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- 11th/Pine hold-up: A second gunpoint robbery in less than a week has been reported within a block of the East Precinct. SPD’s report on Saturday morning’s armed robbery at 11th and Pine is below. According to the report, the two male victims were walking near Cal Anderson around 3:30 AM when they were approached by a group of three males including one described via police radio as having a “large afro” and wearing red boxers under jeans who was carrying a handgun. The suspects robbed the victims of wallets, cash, and cell phones before fleeing. The victims walked a block to the East Precinct headquarters to report the hold-up but the suspects had disappeared from the area within five minutes of the crime. The SPD report below does not include that this was the second armed street robbery in the area this week. Early Wednesday, a man told police he was robbed at gunpoint at 11th and Pine. That victim, too, reported his crime by walking into the East Precinct lobby and notifying the desk clerk. The full report on Saturday’s hold-up is below:
Armed Street Robbery
Written by Detective Jeff Kappel on August 4, 2013
Two men in their 30′s were robbed at gunpoint on their way home yesterday morning on Capitol Hill.
On August 3rd at approximately 3:30 a.m. two adult male victims were walking home on the east side sidewalk in the 1600 block of 11th Avenue when they were approached by three black male suspects. One suspect brandished a handgun and demanded all their belongings. The suspects stole the victims’ wallets, cash, and cell phones. The suspects then fled the scene heading southbound through Cal Anderson Park.
Responding officers were unable to locate the suspects, all of whom remain at large.
The suspects are described as follows: Suspect #1 is a black male, late teens to early 20′s, large amount of hair, 150 lbs., and wearing red boxers underneath blue jeans. Suspect #2 is a black male, 5’7″ tall, 120 lbs., wearing a dark windbreaker with a red stripe down the sleeves. There was no detailed description of suspect #3. Witnesses believe the suspects may be East African and spoke English with an accent.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identities or whereabouts of the suspects is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident.
Anonymous tips are welcome.
This remains an active and on-going investigation.
- IHOP wallet snatch: A woman told police her wallet was ripped out of her hands and stolen early Sunday outside the E Madison IHOP. According to the report on the just before 4 AM incident, the suspect fled with five other males in a “cream colored” Toyota after the grab. The vehicle was last seen headed west on Madison.
- E Pike ‘reckless burning’: Seattle Fire was called out into the middle of the E Pike party zone just before last call Sunday morning to a report of a small fire on a second floor balcony above 11th and E Pike. According to police radio dispatches, the fire was spotted on the balcony of the building on the northeast corner of the intersection. SFD was able to quickly extinguish the blaze later described as a rubbish fire by a responding officer. We don’t have any details on damage or the cause at this time but there were no serious injuries. SPD is is investigating the incident as “reckless burning.”
- Harvard Ave phone rip: A man reported he was assaulted and his phone was stolen by two males in a strong arm robbery early Friday morning at Harvard and Thomas. Police searched the area but could not find the suspects in the just before 3:30 AM incident.
- UPDATE — Summit hate beating: Police are investigating a possible hate beating on E Olive Way early Monday morning:
Man chased and beaten on Capitol Hill
Written by Detective Renee Witt on August 5, 2013
Man chased and beaten by group of people. Just shortly after midnight, officers responded to a reported assault that occurred near the 200 block of Summit Av E. The victim was located in the parking lot of the Starbuck’s at 1600 E. Olive Way. The victim stated that he had been walking east bound when he was approached by a group of suspects, 2 females and 3 males. The victim stated that the group began calling him derogatory names about his sexual orientation. The victim began running east bound pursued by the group.
The suspects eventually caught the victim and assaulted him. The victim sustained a broken nose, minor lacerations to his face, and knee abrasions. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
The 37-year-old victim had been drinking and could only provide the vaguest of descriptions for the suspects. The suspects were last seen north bound on Summit Ave E.
The suspects are described as (2) white females and three (3) white males.
An area check was conducted with negative results.
Jason **** was brutally beaten and attacked last night walking home by Starbucks on olive way. I am at harborview right now by his side. Please send your prayers his way for a decent recovery as I don’t think it will speedy A big thanks to the eye witnesses I’ve been in touch with today and also to the police that responded so quickly. Looks like capitol hill is no safer then before.
In a sad bit of irony, Sullivan tells CHS that he and Jason have been active in recent anti-crime marches and rallies on Capitol Hill.
UPDATE: We have questions out to Seattle Police about any plans to increase SPD presences on the streets given the beating and armed robbery reports and will update when we hear back.
Monday’s bashing is seen by many as a continuation of a string of reported hate assaults on the Hill this summer including this July beating on E Pike and another possible hate incident at 23rd and John. In June, four suspects were charged with hate crimes for an attack at E Pike and 11th.