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911 | First Hill sexual assault investigation, Summit/Pike shootout report, Sakura-Con swatting, and 10th Ave E scooter battery apartment fire

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  • First Hill sexual assault investigation: Police are seeking witnesses to an assault early Monday on First Hill:
    On April 7th at approximately 7:53 a.m., there was a serious assault that took place near Madison Street and Terry Avenue. Detectives are looking for additional witnesses including a witness who tried to assist the victim and walk with her to the Emergency Room at Virginia Mason Medical Center. If you have any information, please contact the SPD Sexual Assault/Child Abuse unit at (206) 684-5575.
  • Pike/Pine gunfire: Seattle Police responded to the area around Summit and Pike early Tuesday morning after multiple 911 callers reported gunfire in the area and at least one witness reported two men shooting at each other. According to East Precinct radio updates, around ten gunshots were reported just before 5:30 AM. Police were able to locate a person at a nearby apartment believed to have been connected to the altercation and were interviewing her but reported no immediate arrests. There were no reported injuries or damage at the scene.
  • Broadway gun threat and assault: A passerby told police he was attempting to intervene in a physical altercation between two men and a woman near Broadway and James early Saturday morning when one of the men assaulted him and pulled out a gun and fired a shot. According to the SPD report on the 2:45 AM incident, the would-be samaritan was not hit and not seriously injured by the assault. Police said evidence of the gunfire was collected at the scene. There were no reported arrests.
  • Cal Anderson bike robbery: Police were called to a hospital late Friday night where a man who said he was pistol whipped and robbed of his bicycle in Cal Anderson Park was being treated for his injuries. According to SPD, the victim in the just before midnight robbery told police he believed the suspect would kill him, and was able to escape “after he threw a knife at the suspect.” Police were unable to find the reportedly armed suspect. There were no reported arrests.
  • Sakura-Con swatting: Seattle Police said someone attempted to “swat” the annual Sakura-Con anime convention this weekend. According to police, a caller reported Friday afternoon that a male was “possibly en route and planning on ‘shooting up'” the event at the downtown Convention Center. SPD says that as officers were responding to the just before 1:30 PM call, a second call reporting a shooting at the convention center was made. Arriving officers “found no evidence of a shooting and no indication of any disturbance.” SPD says they informed Convention Center security of the swatting incident. There were no reported arrests.
  • Scooter battery fire: Seattle Fire says it responded to a Capitol Hill apartment fire last Friday afternoon caused by an electric scooter battery that burst into flames. SFD says it responded to the 10th Ave E building around 2:45 PM to extinguish “a small fire involving a lithium-ion battery of an electric scooter” inside the building. No injuries were reported. SFD says firefighters safely disposed of the battery but the scooter was destroyed at an estimated loss of $350. There have been a rash of scooter and e-bike battery fires across the city and the country including a deadly blaze this week in New York.

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