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Homegrown robbery suspect sought by SPD

May 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Back in February, we reported on an armed robbery at the Upper Queen Anne Homegrown Sandwich Shop. Luckily, no customers were in the store and the employees were unharmed. No doubt, still a scary incident.

Turns out, the suspect in the Homegrown robbery has been rather prolific in his endeavors. He’s been hitting sandwich and coffee shops in the area, and SPD is looking for him, and is seeking tips from the public.

Below is the info from the SPD Blotter, along with photos, a video of the suspect, and a map of the businesses he’s robbed.

Detectives Seek Leads On Armed Robber Targeting Sandwich Shops and Coffee Stands
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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. [Editor's note: including the Homegrown on Queen Anne]

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.

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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.

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Armed robbery at Kerry Park early Monday morning

March 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

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A tweet came through from SPD this morning that referenced an armed robbery on Highland Dr, and now we have more details. I emailed our SPD West Precinct contact, and in the meantime, the Blotter has been updated with the details.

  • There was an armed robbery at 2am today (Monday, March 30th) at Kerry Park
  • Three people were robbed at gunpoint by two suspects wearing handkerchiefs over their faces
  • SPD stopped a silver Honda nearby, but the victims weren’t able to confirm that the driver and passengers were the suspects
  • SPD released the Honda driver and passengers, and seized the vehicle for detectives – no arrests have been made
Police Seize Car After Armed Robbery In Kerry Park
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Detectives are investigating whether car seized early this morning may be linked to a pair of masked gunmen, who robbed three people at gunpoint in a Queen Anne park.

Two women and a man were hanging out in Kerry Park–near 3rd Avenue West and West Prospect Street–around 2 AM when two suspects approached them.

The suspects, both wearing handkerchiefs over their faces and were armed with handguns, took the victims’ wallets and one victim’s cellphone and ordered them to run. The suspects then fired at least one shot into the air before fleeing to a silver Honda.

Officers stopped a silver Honda nearby, but the victims weren’t able to confirm the driver and passengers were the robbery suspects. Officers consulted with the department’s cellphone-tracking expert, but weren’t able to locate the victim’s phone.

After identifying the Honda’s driver and two passengers, police released the trio from the scene and seized their vehicle for detectives.

Robbery detectives are now investigating the case and will search the vehicle for evidence.

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Assault at Little Howe Park on Saturday night

March 15th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Little Howe mapA reader wrote us this morning to let us know about an assault that occurred at 9:45pm last night (Saturday, March 14th) at Little Howe Park, aka East Queen Anne Playfield. A 19 year-old woman was assaulted in the northeast part of the park, near the basketball court.

The reader heard her screams, called 911, and assisted the victim. The SPD report has no narrative, only the basic facts (time, location, type of crime). We’ve contacted our West Precinct coordinator, and will update the post if we get any additional information.

Here’s the information from the Good Samaritan neighbor:

“At 9:45pm a 19 year old woman was assaulted by a fleeing black male screaming obscenities in Little Howe Park. Another white, young male showed up after the assault who was intending to be part of the meeting. After hearing screams, we called 911, QA Fire responded within about 5 minutes, SPD was there within 10 minutes. An ambulance responded as well. The woman was treated for her injuries. The park was completely unlit with overgrown hedges.

The police officer who came was from Pike and Pine, and reported that they are short-staffed tonight.  This appeared to be a drug deal gone wrong.”

While scary, this incident is also a reminder that our safe neighborhood can still be dangerous at night. Last year, another woman was mugged near the park while walking her dog at 10:30pm. Always be aware of your surroundings and don’t walk alone at night – especially through city Parks, which close at dusk for safety reasons.

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Nearly 30 Queen Anne burglaries plus trespassing make up February’s crime stats

March 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA Crime WatchIn the past few weeks, we’ve had several readers write in with their own personal experiences with crime – and not just car prowls. We get a lot of car prowl reports, so they often don’t make the blog. Those crimes are a nightly occurrence.

However, these two separate incidents are a bit more alarming – an attempted daylight break-in and a suspicious person (with warrants) sleeping in a resident’s car.

The descriptions from the readers are below – if you see someone matching the description of the suspicious person, call 911. And, be sure to lock your car doors…  and check the back seat of your vehicles.

