Police search for suspect after reported Broadway bank hold-up

Seattle Police were searching for the suspect in a Saturday morning bank robbery after a man reportedly tried to hold up the Broadway Umpqua branch with a box cutter.

Police were called to the area around the 500 block of Broadway E just after 11:30 AM to a report the suspect had threatened a teller and fled the bank. It was not clear if he had made off with any money.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 20s, around 6-foot tall with a thin build, wearing a black jacket with the hood up. He also reportedly was wearing glasses and had “afro” style hair.

Police searched the area and a K9 unit was deployed in the area around Broadway Hill Park at Federal and Republican. The search was still underway as of noon.

There were no reported injuries.

Man reported stabbed in chest in massive E Pike melee

The Memorial Day weekend got off to a violent start on Capitol Hill early Saturday morning after a man was stabbed in the chest in the middle of a melee that closed E Pike and put a handful of East Precinct police officers in a tense standoff with a massive crowd.

Police rushed to the area of E Pike between 10th and Broadway just after last call and found a crowd of reportedly hundreds, an adult male bleeding after being stabbed in the chest during the fight, and several people fleeing the area. One male suspect was chased down in the 1500 block of Broadway and taken into custody. A knife was recovered at the scene of the arrest, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. Continue reading

Student arrested for Seattle U shooting threat — UPDATE

In the hours after the nation began learning of yet another deadly school shooting, Seattle Police arrested a Seattle University student over an allegation the 21-year-old had made threats to shoot students and teachers and caused his classroom to flee last Friday at the campus on the southern edge of Capitol Hill. UPDATE: The suspect has been charged. Bryson Morgan faces a charge of felony harassment. More details in the update at the bottom of this report.

“It would be easy to kill everyone,” the suspect allegedly told another student during a field trip a week earlier as he also listed a long roster of illegal drugs he had used, according to the SPD report on the incident. Then, Friday morning just hours after news of the Texas shooting, the suspect reportedly arrived at class frustrated, nervous about the test the class was about to take, and angry that he had to watch “communist bullshit videos” as homework. Continue reading

Blotter | Carjacking pursuit ends at 16/Spring, 12th Ave office dog fight, 15th Ave E boombox knife assault

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  • Carjacking pursuit: Police swarmed the area around 16th and Spring just after midnight Tuesday morning in search of suspects who reportedly fled on foot after a carjacking chase ended with a crash at the corner. SPD says the car was stolen on Rainier Ave S and chased after it was spotted later in the night on MLK. The pursuit ended after the car collided with another vehicle at 16th and Spring. One teen suspect was taken into custody but another fled on foot:
    The two suspects in the stolen car fled on foot. A K-9 team responded and tracked the driver down, taking him into custody in the 1100 block of 17th Avenue. The other suspect was not located.
  • Office dogfight: Police were called to the 1500 block of 12th Ave just down the street from the East Precinct to a fight between two animals at a dog-friendly office in the building Monday morning. According to precinct radio updates, a fight involving two dogs had gotten out of hand and one animal was reportedly in an agitated state inside the building. Police and people at the  office were able to contain the animal while personnel from King County Animal Control were dispatched. We do not have information on what eventually happened to the upset dog. Continue reading

Youth jail construction site targeted in overnight ‘molotov cocktail’ attack — UPDATE

An attempted arson attack early Tuesday morning on the under construction expansion of the county youth jail facility was thwarted by a Seattle Police officer at the 12th Ave site and “molotov cocktails” that failed to explode.

All information in this report has not yet been confirmed by police and is based on East Precinct radio dispatches. UPDATE: SPD confirmed the investigation and said more details will be released soon. UPDATE x2: An update from SPD is below. Continue reading

Police investigate reported knifepoint robbery at Pike/Pine tattoo shop

Seattle Police were investigating Tuesday night after a reported knifepoint robbery at Pike/Pine’s Supergenius Tattoo shop.

Police were called to the shop around 9:45 PM to a report of a robbery involving a teen male and woman. It’s not clear if the shop was held up or if a customer was robbed in the 1400-block 10th Ave incident. UPDATE 5/17/18: The victim’s report on what happened turned out to be more convoluted. She told police that two known subjects had robbed her in the past — and again Tuesday night somewhere on Union — but this was the first time she had reported it to police. The victim told police one of the suspects went by the street name “Cyanide.”

Officers were looking for two suspects — one described only as a teen white male wearing black pants and a white female in her 20s reportedly wearing overall shorts. The suspects were believed to be two known homeless people who frequent the area around the shop, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

There were no reported injuries and no immediate arrests.

Capitol Hill Community Council hosts SPD and Seattle U crime and safety focus group

As the Seattle Police Department continues to build on its work better connecting with the communities it serves — especially with groups and areas of the city that have dealt with biased policing and under-service — one program has been quietly humming along helping SPD produce “micro community policing” plans for hyperlocal areas of the city.

Thursday night, you can learn more about the process — and help shape the plan for your area of Seattle — as the Capitol Hill Community Council hosts a Capitol Hill Crime & Safety Focus Group:

Capitol Hill Community Council: Capitol Hill Crime & Safety Focus Group

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Blotter | 23rd Ave gun battle, ‘convoluted’ Broadway assault, vloggers reported in Pike/Pine

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  • A CHS reader provided this photo of the scene near 23rd and Marion during Wednesday search: “This is a photo of police investigating the shooting on E Marion and 23rd today around 4PM- We heard the shots and saw one of the vehicles involved. Police were canvasing the area for casings and bullet holes- 2 bullet holes were found fired E from the intersection in the cars in the back, and at least one vehicle was struck by a bullet fired W- its back window was shot out”

    23rd Ave gunfire: Police investigated a rolling gun battle that tied up traffic around 23rd Ave but fortunately left no victims Wednesday afternoon. According to East Precinct radio dispatched, 911 callers began reporting several gunshots in the area of 23rd and Marion around 3:30 PM and quickly found a trail of shell casings and damaged vehicles along the streets starting around Midtown Center. Witnesses told police shooting began in the shopping center and continued as involved vehicles sped away. Police blocked traffic along 23rd Ave to collect evidence and a K9 unit searched the neighborhood on foot to search for at least one suspect seen fleeing the area. More gunfire was reported in the area as the search was underway. At least one firearm was reportedly recovered but we have not confirmed that with police. There were no injuries and no immediate arrests. Continue reading

Police take man in reported drug crisis into custody after struggle inside Capitol Hill elementary school gym

It took four officers to subdue a man high on drugs and suffering a crisis who fought with Seattle Police after making his way inside a Capitol Hill elementary school Tuesday morning, according to emergency dispatch reports.

SPD was first contacted about the man behaving erratically outside the 19th Ave E side of the campus around 8 AM as parents dropped off kids for the school day. Just before 9 AM, the arriving officer put out a call for “fast backup” assistance as he struggled to take the man into custody inside the school’s gymnasium, according to East Precinct radio reports. Continue reading