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- Escape from Julia’s: A Capitol Hill bar patron spent an uncomfortable Saturday morning trying to get home after reportedly falling asleep and being locked inside the Broadway establishment where she had been partying that night. According to East Precinct radio, police were called to the Witness bar in the 500 block of Broadway E just before 3 AM where a woman said she had woken up in the bathroom and said she was trapped inside. But when police arrived, they found only the Witness crew cleaning up and no sleepy patron. A 911 operator talked further with the woman and the patron realized she had actually passed out inside the restroom of another Broadway nightspot. Police asked her to look out the windows to try to help determine her location. She realized she was inside of Julia’s. The woman was waiting while police tried to track down somebody to come to the Broadway club to unlock the doors around 3:30 AM. We presume she was finally freed.
- Chainsaw robbery: A landscaper finishing his work near 20th and Galer reported he was robbed of a chainsaw and other equipment in an incident reported around 5:30 PM on Thursday, March 2nd:A search for the vehicle was not successful.
- CD gunfire: Recent gunfire incidents have Central District residents on edge but the most recent SPD callouts haven’t resulted in finding much evidence of gun crimes. Friday just before 5 PM, SPD received multiple reports of gunfire around MLK and Jackson but found only a car with a shattered window, KOMO reports. Sunday night, neighbors were worried about a report of gunfire near 23rd and Cherry but, according to police radio dispatches, only one caller reported the sound of one possible shot around 8:40 PM. The most recent SPD Sea Stat statistical report (PDF) shows the reports of shots fired so far in 2017 to be in line with recent years but a marked increase in non-fatal shootings across the city:
- ‘Bob the Builder bandit’ suspect apprehended: Police say a tip led them to the suspect they called the “Bob the Builder bandit” who was responsible for a series of hold-ups including this February heist at Pike Grocery. The man booked is the youngest man sentenced to life in prison under Washington’s “Three Strikes” law. Conyers served more than 20 years before his sentence was commuted by Governor Jay Inslee with the support of the prosecutor and the sentencing judge. David Corneilus Conyers is currently held on $500,000 bail.
- Potato chip assault: Police were called to the 900 block of 23rd Ave around noon on Friday, March 3rd after a mail carrier reported that a woman had randomly attacked her on the street, throwing potato chips on her and then a rock that narrowly missed. Police were soon alerted to a shoplifting incident at a nearby store where the suspect description matched the mail carrier attack:By the time police arrived the suspect had disappeared.
- ‘Homophobic’ assault: The Callan Berry illustrated take on this bizarre Pike/Pine assault report is here. Here is the SPD report on a March 1st incident that the victim said happened around last call after a night on Capitol Hill. The victim contacted police the following afternoon after doctors told him he had suffered a cervical sprain in the altercation. Here is the SPD report on the incident.