911 | Broadway pepper spray melee, residential burglary spike, and how you can help improve police reporting in Seattle

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  • Police reports: You may have noticed CHS has been running fewer crime round-ups this summer. In the beginning days of the site, we used to go to the East Precinct lobby to dig through paper versions of the latest crime reports. In recent years, access has been much improved with services like Tweets by Beat and Online Reports making SPD’s work as transparent as possible. After some Seattle Department of Information Technology work, the services became unavailable starting in May. Last week, Tweets by Beat came back online. Yay! But the system for giving access to SPD’s incident reports remains offline. Unfortunately, SPD long ago phased out the paper and later CD-ROM process for accessing reports meaning the only way to get the information is to ask for it on a case by case basis from a busy Public Information team or submit a public disclosure requests that takes weeks at best. Let the Seattle DoIT folks know (email) you appreciate the return of Tweets by Beat and would also like to see online access to reports restored ASAP! You can also let them know on Twitter @SeattleITDept. Thanks!
  • Broadway pepper spray melee: A 19-year-old woman was taken into custody for assaulting multiple people with pepper spray in a roaming street melee that made its way down Broadway last Thursday night. According to the SPD report on the incident, the fight started near Broadway and Harrison around 8 PM when a man was confronted over a possible theft from a nearby shop. A fight disturbance involving multiple people was reported as police tried to track down the participants along Broadway. Seattle Fire and police were eventually called to the Kimchi Bistro in the 200 block of Broadway E where two people were reported suffering from exposure to pepper spray. The male from the original fight and a woman were located nearby at 10th and Republican. Police identified the woman as the perp in the pepper spray attack and took her into custody. She was booked for investigation of assault. There were no additional arrests and no other significant reported injuries. 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.

911 | Student says robbed at gunpoint on Seattle U campus

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  • Campus stick-up: A Seattle University student told campus police he was robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning in the middle of campus. Seattle Police were called to the scene near the Cisco Morris Biodiversity Garden by school security just after the 3:30 AM incident in which the adult student said he was held up by a male with a pistol. The suspect was described as a male with a dark complexion, around 5’10” with a thin build, and wearing a dark hoodie. Police detained one person near the robbery scene but he was released after the victim said he was not the suspect. The victim was not seriously injured in the incident. Continue reading

911 | Big response to E Denny crisis, right-wing ‘march’ on Capitol Hill, IHOP melee charges

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  • E Denny crisis: A large police response was joined by crews from Seattle Fire Friday after a man apparently suffering a mental health crisis reportedly broke through a window of a Capitol Hill apartment building and caused a major disturbance inside. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were contacted just before 5 PM to the report that a man had smashed through a first floor window and entered the Pantages Apartment building in the 800 block of E Denny just off Broadway. Responding police found smoke in the building as they tracked down the suspect in a fifth floor unit where he was taken into custody. It’s not clear what the source of the smoke was. Seattle Fire says its crew did not find a fire in the building. There were no reported serious injuries. Earlier in the afternoon, a man with a similar physical description to the suspect had contacted police to report he believed he was being followed by a large group of Hispanic men. UPDATE: Capitol Hill Housing tells us the initial report that a man busted a window was not correct and that he pushed through a screen to gain entrance. Meanwhile, the smoke turned out to be “material from a fire extinguisher being expelled.”
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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.
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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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