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911 | SPD makes Capitol Hill man in tree arrest after reported rooftop brick tossing melee busts multiple windshields

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  • Man in tree arrest: A massive police and Seattle Fire presence cordoned off the area around a 17th and Pike area group home Wednesday afternoon as a man suffering as possible drug and mental crisis engaged in a long standoff high in a neighborhood tree after reportedly busting multiple car windows with bricks tossed from a nearby rooftop earlier in the day. According to SPD, the standoff started around 2:30 PM on the 90 F day after 911 callers reported the crisis and vehicle damage. Neighbors say the man eventually came down from the tree about five hours later. SPD said the man was taken to the hospital for evaluation but there were no significant injuries reported. Police said the man would be booked for multiple counts of Felony Malicious Mischief and burglary once he was medically cleared. A full brief on the arrest from SPD is below.

    On 07-27-2022 at 1438 hours, officers responded to a report of a man on the roof of a building throwing bricks down on cars. When officers arrived, they found that every vehicle that had been parked in an apartment parking lot had its windows all shattered. Officers spotted the suspect believed to have been responsible on a nearby rooftop. The suspect appeared to be experiencing a narcotics-induced episode and jumped from the roof when officers approached. The suspect then ran from officers and tried to break into a group home nearby. Employees at the group home fought with the suspect to prevent him from breaking the door and coming inside. As officers closed in, the suspect broke several windows at the group home and took off running again. The suspect was cornered soon after when he climbed 25 feet up a tree and refused to come down. Officers set up containment and began negotiating with the suspect to safely descend and surrender. When this was unsuccessful, HNT was called to the scene. Seattle Fire was requested to stage for the suspect due to the extreme heat and his exertion. SFD also provided ladders for officers to assist in safely allowing the suspect to come down on his own. After many hours, Negotiator 2 and his team of negotiators were able to convince the suspect to safely surrender. The suspect was loaded onto an AMR and taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation. Once the suspect is medically cleared, he will be booked for (6) counts of Felony Malicious Mischief and (1) count of Burglary.

  • E Olive Way beer bar damage: Police took a man into custody early Thursday on E Olive Way after he reportedly threw a chair throw the window of the Stumbling Monk:

    On 07-28-2022 at 0448 hours, a male victim reported that a suspect threw a chair through his store front window. Officers located the suspect and took him into custody. Once in the patrol car the suspect managed to get his cuffs in front of him, removed his shirt, and started banging his head against the divider. An AMR was called and during the process of securing him to the gurney, the suspect made multiple threats to assault officers and intentionally pinched one of the officer’s fingers in the handcuffs. Although it caused the officer pain, he did not sustain an injury. Suspect will be booked for assault 3 & malicious mischief. Type 1 Use of Force initiated and incident screened.

  • Cal Anderson arrest: Police say the arrested a homeless man just after midnight Thursday morning for allegedly striking an officer with a shopping cart at Cal Anderson:

    On 07-28-2022 at 0030 hours, officers had removed some trespassers from a park. One of them stuck an officer with a shopping cart in an attempt to reenter the park. The suspect was then arrested after a brief struggle where minimum force was used. The suspect sustained a minor lip laceration that could not be explained and made multiple complaints of pain. A Type 2 Use of Force was initialized and an OPA screening. Incident screened by Lt.

  • Pike/Pine gun incidents: Police are investigating two separate gun incidents reported just before 2 AM Wednesday around Pike/Pine:

    On 07-27-2022 at 0152 hours, officers responded to 1000 block of E Pike St for a report of shots heard in the area. Officers located several people believed to be involved, however they were actually involved in a separate disturbance with a subject armed with a gun. The actual shots scene was found in the 1500 block of 10 Av and evidence of a shooting was located. After investigation, the two scenes were not believed to be related. No suspects or victims were found regarding the located shooting evidence.

  • Summit Ave stabbing: Police and Seattle Fire were called to a reported stabbing early Tuesday morning at a 1700 Summit Ave building. We do not yet have information from SPD on the incident but Seattle Fire says it transported a 53-year-old man to Harborview in stable condition from the assault.
  • Melrose bias assault: Police were investigating a bias and assault incident reported Tuesday night at a Melrose Ave restaurant. There were no immediate arrests:

    On 07-26-2022 at 1654 hours, the victim and her family were dining at a restaurant located within the Capital Hill area. They were seated at a table next to a large open door when a female began walking by on Melrose Av. The female suspect stopped and began staring at the victim. She then began yelling bias-related comments at the victim. As the suspect yelled at the victim, the victim tried to laugh it off, but this prompted the suspect to pick up a glass drinking cup from the victim’s table and throw it at the victim’s face. The glass struck the victim on the bridge of her nose and fell to the ground where it shattered. The suspect then walked away toward Pike St. Staff from the bar who witnessed the assault attempted to follow the suspect. While following, the suspect turned toward the server and made a bias statement then said, “If I had a gun, I would have killed you all.” The server stopped following and last saw the suspect walking westbound in the 1100 block of Pike St. East and west officers responded to this call and collected a description and photo of the suspect. An extensive area check was conducted, but the suspect was not located. A/LT, bias crimes, PIO, the precinct captain, and the night duty captain were all advised.

  • Block Party arrest: A Capitol Hill Block Party attendee got off to a bad start at the three day festival as he was arrested after reportedly assaulting security inside the fences of the ticketed event:

    On 07-22-2022 at 2320 hours, Capitol Hill Block Party security reported an intoxicated male inside venue who had assaulted security. Officers located the suspect and took him into custody. During the detainment the suspect kicked an officer. Suspect will be booked for Assault 3. Officer was not injured, hazard report created and screened.


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20 days ago

Seattle cannot handle the heat. We need a chill dome.

17 days ago

Need to at least start considering death penalties for drug trafficking and discuss what to do with drug addicts.

Love, compassion and pray clearly won’t make fentanyl problem go away. The media don’t even talk about it anymore due to political correctness, I was shocked to know that fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin.

Figure It Out
Figure It Out
15 days ago
Reply to  Kevin

I think you have missed the last half century of tough on drug crime / harsh punishment for drug crimes having done nothing at all to stop drug use as very evident by drugs still being everywhere and worse than ever. Consider how our consumer capitalist society destroys families and runs peoples lives and bodies into the ground. We’ve yet to wage a war on that.

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Let's talk
15 days ago
Reply to  Figure It Out

Drug abuse is prevalent in countries of many different political systems. Treatment is the only way forward but there is a lot of resistance to that heref.

14 days ago
Reply to  Figure It Out

“Consider how our consumer capitalist society destroys families and runs peoples lives and bodies into the ground. We’ve yet to wage a war on that.”

I think you just described what most folks who were paying attention in the last half century would call the Drug War.

7 days ago
Reply to  Figure It Out

The Love on Drugs has been worse.