Blotter | Police release images of E Madison ATM gunpoint robbery suspect

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  • E Madison ATM robbery update: Detectives have released security imagery showing the suspect they say robbed a man at the Bank of America ATM near 14th and Madison early on the morning of March 1st. According to police, the robbery took place just before 6 AM as the victim was headed to work nearby. A search of the area that included a K-9 dog unit did not locate the suspect. The suspect is described by police as a white male, 5’6″ tall, medium build, with a mustache and possible goatee. Police are asking anyone with information on the suspect to contact the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5542. Continue reading

Blotter | One shot in Central District rolling gun battle

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  • Central District shootout: One person was shot and taken to Harborview and police were gathering shell casings and evidence across the Central District after a rolling gun battle Sunday night. 911 callers reported hearing anywhere from 20 to 40 shots in the moving shootout involving at least two vehicles that scattered shell casings and bullets from 25th and Jackson to 26th and Yesler starting around 10:30 PM Sunday. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police found one of the vehicles with bullet damage ditched near 26th and Yesler where witnesses reported a man shot during the melee had been taken to Harborview by a passerby. We don’t have further information on his injuries but police were able to interview the victim at the hospital, according to radio updates. Police fanned out across the area to collect evidence including 9mm shell casings. One person was taken into custody during the response and a stolen Glock 40 was reported recovered. Police were looking for a new, white Lexus sedan reported to have been involved in the shooting. Continue reading

Blotter | Cal Anderson beating, Broadway bank hold-up, E Madison ATM gunpoint robbery

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  • Cal Anderson beating: Police arrested three teens early Wednesday after a 1:30 AM beating assault on a 13-year-old girl inside Cal Anderson Park:

    Two East Precinct officers on a foot beat in Cal Anderson park Wednesday at 1:30 a.m saw a group of ten people in some type of disturbance and approached the group. As the officers got close the group of people scattered leaving behind a 13-year-old girl who was bleeding from the face. One of the officers chased the group who they believed to be responsible for the injuries to the girl while the other officer remained behind to tend to the victim’s injuries. The first officer was able to corner three of the suspects in an alley 1000 block of East Denny Way. Officers determined that the 19-year-old female suspect had participated in the assault based on the victim’s blood being found on the suspect’s clothing as well as statements made to officers. Officers also arrested a 19-year-old man for being a felon in possession of a firearm after they discovered a loaded .38 caliber revolver in his pocket. Finally, officers arrested the third person, an 18-year-old man, for obstructing and will work with the prosecutor’s office to determine if any other charges will be filed.

    Police say the victim was taken to Harborview for treatment of injuries to her face and head.

  • Broadway bank hold-up: Police made one arrest after flooding the area around the Wells Fargo in the 400 block of Broadway E just after noon last Thursday after a reported robbery attempt. According to the SPD report on the incident, the man threatened a teller and demanded money: Continue reading

Blotter | Police looking for man for threats against Capitol Hill School — UPDATE

Leonardo Riviera (Image: SPD)

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UPDATE 3/1/18 6:53 AM: SPD reports Riviera has been taken into custody: “Good news, Riviera has been arrested. Thanks for all the help.”

  • School threats: Police are searching for a 26-year-old man who they say made threats against Capitol Hill’s Meany Middle School Monday morning:
  • Officers are searching for 26-year-old Leonardo Riviera who they believe threatened to harm someone at Meany Middle School. Riviera walked up to the school Monday morning claiming he had a knife and imitating a gun with his hand. School security escorted Riviera off the property just before students notified officials of Riviera’s behavior. School staff then called police who are now investigating

    Police are asking for anybody who sees Riviera or knows his whereabouts to call 911 immediately. According to East Precinct radio reports during a search of the area for him on Monday, Riviera frequents 15th Ave. The incident began Monday morning when Riviera entered the school and refused to leave, telling staff he was a parent at the school. According to radio dispatches, he began making threats when police were called because he would not leave the 20th Ave E school. Police say parents were notified of the threat by Seattle Public Schools.

  • First Hill gunfire arrest: Police arrested a man for firing a handgun in the middle of First Hill Wednesday morning:

    At around 9:30 Wednesday morning, officers responded to several calls of a man firing a gun into the air in the 1100 block of Summit Avenue. Callers provided 911 with a detailed description of the suspect and officers located and detained him quickly. The suspect had the pistol in his pocket, but he complied with the officers’ commands. The pistol was recovered from the man’s pocket. It appeared that the suspect fired two rounds from the pistol, and officers could not locate any victims or property damage in the immediate vicinity. One shell casing was located and recovered at the scene.

