911 | Armed heist at high end Capitol Hill sneaker shop ends with crash, arrest only blocks away

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Thanks to neighborhood shutterbug Matt Mitgang for the photos

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  • Likelihood heist: Capitol Hill high end sneaker and fashion shop Likelihood was the target of a bizarrely brazen break-in Tuesday night that ended with a smashed window and a smashed car nearby where the getaway vehicle in the heist crashed into a tree. Three suspects were caught on video during the ripoff, Seattle Police say, but only one was caught trying to flee on foot from the E Madison crash near the IHOP only a block from the chaotic burglary.
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911 | Thieves make off with reported $5K in merchandise in Madison Valley luxury consignment shop heist

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  • Purse heist: A Thursday afternoon heist at a Madison Valley luxury consignment shop netted a team of thieves thousands of dollars in merchandise. According to the SPD report on the ripoff, a group of three males entered the Refind store in the 3100 block of E Madison just before 3 PM and told an employee they were “just browsing” as they began picking up items off the shelves. The employee said she asked, “Can I help you find something?” “Yes,” one of the males replied as he grabbed more items and the three ran for the door, according to the report. The store employee managed to head off one of the trio and grab a jacket but was smashed in the face as she struggled with the thief. The employee “grabbed the pants of the suspect as he was trying to get up and he picked up one of the gucci handbags he had dropped and turned around and slapped [the woman] in the face with it,” police write. The three bandits were reported fleeing the area in an old Chevy sedan last seen speeding from the area. According to police, the thieves targeted Gucci purses and Chanel clothing in the heist. The employee did not suffer serious injuries. A search for the suspects was not successful. Police say the reported value of the items stolen is more than $5,000. Continue reading

911 | Cal Anderson hatchet assault, Madrona electrocution accident, Lake WA Blvd arsons

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  • Hatchet assault: Police took one man into custody but say the victim refused medical attention after an assault with a hatchet in Cal Anderson Park Sunday morning. According to the SPD report on the incident, police and medics were called to a large disturbance in the park around 11:30 AM and were flagged down by the suspect who admitted he had struck the other man in the head with the hatchet. Police detained the suspect and located the victim in a tent inside the park. “The victim stated he was hit in the head with a hatchet as he intervened in the disturbance near the encampment,” the SPD report reads. “As Seattle Fire was responding to the scene, the victim refused all medical assistance. Officers were not able to persuade the victim to wait for Seattle Fire to evaluate his injury.” Police say the suspect was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault. Continue reading

911 | Canterbury booze burglary bust, Central District gunfire, Seattle catalytic converter theft wave

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  • Canterbury burglary bust: A 22-year-old has been charged after police say he was caught in the act trying to burgle ten bottles of booze after allegedly breaking into 15th Ave E’s Canterbury Ale House. Prosecutors say Ocean Nemeyer has been charged with second degree burglary in the Wednesday, October 28th break-in. According to the SPD report on the incident, police were called to the 15th Ave E bar just before 5 AM to a report that a burglar could be seen on live video from the Canterbury’s security system. Police arrived to find a busted window and were waiting to enter the bar when they say Nemeyer ran from inside carrying three bags:According to court documents, the suspect was charged in Seattle with misdemeanor theft in late 2018 and also had two active warrants in King County. He has not yet entered a plea. CHS reported previously on a surge in burglaries around Capitol Hill especially involving commercial properties and businesses.
  • CD gunfire: Multiple reports of gunfire from the area near Miller Park into the Central District were made late Monday night as police found evidence of a vehicle-involved shooting along 23rd Ave. According to East Precinct radio updates, gunfire was reported by 911 callers starting around 11:15 PM. Police were able to pinpoint the shots to the area near 23rd Ave and Marion where a shell casing was found nearby. Police closed 23rd Ave between Marion and Spring for a short term while they collected evidence. They were also searching the area for at least one vehicle believed to have been involved in the shooting. There were no reported injuries. Continue reading

911 | Life in Mars suffers break-in as Capitol Hill burglaries surge

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East Precinct reported burglaries

  • 2020 East Precinct burglaries have been spread across the area but the SPD beat covering central Pike/Pine and Broadway to I-5 has been the center of break-in activity

    Life on Mars burglary — While overall crime has actually dropped across Capitol Hill through the COVID-19 shutdowns and summer’s CHOP protests, one category of criminal behavior has surged throughout 2020 starting well before the pandemic and ongoing social unrest. With more than 1,300 reported break-ins across the East Precinct, the area has already reported more burglaries in 2020 than it did in all of 2019. One of the latest targets was Pike/Pine bar Life on Mars which suffered a costly break-in early Tuesday morning. “Got word our bar was broken into. They took an electric saw to our lockbox outside for 10 min. 5am. No one noticed,” co-owner and KEXP DJ John Richards wrote. “Then walked in. Trashed the bar and went to town on our audio equipment that we spent a lot of time, love and $ on. Spirit is finally broken. I hate Tuesdays.” According to Richards, the burglary could have been worse but the bar, like many reopened venues, has gone cash only as food and drink businesses struggle to cobble together takeout and delivery programs to help cover expenses. Richards also posted a short clip of the security video with some humorous play by play of the burglar in action. There have been no arrests. SPD is investigating. Continue reading

