May 26th, 2016 by Doree
John Christopher Altshuler, who is charged with stabbing two neighbors on Mother’s Day, was ordered today to undergo a mental health evaluation by an expert from Western State Hospital.
The mental health evaluation is scheduled to take place at the King County Jail, where Altshuler remains on $250,000 bail. The Order for Pretrial Competency Evaluation requires that he be evaluated by a developmental disabilities professional.
A competency hearing has been scheduled for June 9.
Altshuler is charged with two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, Malicious Mischief in the Second Degree, and Violation of Anti-Harassment Order after stabbing his two neighbors when they confronted him over slashing tires between 3rd and 6th avenues on NW 74th Street. Both men were treated at Northwest Hospital and released a few hours later.
Tags: assault, crime, stabbing
May 25th, 2016 by Doree
Today’s scheduled arraignment for John Christopher Altshuler has been moved to tomorrow morning.
Altshuler is charged with two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, Malicious Mischief in the Second Degree, and Violation of Anti-Harassment Order after stabbing two of his Phinney Ridge neighbors with a knife on Mother’s Day.
He remains in the King County Jail on $250,000 bail.
Tags: crime, stabbing
May 24th, 2016 by Doree
Mayor Ed Murray will lead a Find It, Fix It Community Walk in the Aurora Avenue-Licton Springs area from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. That walk will center on the area around Aurora Avenue North between North 84th and 110th streets. The walk begins at Oak Tree Village Plaza by the movie theater, on Aurora Avenue North between North 100th and North 103rd streets.
Click here for a map of the one-mile walk route with proposed topics at certain locations (i.e., lack of sidewalks, crime, scheduled park improvements, etc.) The walk ends at Lantern Brewery on North 95th Street. City staff will be available for followup questions.
The first 75 people who sign in at the walk will receive a gift bag of city swag. Refreshments will be provided. If you need more information or have questions, contact Hilary Nichols at 206-386-1907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, Aurora-Licton residents are invited to apply for up to $5000 to complete community projects that improve the safety or appearance of their neighborhood. To apply for the Aurora-Licton Community Project Grants, community members can find the application at seattle.gov/finditfixit beginning Wednesday, May 25 through Friday, June 10.
If you find safety needs or city maintenance issues, you can report them any time using the Find It, Fix It mobile app. Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, crime, Find It Fix It, Licton Springs, Mayor Murray, public safety, safety
May 11th, 2016 by Doree
John Christopher Altshuler of Phinney Ridge was charged this afternoon with two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, Malicious Mischief in the Second Degree, and Violation of Anti-Harassment Order after stabbing two neighbors with a knife on Sunday when they confronted him over slashing tires between 3rd and 6th avenues on NW 74th Street.
John Christopher Altshuler is seen moments after his arrest for investigation of assault on Sunday. He was treated for minor head wounds when one of his alleged victims struck him when Altshuler allegedly stabbed him.
Bail was set at $250,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with the two victims, Simon Ravona and William Brad Anderson. Altshuler will be arraigned on May 25 at the King County Courthouse.
According to the charging documents, Altshuler has a long history of harassing Anderson, his neighbor, including slashing his car tires (caught on surveillance video), accosting Anderson and his children on the sidewalk, and yelling at workers at Anderson’s house, which led to a June 2014 anti-harassment order against Altshuler.
Charging documents say Anderson again saw Altshuler slashing his car tires this past Sunday, so he confronted him, but Altshuler then stabbed him. Ravona came to his aid, trying to convince Altshuler to put the knife down, when Altshuler reportedly said “I’m going to stab you; I’m going to kill you.” The knife hit one of Ravona’s ribs. Both Anderson and Ravona were tended to by medics who arrived at the scene, then transported to NW Hospital with minor stab wounds. They were released later that night.
Altshuler stood on his front porch for more than half an hour yelling at police officers until his brother convinced him to put his hands in the air and move off the porch, where officers were able to restrain him.
