- Overnight robberies: In a busy overnight for East Precinct cops, SPD investigated two armed street robberies early Friday morning. The first reported hold-up went down around 1:45 AM when a man said he was robbed at gunpoint near the 100 block of 21st Ave E. A second street hold-up was reported about 15 minutes later when a group of five said they were robbed at gunpoint near Union and Boylston. The group said they were held up by a group of three with one person armed with a handgun, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. In the first robbery, the victim told police there were two assailants including an armed suspect described only as a black male in his 20s with a stocky build and wearing a white sweatshirt. Police searches for the suspects were not successful. There were no reported injuries. Continue reading
- Roy Street Commons standoff: Police closed off the area around Roy Street Commons in the 600 block of 12th Ave E Friday night after a report of a gun found inside the Airbnb guest house led to a standoff with a wanted man believed to be inside the building. According to East Precinct radio reports and witnesses, the building was surrounded by police for hours on the holiday weekend Friday night with guests arriving at the apartment style building exempted to allow only short-term rental being turned away during the standoff. We’re still sorting out when the incident drew to a close after midnight and any details on an arrest. Guests were allowed back into the building by Saturday morning where one guest reported his backpack had been stolen at some point following the standoff.
- Broadway video game boost: A burglar made a major mess and *nearly* made off with more than $9,000 worth of gaming consoles in a Thanksgiving week break-in at the Broadway Game Stop. According to the SPD report on the rip-off, surveillance video shows a gloved suspect with a hoody covering his face trashing the store and tossing around merchandise during the just before 4 AM burglary at the store in the 1600 block of Broadway. But the big score was apparently out of reach. Police found a pile of 29 video game consoles stacked in a hallway near a pried-open exit door behind the shop: Continue reading
- 16/Union pepper spray attack: Police investigated a reported assault at 16th and Union in which the victim said he was pepper sprayed after saying “fuck you lesbians” to a group of three women during an altercation in the street. According to the SPD report on the just before 10 PM Friday, October 12th incident, the victim told police he and his partner were escorting their intoxicated neighbor home when they heard the three women “hollering as if they were having fun.” The victim told police his group joined in, upsetting the trio of women who yelled at the men as they passed. At this point, the victim told police he dropped the f bomb and the L word. As one of the women approached him, the victim told police he began swinging his arms to keep her away from him. The assailant then sprayed the victim in the face with pepper spray. The victim rushed home, showered, and then called 911, he told police. He also told the officer he didn’t believe he had been assaulted because of bias, only a misunderstanding. There were no arrests. Continue reading
- IHOP robbery: Police were called to the E Madison IHOP late Friday night after a man claiming to be armed robbed the restaurant and fled. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the suspect entered the restaurant around 11:30 PM and approached the cashier with a hand in his pocket and claiming to be armed. The bandit grabbed cash from the register and fled on foot. He was described only as an older black male in his 40s, heavyset and around 5’11”, wearing a white pullover coat, grey and blue beanie, black pants, and black shoes, and was “possibly high or intoxicated.” Police searched the area but there were no immediate arrests. Continue reading
- 19th/John scooter ramming robbery: The victim in an early morning robbery told police he was riding his motor scooter home after work when he was rammed off the road and held up Tuesday near 19th and John. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were called to the area just after 2:30 AM. The victim said he had left work on 16th Ave E and was riding home when the driver of a large, dark-colored sedan rammed his scooter off the road where he was robbed. There were few details about the suspect’s description or the vehicle which was last seen headed north on 19th Ave E. SPD is investigating the incident as an armed robbery.
Car-keying vandal: Police are looking for a man believed to be responsible for ongoing vandalism of cars along Broadway E between Prospect and Highland. A neighbor sent CHS security video he believes shows the vandal keying car in a string of vandalism that began early this month: Continue reading
- 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
- 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
- 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
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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
- 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