Officer chases down Cal Anderson robbery suspect — UPDATE

Seattle Police swarmed the area around Cal Anderson just after midnight Saturday morning as an East Precinct officer fought an attempted robbery suspect.

A massive response of police cars and officers from the nearby 12th/Pine East Precinct converged near the 11th Ave church where the officer caught up with the 22-year-old suspect and called for back-up as he attempted to take the man into custody.

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the officer reported that the suspect was knocked out in the struggle.

A female victim in the park reported that a female with the male had attempted to steal her purse in the midnight attack. As police arrived, the suspects fled on foot and ran from the area.

Seattle Fire was also called to the park to treat multiple people for exposure to pepper spray. SPD interviewed a female who was in the park who said she used the spray to chase of the attacker.

The SPD officer who captured the suspect was also treated by Seattle Fire.

The suspect was taken into custody and is being investigated for assault.

UPDATE 9/14/2015: SPD has posted a report on the arrest that fills in some of the blanks about the chase and what lead to up to the incident:

Officers arrested a man for robbery Friday night after he attacked two people in a Capitol Hill Park and injured an officer.

Witnesses began calling 911 at midnight Friday reporting a robbery at Cal Anderson Park near the tennis courts.

Officers Anthony Ducre and Brian Sunderland were the first to arrive and saw the suspect attacking a man as they approached. They immediately got out of their patrol car and chased the 24-year-old suspect across the park, cornering him in a nearby parking lot.

The suspect tried to escape by climbing a fence, but was stopped by the officers.  The suspect hit both officers in the head before being taken into custody.

Witnesses said everything began when the suspect tried to steal a woman’s purse near the tennis courts.  A second man attempted to intervene, when he too was attacked by the suspect.

Seattle Fire Department medics treated the male victim for a facial injury at the scene before he was taken to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation. One of the officers was also taken to the hospital for evaluation of a head injury.

Officers booked the suspect into King County Jail for investigation of assault and $160,000 in warrants.

According to court records, the 23-year-old suspect is already facing charges for violation of a court order for domestic violence.

Glitter, glamour and drag at Sparkle in the Park in Cal Anderson

An afternoon of glitter, glamour and drag. Family-friendly. Bring your own lawn chair.

In addition to this weekend’s neighborhood festivals — Saturday brings the Central Area Block Party to E Cherry while the 15th Ave East Merchants Association Sidewalk Fest goes down around Hilltop on Sunday — the Seattle Parks LGBTQ program (yes, we have one of those) brings a new event to Cal Anderson: Sparkle in the Park: A Queer Youth Show. Bring your lawn chair.

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Your Capitol Hill summer is not over yet: bonus movie in Cal Anderson Park

(Image: Three Dollar Bill Cinema)

One of the largest crowds ever kicked off Three Dollar’s 2015 summer movie series (Image: Three Dollar Bill Cinema)

A drizzly end to August stole a small piece of your Capitol Hill summer. Three Dollar Bill Cinema plans to restore it with a bonus rescheduling of one last outdoor movie in Cal Anderson Park: 11874991_10153309447849425_5640551179295126267_o

The summer outdoor movie season is not over yet! On Friday, Sept. 4 beginning at8:00pm, movie fans will gather once more for a Seattle tradition: Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema at Cal Anderson Park. The ongoing series, sponsored by Sound Transit, called “Bedtime Stories,” kicked off with THE PRINCESS BRIDE, and has included EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and THE NEVERENDING STORY.The series will conclude on Friday with the last in this year’s lineup, ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, originally scheduled for August 14, but rescheduled in response to bad weather.

Topping off the evening’s lineup will be a special surprise pre-movie screening. You’ll have to show up to find out what’s in store!The night is hosted by the glamorous Mama Tits, with music by DJGeneralMeow (Kendall’s DJ & Event).

WHAT:  Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema’s presentation of ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING.
WHEN: Friday, September 4 beginning at 8:00pm (movie at 8:30pm)

WHERE: Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill – 1635 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

No word on what the “special surprise pre-movie screening” will be — like they say, you’ll need to show up to find out.

