WANTED ARRESTED: Capitol Hill man charged for assaults on media as crowd tried to storm Washington governor’s mansion

A Capitol Hill, Seattle man captured on video wearing paramilitary style clothing, carrying an “assault type rifle,” and threatening media — and other pro-Trump rioters — during an attempt to enter the Washington governor’s residence the same day as the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol in D.C. earlier this month has been arrested on the eve of Inauguration Day and faces charges for threats and assaults against reporters during the day’s unrest.

The Washington State Patrol says Damon Huseman, 26, hit at least two members of media with bear spray and threatened to kill a third “within the next year” during his day of rage January 6th on the state’s Capitol campus grounds.

Huseman has been the subject of social media efforts attempting to identify people captured on video during the deadly D.C. actions and the attempted assault on Gov. Jay Inslee’s Olympia residence.

The Summit Ave resident faces charges of two counts of second degree assault for the alleged bear spray attacks and one count of felony harassment.

Charges were filed January 11th and a warrant was issued for his arrest but Huseman wasn’t taken into custody until Tuesday afternoon and was to be booked into jail in Thurston County.

It’s not clear what Huseman’s whereabouts were in the week and a half since the charges were filed and the warrant was issued.

According to the State Patrol report on the January 6th incident, Huseman threatened one media member as she struggled to keep him from taking her phone, telling the state government reporter and the crowd of media he was going to “shoot them dead” within the coming year. Continue reading

Suspect arrested in Seward Park murder investigation was acquitted in 2018 Seattle U threat case — UPDATE

Police say a man acquitted in a 2018 Seattle University shooting and bomb threat case taken into custody Thursday afternoon in a Capitol Hill traffic stop is suspected in the death of a woman found shot to death early Thursday morning in Seward Park.

Police say they took Bryson Morgan, 23, into custody Thursday after a 4 AM traffic stop near 17th and Madison. UPDATE: We’ve corrected the time of arrest from 4 PM to 4 AM.

Morgan has not been charged. He was booked into King County Jail Thursday night for investigation of homicide. Continue reading

Insurrection in the Capitol: Seattle Police officers investigated, National Guard troops in Olympia

As reports emerge of police, firefighters, and active military personnel from across the country participating in the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol in an unsuccessful bid to stop the certification of President-Elect Joe Biden, the Seattle Police Department announced it is placing at least two officers on leave as an investigation is launched into their participation in the deadly day of protest, riot, and sedition in Washington D.C.

Meanwhile, further SPD fallout from Wednesday’s deadly clashes includes a call for the head of the city’s police union to apologize or resign for his comments about the event. And, in Olympia, Washington National Guard troops have joined the State Patrol in barricading the state’s Capitol grounds over security concerns as legislators meet Monday to adopt rules that will allow them to meet virtually during the rest of the session.

In Seattle, SPD interim Chief Adrian Diaz said the city’s Office of Police Accountability is conducting a “full review of any SPD employee activities at the U.S. Capitol.” Continue reading

Victim identified as UW student as 18-year-old driver charged in deadly New Year’s Montlake hit and run

Jared West via Gofundme

Prosecutors have filed charges in the New Year’s hit and run that left a 23-year-old dead in the roadway of the Montlake Bridge.

Kyle Dickinson, 18 and a resident of the Broadmoor neighborhood, has been charged with vehicular homicide, hit and run, and driving without a license. Police say Dickinson fled the scene and appeared to be drunk when arrested hours after the collision.

The 23-year-old victim has been identified as University of Washington student Jared West. A fundraiser set up to help his family said West was working on a degree in construction management. “This past year was a very successful one for Jared – he found his calling professionally, was doing very well in school, and even found the motivation to make dramatic health improvements by losing over 60 pounds through diet and exercise,” his family writes. “We are so very proud of Jared’s accomplishments and will miss him greatly.” Continue reading

Police investigate after suspect shoots up Summit Ave apartment building

Police are investigating after a man opened fire into a Summit Ave apartment building early Tuesday morning. There were no injuries.

According to the Seattle Police report on the incident, police were called to the Summit Ave building above E Olive Way after reports of gunfire around 1:30 AM. Continue reading

City Council strengthens police accountability subpoena powers — and, they hope, Seattle’s leverage in contract fight with police union

The City of Seattle has new leverage in its upcoming contract fight with the city’s police union. The City Council voted Monday to strengthen the subpoena powers of the Office of Police Accountability and Office of Inspector General.

