Blotter | Union F-bomb-L-Word pepper spray attack, QFC ‘serial’ wine shoplifter, Garfield threat

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  • 16/Union pepper spray attack: Police investigated a reported assault at 16th and Union in which the victim said he was pepper sprayed after saying “fuck you lesbians” to a group of three women during an altercation in the street. According to the SPD report on the just before 10 PM Friday, October 12th incident, the victim told police he and his partner were escorting their intoxicated neighbor home when they heard the three women “hollering as if they were having fun.” The victim told police his group joined in, upsetting the trio of women who yelled at the men as they passed. At this point, the victim told police he dropped the f bomb and the L word. As one of the women approached him, the victim told police he began swinging his arms to keep her away from him. The assailant then sprayed the victim in the face with pepper spray. The victim rushed home, showered, and then called 911, he told police. He also told the officer he didn’t believe he had been assaulted because of bias, only a misunderstanding. There were no arrests. Continue reading

Blotter | E Madison IHOP hold-up, MLK/Jackson shootout, SPD’s ‘society’ crimes jump

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  • IHOP robbery: Police were called to the E Madison IHOP late Friday night after a man claiming to be armed robbed the restaurant and fled. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the suspect entered the restaurant around 11:30 PM and approached the cashier with a hand in his pocket and claiming to be armed. The bandit grabbed cash from the register and fled on foot. He was described only as an older black male in his 40s, heavyset and around 5’11”, wearing a white pullover coat, grey and blue beanie, black pants, and black shoes, and was “possibly high or intoxicated.” Police searched the area but there were no immediate arrests. Continue reading

Blotter | Man reports robbery after scooter rammed off road on E John

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  • 19th/John scooter ramming robbery: The victim in an early morning robbery told police he was riding his motor scooter home after work when he was rammed off the road and held up Tuesday near 19th and John. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were called to the area just after 2:30 AM. The victim said he had left work on 16th Ave E and was riding home when the driver of a large, dark-colored sedan rammed his scooter off the road where he was robbed. There were few details about the suspect’s description or the vehicle which was last seen headed north on 19th Ave E. SPD is investigating the incident as an armed robbery.
  • Car-keying vandal: Police are looking for a man believed to be responsible for ongoing vandalism of cars along Broadway E between Prospect and Highland. A neighbor sent CHS security video he believes shows the vandal keying car in a string of vandalism that began early this month: Continue reading

Blotter | Thief makes off with phone in gunpoint robbery at 14th and Howell

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  • 14/Howell hold-up: The suspect in a armed hold-up at 14th and Howell made off with the victim’s phone and managed to elude a police dog search as the thief ditched a white hoodie and fled the area in a robbery reported to SPD around 9:15 Tuesday night. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, officers were called to 14th and Howell after an area resident reported being robbed at gunpoint by a male who appeared to be his teens carrying a black pistol. The victim was forced to hand over an iPhone to the suspect who fled the area and was last seen near 17th and Howell where a witness reported seeing the person shed their white hoodie before leaving the area on foot. A long K9 search of the area did not produce any immediate arrests. There were no reported injuries. Continue reading

Blotter | No injuries, no arrests after shootout reported in Pike/Pine

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  • Pike/Pine shots: Gunfire involving reports of at least two armed males shooting at each other rattled Pike/Pine early Monday morning. There were no reported injuries and no immediate reports of property damage. Seattle Police received multiple 911 calls around 12:10 AM after gunfire broke out on 10th Ave near Lost Lake Cafe. Police spread out across the area searching for suspects matching the descriptions provided by witnesses including two different males reported carrying handguns. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, another male was seen running to a white SUV parked west of Cal Anderson yelling, “They’re shooting at me.” Police searched for the reported shooters and the vehicle seen leaving the area but there were no immediate arrests. Continue reading

Blotter | Police stop violent anti-gay attack across from East Precinct

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  • 12th/Pine hate attack: The suspect in what police say was a bloody hate attack Sunday night on a couple just across the street from the East Precinct allegedly told officers he started the assault on the men because they were gay. According to the report on the Sunday, July 22nd just before 10:30 PM incident, police saw the fight unfold as the suspect and one of his victims fought and fell into a bush at the corner of 12th and Pine. An officer reportedly had to restrain the suspect to stop the beating as blood poured from a laceration to the victim’s head. Police say the suspect’s hands were also cut and bleeding as he used a “weed jar” to beat the victim. According to the report, after the men were separated, the suspect told police multiple times he was attacking the victims because the men are gay. According to one victim, the incident began when the suspect called the men “faggots” and one of the men confronted the suspect. The victim said he was in disbelief at the situation and being held back when the suspect spit in his face and then swung at him. The suspect was taken into custody by police and remains jailed for investigation of assault and a hate crime. Continue reading

Blotter | ‘Help the officer’ at Bellevue/Mercer, dumpster fire investigation, I-5 crossing death

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  • Officer assault: A “help the officer” call triggered a huge response from Seattle Police Tuesday afternoon at Bellevue and Mercer. Police were called to the area around 3:20 PM to a report of a man suffering a mental or drug crisis walking in circles in the street. After being contacted by an officer, the man reportedly began struggling and a “help the officer” call was issued sending units from across the area speeding for the scene. During the incident, the man reportedly assaulted an officer but was taken into custody. Seattle Fire was called to the scene to assist with the possible “excited delirium” situation and to sedate the man. He was taken to Harborview.
  • Dumpster fire investigation: Seattle Police were called to assist Seattle Fire at a rubbish fire on First Hill as a string of similar fires were reported across the city within a 90 minute period Tuesday morning. Authorities are looking into the string of dumpster fires as possible arson. Tuesday’s fire scene on First Hill was reported just before 8 AM outside a daycare on 9th Ave. Continue reading

Blotter | 10th/Mercer mental crisis resolved, E Denny armed robbery, 20 MPH hoser

Police hold down a man to take him into custody after a tense situation early Saturday morning at 10th and Mercer. Thanks to @sbhopper8 for the video this image is from and to readers for their notes about the incident.

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  • E Mercer mental crisis: A man suffering a mental crisis armed himself with a knife and threatened to harm himself and officers in a situation that was ultimately resolved without any significant injuries in the early hours of Saturday morning near 10th and Mercer. According to eyewitness accounts provided to CHS and SPD’s report on the incident, a man known to police for mental health crisis episodes called 911 late Friday night. Arriving officers found him in the garage at the location reportedly armed with a kitchen knife and making threats he would harm himself and police. More officers were called to the scene as a standoff situation and negotiation efforts took place for about an hour. Police say the man eventually dropped the knife and he was overtaken by officers and taken into custody without reported injuries. The man was taken to Harborview for evaluation and could face charges in the incident, police say.
  • 16th/Denny robbery: A woman reported she was robbed by a group of two or three armed assailants just before midnight Friday near 16th and Denny. According to East Precinct radio reports, the victim told police she was robbed by the male suspects who reportedly were aggressively panhandling in the area before the robbery. The victim said the suspect were carrying a handgun and took her phone and backpack before fleeing southbound on 16th Ave. The suspects were described as two or three black males in their teens or early 20s. There were no reported injuries and no immediate arrests. Continue reading

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

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  • 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

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

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  • 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:
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