CHS Pics | Why are you topless in Cal Anderson?

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

With reporting by Alex Garland
Last Sunday, Seattle’s major media salivated over coverage of Go Topless Day events in other cities around the country — and the world — but skipped over a small gathering right here on Capitol Hill.

Getting partially nude in the middle of Cal Anderson to show “women have the same constitutional right that men have to go bare-chested in public” (and with the blessings of “spiritual leader” Rael), a few women and their male supporters exercised their freedom in the summer sun Sunday.

“If I should cover up, make everyone cover up. Gender equality is very important,” Kaleena Anderson told CHS. She made the trip from Bremerton for the event. While breastfeeding at a salon, Anderson said she had someone cover her and her baby physically with a salon drape. “It’s your issue not mine,” she said.

“There’s worse things in the world to focus on than who’s showing their nips,” Kayla Goullaud told CHS.

The organizer of Sunday’s event who identified himself as Joe M — in the Hard Rock t-shirt, above, told CHS the group decided to move the event to “a more friendly location” and chose Cal Anderson after being hassled by police last year in Westlake Park.



Cal Anderson hosts ‘Go Topless Day in Seattle’

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 4.34.32 PMAn event seeking to demonstrate “that women have the same constitutional right that men have to go bare-chested in public” is planned for Cal Anderson Sunday as part of a national Go Topless Day:

We are a U.S.-based organization founded in 2007 by spiritual leader Rael and we claim that women have the same constitutional right that men have to go bare-chested in public.

“As long as men are allowed to be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right. Or else, men should have to wear something to hide their chests” Rael, founder of and spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement (


The Seattle event is planned to run from noon to 3 PM near the fountain in Cal Anderson Park. Skies are predicted to be mostly sunny with highs in the 80s so make sure to put on the sunscreen if not your top.

The Seattle Municipal Code doesn’t mention the word “nudity” or variants and nothing apparently in the code prohibits it but watch out if Washington State Patrol troopers or the feds show up.

You can learn more at

If that’s not your speed, how about The Second Ever 22nd Ave Play Street Great Zucchini Races!11873406_10154126712758696_5806860549404925114_n

Cancer fighters will Relay For Life at Cal Anderson Park Saturday

Relay For Life Capitol Hill 2014 with the Nintendo-sponsored inflatable colon (Image: Relay For Life)

Relay For Life Capitol Hill 2014 with the Nintendo-sponsored inflatable colon (Image: Relay For Life Facebook page)

cv_69_4119447635190819508For 30 years, the American Cancer Society has been holding Relay For Life events nationwide to celebrate cancer survivors and raise money towards finding a cure. At least 300 people, including 20 cancer survivors, are expected to gather Saturday at Cal Anderson Park for another Capitol Hill version of the event.

Teams participate by raising funds and then walking or running around a designated path for 12-24 hours. The Cal Anderson Park relay will go from 10 AM – 10 PM. You can sign up a team here, but you’ll have to come up with a name to rival Pimpalicious Cancer Fighters.

So far, participants have raised over $30,000. The event will include a candlelight ceremony, as well as food trucks and a station for hair donation.

“The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all,” said Curtis Thomas, Relay For Life community manager. “This is our community’s opportunity to fight back against cancer, and create awareness of prevention and early detection in the Capitol Hill community.

To sign up and get more information, visit

Gunfire may be up but robbery is down on Capitol Hill, according to SPD stats

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While the gunplay on the streets of the East Precinct has apparently become a large enough issue to justify ATF surveillance cams in the Central District, Seattle Police appear to have another summer crime initiative more firmly in hand.

Reports of robberies and pickpockets on Capitol Hill are down 34% through July compared to the same period last year.

