May 6th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle police say a man was shot early this morning on the edge of Greenwood at Aurora Avenue North and North 80th Street. From the SPD Blotter:
A man was shot this morning as he and his brother were crossing Aurora Av N. Just shortly before 2:00 a.m. a man was shot in the torso by an unknown suspect as the victim and his brother both in their 20′s were crossing Aurora Av N west bound at N. 80th St. Apparently a vehicle with multiple occupants was driving by. The vehicle stopped and it’s occupants and the two brothers got into a verbal altercation.
The vehicle continued on but then circled back and an occupant of the vehicle fired shots at the two brothers, striking the victim once in the torso area. The other victim was not injured. The vehicle fled the scene in an unknown direction. Seattle Fire responded and transported the victim to HMC with serious injuries.
According to officers on scene, the other brother/victim was severely intoxicated and could not provide a suspect description.
This is an active an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips are welcome.
Tags: crime, Seattle Police, shooting, SPD Blotter
April 12th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Police say a man was pinned between a delivery truck and the loading dock early this morning at the QFC on Holman Road Northwest. From the SPD Blotter:
Just after 5:00 this morning, a delivery truck driver backed her truck into the loading dock area behind the QFC at 9999 Holman Road NW. The driver got out of her truck and walked into the store to get an employee to assist her with unloading. When the driver and the employee returned to the truck they saw the man pinned between the loading dock and truck.
The workers immediately called 911 and Seattle Fire and police responded. The victim, an adult male, was transported to Harborview Medical Center via SFD medics with life-threatening injuries.
Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) responded, processed the scene, and have begun their investigation. Whenever it is possible, a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) officer will respond to the scene to evalute the driver in serious injury collisions. In this case, the driver did not show any signs of impairment at all and has been cooperating with the investigation. This remains an active and on-going TCIS investigation.
Tags: accident, QFC, Seattle Police, SPD
April 9th, 2013 by Doree
Update: Here’s more info from the SPD Blotter:
Seattle Police officers were called to assist Seattle Fire while they were attempting to treat a man earlier this morning in the 700 Block of North 85th Street. As SFD was attempting to evaluate him, he began combative and mentioned a rifle. The man ran further into the house while the firefighters grabbed the unloaded rifle and retreated from the house.
Seattle Police arrived and set up containment around 9:45 this morning. SWAT officers and negotiators arrived and attempted to establish contact with the man. The man eventually came out on his own and was evaluated by Seattle Fire. He was then transported to the hospital for further treatment.
Update 11 .m.: The Seattle Times reports the man has left the building and is being examined by medics.
Earlier: Seattle Police are on scene at North 85th Street and Linden Avenue North right now, negotiating with a man who has barricaded himself inside a building.
A negotiator with a loudspeaker could be heard asking the man to pick up the phone and talk.
An officer on scene said it wasn’t known if the man had any weapons.
North 85th Street is blocked in both directions, and Linden is shut down one block in either direction.
Tags: Seattle Police, SPD
April 8th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Police say a man robbed the Key Bank on Holman Road NW in Greenwood/Crown Hill on Saturday afternoon. From the SPD Blotter:
Officers are looking for a man that robbed a Key Bank in North Seattle… At approximately 12:48 p.m. officers responded to a report of a bank robbery in the 9700 block of Holman Road NW. Preliminary investigation indicates that a male suspect entered the bank, implied he had a gun (although no gun was seen) and produced a note demanding money. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash and remains at large (the suspect was gone upon officers’ arrival in the area). Nobody was injured during the robbery.
The suspect is described as a thin white male, late 50′s to 60′s, six feet tall, gray hair, clean shaven, and last seen wearing aviator sunglasses, a red, black and white driving cap, a dark navy blue jacket with a white-collared shirt underneath.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.
This remains an active and on-going robbery investigation.
Tags: bank robbery, crime, Key Bank, Seattle Police, SPD, SPD Blotter
February 11th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Police have released warnings and tips after three sexually-motivated attacks on women in the North Precinct, including one in Greenwood on Sunday night, and another this morning at Green Lake.
Here’s the message from Terrie Johnston, SPD’s Crime Prevention Officer for the North Precinct:
The descriptions of the suspect vary, as does neighborhood, time of day and day of the week. The common threads have been that the women were either walking or running by themselves, and were approached by an unknown male. Two of the incidents occurred next to wooded areas. SPD Patrol officers and Detectives are doing all they can to identify and apprehend the suspect(s). I will keep you informed of our progress. In the meantime, please review these personal safety tips:
Awareness and avoidance: Keep alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
Do you know your location? Do you know the street names, hundred block? East, South, West, North? Could you tell the 9-1-1 call taker to where they need to dispatch responders?
Trust your instincts! If you have an uncomfortable feeling-honor it! Leave, cross the street, double-back. Forget “being nice”. If you feel uncomfortable, move! Don’t hesitate to make a scene or scream if necessary.
Try to get good descriptions of anyone acting suspiciously or threatening. Start from the head and work down. Most likely you know your height, so use this to gauge theirs.