First up – attempted break-in on 10th Ave West on 19 February, reported by two different readers:

10th Ave W burglary: We had a daylight prowler this morning. One of our neighbors questioned the man, but he continued on and tried to break into our back neighbor’s house while she was home. This is how our neighbor described the man:

White male, baggy black pants, white shirt,  black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up. Purple baseball cap with a flat brim and silver/white lettering or graphics. Reddish-blonde hair with facial hair. Country accent.

Next up – suspicious person in back seat of resident’s car near Trader Joe’s on 22 February:

Resident noticed movement in his car, parked in an alley behind the home and unlocked, and realized there was a person inside of our car. Called SPD and responding found man was sleeping, in a sleeping bag, in the back of the hatchback. He was arrested for trespassing and had a prior warrant.

February 2015 QA BurglariesAnd finally, here’s a brief round-up from SPD reports on residential burglary crimes in February. There were a total of 28 burglaries on Queen Anne in February, including a few commercial burglaries.

Not all 28 burglaries are listed, only ones with additional information in SPD reports (not all crimes have narrative reports).

Text has been edited for ease of reading – and key to note are the items taken. Jewelry and change (including piggy banks) are top targets. It’s worth noting that several reports called out that laptops and electronics were not taken.

11 February 2015: 24XX Queen Anne Ave N. First floor window was broken. Missing items include a laptop computer, cameras and camera lenses, and several pieces of jewelry. The next-door neighbor, arrived at the scene and said she had found her back door open when she returned home the afternoon of 10 February. The door had been closed and locked, and the presence of her two large dogs in the home may have deterred a burglary from occurring.

14 February 2015: 15 1st Ave W. Victim returned home to find the front door had been forced open and items had been scattered around all over the house. The only items taken were several pieces of jewelry. The house shares a backyard with another home that appeared to have been broken into (see below).

14 February 2015: 15 1st Ave W (related to above) When victim arrived home he found the kitchen window open, lights on, and the burner on the stove was on and a cabinet was open. Three laptop computers were taken, two gold rings, a men’s gold wristwatch, loose change, a duffle bag, a black backpack, a Timbuktu messenger bag, and a few bottles of liquor.

17 February 2015: 1X Dravus St. Victim had been out of town for 4 days, when she returned home she discovered that a road bike, several pieces of jewelry, and an iPod Nano were missing. There was no sign of forced entry so believes that the back sliding-door may have been unlocked at the time.

20 February 2015: X W Mercer Pl. Victims left to get coffee at 9:30am and returned at 10:30am and found damage to their front door consistent with someone using their shoulder to try and force entry. Victims suspect someone observed them leave then tried to break into their house, but when their two dogs barked, the suspects left. SPD report cites the victims’ frustration with repeat crime and plans to move to the Eastside.

20-21 February 2015: 1X Hayes St. Victims discovered the rear kitchen window was removed and home ransacked. Computer tablets, equipment, and other valuable electronic items remained. Jewelry was missing and currency stolen. Five unloaded firearms were stolen.

21 February 2015: 1000 block of W Galer St: Victims left their residence at approximately 5:30pm and returned at midnight. Noticed doors to his closet and dresser were open and called 911. Rings, braclets, and four underarm deodorants were taken.

23 February 2015: 3400 block of 12th Ave. W – two burglaries of neighboring homes, sometime between February 9th and February 23:

  • Home #1: suspect(s) entered the house by prying the patio door open with some sort of pry tool. They went though several of the rooms taking jewelry and cash from kids’ piggy bank and money jars. Total loss of the jewelry and cash is over $2,000.00.
  • Home #2: suspect(s) had pried open a small rear kitchen window located on the deck next to the large sliding glass doors. The suspect gained access inside and ransacked his office and bedroom. The suspect had stolen a large Smirnoff bottle that contained about $300.00 in change. Jewelry was sorted – some taken, some not.

28 February 2015: burglary at 1900 block of 10th Ave W. Victim left at 12:40pm with doors secured; he returned an hour later and discovered someone had entered and stolen an estimated amount of $20,000 in jewelry, a sterling silver silverware set, and his wife’s purse containing credit cards. The door into the building had to be opened with a key and had a protective latch plate running the length of the door’s opening crack. According to SPD, Suspect(s) may have followed someone in.

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Items taken in Queen Anne burglaries found in Burien

March 5th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

SPDAccording to SPD, items stolen from homes on Queen Anne were among those found in a Burien house. SPD’s Major Crimes Task Force has been investigating a burglary ring that hit homes in Queen Anne, Magnolia, and North Seattle, netting the burglars “hundreds of items”. The investigation led SPD to Burien. A warrant was served this morning and two suspects were arrested.