SPD’s federal boost, by the way, is probably also at play here. In April, newly returned to the East Precinct commander Capt. Paul McDonagh and city officials briefed a group of Pike/Pine business representatives on plans for renewed emphasis patrols in the area as concerns of a return of summer street violence was flaring up. A representative from the mayor’s office told the group about a new “drug market initiative” effort set for a downtown emphasis area and said the area around Cal Anderson was planned as one of the next area’s for SPD to tackle after it makes progress at 3rd and Pine. Five years ago, we were reporting on the so-called “open air DMI” emphasis at 23rd and Union in the Central District. The Seattle Times reported on the start of the emphasis push in downtown in late April. Continue reading

What the Float ‘floating dance party’ hits Capitol Hill

(Image: What the Float)

(Image: What the Float)

Capitol Hill Block Party has come and gone but an event planned for the streets of Capitol Hill Friday night will give you another excuse to boogie down on E Pike.

The What the Float “floating dance party” is bringing its NYC-born concept to Pike/Pine.

“It’s all about the music and the landscape,” Wesley Fruge of Forward Flux Productions tells CHS. “A lot of thought went into the route.” Continue reading

Seattle Fire stops overdose in Cal Anderson from joining awful King County heroin trend

Monday night last week in the late evening sun in Cal Anderson, Seattle Fire medics arrived near the playground where bystanders were trying to save the life of a 24-year-old female suffering a drug overdose. Unconscious and not breathing, the woman was brought out of the OD with an injection of naloxone.

Far from a miracle, the overdose fortunately won’t be added to the disturbing trend of spiking heroin deaths:

Death from opiates in King County in 2014:

  • Heroin-involved deaths totaled 156, a 58% increase from 99 in 2013.

  • Heroin deaths involving no other drugs are most common among young adults.

  • Prescription-type opiate-involved deaths have decreased from a peak of 164 in 2009 to 98 in 2014.

In the study from the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, heroin deaths were up across all age groups. As in past UW studies, researches say a mix of heroin with other drugs is often part of the overdose — but 2014 totals reveal a new recipe. “Historically, many heroin deaths have involved cocaine, and this continues to be the case,” a report on the study notes. “However, over the past three years, many more deaths have involved heroin and methamphetamine.”

Heroin’s high, however, is at the core of the region’s addiction problems. “The number of treatment admissions with heroin as the primary drug doubled from 2010-2014 and are higher than any drug since at least 1999,” according to the study.

While it doesn’t address addiction, access to naloxone improved earlier this year with the passage of a new law allowing pharmacists to prescribe naloxone to first responders, homeless shelters, and family members and permit them to administer it across the state. The antidote can’t, of course, save everybody. In April, one man died in an overdose in Cal Anderson while two others were taken to the hospital.

Heroin is also taking its toll on the homeless and mentally ill population in the county:

  • Among those admitted to drug treatment, approximately one-third were determined to have serious mental health issues.

  • Among people who died of drug-overdose, approximately 20% had an antidepressant detected in their body — indicating that the decedent had a serious mental health condition and that they had seen a healthcare provider in the recent past.

  • Mental health and substance abuse commonly overlap and exacerbate one another.

You can read more about the 2014 edition of the study here.


CHS Crow | Non-Block Party edition — Jacob, Chris, and Maggie

Not everyone who traveled to Capitol Hill this weekend came for Block Party. Some came to get their sport on. CHS Crow stopped by Cal Anderson Park and a met skateboarder, a bocce ball champ, and a hooper all out doing their thing within earshot of the music festival, and learned a bit about their respective scenes and routines in the process.



What brought you out tonight?
I was going to go to Block Party, but then, I brought my skateboard and I figured it probably wouldn’t be too cool to be bashing my way through the crowds with a board so I just came out here to skate at Cal Anderson.

So you paid for a ticket but bailed?
I actually got a free ticket through the local skateshop.

 … did you see anybody play today?
No, I’m terrible. I didn’t even look at the lineup. I saw a couple of DJ’s playing on the stage, I wasn’t even sure who they were.

What kind of work do you do?
I deliver pizzas for Pagliacci Pizza.

DSCF1357aDo you skate a lot around the Hill?
All the time, yeah. The other day we over at Jefferson Park, because there was a Fallen footwear demo, with Jamie Thomas. He’s an old skater, 40 years old, still shredding. So yeah we’re always out here on the Hill. Continue reading