of the men punched the owner in the chest and stole her. Not only is Layla his service dog, she has allergies and is on a special diet, in addition to being a senior dog.

    If you can help, you can find contact information in the post — or give police a call.

  • Pedestrians hit at E Olive Way and Harvard: A Wednesday, July 3rd pedestrian collision at Harvard and E Olive Way sent an adult to the hospital but fortunately left its younger victim not seriously injured. According to police, a driver struck the 45-year-old male and the child just before 7:30 PM as they crossed at the intersection of Harvard and E Olive Way. E Olive Way and Harvard were closed to the north and the west during the response and the adult was taken to Harborview in stable condition while the child escaped injury. We don’t know yet if anybody was cited in the incident.