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


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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Key Bank on Holman Road robbed Saturday afternoon

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.

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Attempted abduction in Greenwood

February 10th, 2013 by Dale

Seattle Police say a man tried to abduct a woman tonight in Greenwood. From the SPD Blotter:

A woman was grabbed and thrown inside a van. Tonight, just shortly before 8:00 p.m., a woman was walking in the 8500 block of Fremont Ave N when suddenly a white van, occupied by a hispanic man, wearing a black mask pulled up next to her. The man jumped out of the vehicle, grabbed the woman and pulled her inside the van.

The woman fought frantically and managed to free herself from the van before the suspect could drive off. The suspect then drove off N/B on Fremont Av N.

The victim called 911. She sustained minor scrapes and scratches to her hands. Officers responded and conducted an area search with negative results.

Anyone with information about this vehicle and or the suspect is asked to call 911.

SPD updated the info a little later:

A woman fought off a man who tried to pull her into a van. Tonight, just shortly before 8:00 p.m., a woman was walking eastbound back home from the Fred Meyer on 85th at 3rd NW when a white van pulled up beside her, and a Hispanic male passenger said hi to her from inside the van.

This male then exited the van and got behind the female, he attempted to force her into the van. While doing so he pulled a black ski mask down over his face. The woman fought frantically and was able to resist and free herself. The Hispanic male got back in the van and fled the scene with a second Hispanic male driving away eastbound. The van is described as being white with the letters “XYF” spray painted in red on the side of the van. The victim called 911.

She sustained minor scrapes and scratches to her hands. Officers responded and conducted an area search with negative results.
Anyone with information about this vehicle and or the suspects is asked to call 911.

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Pedestrian hit by car on Aurora, then possible DUI driver hits police car at scene

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.

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