A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


SPD seeking suspect in sandwich store and coffee stand robberies

May 7th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Police are searching for leads on an armed robber who has been targeting coffee stands and sandwich shops in several North Seattle neighborhoods, including the Subway at 10406 Greenwood Ave. N. on April 20.

From the SPD Blotter:

Detectives are looking for leads that could help identify an armed robber, who’s been targeting restaurants and coffee shops in Queen Anne, Wedgwood, Ravenna, Maple Leaf, and Greenwood over the last three months.

The masked suspect has walked into seven different businesses—sometimes just as staff are closing up shop—and demanded money from employees while holding them at gunpoint.

Detectives believe the suspect is a white male, 18-25 years old, between 5’8 and 6’0.

Witnesses have reported seeing the man arrive at or flee from the scene of several robberies in a noticeably dirty dark green minivan. equipped with a rooftop luggage rack.

If you recognize the suspect or have any information about the case, please contact detectives at (206) 684-5535.

Here’s video of the suspect robbing the Greenwood Subway:

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SPD arrest Greenwood-Broadview woman on suspicion of heroin/meth dealing

April 20th, 2015 by Doree

Last week, Seattle Police arrested a Greenwood-Broadview woman on suspicion of dealing heroin and meth after numerous neighbors complained of possible criminal activity.

From the SPD Blotter:

Neighbors’ concerns that a Greenwood apartment had become a hub for crime led Seattle police to arrest a suspected heroin and meth dealer and seize a police-grade ballistic vest Wednesday night.

SPD Narcotics detectives began investigating the 49-year-old woman earlier this year after receiving complaints about people constantly coming and going from her apartment in the 11700 block of Greenwood Ave North. Neighbors told police they believed the woman was involved in drug dealing and trafficking stolen property, and detectives soon learned she has also been the cause of numerous 911 calls and police responses in the Greenwood area.

Detectives were able to buy methamphetamine and heroin from the woman on separate occasions and, on April 15th, obtained a warrant to search her home for other signs of drug dealing.

North Precinct officers served a warrant at the home around 10:30 PM and arrested the 49-year-old woman. Officers found a bulletproof vest and 4.6 grams of heroin inside the residence, along with three digital scales, a crack pipe, and baggies. Officers also found it suspicious that the woman was keeping several disassembled bicycles in the balcony of her small, cluttered apartment, and informed the woman they would be checking the bike’s serial numbers to see if they were stolen.

Officers booked the woman into the King County Jail for delivery of narcotics and possession with intent to deliver.

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SPD: Pot shop burglar caught after neighborhood chase

April 2nd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Police say they caught a man trying to burglarize a Greenwood marijuana shop just after midnight Wednesday.

From the SPD Blotter:

After failing to break in to a Crown Hill marijuana shop this morning, a 19-year-old burglar ditched his shirt and led police on a lengthy chase through the neighborhood.

A group of neighbors called police around 12:30 AM after they heard a repetitive hammering sound coming from the pot shop at NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW.

The hammering sound turned out to be a masked man, who was trying to pry out the window of the store with a crowbar. When he noticed neighbors watching him, he took off running.

Police arrived and began searching for the man, and Officer Enoch Lee quickly spotted the suspect—now unmasked—standing near a van on 87th and 17th NW. When the suspect saw Officer Lee, he took off running into the neighborhood.

Over the next 90 minutes, the man hopped fences and hid in yards as police—joined by K9s Ziva and Jaeger, and their handlers Officers Mark Wong and Rory Smith—pursued him.

Finally, the suspect—now shirtless—emerged near NW 83rd Street and 12th Avenue NW, where he was arrested by Officer Brandon Craig.

Police booked the 19-year-old man into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary, and seized his van, which had tow hitch, and rope attached, which he may have used to rip down the pot shop’s back gate.

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UPDATE: Greenwood murder suspect in custody

February 28th, 2014 by Doree

Update Saturday 10:55 a.m.: KING 5 reports the murder suspect has been arrested at Sea-Tac Airport.

Here’s a brief update from the SPD Blotter:

This morning Seattle Police received information that the 17-year-old male suspect was going to be boarding a plane at Seatac. At our request Port of Seattle Police took the suspect into custody at the airport.

There are no suspects outstanding in this case, which remains an active and on-going homicide investigation.

There are no additional details available at this time.

