Man charged with attempted murder in Broadway apartment stabbing attack on boyfriend

The man in a drug-induced frenzy who police say they had to tackle as he tried to strangle and stab his boyfriend to death inside a Broadway apartment last Thursday night has been charged with attempted murder and assault, according to prosecutors.

Branden Miskell, 30, was arrested after police were able to stop the bloody attack just before midnight on January 11th. Police say the suspect admitted he was trying to kill his boyfriend.

Police at the scene said it appeared that Miskell was exhibiting signs of excited delirium, a condition of extreme agitation and physical aggression usually associated with heavy drug use. According to the charges, Miskell told police he had consumed “marijuana chocolate” prior to the attack: Continue reading

Police investigate Broadway apartment stabbing — UPDATE

A man was reported stabbed multiple times in the chest and another was in custody in an attack inside a Broadway apartment Thursday night.

Police and Seattle Fire responded to the Lyric building just before midnight Thursday. East Precinct radio reports described one victim with multiple stab wounds. Another person in the third-floor apartment was in custody but required medical attention for possible excited delirium, according to radio reports.

Police arrived in time to stop the violent attack and help keep the 29-year-old from bleeding to death: Continue reading

After findings of bias and improper use of force, Seattle Police move into final phase of federal reform

The first phase in the five-year Department of Justice-mandated overhaul of the Seattle Police Department is complete. Wednesday, U.S. District Judge James Robart granted the City of Seattle’s motion that its police department is in “full and effective compliance” with reforms ordered after findings of biased policing and improper use of force.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan who led the U.S. Attorney’s office in Seattle at the time of the consent decree said Wednesday that SPD still has more work to do. “It has been a long process, and I want to make very clear that the work needs to continue,” she said.

The mayor’s statement on the judge’s ruling included some of the data collected during the reform process:

The monitor took two years and studied all of the uses of force in the Seattle Police Department to determine whether there was full and effective compliance. In that two-year period, as the court indicated, there were 760,000 incidents to which Seattle police officers were dispatched – 760,000 incidents in a two-year period. Really important: less than one percent ended up in any force at all being used: .5%. And of those, 80% of them were the lowest level of force, what’s called type 1, which means there may be transient pain but no serious injury. Importantly, we did not even keep track of when that type of force was used before there was a consent decree. That was one of the requirements of the consent decree. Only 39 incidences were using the most—more serious levels of force.

An eight-month DOJ investigation of Seattle policing released in winter 2011 revealed troubling findings about the department’s use of force. Justice filed a consent decree and negotiated a plan with SPD to overhaul the department. SPD’s overhaul included a DOJ-approved use of force policy.

The next phase under the consent decree agreement calls for a two-year review period after which Seattle’s police department could be free from federal monitoring.

Durkan, meanwhile, is beginning her search for a new police chief after Kathleen O’Toole stepped down to start the new year. Carmen Best, the city’s first black woman to fill the post, currently serves as interim police chief.

Blotter | Man says beaten in Comet assault for objecting to Trump ‘faggot’ slur

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  • Comet assault: A man told police he was beaten at the Comet Monday night in an altercation with a group of patrons who were yelling “‘faggot’ at the television when President Donald Trump was being shown.” SPD’s bias division is reviewing the case. According to the SPD report on the incident, the victim told police he was paying his tab at the Comet around 7 PM when he decided to intervene and tell the yelling group that using that word “in a public place out loud was not appropriate and that they should stop.” “The primary suspect then turned around and punched V/1 in the face with a closed fist. The five other suspects listed above then jumped on V/1, forcing him to the ground,” the report notes. The melee continued out of the bar and onto the sidewalk where the group of six continued to beat and chase the two victim and his acquaintance. Police say the Comet bartender could not provide many details but confirmed one patron “had been kicked out of the bar and was causing a disturbance with other customers but he did not see a fight or anyone being assaulted.” SPD reports that injuries suffered by the victims in the attack were minor. A friend of the victim who reported the incident to CHS tells said his friend suffered a broken nose and a concussion. SPD is investigating. Continue reading

Suspected Broadway shoplifter chooses wrong getaway vehicle: the First Hill Streetcar

The First Hill Streetcar is slowwww (Image: CHS)

As far as getaway cars go, we can’t recommend it.

A Capitol Hill shoplifting suspect chose pretty much the slowest possible way to flee from police Monday afternoon on a rainy and busy Broadway.

According to SPD, officers were called to the Walgreens at Broadway and Pine just before 4:20 PM Monday to a report a woman had left the store with merchandise she had not paid for.

As officers arrived, police say the suspect jumped aboard the southbound First Hill Streetcar near its Pike and Broadway stop. Continue reading

Reported Friday night Nagle fist fight turns into armed robbery investigation

A male victim suffered cuts to his face and was robbed and two males were detained by police after a reported fist fight near Cal Anderson Friday night turned into an armed robbery, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

Police were called to the area around Nagle Place around 10 PM Friday and found an adult male victim bleeding from the head and reporting his phone and wallet had been stolen by a group including one male armed with a handgun.

