- Batarang bust: A suspect who reportedly tried to attack a Capitol Hill bar bouncer Monday night with an “improvised spear” apparently had more in his bag of bad guy tricks. SPD says the suspect was taken into custody — but not before he allegedly threw a “a sharp, black Batman-style throwing star” at the police SUV pursuing him. From SPD:
Officers arrested a man on Capitol Hill Monday after he threatened a bouncer with a homemade spear and threw a batarang at officers as they pursued him.
Police were called to a Capitol Hill bar around 6:30 PM after a man with a knife attached to a metal pole reportedly swung the improvised spear at a bar employee near East Olive Way and East Denny Way.
The man fled the scene, but officers Benjamin Timbs and Walker Dickson chased after him. At one point during the pursuit, officers witnessed the man throw something toward a police SUV. A short time later, after catching up to the 23-year-old suspect in the 800 block of East Denny Way, officers discovered the object the man had thrown was a “a sharp, black Batman-style throwing star,” which had embedded in the lower front end of a patrol SUV.
Officers booked the 23-year-old man into the King County Jail for felony assault and are also requesting additional weapons and obstruction charges.
- MLK/Union construction site crash: The driver busted for DUI in last Friday night’s crash into a construction site at MLK and Union was not actually at the wheel at the time of the crash, according to the SPD report on the incident. According to the report. the 39-year-old told police arriving at the scene that he had driven the car to the Grocery Outlet parking lot but was a passenger at the time of the crash. The man told police he was conducting a driving lesson in the parking lot when the student driver lost control, smashed through a fence and into the construction pit. Police say there were two adults and two children in the car at the time of the crash. The group fortunately suffered only minor injuries, according to the report. Police noticed the car’s original driver showed signs of intoxication and conducted a DUI investigation. According to the report, the man blew a .147 and .138 in his breath test — above the state’s 0.08 limit for adults. He was arrested and booked for DUI and three counts of reckless endangerment but released later that Saturday without being charged.
- Drive-bys: Police investigated a drive-by shooting Monday night just before 10 PM. Nobody was injured but a long string of gun bursts was reported by callers in the area. A witness told police a sedan was seen fleeing the scene southbound on Boren after the gunfire. There were no reported injuries and no immediate arrests. Police also investigated another drive-by reported later that night in the 800 block of 24th Ave S.
- Apartment lobby rampage: Police took a man into custody Sunday morning after a rampage that trashed the lobby of an area apartment building and continued through the neighborhood before his apprehension by police on E Pike. A CHS reader sent in pictures of the carnage in the lobby of E Union’s Viva building after the man entered and started tearing the place apart. He was eventually taken into custody after making his way to a nearby coffee shop and causing a disturbance.
- Broadway assault: A man walking on Broadway was sent to the hospital after being punched out for simply putting up his hands up to deflect two men in a dispute on the sidewalk. Here is SPD’s account of the July 18th assault:There were no arrests.
- Belmont burglar: Police were called about a morning break-in at a Belmont Ave E condo building around 7:30 AM on July 19th and found the suspect waiting for them:
Before being taken into custody, the suspect claimed to have had a key and lived in the building but officers found no such key and that a rep at the building said the man was not a resident. He was arrested and booked for burglary and malicious harassment for the estimated thousands of dollars damage done to doors and windows to gain access to the building, according to the report.