Update Saturday 9 a.m.: KING, KIRO and Q13 are naming a 17-year-old suspect in the case, citing unnamed police sources.

Update 7:05 p.m.: I just spoke with Det. Jeff Kappel of SPD, who confirmed that detectives were on scene this afternoon assisting the SWAT team, as part of the investigation of Sunday’s murder of David Peterson.  However, Det. Kappel couldn’t provide any more information, saying that SPD never discusses search warrants because they are part of ongoing investigations.

Earlier: Several PhinneyWood readers have emailed us about a huge police and SWAT team presence in Greenwood around the 9000 block of 4th Avenue NW this afternoon. According to KING 5, police served a search warrant at a house in connection with Sunday night’s murder of 54-year-old David Peterson near Fred Meyer and Bartell Drugs. They collected several bags of evidence.

Read KING’s story here.

We’ll update this story as we know more.

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Seasonal safety tips from SPD

December 10th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston passed along a bunch of safety tips to keep in mind this time of year, from protecting your property and packages to keeping yourself self.

Travel light: take only what you need when you are out. Leave the heavy purse behind and clean out your wallet of unneeded credit cards, medical cards, etc.

Dress the part: It’s darker now without our sunny Seattle skies, so make sure you can be seen by motorists. Are your shoes comfortable enough to allow you to move, kick, run if you had to? Long billowing scarves, umbrellas, certain kinds of hats can reduce the ability to see around you, or might give a mugger something by which to grab you. Leave the bling behind or under layers of clothing if you’ll be out walking around much.

Cell phones: “apple picking” is what some are calling the grabbing of iphones and other electronic devices. You may be asked by a stranger for the time, or if they can borrow your phone. Then boom, in a blink of an eye, they’re off and away with your device. While cell phones are a helpful safety device, street robbers love them, so don’t flash them around. Be mindful when using them in public places.

“What’s your location?” means being able to relay your location such as house number, business or street names, hundred block, intersections, landmarks, or mile markers. Make it a habit to know your location! This is key when making calls to 9-1-1. Seconds matter in emergencies. Help us get to you or the incident quicker. Stay on the line with the call taker until instructed to hang up.

If you will be out of town, please let your trusted neighbors know. Encourage them to keep an extra watch out for your home and let them know you want them to call 9-1-1 if something is suspicious. Enlist their help with picking up newspapers, checking for oversized mail, packages, and those pesky flyers left on doorknobs. On our block, we pick up each others’ parcels that have been left on a porch for safekeeping. You want to make your home look occupied (lights and radio on timers; have someone park in your driveway, bring in your garbage can/recycling bins, etc.) Getting a house sitter can be helpful. Watchful neighbors truly are your best alarm!

Car prowls: Thieves target all makes and models of vehicles looking for GPS devices, cellular phones, cameras, purses, garbage remotes, jackets. I know some parents who keep their kids’ holiday gifts in the trunk. Not good! Also, I’ve read a few police reports where people pack up their car the night before heading out on a trip, only to find the car was prowled over night. Leave your car empty; disable internal trunk releases and be consistent with any theft-deterrent device like the “club” or audible alarm.

Warming up the car: Vehicles left running and unattended while the heater and defroster kick in may be just the opportunity the auto thief needed.

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Police release photo of suspect in Crown Hill sexual assault

August 4th, 2013 by Robin Donovan

Seattle Police have released a photo of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in Crown Hill last week.

From the SPD Blotter:

On July 28th, just shortly after 3:00 p.m., officers responded to the 1700 block of NW 85th to investigate a stranger rape. The victim stated that a male she had just met at a nearby bus stop had followed her home and sexually assaulted her outside her apartment complex.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25-30 years old, unknown height, medium build, slight goatee, wearing a jacket that was partially orange.

The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center. Area search for suspect was negative.

Anyone with information about this suspect or his whereabouts is asked to call the Sexual Assault unit at 206-684-5575.
The investigation continues.


Photo of a man suspected in the sexual assault of a woman outside her Crown Hill apartment Sunday afternoon. (Courtesy of Seattle Police Department)

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Man shot in drive-by at Aurora Avenue and North 80th Street early this morning

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.

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Man pinned between truck and loading dock at QFC on Holman Road this morning

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.

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UPDATE: SITUATION OVER – Police negotiating with barricaded man at North 85th & Linden

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.

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