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- No updates in Cal Anderson murders: Police have not announced any updates in the investigation of the Saturday, April 29th shooting that left two brother dead on the west side of Cal Anderson Park. CHS reported here on the murders of brothers Ray and TT Wilford and the few details released by SPD about the crime. Community group the Cal Anderson Park Alliance says violence in the park is linked with a “drug market” on Nagle Place and is calling on the city to implement changes to make the area safer.
- ‘Open carry’ man busted on E Pine: A nearby business owner says a shirtless man reported waving a gun and acting erratically was taken into custody by police Wednesday night, May 3rd at Pine and Boylston — but not before police initially allowed the gun carrier to “open carry” his weapon. According to the owner, police were called just after 8 PM about the dangerous behavior. An officer responded to the call telling the business that police had passed through the area and reported the man “didn’t seem to be bothering anyone” and cited Washington State’s open carry laws. But the calm apparently didn’t last long. The business owner said SPD soon called back and reported the man was finally taken into custody after multiple people reported he had begun “pointing the gun at cars and directing traffic with it.”
- Suspects in custody, police cars smashed: Monday morning started with some smashed-up Seattle Police cruisers in a Capitol Hill street. SPD says the incident began around 8:20 AM near E Thomas when police responded to two subjects in a running vehicle which officers learned was stolen before they arrived on scene. “While giving commands over the PA system, the driver woke up, put the car in reverse and backed into the building before putting it into drive and hitting several patrol vehicles,” SPD reports. Police say the suspect drove about a block north before hitting a telephone pole. Police says one suspect was booked for possession of stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, hit and run, DUI, and eluding. The other suspect was booked for obstructing.
- Oddfellows employee assaulted: Co-workers have been raising funds to help with expenses after an employee at Capitol Hill’s Oddfellows cafe reported he was jumped at a nearby bus stop and stabbed in the neck Sunday, April 23rd. According to the fundraiser, the employee was waiting for the bus around 5 PM at Pine and Broadway when he was attacked and stabbed in the neck.
- Driver hits scooter rider: A man suffered critical injuries after he was struck by a driver while riding an electric scooter near the Montlake Bridge. SPD and Seattle Fire were called to the scene just after 2 AM to the collision. Seattle Fire said it transported a 23-year-old in critical condition to Harborview. Police say the driver of the vehicle did not show any signs of impairment.
- CD business threats and bias call: Police were called to a Central District business near MLK and Union the night of Friday, May 5th after a man made threats to kill using hate crime language. Police obtained video surveillance footage of the suspect and collected evidence from the scene but the suspect could not be located.
- Madison Valley burglaries: Multiple business in the Madison Valley suffered break-ins and police are looking for a suspect caught on security camera in the string of burglaries reported early Friday, May 5th.
Just before 5 a.m., officers responded to the 3100 block of E Madison Street after a business owner discovered forced entry into her store. Police found no one inside the business and confirmed with the owner that merchandise and cash were missing. During the investigation, officers discovered neighboring businesses were also targeted. In all, six locations had evidence of forced entry with property taken. Police recovered evidence at the scene and confirmed a vehicle used in the burglaries was an unreported stolen from a residence in the Madison Park area.
Police are asking anybody with information to contact the crime tip line at (206) 233-5000.
- Ghost gun and stolen car recovered: Police say a 17-year-old was arrested, a stolen car was recovered, and a ghost gun was taken off the street after police located the vehicle in the 1100 block of 25th Ave on Wednesday, April 26:
Around 1:00 p.m., officers located a stolen vehicle in the 1100 block of 25th Avenue at a nearby business. Police observed the driver collide with parked vehicles when he attempted to leave the area. After the collisions, the male suspect ran from the vehicle and was apprehended after a foot pursuit. During the foot pursuit, the suspect dropped a satchel which was later located in the backyard of a residence. Officers checked the satchel and found a handgun that had no serial number, otherwise known as a ghost gun. Seattle Fire Department arrived on scene and provided medical aid to the suspect for his reported injuries.
Police say the teen was booked into the King County Youth Services Center after being medically cleared at Harborview.
- Edmonds homicide suspect update: The Edmonds Police Department says the murder suspect who stabbed himself in the neck after being tracked to Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park in April appeared to have targeted his victim and was not simply trying to steal the man’s car. CHS reported here on the April 20th arrest at Volunteer Park in which a citizen spotted the suspect after Seattle Police had checked the area without finding him. Seattle Police had failed to pass along information about the search to the public but the alert neighbor learned about the manhunt from the media. Ian Bramel-Allen was released from the hospital over the weekend and has been charged with murder, robbery, and theft charges.
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Shirtless man could have hurt somebody before SP came back the second time. SMDH.
WTF is open carry – is this TX
It’s pretty much the norm in 38 states.
The “run, hide, fight” reaction that LE agencies used to advise in response to gun violence has been updated — “Ensure the shooters 2A rights are not being infringed upon, run, hide, fight”.
I NEVER see police on the streets! I don’t even see them patrolling around and I’m walking capital hill all the time.
POLICE: Get to know the community. Get to know the ball players in the basket balls courts. Get to know the skaters in the skater park. Get to know the “football” players on the green. Get to know the homeless sleeping in tents. Get to know those eating ice cream in cal Anderson.
I feel like the police checked out and pretty much are either completely checked out OR are ready to shoot the first black person they find interesting.
There has to be a happy medium where police can get out of the police state mindset and realize that a happier community is one where the police are connected and integrated into it.
False narrative alert.
In what free time…. they are so busy with priority calls (ie – those with immediate threats of violence) that they rarely even have time to take reports about property crime without interruption… If you want police to have the opportunity to actually get to know the community there will need to be far more of them.
Many in this community have made it very clear they don’t want the police to know them.
I’m a skater and absolutely do not want cops ruining a vibe of the skate park.
The new style of law enforcement (“well, he wasn’t hurting anyone THIS SECOND” or “I didn’t personally witness the crime so…”) is very strange. The criminals are give every benefit of the doubt now.