    Police say the 31-year-old fired “several rounds from a .22 semi-automatic pistol into the air.” 911 callers reported seeing the man fire the shots and then proceed to Seneca where he waited at the bus stop as police arrived. There were no reported injuries.

Blotter | Broadway restaurant assault, Judkins Park shooting, Howe Street Steps fall

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  • Broadway restaurant assault: A man was arrested at the Broadway Tacos Guaymas Sunday afternoon after police say stabbed an employee in the hand during a struggle to remove him from the restaurant:

    Officers responded to a restaurant in the 1500 block of Broadway shortly after 3:00 pm Sunday. According to witnesses, the suspect entered the restaurant and began to act erratically. He demanded that employees give him money. The employees asked the suspect to leave, but he refused. The employees attempted to escort the suspect out of the restaurant, but the suspect grabbed a knife and stabbed one of the employees in the hand. The employees were able to hold the suspect down until police officers arrived and took him into custody.

    The 34-year-old was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery and assault. The employee’s injury suffered during the just after 3 PM melee was described as minor. Continue reading

Blotter | Gunpoint robbery on Broadway, Garfield High shooting threat arrest, 12th Ave DUI crash

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  • Broadway armed robbery: A victim told police about a gunpoint robbery early Wednesday morning on Broadway. According to East Precinct radio reports, the victim reported being robbed on the street near E Harrison just before 3 AM by a female suspect wearing a heavy green jacket and carrying a dark handgun. The suspect, described as a 5’5″ black female wearing “cold weather clothing,” was reported to have been last seen on foot northbound on Broadway. The victim went to a nearby apartment building to call police. Officers and a K9 unit searched the area but there were no arrests.
  • Garfield High shooting threat: KING TV reports that a Garfield High student has been arrested for threatening a shooting at the school just days following the Parkland, Florida mass shooting. According to the police report on the incident, students at the school persisted in reporting the suspect’s behavior even after reporting it to a teacher who took no action. The juvenile suspect was booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of harassment. Continue reading

Blotter | Two-alarm fire on Cherry Hill, highway diamond heist, Comet beating

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  • 15th/Cherry fire: Seattle Fire responded to a two-alarm fire Thursday just after 11 AM after a vacant structure at 15th and Cherry caught fire and the flames threatened to spread to neighboring buildings:
    Crews applied water on the fire and had it under control within 19 minutes. The fire was completely extinguished by 11:48 a.m. Seattle City Light was called for a live power line that had fallen across the Ladder 1 apparatus.
    SFD says the cause of the fire is undetermined. There were no reported injuries.
  • Comet beating: A man suffered serious injuries after he was beaten by an assailant who claimed he made him spill beer on himself at the Comet Tavern last Friday night. According to police, the victim said the suspect approached him from behind and began beating on him some 30 minutes after the beer incident. Police were not contacted that night and the victim did not seek treatment for his injuries. Monday, police were called to the Swedish Cherry Hill emergency room where the victim was being treated for “a broken rib, fractured nose, fractured eye socket, and a laceration on his eye ball.” Police are investigating the assault. There were no arrests. Continue reading

Blotter | DUI arrest after driver hits pedestrian at 11th/Pike

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  • 11/Pike DUI: Police took the 29-year-old driver into custody for investigation of DUI and false reporting after a pedestrian reported being hit in a slow-speed collision at 11th and Pike just before 10;30 PM Thursday night. According to Seattle Fire radio dispatches, the victim suffered only minor injuries in the collision. Seattle Municipal court records show the Tacoma driver was booked for being under the influence and false reporting before he was cited and released.
  • Harvard burglary: The report on a Sunday, January 28th 5:30 AM burglary arrest in the under construction building at Harvard and Pike is a sad read. First, officers found a couple seeking shelter from the soaking rain and moved them along without incident:
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Blotter | Violent 23rd/Pike street robbery, Harvard Market stairs assault, Neumos fire alarm

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  • Robbery and assault: Police are looking for the suspect in a Saturday night, January 6th incident in which a woman said she was followed, attacked, and threatened with sexual assault in an armed robbery reported at 23rd and E Pike. The woman said she was walking home from work just before 9 PM when she noticed she was being followed:
    The victim told police the attack quickly escalated: Continue reading

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