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


SPD: Man argues with others at Bleacher’s Pub, then returns with a machete to hack at trees

June 2nd, 2015 by Doree

From the SPD Blotter:

Police believe a dispute at a Greenwood bar early Saturday led a man to arm himself with a machete and hack several trees limb from limb.

Officers responded to the 8100 block of Greenwood Avenue North around 1:30 AM Saturday after receiving reports a man was swinging a machete on the street outside Bleacher’s Pub.

Police arrested the 31-year-old man and seized his weapon, and soon found someone had hacked off the top of a tree in front of a business down the block.

Several witnesses told officers the machete-wielding suspect had gotten into an argument with two other men at the bar earlier that night. After the argument—reportedly a dispute over a woman—the 31-year-old man left the bar, went home, and later returned to Bleacher’s with a machete. Upon his return, he found the men he’d argued with earlier in the evening had already left.

At some point during the night, police believe the man hacked the top off a tree belonging to a nearby lighting store, and may have also lopped branches off several other trees in the area.

Officers booked the man into the King County Jail for unlawful use of weapons.

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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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SPD: Greenwood restaurant employee flies into rage because of low blood sugar

January 15th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Police say an acute case of low blood sugar made an employee at a Greenwood restaurant become violent on Sunday.

From the SPD Blotter:

Not every dangerous situation faced by officers on a daily basis can be resolved with police-issue equipment. At times, officers must use their wits, their words, or the calming power of a bowl of noodles to quell a violent outburst.

Staff at a restaurant in the 8500 block of Greenwood Avenue N. called police just before 5 pm Sunday after an employee began screaming and swinging a tea pot, before stumbling into a table and collapsing on the floor.

Officers quickly arrived at the restaurant and asked the man if he needed medical attention. The man responded by swinging and kicking at officers, missing them by a distance of several feet. As Seattle Fire Department medics arrived to check on the man, he lunged at officers and began trying to bite them.

Police were able to avoid the man’s gnashing teeth and get him into handcuffs, allowing medics to discover he was suffering from a severe case of low blood sugar.

Officers helped the man into a chair and uncuffed him. As medics treated the man with an IV, a sudden sense of calm seemed to wash over him. The man appeared confused by the police presence in the restaurant and was unable to recall the earlier commotion.

Restaurant staff thanked officers for their assistance, and the man was offered a bowl of noodles to further aid his return to equilibrium. Officers went on their way, leaving the man to finish his food.

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SPD: Woman claiming to be ‘nunchuck master’ attacks friend in Greenwood

October 9th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police posted this gem a couple of days ago on the SPD Blotter:

 The mysterious midnight disappearance of a woman’s wedding ring from a “spooky” abandoned home last Saturday led the self-styled “nunchuck master” to attack her friend with a martial arts weapon and flee, before she was caught by police.

Officers first crossed paths with the suspect at about 12:20 AM when they spotted a woman walking near the 100 block of NW 85th Street, followed closely by a man, who flagged down officers and said the woman had just attacked him.

The man told police he and the woman—who are just friends—had been staying at an abandoned home in the neighborhood. That night, the woman discovered her wedding ring was missing, and accused the man of stealing it. She then pulled a pair of nunchaku from her purse, and began swinging them at the man.

The man blocked the woman’s blow with his arm and tackled her to the ground. He was able to wrestle the nunchucks away from the woman, but she quickly leapt up, grabbed the man’s cellphone off a nearby dresser and fled the home.

The man chased after the woman, offering to return her nunchucks in exchange for his phone. Instead, the woman shattered the phone, threw it down a storm drain and punched the man in the face. Officers found the pair on the street shortly thereafter.

When police spoke to the woman about the incident, she informed them she is a “nunchuck master,” and denied attacking the man. She told officers she was simply trying move out of the abandoned home, “because the house is spooky.”

Officers seized the nunchucks, arrested the woman for assault and booked her into the King County Jail. Police were unable to locate the woman’s missing ring.

Neither the suspect nor the victim were seriously injured in the incident.

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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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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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Speeding motorcyclist seriously injured in Sunday morning collision with pickup at Greenwood Avenue and Holman Road

June 30th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police say a motorcyclist was seriously injured Sunday morning when he collided with a pickup truck. From the SPD Blotter:

At approximately 7:31 a.m. an officer on patrol in a fully-marked police car observed a motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of speed turn onto northbound Greenwood Avenue North from Holman Road Northwest. The officer engaged his emergency lights and siren while attempting to catch up to the motorcyclist, who was several blocks ahead of the officer. The motorcyclist failed to stop.

The motorcyclist turned onto eastbound North 125th Street and the officer lost sight of the him. The officer regained sight of the motorcyclist in the area of the 12200 block of southbound Phinney Avenue North. When the motorcyclist turned onto westbound North 122nd Street the officer again lost sight of the him. The motorcyclist appears to have attempted to turn onto southbound Greenwood Avenue North from North 122nd Street when he collided with a pickup truck that was traveling northbound on Greenwood Avenue North.

Traffic control devices for the intersection at North 122nd Street and Greenwood Avenue North consist of stop signs facing traffic on North 122nd Street; there are no traffic control devices for traffic on Greenwood Avenue North.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 20′s, to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The adult male driver and adult male passenger of the pickup truck were not injured and declined medical attention.

There were no citations issued at the scene, which is standard procedure in traffic collisions requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Metro Route 5 is rerouted off Greenwood Avenue between North 105 and North 125 streets until further notice. Metro supervisor vans will be shuttling customers in and out of the rerouted area.

Update 3:20 p.m.: Metro Route 5 has resumed its regular route on Greenwood Avenue now that the scene has been cleared.

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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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