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Reminder: Community safety meeting tonight

March 31st, 2014 by Doree

Just a reminder that tonight (Monday) is a community safety meeting with members of Seattle Police Department, in the wake of last month’s murder in Greenwood. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Taproot Theater, 204 N. 85th St. SPD offices will offer updates on the recent homicide, educate the community about the North Precinct’s resources, and talk about crime prevention, street safety and how-to’s of 9-1-1 usage.

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Community safety meeting next Monday

March 25th, 2014 by Doree

Community liaisons from the Seattle Police Department will hold a safety meeting for residents who are concerned after last month’s fatal shooting in Greenwood. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Taproot Theater, 204 N. 85th St.

The purpose of the meeting will be to offer updates on the recent homicide, to educate the community about the North Precinct’s resources, and to talk about crime prevention, street safety and how-to’s of 9-1-1 usage.

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Greenwood Subway worker refuses to be robbed by man with gun

March 10th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police say a man with a gun tried to rob the Subway sandwich shop at Greenwood Avenue North and North 104th Street Saturday night, but the worker first ignored him, then chased him off with a large knife.

From the SPD Blotter:

A sandwich shop employee wielding a large knife successfully chased off a robber armed with a handgun in North Seattle.
On March 8th at approximately 8:10 p.m. officers responded to the 10400 block of Greenwood Avenue North for the report of an armed robbery. Preliminary investigation indicates that an adult male suspect entered the Subway sandwich shop while other customers were present. The suspect demanded that the employee put money in the suspect’s bag. Initially the employee ignored the suspect. The suspect then pulled a handgun from his waistband and repeated his demand for money. The employee grabbed a large knife and chased the suspect out of the store. The suspect fled the area on foot.

Responding officers conducted an area search for the suspect with the assistance of a canine unit however, the suspect was not located.

Approximately 45 minutes after this robbery attempt the same suspect (based on an identical description) robbed the Subway sandwich shop at North 159th Street and Westminster Way North in Shoreline (Shoreline Police are investigating the second incident).

The suspect, who remains at large, is described as a black male adult dressed all in black with some sort of mask over his face.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.

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City Council to discuss property acquisition for new North Precinct Police Station on Dec. 4

November 6th, 2013 by Doree

On Dec. 4, the Seattle City Council will discuss acquiring land on the southeast corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street for a new North Precinct Police Station. The Government Performance and Finance Committee’s meeting will include a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. 2nd Floor, in Council Chambers. You can also watch live on the Seattle Channel or Seattle.Gov.

The committee will vote on Dec. 12, and the full council will vote on Dec. 16.

Also, if you couldn’t make it to the Oct. 26 open house on plans for the new precinct, you can read residents’ comments collected that day online.

The existing North Precinct, near North Seattle Community College, was built in 1984 to house 154 staff but is now overcrowded with 254. The new site, at 4.1 acres, will accommodate a 60,000 square foot station for up to 370 officers and civilian staff, multistory parking for patrol cars, and community meeting space.

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Reminder: Open house for new SPD North Precinct is Saturday

October 22nd, 2013 by Doree

The community open house to get more information about the Seattle Police Department’s planned new North Precinct station is this Saturday, Oct. 26, at Bitter Lake Community Center gym, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

The precinct’s proposed new site is on the southeast corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street. SPD has outgrown its current North Precinct at 10049 College Way.

The City Council needs to review and approve legislation authorizing the property acquisition; that’s expected in December. SPD hopes to open the new station in late 2018.

The new station will be about 60,000 square feet and be able to accommodate up to 370 officers and civilian staff, with on-site multistory parking for patrol cars, visitors and staff. It will also offer community meeting space and include public art.

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Site chosen for new North Precinct police station

September 18th, 2013 by Doree

The Seattle Police Department hopes to build its new North Precinct station at the southeast corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street. SPD has outgrown its current North Precinct at 10049 College Way.

The city will host an informational community open house about the proposal from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Bitter Lake Community Center gym, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

The City Council needs to review and approve legislation authorizing the property acquisition; that’s expected in December. SPD hopes to open the new station in late 2018.

While actual facility design has yet to begin, the new station is expected to be approximately 60,000+ square feet with a useful life of 30 to 50 years and able to accommodate up to 370 officers and civilian staff, with on-site multistory parking for patrol cars, visitors and staff. It will also offer community meeting space and include public art. The Police Department’s specific needs for the new station, including the type and amount of space required for current and future needs will be verified during the predesign process.

