Police take man in reported drug crisis into custody after struggle inside Capitol Hill elementary school gym

It took four officers to subdue a man high on drugs and suffering a crisis who fought with Seattle Police after making his way inside a Capitol Hill elementary school Tuesday morning, according to emergency dispatch reports.

SPD was first contacted about the man behaving erratically outside the 19th Ave E side of the campus around 8 AM as parents dropped off kids for the school day. Just before 9 AM, the arriving officer put out a call for “fast backup” assistance as he struggled to take the man into custody inside the school’s gymnasium, according to East Precinct radio reports. Continue reading

Scary 911 call at 17th and Olive turns out to be false report

A scary looking 911 callout from overnight

Seattle Police and Seattle Fire were dispatched to a terrible situation overnight on Capitol Hill but fortunately the incident turned out to be a false report.

Just before 4 AM Thursday, a caller to 911 reported that he had shot and killed multiple people and was ready to kill himself. The caller would not provide his location but police were able to track the call to the area around 17th and E Olive St. Continue reading

Duo reportedly armed with pistol and pepper spray hold up Capitol Hill market — UPDATE

A late night hold-up of a Capitol Hill convenience store involved two suspects reportedly armed with a silver handgun and some sort of stink bomb or pepper spray device.

According to East Precinct radio reports, police were called to the 700 block of Bellevue Ave E around 11:30 PM Saturday night to the reported armed robbery at the Mercato Bellagio quick shop. Continue reading

Victim warns of North Capitol Hill groper

Police investigated Wednesday night after a woman reported she was assaulted and groped on 15th Ave E in North Capitol Hill.

In addition to reporting the attack to SPD, the victim reached out to CHS to make sure others in the area are aware of the assault.

“I reported this to the police but not much could be done,” she writes. “I’m just hoping to make the community aware as this is a spot I typically feel safe and it was in daylight on a busy street.”

The Capitol Hill resident tells CHS she was walking on 15th Ave E where it slopes down to become E Boston St when she was grabbed. “About midway down the Boston hill a man ran up behind me and grabbed my behind really hard,” the victim writes. “Before I could realize what happened, he was sprinting back up the hill.”

She reported the assault to police but there were no immediate arrests. The suspect is described as an unknown race male around 5’7″ or 5’8″, with a stocky build, and wearing jeans and a black hoodie with the hood pulled up at the time of the Wednesday night assault.

If you have information about the incident or can help identify the suspect, call 911.

Blotter | 17th Ave mugging reported, 12th Ave short-term rental party goes bad

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  • 17th Ave mugging: A woman told police she was jumped by a group of teens, punched in the face, and robbed while walking on 17th Ave from Trader Joe’s last Tuesday night. According to the SPD report on the late night incident, the victim said she heard a vehicle pull up behind her and was then suddenly punched by two males who demanded her phone, wrestled her to the ground, and continued the assault. The victim told police she was able to hold onto her phone but the assailants made off with her wallet. The phone was also damaged during the attack. The victim told police the attackers appeared to be two teenage males wearing black clothing and that the vehicle appeared to be a gray or white SUV but she could not provide more details. The victim suffered a cut lip in the attack but declined medical attention. Continue reading

Metro #metoo: County calls on riders to report sexual misconduct

Metro has started a new campaign it hopes will help reduce incidents of lewd comments on its buses and increase reporting of sexual misconduct.

The “Report it to Stop It” campaign focuses on encouraging riders to report the problem: Metro is calling on riders to report misconduct by:

  • Telling their Metro bus driver at the time of the incident,
  • Calling the King County Sheriff’s Office/Metro Transit Police 206-296-3311,
  • Calling 911.

The push to encourage reporting comes amid a huge increase in reported incidents, according to officials. “Since the #MeToo movement gained widespread attention in October 2017, calls to KCSARC’s Resource Line have increased by more than 50% compared to the previous year,” Metro says.
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Man reported stabbed in Pike/Pine brawl — UPDATE

A fight that drew a large group outside the Havana nightclub early Friday morning ended with a male victim stabbed in the back.

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were called to a fight disturbance around 2:15 AM involving two female combatants and a large group outside the 10th and Pike night spot.

They arrived to find a man in the 900 block of E Pike with multiple stab wound to the back. We do not have details on his condition but he was conscious and able to speak with police. UPDATE: Police say the victim was stabbed about five times and was taken to Harborview. SFD reports that he was in serious condition.

The suspect was described as having a distinctive “University of Washington tattoo” on his face.

Police detained two people in the area following the stabbing and believe they have identified the suspect but he has not yet been taken into custody.

Man charged in Planned Parenthood crash and store assault

The man police say shattered the teeth of a victim he punched inside a nearby grocery store after crashing his car into the barriers outside E Madison’s Planned Parenthood last Wednesday has been charged for the assault and the damage but not for targeting the provider of women’s health services, according to court records filed in the case.

Charlie Armstead, 35, has been charged with second degree assault, fourth degree assault, and malicious mischief in the morning melee that included smashed cars and Planned Parenthood employees going into lockdown mode during the incident. Continue reading

Man arrested after barrier rammed outside E Madison Planned Parenthood, assault at nearby store

Police interview a witness outside the E Madison Planned Parenthood Wednesday morning (Image: CHS)

Police took a man into custody Wednesday morning who appeared to be high on drugs and experiencing a mental crisis after he reportedly rammed his car into a barrier outside the E Madison Planned Parenthood, crashed into cars on nearby streets, and seriously injured a man he attacked inside the nearby Safeway.

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, staff at Planned Parenthood initiated security protocols at the E Madison facility after the crash around 9:30 AM. The building was not damaged by the crash but barriers were smashed in the collision. Continue reading

Blotter | Police looking for car involved in spate of CD drive-by shootings

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  • CD gunfire: Police swarmed the area around 27th and Union Tuesday afternoon after a bout of gunfire left one car damaged and SPD searching for a suspect vehicle believed to have been involved in a spate of similar shootings this week. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, multiple callers reported gunfire in the Central District around 2:15 PM. Arriving officers found nobody injured but a victim’s vehicle was reportedly targeted and damaged by gunfire. Police closed E Union as they collected evidence at the scene including 9MM shell casings. Police are looking for a brown Kia Optima believed to have been involved in the afternoon shooting and in similar drive-by gunfire incidents in the Central District and South Seattle this week. There have already been 59 gunfire incidents in Seattle so far in 2018 according to SPD data. UPDATE 3:58 PM: SPD has taken at least one person into custody:

UPDATE 4:52 PM: Police say four people were taken into custody after a brief chase near Rainier Ave S and a search assisted by the King County Sheriff’s Guardian-1 helicopter. UPDATE 4/11/18: SPD has added additional information about the arrests: “After lengthy interviews by detectives, the four suspects, a 20-year-old male, a 20-year-old female, and two 16-year-old males were booked into the King County Jail and Youth Services Center for various charges related to this incident. The suspect vehicle, the Kia, was a reported stolen car from Kent, and was impounded from the scene pending a search warrant. A 9mm handgun was located next to the stolen Kia, and was recovered for evidence.”

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