Try and stay on streets where you can be easily seen by others. Well-lighted streets are best.
If traveling alone, take a charged up cell phone with you if possible. Know what is available to you along your route. What time does that store open or close? Does that apt.bldg. have a security guard? Is there a payphone?
Ipod earphones, etc. may prevent you from hearing someone approaching. As does texting while you are walking, waiting for the bus, etc. You need to be aware when out if public spaces.
Traveling with another person, is tried and true in reducing street crime. Going with two others reduces the risk even more.
Carrying a minimum amount of possessions is advised when out and about. It isn’t necessary to carry all your credit cards, check book, cash, and so on, every time you go out. Take what you need for this trip. Keep valuables close to the body, in inside pockets. This frees up your hands and does not invite pickpocketing.
Body Language: Stand tall, walk confidently with your head up, eyes open and constantly scanning the surroundings.
Try not to show fear. Keep a neutral face that shows you are “in charge”.
Wear appropriate clothing for the street. Shoes that are comfortable and allow you to run if necessary. Choose clothing that allows you to move, and does not block your vision.
And as always, please call 9-1-1 for anything suspicious or to report a crime in progress.
Tags: assault, attempted abduction, crime, Seattle Police, SPD North Precinct
November 3rd, 2012 by Doree
Broadview-Thomson K-8 School, at 13052 Greenwood Ave. N., is one of four Seattle schools to receive school zone speed cameras to increase student safety.
The cameras went live on Thursday. Besides Broadview-Thomson, the cameras were installed at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Olympic View Elementary School and Gatewood Elementary School.
The sites were chosen after Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) analyzed 50 schools where they had installed flashing beacons to encourage drivers to go the speed limit through the school zone, and determined those four school zones would get the most benefit from reduced speeds and better speed enforcement.
The cameras will only issue tickets when the school zone yellow beacons are flashing (during school hours). A written warning period will be in effect from November 1st to November 26th. During the written warning period only warning citations will be mailed to violators caught speeding in the listed school zones.
Starting on Monday, November 26th, which is the day kids return from Thanksgiving break, actual citations (tickets) will be mailed to motorists who disregard the speed limit in the monitored school zones. The fine amount will be a fixed $189.00, the same cost as a ticket that would otherwise be issued by an officer.
The goal of this program is not to issue tickets, but to improve safety and reduce collisions by raising awareness that speeding in school zones is particularly dangerous for children and pedestrians.
The Seattle Police Department encourages all motor vehicle operators and bicyclists to be familiar with and obey all local and state traffic laws and to always drive with due regard for all others on the roadway.
Tags: Broadview-Thomson, safety, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, Seattle Police, SPD
October 24th, 2012 by Doree
Seattle Police had to deal with two incidents on Aurora Avenue North at the east edge of Woodland Park Zoo last night. First, a pedestrian trying to cross Aurora was hit by a car. Then, while investigating, a suspected DUI driver tried to drive around the roadblock and hit a police car.
Here’s what the SPD Blotter had to say about the first incident.
An adult man attempting to cross the 5900 Block of Aurora Avenue North last night was struck by a car travelling southbound, causing life-threatening injuries.
At about 9:15 last night, the pedestrian was attempting to cross Aurora when he was hit by a Subaru travelling southbound. The pedestrian sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Harborview Medical Center by Seattle Fire Department Medics. The driver of the Subaru was evaluated at the scene by a Drug Recognition Expert officer, and it was determined that there were no signs of intoxication on the part of the driver. The driver was interviewed and released from the scene, pending further investigation. The Subaru was impounded as evidence. Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) responded to the scene and began their investigation. This remains an active and on-going TCIS investigation.
And then this:
While officers were busy investigating the earlier mentioned car/pedestrian collision on Aurora, a female driver and her passenger attempted to drive past the patrol cars and police line on Aurora, and ended up striking the rear of one of the patrol cars. The driver then continued to drive while her car was straddling the center median before she was stopped by detectives in the next block.
Despite the fact that there were patrol cars with flashing lights, police tape, flares, and traffic cones all put in place to direct traffic and protect the crime scene, the female driver and her passenger drove through the scene at approximately 25 mph, and struck the rear bumper of the patrol car. The driver was able to drive her car while straddling the median, before finally being stopped by Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) detectives at N. 60th and Aurora. The driver was evaluated and processed for DUI. The female passenger in the car was arrested for obstructing and outstanding warrants. The officer who was seated in the struck patrol car was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, Seattle Police, SPD, SPD Blotter
October 19th, 2012 by Doree
Seattle Police say a Greenwood resident helped them arrest four suspected car prowlers early this morning. From the SPD Blotter:
An alert resident saw two suspicious men in the secure parking garage of his apartment complex in Greenwood early this morning and called 911. The caller reported that he was watching them just before 5:00 am as they looked into cars and entered at least one near N. 105th St. and Greenwood Avenue North. The caller remained on the line with 911 and stated that one of the men left the garage and went to a car parked out on the street. Officers arrived quickly and located the two suspects, along with two female passengers that were in the car. The caller verified that officers were talking to the correct suspects. The car the suspects had arrived in was missing both license plates and it was determined to have been reported stolen out of Marysville. The car contained numerous backpacks and electronic items, presumably stolen. The car was impounded to the processing room. The car inside the garage that the suspects had entered had significant damage to the ignition and a screwdriver was recovered. The suspects also had numerous car keys in their possession.
