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SPD: Woman claiming to be ‘nunchuck master’ attacks friend in Greenwood

October 9th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police posted this gem a couple of days ago on the SPD Blotter:

 The mysterious midnight disappearance of a woman’s wedding ring from a “spooky” abandoned home last Saturday led the self-styled “nunchuck master” to attack her friend with a martial arts weapon and flee, before she was caught by police.

Officers first crossed paths with the suspect at about 12:20 AM when they spotted a woman walking near the 100 block of NW 85th Street, followed closely by a man, who flagged down officers and said the woman had just attacked him.

The man told police he and the woman—who are just friends—had been staying at an abandoned home in the neighborhood. That night, the woman discovered her wedding ring was missing, and accused the man of stealing it. She then pulled a pair of nunchaku from her purse, and began swinging them at the man.

The man blocked the woman’s blow with his arm and tackled her to the ground. He was able to wrestle the nunchucks away from the woman, but she quickly leapt up, grabbed the man’s cellphone off a nearby dresser and fled the home.

The man chased after the woman, offering to return her nunchucks in exchange for his phone. Instead, the woman shattered the phone, threw it down a storm drain and punched the man in the face. Officers found the pair on the street shortly thereafter.

When police spoke to the woman about the incident, she informed them she is a “nunchuck master,” and denied attacking the man. She told officers she was simply trying move out of the abandoned home, “because the house is spooky.”

Officers seized the nunchucks, arrested the woman for assault and booked her into the King County Jail. Police were unable to locate the woman’s missing ring.

Neither the suspect nor the victim were seriously injured in the incident.

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Neighborhood crime: houses broken into, yard used as toilet, packages stolen, car stolen

October 7th, 2014 by Doree

We’ve received a lot of emails about crime in the neighborhood lately. Here’s a roundup:

Janet says someone broke through her two back doors last Friday, near North 50th Street and Phinney Avenue North, and stole money and other items.

They also climbed up on a sawhorse and disabled a motion detector light in the back yard. (A neighbor (who I don’t know) reported that in a house behind mine, someone saw this person either leaving or entering and called out to them – but when they didn’t answer, assumed it was me – the resident.)

When the police came, I learned that at least five other houses had been broken into. In one case, someone came upon the “person” while they were in the home. This person is safe, thankfully.

I understand that- on this same night – houses were hit on N. 48th, N. 49th, N. 55th, and N. 65th Streets.

Also, people need reminders (as I do) not to leave ladders, stepstools, etc. outside.

Karleen says her home on the same street was broken into Friday night when someone used a tall ladder (not hers) to break into the second floor. The thief stole electronics.

Lisa tells us her car was stolen from in front of her house at 4th Avenue NW and NW 72nd Street last Saturday during daylight hours. She says her car had been broken into just a few weeks before.

Keven tells us his home surveillance camera got footage of a man using his Greenwood yard as a toilet.

I am cleaning around some flowerbeds in the yard when I notice a mound of poo. Something told me this wasn’t the product of a large dog (since dogs usually prefer using grass to dirt). Still, I put it out of my mind long enough to clean it up… only to let curiosity grip me and force me to search the security camera watching over the area. Sure enough a “two legged animal” did the doo!

We would really like to know who this…ahemmmm!… .gentleman is… so we can let him know fouling folks’ yards isn’t cool (especially with all this concern in the news about pathogens spread by bodily fluids and human waste.

Check out the YouTube videos here and here of the surveillance footage to see if you recognize the man. (KIRO ran a story Tuesday night after seeing this post.)

Tyler got surveillance pictures of a woman stealing packages off his front porch near North 76th Street and 3rd Avenue NW yesterday. He says packages have been stolen three times over the last few months, and the surveillance footage shows it was the same woman the last two times.

It’s a woman who appears to be riding her bike carrying large bags which she can easily slip stolen packages into. I can’t believe that we’re the only house she is stealing from. We’ve filed police reports, but haven’t received any follow-up from them.