The need for a new north precinct police station was first identified in a 1998 program study of the SPD’s Master Plan and further supported by a 2002 feasibility study. The existing station, located at 10049 College Way N. was built in 1984 to house 154 staff and is now home to 254. The size and shape of the property prohibits adequate expansion at its current location. The approximately 40+ additional SPD personnel and functions currently housed in roughly 15,000 square feet of north-end leased space will be relocated to the new station when it opens.

The property of the future police station consists of two adjoining parcels, one of which is currently occupied by a preowned automobile dealership. The other, while mostly a vacant lot, also has an older office building, warehouse and ancillary buildings on it.

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Neighbors invited to Seattle Police North Precinct Picnic on Saturday

July 9th, 2013 by Doree

Everyone is invited to Seattle Police Department’s Picnic at the North Precinct from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, at 10049 College Way N.

They’ll have food and music, and you can meet officers and find out more about how they do their jobs. You’ll also be able to meet many of SPD’s specialty units, like K-9, mounted patrol, bomb squad and SWAT.

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Reminder about suspicious solicitors

June 11th, 2013 by Doree

Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police Crime Prevention Officer, wants to remind everyone of safe practices when dealing with solicitors at your door.

I send you this quote from an email I received from a Block Watcher last week, “We had a solicitor come by the house last night at 9:30 p.m. When I told him I was not interested he became agitated and was spouting off as he walked down the street. I also told him he should not be knocking on doors that late at night. He was completely rude and a little off.” 9-1-1 could have been called at this point to report suspicious activity. Yes, you read that right, 9-1-1 is not only for emergencies but for reporting suspicious activity. Callers will need to articulate what is suspicious about the activity, in this case, the late hour and hostility not normally associated with legitimate sales. Burglars often seek homes they believe are unoccupied. They knock on doors first to see if anyone is home. Home sales can be a cover should someone answer. You don’t know what you prevent by getting a patrol cruiser coming into the area.

SPD recommends we ‘answer’ the door, don’t ‘open’ the door. There’s a huge difference. Since burglars seek homes where occupants are away, ignoring the knock on the door may prompt a criminal to attempt entry. I read in a police report this week a homeowner was upstairs watching TV in the evening. She heard the doorbell ring several times but ignored it. Imagine what she thought when she heard the front door open and someone enter and climb the stairs. She called out and the suspect turned and fled the home. Very scary to think about how that could have ended.

And here’s more information about door-to-door sales from Seattle Police Department:

This is the peak time of year for door-to-door sales, including those using traveling sales crews. There are many legitimate companies in this industry with professionally trained salespeople, selling between the hours of 8:00am and 9:00pm, and a long history of law-abiding customer service. There are, however, less reputable companies in this business willing to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals who trust people knocking at their door. Sometimes residents forget to practice good personal safety.

Seattle Police officers respond to calls from citizens concerned about door-to-door salespeople. The results have ranged from the officers checking identification and sending the seller to the City of Seattle Revenue & Consumer Affairs office for their business license, to arrests of individuals posing as residential sellers, but wanted on warrants. There have also been arrests for aggressive behavior, threats made against the resident, burglaries, and assaults.

Homeowners may consider posting a sign indicating “No agents,” “No peddlers,” or “No Solicitors.” In Seattle, it is unlawful for any residential seller to attempt to gain admittance for the purpose of selling at any residence displaying one of these signs.

With these facts in mind, what should you do when a person knocks at your door?

BEFORE OPENING YOUR DOOR: LOOK FOR PROPER IDENTIFICATION. Acknowledge the knock since ignoring it may lead to an attempted burglary. It is preferable to speak to strangers through your door. In Seattle, all door-to-door sellers must display the residential sales identification which includes the seller’s photograph on their outer clothing. The residential sales agent’s license has the name of the licensee as well as the agent. It shall be endorsed with the type of product or service being sold. The license is only valid for the product or service specified. If you have any questions about whether a company is properly licensed, call the City of Seattle’s Office of Revenue & Consumer Affairs at 206-684-8136.

DISCLOSURE REQUIRED: Each residential seller shall, immediately upon contacting the prospective buyer, disclose their name, company and the product or service represented. If requested to do so, they shall leave the premises immediately. If the individual does not leave, or if an attempt to gain access is made by asking to use the bathroom, the phone or get a drink of water, refuse the request and ask the individual to leave. If you feel intimidated, pressured, or threatened at any time, call 911.

