- Broadway bank robbery suspect nabbed: The man authorities say was responsible for this July Broadway armed bank robbery and a string of hold-ups in Washington has been arrested in Oregon. The FBI says William Mitchell, 55, was taken into custody this week in Grants Pass. Authorities say the suspect walked into the north Broadway Homestreet branch on the morning of July 28th displayed what was described as an “old” handgun and demanded money. Though police arrived within minutes, the suspect was able to make his getaway, cash and old gun in tow. During its search for the suspect in four bank robberies stretching from the Broadway hold-up to a November 7th robbery in Spokane, the FBI referred to Mitchell as the “Roscoe Bandit” after “an early 19th-century nickname for a handgun.”
- Illegal dumping: It’s not clear if the incidents are related, but a rash of significant illegal dumping has hit the Capitol Hill area in recent weeks. In one incident noted to us by a reader who sent in the picture above, piles of items were dumped into an alley just off Denny between 12th and 13th. In another incident in the 200 block of Broadway E, police are investigating what a victim says has been years of harassment by a former employee who she ways repeatedly uses her property as a dumping ground, racking up more than $5,000 in costs over the years to clean the mess up.
In the Broadway case, because the dumper is known to the victim, police have suggested a restraining order to help prevent future incidents. For the rest, if you see dumping in progress, report the crime and identifying details to 911. If you’re just looking for somebody to clean up the mess, let the city know.
- ‘No New Robberies’ — SPD claimed a dubious milestone at this week’s SeaStat “data-driven” policing meeting. According to the department’s Twitter feed, Wednesday’s meeting included a slide marking “No New Robberies In Emphasis Area Over Last Two Weeks.” Like any good numbers-based analysis, it depends where you draw the lines. Monday night’s pistol-point robbery in which the victim tells police he had a handgun pointed at his head took place a few blocks south of Pike/Pine’s emphasis zone. Between November 3rd and November 9th, CHS also found five reported pick-pocket incidents — a crime category we’ve learned is how officers will often categorize phone grabs. Our numbers do show Capitol Hill street robbery totals dropped in October for the second straight month. But it’s probably too early to declare success — something SPD’s Twitter feed acknowledged later in the day. Later that night, TV picked the story up for the 11 PM news.
Emphasis patrols appear to be working on Capitol Hill. Seattle Police report, “NO ROBBERIES” in the past two weeks! pic.twitter.com/GajIg9xUj5
— Brad Booker (@bbookerK5) November 13, 2014