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And Matt says his car was broken into Saturday night between midnight and 8 a.m. near Greenwood Avenue North and North 104th Street. The thief smashed a window and stole a black Swiss Gear backpack with a Dell work laptop, two iPods (a video iPod and an iPod Shuffle), and Bose headphones.

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UPDATE: CAR FOUND — Nissan Altima with ‘club’ on steering wheel stolen from Greenwood overnight

September 27th, 2014 by Doree

Update: Deborah tells us her car was recovered near Aurora Avenue and North 145th, with mostly cosmetic damage. “The driver side door had been pried open, the club was gone, and there were no signs of hot wiring — the police thought a stripped-down Nissan key had been used. Unfortunately, the people who stole it were meth heads and left their stuff in the car. They also left some receipts, which I’ve turned over to the police as evidence.”

Earlier: Deborah tells us her purple 1995 four-door Nissan Altima was stolen from in front of her house in Greenwood last night, even though it had an anti-theft “club” on the steering wheel.

It has a balding patch of paint near the sun roof, and is smooshed in the front near the passenger side. It was last seen around 6:30 p.m. last night (Friday 9/26). There may still be a green Tickles the Tapeworm air freshener hanging from the rear-view mirror. If you see the car, please let me know. Deborah at 206-579-1216. Thanks for keeping your eyes peeled.

If you’ve seen it, please call the police and reference incident report number 14-323418.

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Man beaten by group of attackers near Greenwood Park P-Patch Wednesday afternoon

September 26th, 2014 by Doree

A man was beaten by a large group of attackers around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon near the Greenwood Park P-Patch on North 88th Street.

According to the online police report (which has names blacked out), the victim was walking through the park when various witnesses reported seeing a group of about 10 black males and females (possibly juveniles) taunting and then assaulting him. The victim hit his head on a curb. The victim was treated by Seattle Fire medics, then transported to Northwest Hospital for a laceration on top of his head and a bump on the left side of his head.

Two witnesses told police “that they can both positively identify the suspects because they are always in the park causing problems.”

A friend of the victim is trying to put us in touch with the victim’s sister to find out more information and his condition. We will update this post as we get more information.

Update Friday 12:30 p.m.: The victim’s friend tells us he is still in the hospital.

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Cat shot by pellet gun in Greenwood

September 10th, 2014 by Doree

Brenna says her 1-year-old cat was shot by some kind of pellet gun sometime in the last few days. It happened just north of Sandel Park in Greenwood. The pellet is lodged in the cat’s hind foot.

Though we are thankful that she isn’t hurt worse, we are highly concerned that if this wasn’t an accident there may be a vicious person around our Greenwood neighborhood.

Has anyone else had this happen to their pet?

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SPD Gang Unit investigating after woman grazed by bullet on Metro bus in East Phinney/Green Lake on Friday night

September 7th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police are investigating after a woman was grazed by a bullet while riding a Metro bus Friday night near North 65th Street and Linden Avenue North.

From the SPD Blotter:

Officers began receiving calls of shots fired just before 9:40 p.m. Friday in the 6000 block of Aurora Ave. North. When they arrived on scene, they found a woman who had been grazed by a bullet while on a bus full of people.

A witness said that two men were standing outside a car arguing with two people inside the car. As they argued, a bus approached a nearby stop at Linden Ave. North and North 66th St. One of the men inside the car began shooting at the two men on foot. The two men outside the car began running toward the bus and were able to get onto the bus as the bus sped away. Realizing that a bullet grazed a woman on the bus, causing a cut to her head, the driver stopped the bus a few blocks away.

Officers rushed to the scene to find only one of the two men still on the bus. Officers continue to question him in an attempt to gain a clear picture of what lead up to the shooting. A witness described the shooter as a black male in his late teens wearing a grey hoodie. The suspects were last seen in a silver sedan possibly resembling a late 90s Ford Focus.

Seattle Fire department Medics responded and treated the woman at the scene before transporting her to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation.

The Gang Unit is taking the lead in this investigation and anyone with information in this case is asked to call 911 and speak with officers.

