Two men are in custody following an early morning burglary on Phinney Ridge.
Shortly after 3:00 am this morning, neighbors in the 6500 block of 1st Avenue NW called 911 and reported hearing shattering glass and a possible burglary at an unoccupied home. Patrol officers and a K-9 Officer Mark Wong and Ziva arrived quickly and began checking the block.
Two men took off running from the home and were quickly arrested after a brief foot chase.
Upon further inspection officers discovered a broken basement window where the suspects had entered the burglarized house.
Police found one of the suspects was carrying a large quantity of prescription pills in his backpack, as well as probable stolen items. Detectives interviewed the suspects before the two men, ages 23 and 24, were booked into the King County Jail for burglary. The suspect with the pills could also face felony drug charges.
Police found a car thief asleep at the wheel Monday night after tracking a stolen Honda from Queen Anne to the West Woodland neighborhood.
A Queen Anne resident called SPD around 9 PM Monday from the 3200 block of Conkling Place West and reported someone had stolen his Honda Prelude in the last 24 hours. Fortunately, his car was equipped with a GPS system, which showed the vehicle was parked in the 6500 block of 5th Avenue Northwest.
Officers quickly found the car and discovered there was a 21-year-old man asleep in the driver’s seat. After arresting the man, police found he was carrying a collection of filed-down keys—a tool commonly used by prolific car thieves—along with a tool for breaking windows, a can of lubricant spray, and two passports belonging to other people. Police also recovered a backpack, a briefcase, a box of wrenches, car and stereo parts from the car, none of which belonged the the car’s owner.
Officers booked the 21-year-old–who has previous convictions for auto theft property crimes—into the King County Jail for investigation of auto theft and returned the car to its owner.
Altshuler was evaluated at the King County Jail on June 6 by a licensed psychologist who is also a developmental disabilities professional. The psychologist diagnosed Altshuler with Schizophrenia with Severe Delusions.
According to the psychologist’s report, Altshuler’s brother said he suffered a head injury in 1986, which led to a change in his behavior, including paranoia and the occasional belief that he was Jesus Christ. Altshuler’s brother said his behavior deteriorated in the last three or four years.
The report stated that Altshuler was evaluated at an emergency room in 2007 for a possible civil commitment. He was instead referred to outpatient treatment. The report says he also was seen at Harborview Medical Center’s emergency room several times with a diagnosis of psychotic disorder and delusions, where he complained that a neighbor was trying to take his mother’s house.
After being booked into jail, Altshuler was placed in the psychiatric dorm unit, where he complained that the food and water were poisoned and he refused to eat or drink. On three occasions he was taken to Harborview Medical Center for emergency hydration.
Altshuler’s next court date is set for Sept. 8, after the 90-day commitment expires. He 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 neighbors when they confronted him over slashing tires between 3rd and 6th avenues on NW 74th Street on May 8. Both men were treated at Northwest Hospital and released a few hours later.
Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole will discuss public safety concerns with Greenwood neighbors and business owners from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20, at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.
Chief O’Toole will provide an update on neighborhood crime and police efforts, then open it up for a question and answer session. She will be joined by SPD Chief Operating Officer Brian Maxey and officers from the North Precinct.
SWAT officers arrested a 37 year-old man at his Greenwood apartment today after receiving information from his out-of-state friend the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that he had made threats against a Seattle mosque.
Earlier today, the suspect posted threats online and, in a separate posting, claimed to have purchased an assault rifle and extra ammunition.
Acting on that information, SWAT and Hostage Negotiators went to the man’s home in the 11700 block of Greenwood Avenue North and arrested him shortly before 3:30 PM.
Investigators have learned the man has previously been contacted by area law enforcement who are investigating harassment and threats to another mosque.
Seattle police are working closely with the FBI to investigate the rapidly developing case.
American Dance Institute at 8001 Greenwood Ave. N. recently suffered its fourth break-in or attempted break-in in three months. It happened about 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, when someone entered through the back alley and broke the window in the office door. Owner Elizabeth Chayer said video surveillance showed the man breaking the window and then fleeing without entering.
She also obtained surveillance video from a nearby building that gives a clearer picture of the man.
Complaints about needles and noise from a generator around an RV in North Seattle led SPD’s Major Crimes Taskforce and patrol officers to seize two motor homes and arrest a former car salesman and suspected prolific thief, after police found him passed out behind the wheel of a Winnebago.
Police were called to the 10000 block of Aurora Avenue North just before 8 AM on June 2nd after receiving complaints from neighbors about needles and generator noise associated with a motorhome in a parking lot.
Officers arrived, found a 34-foot 2014 motorhome and discovered it had been reported stolen from a dealership lot in Enumclaw. Police interviewed several witnesses and neighbors about the RVs purported owner, but no one seemed to know his name. However, witnesses said the 33-year-old had a distinctive upside-down flag tattoo on his arm, described him as a “smooth talker” and told officers he had recently driven through the neighborhood in a second black and grey RV.
Officers towed the stolen motorhome and began searching the neighborhood for the black and grey Winnebago. They soon found it idling in a parking lot a few blocks away and immediately took notice of the RV’s license plates—or the lack thereof and discovered the 33-year-old man sleeping in the driver’s seat. After being awoken by police, the man told detectives he had stolen the motorhome from a dealership in Everett.
Major Crimes Taskforce detectives booked the man into the King County Jail for stealing the RVs—valued at over $200,000—and are now investigating him for a number of other crimes in the Seattle area.
Since launching an emphasis effort in February focused on property crimes in Seattle, MCTF detectives have identified and arrested numerous prolific suspects , sometimes tied to as many as dozens of burglaries, car prowls and other thefts.
In keeping with that trend, detectives believe the “smooth talking” suspect in this case is involved in numerous crimes, aided with knowledge he gained when he previously worked as a car salesman. Detectives believe the man is tied to multiple auto thefts at dealerships in Lake City and he was also briefly detained by police near a car dealership in SODO shortly after someone tried to break-into it last month. Officers found the 33-year-old was carrying a screwdriver and walkie-talkie at the time of the incident, but weren’t immediately able to tie him to the attempted break-in.
Seattle Police Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are investigating a fatal collision that killed one man early Sunday morning in Ballard.
Shortly before 2:00 AM, officers responded to a report of a two car, head-on collision near NW 55th Street and NW Market Street. The first vehicle was occupied by a driver and passenger, while the second vehicle was occupied by a lone driver.
The passenger in the first vehicle, a 34-year-old man, sustained critical injuries during the crash and was transported to Harborview, where he later died from his injuries.
Police evaluated the 22-year-old male driver of the first vehicle, and found signs of impairment. He was arrested and taken to Harborview for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He will booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide upon his release from the hospital.
The driver in the second vehicle was not seriously injured in the crash.
TCIS detectives responded to the scene and are investigating.
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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.
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