911 | Police investigate Bellevue Ave stabbing

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  • Bellevue Ave stabbing: Seattle Police were investigating a stabbing at a Bellevue Ave apartment building early Monday morning. SPD and Seattle Fire were called to the address of the Belfiore Apartments in the 1700 block of Bellevue Ave just off E Olive Way around 12:30 AM after a man was reported stabbed in the leg, according to East Precinct radio updates. It was not clear what led up to the stabbing but police were looking for a female suspect in her 20s. One person was taken into custody but we haven’t yet confirmed if it was the suspect. The victim was reported as unconscious and was being treated by Seattle Fire. Continue reading

911 | Yesler Terrace crane rescue, 12th and Thomas naked man crash, reported Capitol Hill ukulele threat

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  • Crane rescue: A woman discovered at the top of a 205-foot construction crane Tuesday morning was cooperative with the Seattle Fire crew sent to rescue her and deliver her safely back to the ground. SFD’s rescue units were dispatched to the Yesler Terrace construction site in the 200 block of 12th Ave S around 7:15 AM Tuesday to the reported construction site trespasser. According to Seattle Fire radio updates, the woman was lowered by its crews to a lower section of the massive crane where she was able to safely return to the ground after the 45-minute rescue. According to SFD, the woman was no injured but was transported to the hospital for evaluation. Seattle Police was also called to the scene and work at the construction site was halted during the response. Continue reading

911 | Cops make quick bust in Pike/Pine gold chain robbery

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  • Gold chain robbery bust: Police made a quick arrest of an armed suspect after a victim said his gold chain was snapped from his neck amidst the nightlife crowds of Pike/Pine early Saturday morning. According to the SPD brief on the incident, police were called to a fight disturbance in the area of 10th and Pike just after 1 AM to the reported ripoff:
    Officers were working an East Precinct Nightlife Emphasis Patrol shortly after 1:00 am Saturday when they observed a disturbance outside of a club at 10th Avenue and East Pike Street. A man told police someone had approached him and ripped the gold chain from his neck before disappearing into a crowd. Witnesses were able to point out the suspect to officers, who took him into custody.
    Police say they found a stolen handgun and five grams of suspected cocaine on the suspect. The necklace was not located. The 25-year-old was booked into King County Jail.
  • E Pike ice cream shop DUI crash: There were fortunately no serious injuries and the driver was taken into custody for DUI after smashing a car into the side of the Salt and Straw ice cream shop on E Pike last Wednesday morning. The 9:30 AM incident brought a large Seattle Fire response to help extricate the driver whose door was smashed against the building’s brick corner. Damage to the shop was minimal and pedestrians and bicyclists on the busy street managed to avoid the collision. Police say the driver was taken to Harborview and cleared and then taken into custody for investigation of driving under the influence.
  • Lakeview/Belmont false alarm: A reported Monday morning stabbing near the trail below Lakeview Blvd and Belmont turned out to be a false alarm. Police and Seattle Fire were called to the scene by a passerby just before 11 AM Monday to a report of a person who had been stabbed. Arriving officers found that the victim said they had been, indeed, suffering from injuries suffered in a stabbing — but that the incident happened last year. Police cleared the scene and Seattle Fire made sure the victim got the necessary treatment.

911 | Melrose bar melee, First Hill DUI crash

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  • Melee outside Still Liquor: Melrose was filled with cop cars and officers after a reported gold chain robbery and threats to shoot up a nearby club sparked a major disturbance early Saturday morning. Two people were arrested. Police arrived at the melee around 1:15 AM to a report of a dozen or so people fighting outside Still Liquor and a male threatening to start shooting. According to the SPD report on the incident, police were able to chase down one suspect after a short foot pursuit. The other was taken into custody after victims reported he had come up to them outside the Minor Ave bar, punched them multiple times, and snapped a gold chain from one of their necks. Meanwhile, police say the mugger’s companion went to a nearby vehicle to retrieve something during the disturbance and attempted to reenter Still Liquor. According to the SPD report, security at the bar said when they barred the man from entering, he threatened to begin shooting, saying “Don’t you know who I am?” and “I’m going to shoot up this club with my .44.” As police arrived, the suspect making the threats took off on foot before being chased down and taken into custody. He was arrested for investigation of harassment. His companion was taken into custody for investigation of robbery. There were no reported serious injuries.

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911 | SFD quickly knocks down fire as Sunday brunchtime blaze clears Coastal Kitchen

Thanks to Tim Durkan for sharing photos from the scene

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  • Coastal Kitchen fire: Seattle Fire was quick to the rescue and Coastal Kitchen barely skipped a beat in its Sunday brunch service after a noontime fire brought a huge response but did little damage to the 15th Ave E restaurant. SFD was called to the 400 block at straight up noon to the report of light smoke coming from the back of the restaurant. Arriving crews found a fire burning and threatening the building’s roof but the flames were quickly knocked down as patrons from the cleared restaurant looked on from 15th Ave. There were no reported injuries and damage was mostly limited to the exterior of the building. Coastal was reported reopened and serving after about an hour of downtime. Seattle Police closed 15th Ave E to traffic during the response. The Seattle Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate and found that “a propane meat smoker located on the exterior back porch” ignited grease in the smoker catch basin and set off the fire. Damage was estimated to be $20,000.

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