The legislation passed Monday will empower the offices to subpoena witnesses and officers involved in incidents of reported police misconduct, clarifying the powers that had been weakened in recent SPD union contracts.

“For our civilian-led police accountability system to work, investigators must have access to key information in pursuing misconduct complaints,” said Councilmember Lisa Herbold representing West Seattle and chair of the Public Safety and Human Services Committee. “The City will negotiate aspects of this legislation in the next police union contract to keep us on the path toward realizing true accountability and transparency.” Continue reading

Driver in Summer Taylor vehicular homicide case ordered released from jail as case moves slowly toward trial

The man charged with vehicular homicide after he hit and killed activist Summer Taylor on I-5 has been ordered released from jail and placed on home detention despite being held on bail of $1.2 million.

According to court records, Dawit Kelete was ordered released after a bid from his lawyers to allow the defendant to go under house arrest and electronic monitoring as he awaits trial.

Kelete pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, and reckless driving after he crashed into a Black Lives Matter protest on I-5 on July 4th, killing one demonstrator, and badly injuring another. Continue reading

More arrests on Capitol Hill to start 2021 as anti-police protesters continue to target East Precinct

(Image: Renee Raketty)

(Image: Renee Raketty)

Seattle Police and anti-police protesters ended 2020 in familiar fashion on Capitol Hill with clashes and arrests near the 12th Ave youth jail and the East Precinct after reports of property damage and more broken glass at an area business targeted in previous attacks.

Friday morning, owner Faizel Khan was sweeping up glass from busted windows at his Cafe Argento on 12th Ave at E Olive St. Khan’s business was first targeted this summer and he was at the center of a New York Times report on the police defunding movement that took a critical look at the effort through the eyes of local businesses and property owners. The small business is also part of a handful joining a group of developers and property owners suing the city over its response to the protests.

SPD reports four arrests in the New Year’s Eve incidents as demonstrators gathered in the recently reopened Cal Anderson and marched to the King County Youth Service Center at 12th and Alder before returning to Capitol Hill and a tussle with police up and down E Pine. Continue reading

18-year-old suspect arrested after man killed in New Year’s Day Montlake Bridge hit and run

Police say a 23-year-old was struck and killed by a suspected hit and run DUI driver on the Montlake Bridge early New Year’s Day.

An 18-year-old suspected of smashing a white SUV into the man before fleeing the scene is in custody for investigation of hit and run.

According to dispatch radio reports and the SPD brief on the early Friday incident, police received multiple reports from 911 callers of a man in the roadway and swinging what appeared to be a belt near the bridge around 1 AM Friday morning. “Minutes later, callers reported the man had been hit by a car and now appeared unresponsive in the roadway,” the SPD brief on the incident reads. “A passing citizen began CPR on the victim and officers took over when they arrived.” UPDATE: CHS has removed details of the collision reported by 911 callers. We’ll have further updated as we report on charges in the case.

Seattle Fire medics also attempted life-saving measures, but the 23-year-old died at the scene in the bridge’s northbound lanes. Police believe the man was struck near E Shelby and Montlake Blvd. Continue reading

Quieted by pandemic and trashed by break-ins and squatters, Capitol Hill gay dance club Neighbours says it needs your help to survive

(Image: Neighbours)

Break-ins and squatters have decimated the space home to Capitol Hill dance club and iconic Seattle LGBTQ venue Neighbours, shuttered for months under COVID-19 restrictions.

“After 9 years in Vancouver and 38 years in Seattle, Neighbours may have to close their doors,” performer Roxy Doll writes in a fundraiser plea launched to help the nightclub. “COVID-19 is one thing, but to have to replace and rebuild everything on top of being shut down for who knows how much longer. I don’t know if they are going to make it.”

The goal, Doll tells CHS, is to raise enough so that Neighbours can reopen again when restrictions are relaxed and to give any extra to a charity to help others.  You can give here.

But that day is currently a long way away — made even more distant by a mix of brazen and desperate actions. People breaking in cut through the fire door and even a walk-in freezer door at one point. The sound systems, all alcohol, lighting equipment, and all the cameras have been stolen, Doll said. The club has ended up filled with human waste, needles, and trash dragged in from outside. The floor and walls have been spray painted and tagged. Someone cut holes in the walls looking for copper pipes. Continue reading