Police searched the area for a group reported as four Asian males wearing dark clothing. One male wearing a grey hoodie and sweats was reportedly armed with a handgun.

Two suspects were found in the area of the parking lot above the Pike and Harvard QFC and detained by police. They were identified by a witness and taken into custody, according to radio dispatches. At least one person detained was a juvenile male. There was no report of a gun being recovered in the incident but the victim’s ID was found by police on one of the suspects.

Seattle Fire was called to treat the victim’s injuries.

Police are investigating the incident as an armed robbery. Continue reading

28-year sentence for murderer who dumped body parts in Central District recycling bins

The man who murdered Ingrid Lyne and disposed of parts of her body in recycling bins in a Central District neighborhood was sentenced to 28 years in jail Friday.

John Charlton, 39, reached a plea deal in the 2016 killing of the 40-year-old Swedish Medical Center nurse and mother inside her Renton home. Charlton then stole her car and dumped her remains in at least two Central District recycling bins. Continue reading

Blotter | Cops seize ‘multiple firearms’ in Leschi domestic violence arrest

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  • Domestic violence arrest yields multiple firearms: Seattle Police confiscated a ridiculous number of rifles and handguns in a domestic violence investigation following an incident in the Leschi neighborhood Sunday night. SPD posted photographs of the firearms seized as part of the investigation and said the cache would be “placed into safekeeping while the investigation continues.”

    Officers responded to a home in the East precinct Sunday at 8:50 p.m. for a report of a domestic violence disturbance. When officers arrived they spoke with a woman who said that she had just broken off a seven-year relationship with her now ex-boyfriend. The suspect, a 45-year-old man, had reportedly been drinking all day before he threw a flask hitting the victim. The man then made threats to shoot himself and to blow up the neighborhood.
    The suspect has not yet been charged.

  • Bus knife threats: Police armed with non-lethal weaponry took a man into custody who had been threatening people with a knife aboard a Metro coach in a December 21st incident. According to the SPD report on the arrest at E Thomas and Broadway, police were called around 10 PM and found that the incident had poured out of the bus and into the street where the reported assailant had been removed from the bus:
    Officers armed with a taser were able to take the suspect into custody without further incident. He was arrested and booked for investigation of assault.
  • St. Joe’s stabbing: Police and Seattle Fire were called to the area near St. Joe’s at the corner of 19th and Aloha on the night of December 21st after a stabbing at homeless shelter facility hosted by the church. According to the SPD report on the incident, the victim suffered a 2-inch gash to his face in an altercation with another man staying at the facility. Police took the suspect into custody and recovered a switchblade knife. He was booked into King County Jail.
  • 15th Ave E threats: Employees at a 15th Ave E store called police after being threatened with a knife on the morning of December 21st by a woman who has acted strangely with them in the past:
    The victims told police the woman pulled a knife when they asked her to leave the store. Police searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.
  • E Pine body slam: A man reportedly harassing customers at an E Pine restaurant early on the morning of Christmas Eve got a rude gift. According to the SPD report on the 2 AM incident, police arrived to find the man down and bleeding from the head in the crosswalk at Boylston and Pine. According to a witness, a male was see “body slamming” the downed male before leaving the area. The injured man was taken to the hospital for treatment. There were no arrests reported.
  • CD crash and search: Police spread across the area around 29th and Washington in the Central District on the afternoon of December 29th after a suspect crashed a stolen vehicle and fled from police on foot. SPD officers and a K9 unit searched the area for more than an hour but were unable to track down the suspect. Two handguns were recovered from the crashed car. Detectives were also called in to investigate a large quantity of marijuana packaged for retail found in the vehicle.

Prosecutors file charges in East Precinct gunpoint rape and robbery case

Prosecutors are charging 24-year-old Timothy D. Harris, Jr. with one count of first degree rape and another of first degree robbery after a woman was sexually assaulted at gunpoint in her home and her car was ditched near Madison Valley in a December 17th attack police say was set in motion when the two met earlier in the month and exchanged phone numbers.

CHS reported on details of the Sunday, December 17th attack here. Police say they were able to use Harris’s phone number to track him to the downtown shelter where he was a resident. According to court documents filed before the Christmas holiday, prosecutors say Harris has a limited criminal history and was new to the Seattle area: Continue reading

Police investigating murder-suicide attempt at 16th Ave care facility

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Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide attempt Friday morning at a Central District care facility Friday morning.

All information is preliminary at this early point in the investigation.

According to police, a man visiting a resident in her room at the 500-block 16th Ave Seattle Medical Post Acute Care facility Friday around 8:30 AM shot and killed the woman before turning the weapon on himself.

The man was taken to Harborview with life threatening injuries. Both the woman and the man were believed to be in their 60s, according to police. UPDATE: The man died of his injuries. Detectives are investigating the incident.

CHS respects the sensitivity of covering suicide and believes it is an important community issue to include in our news reporting. We attempt to cover these stories by sharing the facts in a responsible manner that provides information about what is happening on the streets and in the community around you. Here are two resources to help those in need: National suicide-prevention hotline: 800-SUICIDE. Local Crisis Clinic: (206) 461-3222.