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.

Police investigate shootout in First Hill alley — UPDATE

A picture from above provided by a CHS reader shows multiple shell casings and evidence markers spread throughout the alley and the vehicle that was apparently targeted in the shootout

Gunfire echoed through the streets of First Hill late Tuesday night in a shootout in an alley that left a car shot up and leaking gasoline but apparently no victims.

Police reported hearing the gunshots and multiple 911 callers reported up to 10 shots in a bout of gunfire around 10:35 PM near Boren and James, according to East Precinct radio updates.

SPD says it will have more information on the shooting later today.

According to radio updates, witnesses described a silver Mercedes occupied by two shooters and a driver and last seen speeding away from the scene in the alley below the Broadstone Saxton apartment building.

One eyewitness tells CHS the targeted vehicle had a bullbar style push bumper and had at least two bullet holes in the rear windshield and was leaking gasoline. UPDATE: Police say the car was a security patrol vehicle and provided a brief report on the incident:

Police are investigating after three gunmen opened fire on a security guard’s empty vehicle late Tuesday evening on First Hill. At 10:39 pm, police received multiple reports of gunfire in the 1000 block of James Street. When officers arrived on scene, they found a grey Dodge Charger, belonging to a private security company, which had been damaged by gunfire.

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Police search for suspect after shooting victim found at Broadway and Howell — UPDATE: No shooting, SPD says

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A man was shot multiple times and police were searching for the assailant in an incident at Broadway and Howell just across from Cal Anderson Park and near Seattle Central College.

UPDATE 6/26/19: SPD has dropped a bit of a bombshell on this one. Monday’s shooting victim wasn’t shot:

The victim does not have any injuries consistent with gunfire. At this point in the investigation, detectives have not found evidence of a crime or a shooting.

The new revelation lines up with information previously reported by CHS — there were no witnesses to the incident and police had been unable to establish the location where the reported shooting took place.

Original report: Seattle Fire was called to the scene just after 8 PM Monday after a man told passersby he had been shot. SFD was at the scene with the victim who was transported to the hospital but we do not have further information on the man’s condition. UPDATE: SFD describes the man as in stable condition.

SPD was searching the area including Cal Anderson, Seattle Central, and the nearby Capitol Hill Station after getting description information from a witness.

Police had cordoned off Seattle Central’s main building and were searching the building. According to the school’s calendar, Monday was the first day of the campus’s summer quarter.

“We’re fine,” one person who said she was inside the building during the search posted to social media. “There seems to be a lot of police in the building and we’re confined to the lecture hall. Econ teacher is still lecturing surprisingly.” Continue reading

City Council comes to Central District to talk taking on gun violence with cops on foot, SDOT improvements, economic development

Flowers and a memorial left for Royale Lexing along E Union (Image: CHS)

A slide from the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New
Americans, and Education Committee meeting

One-third of the Seattle City Council, half a dozen city department officials, and the deputy chief of the Seattle Police Department met with a crowded room of Central District residents Thursday evening as they outlined the city’s holistic approach to addressing the recent spate of gun violence in the neighborhood that has left citizens worried.

Lorena González brought herGender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans, and Education Committee committee to the CD for a special meeting In collaboration with the African American Community Advisory Council at the Seattle Vocational Institute in what has been the most significant official response to concerns about gun violence and a deadly shooting in the neighborhood.

On a Friday afternoon in mid-May, 19-year-old Royale Lexing was found dead by police outside Swedish Cherry Hill where he was rushed by private vehicle after multiple shooters exchanged fire in a chaotic scene along E Union. This was the first fatal shooting in the community in the first six and a half months of a year since 2014, according to SPD. Continue reading

More hate vandalism on Capitol Hill: City says AIDS Memorial Pathway installations torn down

“When thinking about a temporary art, I thought about the condom, and how, at the start of the AIDs crisis, it became this necessary evil. This thing that people had to utilize and it was a constant reminder of death, of infection, it was a killjoy in a lot of ways. I wanted to take that thing, which was a symbol of fear, and turn it into something of beauty. Now that we’re sort of past that hump and we can look back with more appreciation of the struggle everyone went through and feelings people had. I used about 1000 condoms between the four pieces.” — Pete Rush – AMP Broadway

Artwork installed for Pride around the Capitol Hill Station mixed-use development construction site was ripped down almost as quickly as it went up over the weekend. The city’s Office of Arts and Culture said it is working on getting the works replaced.

Work by artists including Gabriel Stromberg, Pete Rush, and Timothy White Eagle were ripped down in the vandalism. The installations are part of the project creating the AIDS Memorial Pathway, a walkway featuring artwork and tributes that will connect the mixed-use buildings to nearby Cal Anderson Park when it opens in 2020. Continue reading