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Seattle Police: Suspected car thief drowns after stealing car from Phinney Ridge and driving into Ship Canal

August 28th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police say a suspected car thief drowned late last night or early this morning after driving a car stolen from Phinney Ridge into the Ship Canal.

From the SPD Blotter:

Update – 11:45 AM: Officer have recovered a man’s body from the water near where police last saw the suspected car thief. The King County Medical Examiner will take custody of the body as police continue to investigate the incident.

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Police divers are working to recover the body of a suspected car thief, now presumed drowned after he drove into the Ship Canal late Wednesday night.

Around 11:30 PM, police received reports that a Nissan Sentra had driven off a pier near the 1000 block of West Ewing Street.
Officers and rescue teams from the Seattle Fire Department arrived at the Nickerson Street Marina and spotted a man in the water, calling for help.

Officers in SPD’s Harbor Unit attempted to throw a rope to the man four times, but he refused to grab the rope and pushed away from an officer, who tried to grab him out of the water. The man then went under the water.

Officers and Seattle Fire Department divers searched the canal for more than an hour, but were unable to find the man.

Police believe the man was driving a stolen car—reportedly taken from the Phinney Ridge neighborhood Monday afternoon—when he drove through a gate and off of a dock on the canal.

SPD is still investigating this incident and we’ll provide updates as more information becomes available.

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UPDATE: CAR FOUND — Black Subaru Legacy stolen from Broadview

August 25th, 2014 by Doree

Update: The car has been found and returned to its owner.

Earlier: Mike tells us his black 1998 Subaru Legacy was stolen sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning from the corner of North 117th Street and Phinney Avenue North, next to Christ the King Church.

The car’s license plate is ABE3563. He filed a police report. If you’ve seen it, please call the police.

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Greenwood resident catches package thief on security camera – anybody recognize him?

August 19th, 2014 by Doree

Winnie sent us security camera photos that show a man stealing packages from her front door as well as her neighbor’s home on North 97th Street. She says he was riding a mountain bike. She filed a police report – case #2014-276085.

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Does anybody recognize this man?

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UPDATE: FOUND — Honda Accord stolen from Phinney Ridge

July 28th, 2014 by Doree

Update Aug. 6: David tells us his car was recovered in Shoreline and three suspects were arrested after police found it full of stolen goods. He says the thieves also apparently tried to forge a bill of sale but spelled his name wrong.

Earlier: David tells us someone stole his green 1995 Honda Accord four-door sedan from the 6200 block of 5th Avenue NW. It has a bike rack on the trunk and some white tape on the driver’s side headlight. The license plate is 164 ZVX.

If anyone sees it, please call the police (report #14-244695) and then call David at 206-551-4564.

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Honda Passport stolen from Greenwood apartment garage last weekend

July 17th, 2014 by Doree

Gabriel tells us his car was stolen from his apartment complex’s parking garage sometime last weekend. It’s a 1998 Honda Passport, license AME7065. It was taken from the Guinevere Apartments on North 85th Street near Dayton Avenue North.

The vehicle does not have a front plate, has a broken driver’s side rock shield, a rear-mounted spare tire with no cover, and a large “X” that was recently keyed in the middle of the passenger side front door.

If you’ve seen it, call the police and please call Gabriel at 206-297-3737.

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13-year-old girl sexually assaulted at Bitter Lake park Friday afternoon

July 13th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police are investigating after a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at Bitter Lake on Friday afternoon.

From the SPD Blotter:

As the girl was listening to music at the park, a man called out her name. The girl thought she knew the man and walked up to him.

The suspect then grabbed the girl and dragged her to a secluded area near the water and sexually assaulted her.

The victim was able to escape and fled to the Bitter Lake Community Center. The suspect was last seen leaving the park along Bitter Pl. North.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation.

The suspect is described as a white man, 40 years old with a heavy build.

Sexual Assault Detectives responded to the scene and are investigating the incident.

If you have any information about this case, please call 911 or contact detectives at (206) 684-5575.

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