Blotter | Thief makes off with phone in gunpoint robbery at 14th and Howell

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  • 14/Howell hold-up: The suspect in a armed hold-up at 14th and Howell made off with the victim’s phone and managed to elude a police dog search as the thief ditched a white hoodie and fled the area in a robbery reported to SPD around 9:15 Tuesday night. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, officers were called to 14th and Howell after an area resident reported being robbed at gunpoint by a male who appeared to be his teens carrying a black pistol. The victim was forced to hand over an iPhone to the suspect who fled the area and was last seen near 17th and Howell where a witness reported seeing the person shed their white hoodie before leaving the area on foot. A long K9 search of the area did not produce any immediate arrests. There were no reported injuries. Continue reading

Blotter | No injuries, no arrests after shootout reported in Pike/Pine

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  • Pike/Pine shots: Gunfire involving reports of at least two armed males shooting at each other rattled Pike/Pine early Monday morning. There were no reported injuries and no immediate reports of property damage. Seattle Police received multiple 911 calls around 12:10 AM after gunfire broke out on 10th Ave near Lost Lake Cafe. Police spread out across the area searching for suspects matching the descriptions provided by witnesses including two different males reported carrying handguns. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, another male was seen running to a white SUV parked west of Cal Anderson yelling, “They’re shooting at me.” Police searched for the reported shooters and the vehicle seen leaving the area but there were no immediate arrests. Continue reading

Blotter | Police stop violent anti-gay attack across from East Precinct

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  • 12th/Pine hate attack: The suspect in what police say was a bloody hate attack Sunday night on a couple just across the street from the East Precinct allegedly told officers he started the assault on the men because they were gay. According to the report on the Sunday, July 22nd just before 10:30 PM incident, police saw the fight unfold as the suspect and one of his victims fought and fell into a bush at the corner of 12th and Pine. An officer reportedly had to restrain the suspect to stop the beating as blood poured from a laceration to the victim’s head. Police say the suspect’s hands were also cut and bleeding as he used a “weed jar” to beat the victim. According to the report, after the men were separated, the suspect told police multiple times he was attacking the victims because the men are gay. According to one victim, the incident began when the suspect called the men “faggots” and one of the men confronted the suspect. The victim said he was in disbelief at the situation and being held back when the suspect spit in his face and then swung at him. The suspect was taken into custody by police and remains jailed for investigation of assault and a hate crime. Continue reading

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

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

Blotter | I-5 death, Broadway hate assault, E Pine thumb stabbing

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  • I-5 death: Monday morning commuters were witness to a horrific scene along I-5 south as a woman fell to her death near Pike. Seattle Fire confirms the woman in her 50s died at the scene. Witnesses reported seeing the woman jump from the street above the freeway. SPD is investigating.
  • Broadway hate assault: Police took a woman into custody for investigation of a hate crime and harassment in a Sunday morning, June 17th incident on Broadway:Police tallied a long list of reported transgressions: Continue reading

Blotter | Beating victim found on Melrose, cyclist hit at 12th/Alder

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  • Melrose beating victim: Police are investigating a robbery and assault after finding the victim of a severe beating when an officer noticed moaning coming from the bushes in the 1600 block of Melrose early Wednesday morning. According to the SPD report on the incident, police were on Melrose around 4:15 AM when they found the man in extreme pain and suffering from a possible broken wrist and leg:
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Blotter | Early morning SWAT raid at Capitol Hill house, Louisa Boren greenbelt death — UPDATE

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  • SWAT raid: At least two people were taken into custody in an early Wednesday morning SWAT raid on a Capitol Hill house near 19th and E Howell. According to reports from people living in the area, booms from police explosive devices went off around 6 AM and an armored SWAT vehicle was parked in front of the house. Police were also attempting to communicate with someone inside the house using a loudspeaker. “Police are on bullhorn telling someone to come out and there were 2 big bangs,” one neighbor reported to CHS. The situation was reported as “secure” around 6:30 AM by a commander at the scene, per East Precinct radio dispatches. We’ll check with SPD to learn more about the raid. UPDATE: A spokesperson tells us SPD was not the lead agency on this morning’s raid and could provide no additional details about the arrests. UPDATE x2: No word on if it is related, but the Department of Justice announced it will hold an afternoon press conference with U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes and “other federal, state and local law enforcement leaders” for a briefing “on a major drug ring takedown involving more than 45 locations and 500 officers today in King, Pierce, Skagit, Thurston and Snohomish Counties.” “Today’s actions follow a series of drug trafficking investigations that have taken dozens of conspirators off the street, in an effort to address drug and attendant violent crime patterns in the Puget Sound Region,” the announcement reads. UPDATE x3: We’re still trying to confirm who was taken into custody this morning but the DOJ announced 35 people were arrested on drug and gun crimes in a series of FBI-led operations. “In the fourth major drug trafficking ring takedown in as many months, federal, state and local law enforcement officers fanned out across King, Pierce, Snohomish, Skagit and Thurston Counties to execute search warrants and arrest more than 35 members of a drug trafficking organization, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. Today’s arrests are the fourth takedown in a series of cases aimed at reducing drug and gang violence in Seattle, South King and North Pierce Counties.” UPDATE x4: We have confirmed that the raid was part of the federal drug and gun sweep.
  • Greenbelt rescue: Seattle Fire and Seattle Police made their way deep into the overgrown greenbelt below the Louisa Boren Lookout park early Wednesday after a 911 caller reported his friend was unconscious, and unresponsive at a campsite in the leafy ravine. According to East Precinct dispatches, officers located the site just after 6 AM about 1,000 yards down the steep trail below the overlook near a tree marked “Dead End.” Seattle Fire began life saving procedures on the unconscious male and he was taken back up the trail to Harborview. We do not have further information on his condition at this time. A chaplain was called to Harborview, according to Seattle Fire radio. Metro route 10 service was disrupted as police closed off E Garfield for Seattle Fire vehicles during the response. UPDATE: Seattle Fire tells us the victim, a male in his 20s, died at the scene.

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Blotter | Overdose rescue in Cal Anderson, 18th and Pike armed robbery

(Image: Tiffany Fetters via Twitter)

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  • Overdose rescue: Seattle Fire and responding SPD units were able to help revive a person suffering an apparent overdose in Cal Anderson Park Sunday afternoon. The emergency call went out just before 1 PM that a male who was unconscious and unresponsive after he reportedly “smoked spice” was receiving citizen CPR on the Bobby Morris playfield. The patient was revived by responding medics and transported to Harborview. We do not have additional information on his condition.

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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