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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Blotter | Broadway ‘crisis’ arrest, Cal Anderson basketball robbery

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  • Broadway crisis: A suspect believed to be suffering a mental crisis or under the influence of drugs was taken into custody Tuesday on Broadway after 911 callers reported a violent assault and a man running through the street wrapped in a blanket and carrying a large knife. Police were called to the area around 11:45 AM Tuesday following the initial report that the man was sitting on top of a woman in a dispute near 10th and Pike. He was then reportedly seen on Broadway carrying a large knife. Police found the suspect inside the Freddy Junior’s restaurant where he was taken into custody and the knife was recovered. During a struggle with police, the suspect had a “spit sock” to prevent spitting or biting placed over his head. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation. There were no reports of serious injuries in the incident. Continue reading

Blotter | DUI crash leaves driver soaked in Portage Bay

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  • Child hit by car on 10th Ave E: A child came through a scary incident relatively unscathed after being hit at low speed by a driver Monday morning just after 8 AM at 10th and Boston near the Bertschi School. According to initial 911 reports, the 4-year-old was alert, conscious, and not obviously injured after being “rolled over” by the car and hit by the driver in the “low speed” collision.
  • 12th Ave E guest robbed: The victim in a January armed robbery of a laptop reported the crime to police after seeing the suspect again last Sunday, March 18th. According to the report on the incident, the victim was staying in a 12th Ave E short-term rental with other guests when the suspect came into the victim’s room armed with a taser: Continue reading

Blotter | Police release images of E Madison ATM gunpoint robbery suspect

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  • E Madison ATM robbery update: Detectives have released security imagery showing the suspect they say robbed a man at the Bank of America ATM near 14th and Madison early on the morning of March 1st. According to police, the robbery took place just before 6 AM as the victim was headed to work nearby. A search of the area that included a K-9 dog unit did not locate the suspect. The suspect is described by police as a white male, 5’6″ tall, medium build, with a mustache and possible goatee. Police are asking anyone with information on the suspect to contact the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5542. Continue reading

Blotter | One shot in Central District rolling gun battle

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  • Central District shootout: One person was shot and taken to Harborview and police were gathering shell casings and evidence across the Central District after a rolling gun battle Sunday night. 911 callers reported hearing anywhere from 20 to 40 shots in the moving shootout involving at least two vehicles that scattered shell casings and bullets from 25th and Jackson to 26th and Yesler starting around 10:30 PM Sunday. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police found one of the vehicles with bullet damage ditched near 26th and Yesler where witnesses reported a man shot during the melee had been taken to Harborview by a passerby. We don’t have further information on his injuries but police were able to interview the victim at the hospital, according to radio updates. Police fanned out across the area to collect evidence including 9mm shell casings. One person was taken into custody during the response and a stolen Glock 40 was reported recovered. Police were looking for a new, white Lexus sedan reported to have been involved in the shooting. Continue reading

Blotter | Cal Anderson beating, Broadway bank hold-up, E Madison ATM gunpoint robbery

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  • Cal Anderson beating: Police arrested three teens early Wednesday after a 1:30 AM beating assault on a 13-year-old girl inside Cal Anderson Park:

    Two East Precinct officers on a foot beat in Cal Anderson park Wednesday at 1:30 a.m saw a group of ten people in some type of disturbance and approached the group. As the officers got close the group of people scattered leaving behind a 13-year-old girl who was bleeding from the face. One of the officers chased the group who they believed to be responsible for the injuries to the girl while the other officer remained behind to tend to the victim’s injuries. The first officer was able to corner three of the suspects in an alley 1000 block of East Denny Way. Officers determined that the 19-year-old female suspect had participated in the assault based on the victim’s blood being found on the suspect’s clothing as well as statements made to officers. Officers also arrested a 19-year-old man for being a felon in possession of a firearm after they discovered a loaded .38 caliber revolver in his pocket. Finally, officers arrested the third person, an 18-year-old man, for obstructing and will work with the prosecutor’s office to determine if any other charges will be filed.

    Police say the victim was taken to Harborview for treatment of injuries to her face and head.

  • Broadway bank hold-up: Police made one arrest after flooding the area around the Wells Fargo in the 400 block of Broadway E just after noon last Thursday after a reported robbery attempt. According to the SPD report on the incident, the man threatened a teller and demanded money: Continue reading

Blotter | Police looking for man for threats against Capitol Hill School — UPDATE

Leonardo Riviera (Image: SPD)

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UPDATE 3/1/18 6:53 AM: SPD reports Riviera has been taken into custody: “Good news, Riviera has been arrested. Thanks for all the help.”