USE GOOD JUDGEMENT: It is safer not to allow the salesperson into your home. You are encouraged to avoid paying immediately. Do not give the salesperson cash or a check, as it may be pocketed and you will never receive the product ordered. Instead, find out from the seller how you can order directly from the company or receive the bill upon receipt of the product/service. If the salesperson is concerned about losing their commission for the sale, offer to provide their name when placing your order.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: In Seattle, if you make a purchase, the salesperson must tell you of your right to cancel the order and the contract must include a statement regarding the right to cancel. For each sale of ten dollars or more, the seller must provide a receipt or contract to the purchaser. Do not leave any blanks on your contract. Be sure the contract or receipt is dated and that it states the terms of the transaction, the amount of payment made and the name and address of the residential seller. It must also include a notice informing the buyer of their right to cancel the order any time prior to midnight of the third business day after the date of the transaction. A completed Notice of Cancellation (in duplicate) must be provided to the purchaser at the time they purchase from the seller. You do not need to provide a reason for canceling your order.

DO NOT GIVE IN TO HIGH PRESSURE TACTICS: Never be afraid to say “NO!” If a salesperson in your home tries to pressure you into buying their product, terminate your conversation with them. Take the time to contact the company directly if you still have interest in the product or service. Avoid making an immediate purchase in order to receive a “free gift.” If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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Multiple shots fired into the air at Greenwood Park last night

March 12th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police officers responded to Greenwood Park at North 87th Street and Fremont Avenue North just after 9:30 last night, after a witness reported someone firing a handgun into the air.

Det. Mark Jamieson tells me the witness told officers he saw five black teenagers hanging around in the park, then saw one of them fire the gun. That teen then got into an older gray Honda and took off. The other four teens walked southbound on Fremont Avenue.

Officers recovered several shell casings at the scene, but were unable to locate the teens or the car.

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UPDATED: Police shoot man during domestic violence incident Tuesday night in Greenwood

February 27th, 2013 by Doree

Update: SPD has updated its original Blotter post with more details on this shooting, including the fact that the man later died.

Here is some updated information on last night’s officer-involved shooting in the 10100 Block of 4th Avenue NW.

At about 7:35 pm last night officers responded to a domestic violence call at a home near NW 100th Place and 4th Avenue NW. Officers had received a report that an 21-year-old man was holding a knife to his father’s throat.

Officers arrived and approached the house and saw the suspect standing outside. As police attempted to talk to the 21-year-old man, his father came out of the home, and officers moved the father to safety and attempted to take the suspect into custody.

The suspect attempted to go back into the house once his father had been moved away. Officers attempted a taser application, but that was not effective. The suspect then ran southbound pursued by officers who tried a second taser deployment, again with no effect. The suspect stopped abruptly next to a parked car in an area that had very little ambient lighting. One of the pursuing officers slipped on the wet ground and fell on his back, landing near the suspect.

The suspect withdrew a long piece of metal from his beltline and raised it over his head, and came toward the officer. The three officers were forced to fire their weapons to defend themselves, striking the suspect. The long metal object turned out to be an 18 inch long piece of rebar.

They immediately called for Seattle Fire and Medics transported the man to Harborview Medical Center. The man was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Detectives from the Homicide and Assault Unit, as well as CSI responded to the scene and began their investigation. The three involved officers are currently on paid administrative leave, which is standard in any officer-involved shooting investigation. None of the officers involved were seriously hurt during this confrontation. This remains an active and on-going investigation.

Earlier: Seattle Police shot a man during a domestic violence/possible hostage situation in north Greenwood Tuesday night.

From the SPD Blotter:

Officers were forced to fire their weapons when a man suddenly raised a large piece of metal toward the officers after he ran from them following a domestic violence/hostage call officers were investigating in Northwest Seattle tonight.

At about 7:30 tonight, officers responded to a call of a domestic violence disturbance, possible hostage situation in the 10000 Block of 4th Avenue NW. The 911 call stated that a family member was threatening to hold the father hostage with a knife. Officers arrived at the house and made contact with the adult male suspect as he was walking out the front door. Officers were able to separate the suspect and the father and began giving the suspect verbal commands. The man refused to follow the officers’ commands, and attempted to get back into the house. At that point, one of the officers deployed his Taser, but it was ineffective.

