Blotter | ‘Help the officer’ at Bellevue/Mercer, dumpster fire investigation, I-5 crossing death

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  • Officer assault: A “help the officer” call triggered a huge response from Seattle Police Tuesday afternoon at Bellevue and Mercer. Police were called to the area around 3:20 PM to a report of a man suffering a mental or drug crisis walking in circles in the street. After being contacted by an officer, the man reportedly began struggling and a “help the officer” call was issued sending units from across the area speeding for the scene. During the incident, the man reportedly assaulted an officer but was taken into custody. Seattle Fire was called to the scene to assist with the possible “excited delirium” situation and to sedate the man. He was taken to Harborview.
  • Dumpster fire investigation: Seattle Police were called to assist Seattle Fire at a rubbish fire on First Hill as a string of similar fires were reported across the city within a 90 minute period Tuesday morning. Authorities are looking into the string of dumpster fires as possible arson. Tuesday’s fire scene on First Hill was reported just before 8 AM outside a daycare on 9th Ave. Continue reading

Mayor sticks with Carmen Best as Seattle Police Chief

Interim Seattle Chief of Police Carmen Best can drop the qualifier from her title — she’s won the job. Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office announced the selection Tuesday morning.

Initially left off the mayor’s list of finalists, Best was put back into consideration after outcry from community groups calling for a “restart” on the process to select the next leader of the Seattle Police Department. Continue reading

Fake FBI agent busted for $130K Central District robbery and string of crimes pleads guilty

A Lake Stevens man charged in a string of fake FBI agent robberies including a $130K rip-off in the Central District pleaded guilty last week to seven federal felonies and now faces up to 20 years in prison.

Investigators say Steven Fisher “used fake credentials in the names of fictional characters or famous fraudsters” to commit his crimes. In a January 2017 robbery reported on by CHS at the time, investigators say Fisher claimed to be a Federal Bureau of Investigations agent investigating a suspicious transaction at 23rd and Jackson’s Red Sea FinanceContinue reading

Best added to mayor’s Seattle Police Chief interview list


With community groups calling for a “restart” on the process, Carmen Best is back in the running to lead the Seattle Police Department.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the decision Saturday to add Best to the final interview list as, Durkan said, one of the three original finalists had removed himself from the process. Continue reading

Prosecutors: Man charged in Capitol Hill car theft and kidnapping case could face life sentence

SPD distributed images from security cameras following the June 29th incident as it asked for the public’s help identifying the suspect

The bizarre Capitol Hill kidnapping case involving the alleged theft of a car with a teen girl inside could land the man accused of the crime in prison for life.

Nathan Huber was charged Thursday with second degree kidnapping and auto theft. Police say the defendant appears to have lucked into a sick situation — encountering a mother exercising on the E Howe stairs and mentioning that her car was still running parked nearby.

When the woman told him her daughter was asleep inside the car and continued her workout, police say Huber hopped in, stole the BMW, and drove away without being noticed, masturbating in front of the girl as he sped through the streets of Seattle, groping his young victim and finally letting her go near an International District park where she was found frantic but not seriously injured.

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SPD investigating after escaped inmate reportedly shot by corrections officer at 8th and Yesler — UPDATE

An escaped King County Jail prisoner was shot by a corrections officer near 8th and Yesler Wednesday morning, according to radio reports.

All information regarding this incident is preliminary. SPD has confirmed it is investigating an “officer involved shooting.”

According to SPD and Seattle Fire radio dispatches, an inmate was reported to have escaped custody from Harborview around 10:15 AM. Minutes later, Seattle Fire and SPD were called to the area of 8th and Yesler after reports of shots fired.

According to emergency radio dispatches, the inmate was being rushed back to Harborview for treatment and Seattle Police had closed the area as they collected evidence at the scene where the corrections officer reportedly opened fire.

No law enforcement officers were reported injured in the incident.