Tags: crime, stabbing
May 8th, 2016 by Doree
Neighbors on NW 74th Street between 3rd and 6th avenues say a man who had been suspected of slashing car tires and stealing security signs from people’s yards escalated to assault around 4 p.m. today when he stabbed two men who confronted him.
Summer Stinson said her husband, Simon Ravona, heard a neighbor yelling “Drop the knife, drop the knife” down the street and ran to help him as he confronted the suspect. The suspect then slashed at both men, causing superficial wounds. Stinson said her husband was cut on his torso near his ribs. She wasn’t sure where the other man’s wounds were. Paramedics on scene checked out the men’s wounds, before they were transported to NW Hospital. Stinson said they wanted both victims to be evaluated for anything potentially more serious, but she says they should be fine. She says both men were standing up and talking to first responders.
“This is a failure of the mental health system,” Stinson said of the man who she says has caused trouble on their street for years.
The handcuffed suspect was later seen sitting on a retaining wall in front of a neighbor’s home, surrounded by police. (Note: We don’t identify suspects by name or face until they’ve been charged.)
Neighbor Izzy Wong, who lives about a block away from the suspect’s home, which has tinfoil covering the front windows, said she recently filed a police report after several signs were stolen out of her yard. The man became a suspect because other neighbors had seem him walking around with similar signs. She said another neighbor had recently filed a restraining order against the suspect.
NW 74th Street was blocked off between 3rd and 6th avenues, with more police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances parked along 6th Avenue and 3rd Avenue. Several police officers were seen with high-powered rifles.
Update: 7:30 p.m.: Stinson says both men are out of the hospital. She says the doctors say her husband was extremely lucky, as the knife deflected off his rib, and that if it had been in a slightly different place it would have hit his lung.
Update Monday 9 a.m.: KIRO 7 had a story last night (we gave them permission to use our photos with credit) with an interview with the second victim.
April 27th, 2016 by Doree
The nice folks at Luxe Lighting at 8214 Greenwood Ave. N. found this bike behind the freight door in their parking lot a few days ago. They assume it was stolen and then dumped. If it’s yours, call them at 206-457-8535 with the serial number.
Tags: bike, crime, lost and found, Luxe Lighting, stolen
April 11th, 2016 by Robin Donovan
The Angry Beaver receives another blow after the Greenwood gas explosion. This time, thieves struck the bar over the weekend, stealing beer, liquor and electronic equipment. More details reported by King 5.
Tags: Angry Beaver, burglary, crime, Greenwood explosion, pubs, taverns
March 9th, 2016 by Doree
From the SPD Blotter:
Detectives are investigating after two men were wounded Wednesday morning in a shooting at an Aurora Motel.
Several witnesses called 911 around 2:30 AM and reported a hearing gunfire near the Georgian Motel in the 8800 block of Aurora Avenue North.
Officers arrived, learned a vehicle had sped away from the scene, and found shell casings outside the motel. They were unable to find any victims.
About 10 minutes later, police received another call from the two victims of the shooting, who directed officers to a parking lot at 4th Avenue and Virginia Street.
There, officers found the victims with a green Buick, which had clearly been struck several times by gunfire.
Police found man sitting in the passenger seat of the Buick suffering from gunshot wounds to his arm and neck. Officers provided the man with medical assistance until Seattle Fire Department medics arrived and transported him to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. A second victim in the incident also sustained minor grazing gunshot wounds, and did not require transport to the hospital.
Gang Unit detectives are investigating the shooting.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, crime, Seattle Police, SPD Blotter
March 7th, 2016 by Doree
The Park Public House at 6114 Phinney Avenue North was burglarized on Feb. 24, with the thief caught on camera breaking open the cash register while the alarm blared.
The bar’s owners sent us this photo of the burglar from their security cameras. The man caused more than $1,000 in damage.
You can see KIRO 7’s story below, with security camera video.
Tags: burglary, crime, Park Public House