The man then ran down the street, and officers followed. The man stopped abruptly and crouched behind a parked car. One of the pursuing officers slipped and fell near the suspect’s feet. The suspect then raised up from his crouched position holding a large piece of metal. At that point the officers were forced to fire their duty weapons. The suspect was struck several times and collapsed. Officers immediately called for Seattle Fire to respond, and he was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation. This remains an active and on-going investigation. This is preliminary information and we will have additional information tomorrow.

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Suspect in Greenwood home invasion arrested

January 28th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police have arrested a suspect in a home invasion in Greenwood and a series of violent armed robberies in another part of the city.

From the SPD Blotter:

Seattle police have arrested a man suspected in a series of violent armed robberies in the East Precinct, and a home invasion in Greenwood.

Detectives believe the man opened fire inside a home during a January 20th home invasion robbery at 92nd and Greenwood, and pulled a gun on several victims and threatened to shoot them during several holdups in the East Precinct over the last month.
On Sunday, patrol officers spotted the 19-year-old suspect near Mount Baker and chased after him on foot. Officers were able to catch up to him, arrest him, and book him into the King County Jail for robbery.

Officers also found a handgun not far from where they arrested the man.

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Major police response near 85th and Greenwood

January 21st, 2013 by Doree

Update Tuesday: Here’s SPD’s full account from the Blotter:

SWAT and police negotiators responded to a strange call yesterday evening which resulted in the arrest of an 20-year-old man after a brief standoff.

Just before 6:00 pm, officers responded to the 200 Block of N. 85th Street for a call of a 17-year-old girl being held against her will in an apartment by a man with a gun. This was a follow up to a reported robbery that occurred the day before in the 9200 Block of Greenwood Avenue North.

On Sunday, shortly after 3:00 pm, the female victim was at her apartment on Greenwood when a friend of hers asked to come over.

The 20-year-old man brought an unknown male with him and the three visited for a while in the apartment. As the two men were getting ready to leave, the unknown male pulled out a gun and demanded that she hand over cash. As the suspect was pulling out the gun, the victim stated that the gun went off. There were no injuries. The victim handed over the money and the two suspects left. The victim called 911 and North Precinct officers responded to investigate. The suspects were not located, although officers received information on the friend and there was probable cause to arrest for robbery.

On Monday, just before 6:00 pm, a friend of the victim called 911 to report that her friend, the victim, was inside the apartment in the 200 Block of N. 85th, being held by the 20-year-old suspect. The complainant reported that she and the victim had been texting each other, and that the victim told her via text that the suspect was in the apartment with her, armed with a gun, and she could not leave.

Officers responded to the location and set up containment. Because this was a potential armed, barricaded situation, SWAT and negotiators were called to the scene. After a short standoff, the 20-year-old suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Officers interviewed the victim later. She stated that the suspect had come over to that location earlier in the day and that they had been hanging out for several hours. When the victim’s friends came over and knocked on the door, the suspect told the victim not to open the door or she would go to jail. The suspect told the victim he had a gun, although the victim never actually saw one. That is when she began texting her friend who later called 911.

No gun was located at the scene. There were no injuries.

The 20-year-old suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery from the Sunday incident, and Investigation of Unlawful Imprisonment.

Update 8:56 p.m.: Seattle Police Det. Mark Jamieson tells me that officers responded to an apartment above Gorditos restaurant around 6:30 tonight, after receiving a report that a woman was being held against her will by a man armed with a gun. Det. Jamieson said there may have been a second suspect; SWAT teams were still clearing the apartment and trying to sort out a very confusing situation.

SWAT teams and hostage negotiators were called in, and everyone eventually came out of the apartment. The 18-year-old male suspect was taken into custody; the female victim (age unknown right now) was unhurt.

Thank you to Silver for the voicemail, texts and Forum updates, and for many other people who emailed tips and posted info in the Forum!

Update 8:48 p.m.: I just spoke with SPD. Details in just a moment…

Update 8:30 p.m.: Silver writes in the Forum that she heard on the scanner the suspect is in custody. And SPD tweeted at 8:40 p.m.: “Suspect in custody, SWAT clearing apartment now, more info later.”

Earlier: We’re hearing reports of a major police response to 85th and Greenwood. Several PhinneyWood readers have told us they’ve seen numerous police cars and SWAT vans in the area.

Seattle Police tweeted that it’s a barricade situation in the 200 block of North 85th Street, and that both SWAT teams and negotiators are on the scene. North 85th Street is closed between Greenwood Avenue North and 3rd Avenue NW.

Our scanner tipster, Silver, and several other people are posting up-to-the-second updates in the Forum.

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