UPDATE: SPD has confirmed the details of the shooting and says the inmate who was allegedly attempting to escape is a suspect charged with first-degree murder and domestic violence in the shooting death of an 18-year-old woman in Kent last week:

The guards chased him, but were not able to capture him. One guard shot the suspect at 8th and Yesler, and jail staff placed him back into custody at that time. The suspect was transported back to Harborview Medical Center and is receiving emergency care for non-life threatening injuries. Seattle Police are on scene and have agreed to conduct the preliminary investigation. King County Jail staff will conduct their own internal, administrative investigation regarding this incident.


At least one person shot as gunfire rattles Central District’s Midtown Center

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At least one person was shot in the leg and bullet casings were found spread across the intersection after a volley of gunfire from a vehicle that quickly sped away from 23rd and Spring Tuesday night.

Police and Seattle Fire rushed to the area just before 6:40 PM after multiple reports of shots fired on a night when most of the booms reported to 911 are fireworks. Continue reading

Why isn’t Capitol Hill more afraid of crime?

The 33,000 or so residents and countless more visitors on Capitol Hill have experienced a reported violent crime like homicides, rape, robbery, and assault every day on average in 2018.

In Ballard, the rate of violent crime has been about half of busy Capitol Hill’s pace.

But residents of Capitol Hill and its East Precinct neighbors — First Hill, Montlake, the Central District, Madison Park, and the nearby — express less fear than their northern neighbors who this year topped the charts with their anxiety about Seattle crime. Continue reading

Blotter | 10th/Mercer mental crisis resolved, E Denny armed robbery, 20 MPH hoser

Police hold down a man to take him into custody after a tense situation early Saturday morning at 10th and Mercer. Thanks to @sbhopper8 for the video this image is from and to readers for their notes about the incident.

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  • E Mercer mental crisis: A man suffering a mental crisis armed himself with a knife and threatened to harm himself and officers in a situation that was ultimately resolved without any significant injuries in the early hours of Saturday morning near 10th and Mercer. According to eyewitness accounts provided to CHS and SPD’s report on the incident, a man known to police for mental health crisis episodes called 911 late Friday night. Arriving officers found him in the garage at the location reportedly armed with a kitchen knife and making threats he would harm himself and police. More officers were called to the scene as a standoff situation and negotiation efforts took place for about an hour. Police say the man eventually dropped the knife and he was overtaken by officers and taken into custody without reported injuries. The man was taken to Harborview for evaluation and could face charges in the incident, police say.
  • 16th/Denny robbery: A woman reported she was robbed by a group of two or three armed assailants just before midnight Friday near 16th and Denny. According to East Precinct radio reports, the victim told police she was robbed by the male suspects who reportedly were aggressively panhandling in the area before the robbery. The victim said the suspect were carrying a handgun and took her phone and backpack before fleeing southbound on 16th Ave. The suspects were described as two or three black males in their teens or early 20s. There were no reported injuries and no immediate arrests. Continue reading

Police search for suspect after car reportedly stolen on Capitol Hill with teen girl inside

(Images provided by SPD)UPDATE: SPD says they have taken the suspect into custody:

South Precinct Anti-Crime Team officers, with the assistance of the Department of Corrections, identified and arrested a 37-year-old man in connection with the auto theft reported Friday morning. Officers found the suspect at a South Seattle residence and took him into custody without incident.

Original report: Seattle Police are asking for help identifying a man who allegedly stole a BMW left running with a teenage girl inside on Capitol Hill Friday morning.

The suspect reportedly dumped off the teen at an International District park after a frantic ride across the city as the girl texted her mother about the unfolding situation and police attempted to track the vehicle.

He then left the BMW sedan running in a S Maynard parking lotw here he was caught on security camera leaving the area on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 25-35 years old, 5’8″ tall, medium build, wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, blue Seattle Mariner’s cap, and grey sweatpants and black tennis shoes.

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