The two male suspects were arrested and booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Auto Theft and Burglary. The two female suspects were booked into jail for their outstanding warrants. Burglary and Auto Theft detectives will handle the follow up investigation.
Tags: car prowl, Seattle Police, SPD, SPD Blotter
October 11th, 2012 by Doree
Two weeks ago, Seattle Police started a cool new feature to help citizens (and bloggers!) keep up with sirens in their neighborhoods. Tweets by Beat lets anyone check out each SPD beat’s Twitter feed to find out what’s going on nearby. Just type in your address and it will tell you what beat you’re in.
Seattle is divided into five geographic areas, or precincts: North, East, South, West and Southwest. Each precinct contains smaller areas called sectors (17 total in the city). And each sector is divided into three smaller sections, or beats, that individual patrol officers are assigned to. (Check out the Beat Map.)
We just signed up to follow the beats Boy 3 and Nora 2, which cover Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. And now you can do the same. So instead of emailing us to find out why you hear sirens on your street, you can check the Tweets by Beat yourself without having to wait for a reply from us!
Tags: Seattle Police, SPD, Twitter
September 25th, 2012 by Doree
A sexual assault suspect was arrested Monday night after employees of a Greenwood massage clinic recognized him and chased him down while calling police. And The Seattle Times reports the man also is a suspect in a Bellevue massage clinic rape last month.
From the SPD Blotter:
Massage parlor employees chased down a repeat customer that had previously sexually assaulted an employee. At approximately 9:30 p.m. last night employees from the Carnation Massage Clinic at 602 NW 85th street called to report that a suspect that recently sexually assaulted one of the employees had returned.
During that incident, the suspect displayed an edged weapon to carry out the assault.
When employees tried to detain the suspect for police, he fled on foot, but was caught a short distance later. Several units arrived and took custody of the suspect. Following a positive identification by the victim, the suspect was arrested and transported to the North precinct. He was later booked into King County Jail for 2 counts of Investigation of Rape.
This is an open and active Vice/High Risk Victims Unit investigation.
Tags: Seattle Police, sexual assault, SPD Blotter
September 16th, 2012 by Doree
Seattle Police say early Sunday morning two people in Greenwood were hit by a truck that sped off.
From the SPD Blotter:
This morning at about 1:45 am a pickup truck was reportedly travelling southbound in the 9000 Block of Dayton Avenue North. Two pedestrian were standing by their cars on the west side of the road, when the truck veered toward them and struck them. The vehicle first stopped, and then fled the scene driving southbound on Dayton Avenue N.
North Precinct officers responded and detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) were called out to conduct the investigation.
Both pedestrians are in their 20’s, and were treated on scene by Seattle Fire and transported to Harborview via Medics. While at the hospital, it was determine that the pedestrians were not as seriously injured as initially thought, but they will remain at hospital for additional medical assessment.
The driver/ vehicle are still at large and the investigation continues.
Tags: hit-and-run, Seattle Police, SPD Blotter
September 14th, 2012 by Doree
Update 4:30 p.m.: The incident is over and traffic on that stretch of Greenwood is back to normal.
Earlier: Seattle Police and SWAT are on the scene at North 92nd Street and Greenwood. SPD tweets indicate it’s a domestic violence suspect who has barricaded himself inside and may be armed with a knife.
Paul sent us this photo of SPD blocking off Greenwood Avenue North at North 90th Street.
Metro has rerouted the number 5 bus off of Greenwood between North 90 Street and Holman Road. Bus riders will need to use stops north of Holman Road or south of 90th.
Here’s what the SPD Blotter had to say after the incident was over:
SWAT team arrests a male suspect holed up in an apartment who refused to surrender for hours. Shortly after 9:00 a.m. the adult female victim woke up to find the male suspect in her apartment in the 9000 block of Greenwood Avenue North (the victim and suspect have a past relationship and a child in common). The victim reported that the suspect was harassing her and refused to leave. The victim left her apartment with her child, went to a relative’s house nearby and called 911.
Officers arrived on scene at the apartment in the 9000 block of Greenwood Avenue North and discovered the suspect was still inside the residence. The suspect refused to come outside and refused to surrender to officers.
Negotiators and the SWAT team were called to the scene. Negotiators established contact with the suspect and talked to him for several hours however, the suspect refused to surrender.
At approximately 4:00 p.m. SWAT officers approached the apartment and spoke with the suspect through the front door. The SWAT officers successfully convinced the suspect to give himself up. The suspect stepped outside and was taken into custody without further incident.
The suspect, a male believed to be in his 30′s, was transported to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Nobody was injured throughout the incident.
Tags: crime, Seattle Police, SPD, SWAT