  • School threats: Police are searching for a 26-year-old man who they say made threats against Capitol Hill’s Meany Middle School Monday morning:
  • Officers are searching for 26-year-old Leonardo Riviera who they believe threatened to harm someone at Meany Middle School. Riviera walked up to the school Monday morning claiming he had a knife and imitating a gun with his hand. School security escorted Riviera off the property just before students notified officials of Riviera’s behavior. School staff then called police who are now investigating

    Police are asking for anybody who sees Riviera or knows his whereabouts to call 911 immediately. According to East Precinct radio reports during a search of the area for him on Monday, Riviera frequents 15th Ave. The incident began Monday morning when Riviera entered the school and refused to leave, telling staff he was a parent at the school. According to radio dispatches, he began making threats when police were called because he would not leave the 20th Ave E school. Police say parents were notified of the threat by Seattle Public Schools.

  • First Hill gunfire arrest: Police arrested a man for firing a handgun in the middle of First Hill Wednesday morning:

    At around 9:30 Wednesday morning, officers responded to several calls of a man firing a gun into the air in the 1100 block of Summit Avenue. Callers provided 911 with a detailed description of the suspect and officers located and detained him quickly. The suspect had the pistol in his pocket, but he complied with the officers’ commands. The pistol was recovered from the man’s pocket. It appeared that the suspect fired two rounds from the pistol, and officers could not locate any victims or property damage in the immediate vicinity. One shell casing was located and recovered at the scene.

    Police say the 31-year-old fired “several rounds from a .22 semi-automatic pistol into the air.” 911 callers reported seeing the man fire the shots and then proceed to Seneca where he waited at the bus stop as police arrived. There were no reported injuries.

Blotter | Broadway restaurant assault, Judkins Park shooting, Howe Street Steps fall

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  • Broadway restaurant assault: A man was arrested at the Broadway Tacos Guaymas Sunday afternoon after police say stabbed an employee in the hand during a struggle to remove him from the restaurant:

    Officers responded to a restaurant in the 1500 block of Broadway shortly after 3:00 pm Sunday. According to witnesses, the suspect entered the restaurant and began to act erratically. He demanded that employees give him money. The employees asked the suspect to leave, but he refused. The employees attempted to escort the suspect out of the restaurant, but the suspect grabbed a knife and stabbed one of the employees in the hand. The employees were able to hold the suspect down until police officers arrived and took him into custody.

    The 34-year-old was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery and assault. The employee’s injury suffered during the just after 3 PM melee was described as minor. Continue reading

Blotter | Gunpoint robbery on Broadway, Garfield High shooting threat arrest, 12th Ave DUI crash

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  • Broadway armed robbery: A victim told police about a gunpoint robbery early Wednesday morning on Broadway. According to East Precinct radio reports, the victim reported being robbed on the street near E Harrison just before 3 AM by a female suspect wearing a heavy green jacket and carrying a dark handgun. The suspect, described as a 5’5″ black female wearing “cold weather clothing,” was reported to have been last seen on foot northbound on Broadway. The victim went to a nearby apartment building to call police. Officers and a K9 unit searched the area but there were no arrests.
  • Garfield High shooting threat: KING TV reports that a Garfield High student has been arrested for threatening a shooting at the school just days following the Parkland, Florida mass shooting. According to the police report on the incident, students at the school persisted in reporting the suspect’s behavior even after reporting it to a teacher who took no action. The juvenile suspect was booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of harassment. Continue reading

Blotter | Two-alarm fire on Cherry Hill, highway diamond heist, Comet beating

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  • 15th/Cherry fire: Seattle Fire responded to a two-alarm fire Thursday just after 11 AM after a vacant structure at 15th and Cherry caught fire and the flames threatened to spread to neighboring buildings:
    Crews applied water on the fire and had it under control within 19 minutes. The fire was completely extinguished by 11:48 a.m. Seattle City Light was called for a live power line that had fallen across the Ladder 1 apparatus.
    SFD says the cause of the fire is undetermined. There were no reported injuries.
  • Comet beating: A man suffered serious injuries after he was beaten by an assailant who claimed he made him spill beer on himself at the Comet Tavern last Friday night. According to police, the victim said the suspect approached him from behind and began beating on him some 30 minutes after the beer incident. Police were not contacted that night and the victim did not seek treatment for his injuries. Monday, police were called to the Swedish Cherry Hill emergency room where the victim was being treated for “a broken rib, fractured nose, fractured eye socket, and a laceration on his eye ball.” Police are investigating the assault. There were no arrests. Continue reading