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Blotter | Another Capitol Hill mugging, SWAT called to 17th/Yesler home

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  • Harvard/Pike mugging: Only a few hours after our report on a surge of August street robberies around Capitol Hill, a man told police he was mugged by a group of three males near Harvard and Pike early Tuesday morning. According to SPD radio dispatches, it wasn’t clear if the suspect who took off with the victim’s stuff in the 1:45 AM attack grabbed his wallet, his iPhone or both. The victim could only provide a vague suspect description and there were no immediate arrests. Monday, CHS reported that August 2014 was shaping up to have the highest ever monthly total for reported robberies in the East Precinct beats that cover Capitol Hill. Even with the surge, the neighborhood is below 2013’s robbery and mugging pace. Tuesday morning’s mugging marks the 27th robbery reported on Capitol Hill this month.
  • 17th Ave S standoff: Police and SWAT officers surrounded a home near 17th Ave S and Yesler for hours overnight after a young man reportedly posted a picture of himself on Facebook with a gun to his head. Police were called to the area around 1:30 AM after the picture was posted and the 18-year-old’s family was unable to contact him inside his room in the house. A stand-off ensued through the night with police entering the home around 5 AM only to find the man dead inside in an apparent suicide. There were no further details on the incident at this time.
  • Bad drugs around Freeway Park: Sunday night, Seattle Police took the unusual step of warning its officers over East Precinct radio of what was suspected to be a batch of bad drugs causing overdoses around Freeway Park. Three overdoses were reported in the area involving possible symptoms of excited delirium. CHS does not have additional information on the condition of the overdose victims or what kinds of drugs were believed to be involved.
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