- 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
- 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:
nice to wake up to the police about to raid someone’s house pic.twitter.com/MpJmGtluMd
— David Lubell (@davidlubell) June 6, 2018
- 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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- 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.
- 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
23rd Ave gunfire: Police investigated a rolling gun battle that tied up traffic around 23rd Ave but fortunately left no victims Wednesday afternoon. According to East Precinct radio dispatched, 911 callers began reporting several gunshots in the area of 23rd and Marion around 3:30 PM and quickly found a trail of shell casings and damaged vehicles along the streets starting around Midtown Center. Witnesses told police shooting began in the shopping center and continued as involved vehicles sped away. Police blocked traffic along 23rd Ave to collect evidence and a K9 unit searched the neighborhood on foot to search for at least one suspect seen fleeing the area. More gunfire was reported in the area as the search was underway. At least one firearm was reportedly recovered but we have not confirmed that with police. There were no injuries and no immediate arrests. Continue reading
- 13th Ave armed robbery arrest: At least one suspect was arrested after three were detained in a reported armed robbery near 13th and Spring early Saturday morning. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, several 911 callers reported gunshots in the area just after 1 AM. Police arrived and located a victim nearby on 12th Ave who reported running during the attempted robbery and hearing gunfire ring out. Police found at least one shell casing at the scene and began searching for a getaway vehicle described as a white sedan marked with a distinctive tattoo-like symbol. An officer spotted the vehicle near MLK and Cherry where police made the stop and detained three people from inside the car. At least one person was arrested. Continue reading
- 17th Ave mugging: A woman told police she was jumped by a group of teens, punched in the face, and robbed while walking on 17th Ave from Trader Joe’s last Tuesday night. According to the SPD report on the late night incident, the victim said she heard a vehicle pull up behind her and was then suddenly punched by two males who demanded her phone, wrestled her to the ground, and continued the assault. The victim told police she was able to hold onto her phone but the assailants made off with her wallet. The phone was also damaged during the attack. The victim told police the attackers appeared to be two teenage males wearing black clothing and that the vehicle appeared to be a gray or white SUV but she could not provide more details. The victim suffered a cut lip in the attack but declined medical attention. Continue reading
— Whit. (@whitnuld) April 10, 2018
- CD gunfire: Police swarmed the area around 27th and Union Tuesday afternoon after a bout of gunfire left one car damaged and SPD searching for a suspect vehicle believed to have been involved in a spate of similar shootings this week. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, multiple callers reported gunfire in the Central District around 2:15 PM. Arriving officers found nobody injured but a victim’s vehicle was reportedly targeted and damaged by gunfire. Police closed E Union as they collected evidence at the scene including 9MM shell casings. Police are looking for a brown Kia Optima believed to have been involved in the afternoon shooting and in similar drive-by gunfire incidents in the Central District and South Seattle this week. There have already been 59 gunfire incidents in Seattle so far in 2018 according to SPD data. UPDATE 3:58 PM: SPD has taken at least one person into custody:
Officers searching area around Rainier Ave. S./S. Charlestown after suspects ran from a car involved in an earlier shots fired call in the Central District. One in custody, still an active scene, will update when additional information is available.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) April 10, 2018
UPDATE 4:52 PM: Police say four people were taken into custody after a brief chase near Rainier Ave S and a search assisted by the King County Sheriff’s Guardian-1 helicopter. UPDATE 4/11/18: SPD has added additional information about the arrests: “After lengthy interviews by detectives, the four suspects, a 20-year-old male, a 20-year-old female, and two 16-year-old males were booked into the King County Jail and Youth Services Center for various charges related to this incident. The suspect vehicle, the Kia, was a reported stolen car from Kent, and was impounded from the scene pending a search warrant. A 9mm handgun was located next to the stolen Kia, and was recovered for evidence.”
- Broadway crisis: A suspect believed to be suffering a mental crisis or under the influence of drugs was taken into custody Tuesday on Broadway after 911 callers reported a violent assault and a man running through the street wrapped in a blanket and carrying a large knife. Police were called to the area around 11:45 AM Tuesday following the initial report that the man was sitting on top of a woman in a dispute near 10th and Pike. He was then reportedly seen on Broadway carrying a large knife. Police found the suspect inside the Freddy Junior’s restaurant where he was taken into custody and the knife was recovered. During a struggle with police, the suspect had a “spit sock” to prevent spitting or biting placed over his head. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation. There were no reports of serious injuries in the incident. Continue reading