If you were burglarized by this crime ring, some of your items might find their way home (if you reported the crime – the post below states that many of the items may be from un-reported burglaries).

Here’s the developing story from SPD’s Blotter:

Burglary Ring Investigation Leads Major Crimes Detectives to Burien Home
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A cello taken in a Seattle break-in was just one of the hundreds of suspected stolen items found by Seattle police Thursday morning inside a Burien home.

SPD’s Major Crimes Task Force has been on the trail of a ring of burglars, suspected of targeting homes in North Seattle, Queen Anne and Magnolia. This morning, around 7 AM, SPD SWAT served a warrant at the home in the 12000 block of 1st Avenue S., where police found “a ton of stolen stuff,” according to Major Crimes Task Force Captain Eric Sano.

Police arrested two people inside the home for warrants, and are now investigating and sorting through evidence. Police believe some items found inside the homes may have been taken in unreported break-ins.

We’ll have more updates as the case develops.

Reminder: report all crimes to SPD, and call 911 if you see suspicious behavior or a crime in progress.

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Homegrown robbed at gunpoint this past Saturday

February 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Homegrown extIf you tried to get a sandwich from Homegrown on Sunday, you likely found the shop on the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Boston St closed due to an incident on Saturday night.

At 7pm on Saturday night, Homegrown was the victim of a robbery at gunpoint. No customers were in the store at the time, but obviously, it was a scary incident for the Homegrown staff – and we’ve had several readers write us to inquire about the incident.

SPD has an open investigation on the robbery, with no details on the suspect to share. However, Homegrown founder Ben Friedman shared the following with us:

“Homegrown’s Queen Anne store was robbed at gun-point at 7pm on Saturday evening. At the time of the robbery, no customers were present. While thankfully no one was hurt in the incident, we are providing our staff with free counseling to help cope with any trauma. It’s pretty scary stuff.

We greatly appreciate the neighborhood’s support. Our Queen Anne store reopened on Monday to much fanfare, melty cheese and heaping organic greens.”

Let’s hope that this crime is an isolated incident.

Note: Apologies for the poor image quality, but I’m currently traveling and the image is from Google Maps.

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Inaugural QACC Public Safety meeting this Monday focuses on crime prevention

February 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA Crime WatchThe Queen Anne Community Council has a new committee focused on public safety, including crime prevention and traffic safety. It’s kicking off its first monthly meeting this Monday, February 23rd, at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). The meeting runs from 7pm to 8:30pm and all residents are welcome to attend.

The kickoff meeting will focus on SPD’s Block Watch Program. Going forward, the Public Safety Committee will meet the fourth Thursday of each month. If you’re interested in preventing crime or keeping our streets safe, attend Monday’s meeting to find out more.

Here’s the agenda for Monday:

7:00pm – Sign in and introductions

7:05pm – 2014 Queen Anne crime and traffic safety review by SPD Officer Dave Larrabee

7:30pm – Block Watch Program overview by Terrie Johnston, SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator

8:00pm – Block Watch Captains’ Roundtable – lessons learned and best practices

8:30pm – Adjourn

If you’re interested in learning more about this new QACC committee, the SPD Block Watch Program, or crime prevention tips, mark your calendar for this Monday night.

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Car prowl prevention tips from SPD

January 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Car prowls continue to top Queen Anne (and Seattle) crime stats. We get reports of car prowls on a regular basis that range from a prowler rummaging through a car to broken windows. For the latter, remember to remove all items from your vehicle, even bags or boxes that have nothing of value in them. Prowlers can’t tell what’s in them until they get into your car and check them out.

Because car prowls are so common, our Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention Coordinator sent out a flyer with tips from SPD. Many are common sense, but if you’re new to the area, you may not realize just how everyday (or, rather, everynight) these incidents are in our neighborhood.

Check them out and remember to report car prowls to SPD. You can report crimes via the SPD Community Online Reporting Program (CORP) or by calling the non-emergency number at 206-625-5011.

If you see a crime in progress, call 911.

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SPD seeking information on prolific burglar who targeted Queen Anne, Magnolia, and North Seattle

January 9th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

UPDATE: per a reader comment (see comments section) – a Magnolia resident spotted this suspect when he came to her home yesterday, Thursday, January 8th. She called SPD. Call 911 if you see him in the neighborhood.

