- iPhone robber busted: An 18-year-old suspect who the victim said choked her and stole her iPhone was chased down in a foot race with police Thursday afternoon near 21st and E Olive Street. SPD has posted a brief on the afternoon incident and arrest:
At approximately 3:28 p.m. the adult female victim was using her cell phone at 20th Avenue and East Madison Street when an unknown male suspect grabbed her in a choke hold and forcibly removed the phone from her hand. As the suspect fled the scene on foot the victim was able to use the cell phone of a man changing his tire to call 911 and provide a suspect description and direction of travel.
A responding officer located the suspect and tried to detain him but he took off running. The officer pursued the suspect on foot while additional officers converged on the chase location. Shortly thereafter the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.
The victim positively identified the suspect and he was placed under arrest. Officers recovered the victim’s cell phone (which was in the suspect’s possession as well as another possibly stolen iphone).
The 18-year-old male suspect was transported to the Robbery Office and turned over to detectives to be interviewed further. He was still being interviewed at the time of this report.
- Child porn arrest: KIRO reports that a Capitol Hill man has been arrested in a child porn investigation. 32-year-old Jesus Chacon faces charges on two counts of first degree possession of porn involving minors. The Boylston Ave E resident was wanted on a $75,000 warrant. According to court documents, police say Chacon was busted after police received a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s “Cybertip Line” regarding “complaints from Microsoft SkyDrive Forensics team” about an image uploaded to the service in June depicting a sexual act involving a “toddler” minor. According to the report, investigators have additional concerns because the child has not been identified and could be “at risk for additional victimization.” Armed with a search warrant, Seattle Police investigators were able to access the account information associated with the upload and found “several” more images. SPD then turned to Comcast to identify the person behind the account associated with the images. The IP address lead police to Chacon, according to the court documents. Chacon was arrested in November, posted bail and was picked up again on a new warrant for the possession of child porn charges.
- Alleged Rite Aid wine thief busted: A man who tried to flee the Broadway Rite Aid with three bottles of wine only to have am employee trying to stop him wrestle one of the bottles back was arrested by police near 10th and E Denny Way. The report on the Tuesday 2:30 PM incident presents one of the more puzzling criminal explanations we’ve seen in a while:
- Drunk man vs. taxi “computer” — It’s not terribly surprising to find police described the suspect as “extremely intoxicated” in this East Precinct robbery investigation that involved a taxi cab traveling E Pine just after last call last Saturday morning:
- No charges in “hit and run” incident: It appears last Thursday’s craziness on the streets of Capitol Hill will pass by without any criminal charges despite a 53-year-old man ending up in the hospital with serious injuries and an alleged robbery attempt. Police tell us the driver in the incident was “interviewed and released” and police were apparently unable to track down the alleged robber who witnesses said ended up riding the car’s hood up Denny Way before the vehicle slammed into the 53-year-old pedestrian.
- Horace Mann update: The four men taken into custody in this week’s raid on the shuttered Horace Mann school building in the Central District were cited and released, SPD says.
- Comet update: No update — There have been no arrests in The Comet burglary earlier this week.
- Package theft season: Sigh. Here’s a reminder from a 400 Boylston Ave E building this week that tis the season for package thieves: