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

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

911 | Volunteer Park search after reported armed robbery at 12th and Roy

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  • Volunteer Park search: Police and a K9 unit searched the streets and Volunteer Park Friday night after a reported knifepoint street robbery at 12th and Roy. According to East Precinct radio updates, the victim reported being held up around 9:30 PM by two young males, one armed with an eight to nine inch knife. Police were searching for two suspects reported as Asian males in their late teens or early 20s, one wearing a hooded sweatshirt, blue bandana, and cutoff shorts on the chilly night. Police fanned out across the area and the nearby park but there were no immediate arrests. No serious injuries were reported.
  • Summit/Pine self-inflicted stabbing: Seattle Fire and Seattle Police rushed to the scene of a reported suicide attempt on the street at Summit and Pine. A 911 caller reported the incident just after 12:30 AM Saturday as the victim was reportedly stabbed multiple times in the abdomen and was struggling against attempts to help. Seattle Police arrived and Seattle Fire was called in to treat and transport the person who was taken with life threatening injuries to the hospital. For resources to help those in need: National suicide-prevention hotline: 800-SUICIDE. Local Crisis Clinic: (206) 461-3222.

911 | E Pine dog attack, Capitol Hill dumpster fires, Broadway jogging assault

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  • E Pine dog attack: Police and Seattle Animal Control responded after a terrible dog attack Friday evening at the bus stop at 11th and Pine. A CHS reader posted her account of the attack — and her brave action to stop it — to the CHS Facebook Group in hopes of learning more about the fate fo the dog that was attacked:
    I was headed home from work on Friday, and walked to the bus stop on Pine and 11th (th) to head home as per usual. I saw a disabled man and his “service dog” black German Shepherd (?). They proceeded to sit under the bus stop covered place. A girl and her friend were walking by with a little Daschund and the “service” dog went crazy and attacked the daschund. Continue reading

Blotter | Drugs, gun recovered in crash after police pursuit starting in Capitol Hill parking lot

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  • Chase and crash: Seattle Police have posted details of an early Saturday morning bust after a rollover crash that began with a pursuit on Capitol Hill. According to SPD, officers spotted two men in a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot near Union and Summit around 2 AM. Police say the suspects quickly backed their red Ford Explorer out of the lot and sped away from police, running red lights as they went, before crashing only minutes later on Boren near Virginia. Arriving officers found the car on its side with two occupants inside, alert and conscious, and not seriously injured — along with a handgun and three plastic bags containing suspected methamphetamine on the pavement near the vehicle’s open sunroof. Police say the gun’s serial number appeared to have been filed off. The vehicle’s passenger had a DUI warrant and was in possession of a backpack containing 200 pills of Xanax, some of which, the man said, had been pressed into pieces of candy, according to the report. The driver was arrested for reckless driving and told police they would potentially find his fingerprints on the gun because “he had seen the gun on the ground outside the car, not wanted police to think it was his, and had thrown it further into the street,” police said. The man, who is a felon, is unable to legally possess firearms. Both men were booked into King County Jail. Continue reading

Blotter | Convicted Capitol Hill rapist charged in second attack

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  • UPDATE — 23rd/Cherry shootout: A shootout near the ARCO AM/PM at 23rd and Cherry shattered a bus stop Wednesday night around 7 PM. Police were called to the area after reports of vehicles and people on foot fleeing the area. Arriving units found no victims but a heavily damaged bus shelter. 23rd Ave southbound was closed briefly during the response as police collected evidence at the scene.
  • Convicted rapist charged in second attack: A man convicted in a Capitol Hill rape five years ago has been charged in another 2014 sexual attack after a DNA match with a previously untested rape kit, the Seattle Times reports. Kirose Hailu, now 27, was charged along with an accomplice in the February 2014 attack on a woman on Capitol Hill in what authorities said was a string of robberies and assaults targeting women. When prosecutors filed the second degree rape charges in 2014, both men were already in King County Jail awaiting trial on identity theft charges. The two were accused of working together to steal a woman’s wallet outside a Capitol Hill gas station in October that year. According to police, the victim in the Capitol Hill rape and her boyfriend had been drinking at a friend’s house on February 27th, 2014 before heading to R Place where the woman became separated from her group. Hailu is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence for the conviction. His accomplice Wolid Mohammed was also convicted. The Seattle Times reports the new charges stem from an attack on a now-34-year-old woman, “who was struggling with a heroin addiction when she was raped by a stranger on Oct. 22, 2014.”

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Blotter | Broadway frozen yogurt shop held up in ‘armed’ robbery

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  • Fro-yo holdup: Police are investigating a Friday night “armed” hold-up at Broadway frozen yogurt outlet Menchie’s. Officers were called to the 500 block Broadway E shop around 7:20 PM Friday to the reported hold-up. Police were told the suspect entered the shop, stuck his hand in his pocket, and implied that he was carrying a weapon. The suspect, described only as a black male around 6-feet tall and wearing a green puffy jacket according to East Precinct radio dispatches, fled with the shop’s tip jar. He was last seen headed south on Broadway. There were no reported injuries and no arrests.
  • Belmont /Mercer crash: Seattle Fire rescue crews had to cut the driver from a vehicle in a crash near Belmont and Mercer Friday afternoon. There were no serious injuries in the incident involving two vehicles — one carrying two occupants that reportedly smashed into a utility pole and the second that crashed into bushes trapping the driver in the car near a building at the intersection. Seattle Fire initiated a “rescue extrication” response to cut open the car. The driver was reported as conscious and alert and was out of the car within minutes. Continue reading

Blotter | Thousands of dollars in power tools reported stolen from Capitol Hill Station mixed-use work site

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  • Overnight robberies: In a busy overnight for East Precinct cops, SPD investigated two armed street robberies early Friday morning. The first reported hold-up went down around 1:45 AM when a man said he was robbed at gunpoint near the 100 block of 21st Ave E. A second street hold-up was reported about 15 minutes later when a group of five said they were robbed at gunpoint near Union and Boylston. The group said they were held up by a group of three with one person armed with a handgun, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. In the first robbery, the victim told police there were two assailants including an armed suspect described only as a black male in his 20s with a stocky build and wearing a white sweatshirt. Police searches for the suspects were not successful. There were no reported injuries. Continue reading

Blotter | Roy Street Commons standoff, failed Broadway video game boost

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  • Roy Street Commons standoff: Police closed off the area around Roy Street Commons in the 600 block of 12th Ave E Friday night after a report of a gun found inside the Airbnb guest house led to a standoff with a wanted man believed to be inside the building. According to East Precinct radio reports and witnesses, the building was surrounded by police for hours on the holiday weekend Friday night with guests arriving at the apartment style building exempted to allow only short-term rental being turned away during the standoff. We’re still sorting out when the incident drew to a close after midnight and any details on an arrest. Guests were allowed back into the building by Saturday morning where one guest reported his backpack had been stolen at some point following the standoff.
  • Broadway video game boost: A burglar made a major mess and *nearly* made off with more than $9,000 worth of gaming consoles in a Thanksgiving week break-in at the Broadway Game Stop. According to the SPD report on the rip-off, surveillance video shows a gloved suspect with a hoody covering his face trashing the store and tossing around merchandise during the just before 4 AM burglary at the store in the 1600 block of Broadway. But the big score was apparently out of reach. Police found a pile of 29 video game consoles stacked in a hallway near a pried-open exit door behind the shop: Continue reading

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