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Joshua Meadow-Mittenen is a “prolific burglar” who has been tied to multiple burglaries, including several recent Queen Anne burglaries and a Magnolia New Year’s Eve break-in. If you see him or have any information that could help SPD find him, call 911.

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Full details from SPD below:

Can You Help Major Crimes Detectives Find Prolific Burglar?
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A prolific burglar is wanted by police after he fled from Major Crimes Detectives earlier today at the Northgate Mall.

Detectives believe Joshua Meadow-Mittenen, 24, is connected to several recent burglaries in North Seattle and Queen Anne, as well as a New Year’s Eve break-in Magnolia.

Police attempted to arrest Meadow-Mittenen outside Northgate Mall today around 1 PM after receiving information he had planned to meet there with a criminal associate.

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Officers spotted Meadow-Mittenen driving a white Dodge Charger through the mall’s parking lot, but he sped away when police tried to take him into custody.

Meadow-Mittenen is 6’0, 185 lbs with green eyes and brown hair. Detectives believe Meadow-Mittenen is driving a black Chrysler 200 bearing Washington license plate APH7751, or a white 2013 Dodge Charger with Washington plate AJG1332.

If you have any information which could lead detectives to Meadow-Mittenen, please contact police at (206) 786-2746 or 911.

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Local pizzeria Domani hit by burglars over the weekend

December 18th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Domani mainOn November 24th, both Menchie’s and Pizza Hut were hit by burglars the same night. This past Sunday night, we received an email from the owner of Domani Pizzeria, letting us know that the restaurant was burglarized on Saturday night around 3am.

The suspects entered through the front door after prying off the inset part of the deadbolt lock. Domani is at 1515 Queen Anne Ave N, and the front door is very visible from the street. According to the SPD report, the suspects “rummaged through much of the business and apparently spent quite some time doing so.”

Domani doorDomani has surveillance cameras so SPD has the footage that shows two male suspects, each wearing hoodies with the hoods up, hiding any distinctive descriptive details. The footage also showed that one suspect had a flashlight and both suspects wore gloves.

The burglars took cash, blank checks, and both credit and debit cards. According to SPD, they went through two levels of the business, the main restaurant and the basement office – “the suspects went through many drawers and such, so it was unknown what else the suspects stole.”

A reminder that burglars are not just targeting residences, so if you see suspicious activity at local businesses, call 911.

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Woman fights off attacker Friday night near Queen Anne Ave N & Aloha

December 8th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

QA Crime WatchWe received a reader tip about a woman who was attacked at 6pm this past Friday, December 5th. The SPD report hit the map with the time (6pm) and location (Aloha & Queen Anne Ave N) of the incident.

For those not aware, many SPD reports are often brief and cover only the basics on the crime. The reports with narratives are more insightful as they provide details on what happened and any witness accounts.

In lieu of a narrative from SPD, here’s the account from the victim’s neighbor:

“My neighbor was heading from our shared parking lot to our shared downstairs laundry area (accessible from the backside of our complex), and a man came up from the bushes behind her (accessible from Aloha and between Queen Anne Ave N & 1st Ave W), put his arms around her head and waist. She fought her way free, and he held his finger up to his mouth in a “shh” gesture.

She started yelling at him, and chased him across Queen Anne Ave N and Aloha, where he ran into a wooden-fenced garbage disposal area. The victim called police, and they found the man hiding in the garbage collection area.

He was arrested after being positively identified by the witness, and assault charges are pending.”

A few things of note: the assault occurred at 6pm (it may be dark at 6pm, but it’s not late at night, the victim was able to fight her attacker off and reported it right away, and the attacker was caught and arrested by SPD. Stay aware of your surroundings and call 911 if your see suspicious activity or a crime in progress.

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Tips from SPD on staying safe and keeping Queen Anne crime stats low this holiday season

December 6th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

QA Crime WatchWe’ve had several readers report that they’ve had packages either stolen or tampered with in the past few weeks. Sadly, the holiday season is not all cheer. It’s also a prime time for thieves.

Our West Precinct SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator, Terri Johnston, sent us the tips below on keeping your home safe from burglars and packages safe from theft. If you’re interested in setting up a Block Watch for your neighbors, see SPD’s Block Watch site, it explains what it entails and how to get one up and running:

Locks:  Please use the locks/ latches you have.  Many of the burglaries that occurred this past month were made through unlocked windows.  Some had screens that the burglar simply removed to then gain entry.   Even if you are going to be gone just a short time, lock up!

Exterior doors should be secured with a dead-bolt lock with at least a 1”throw. The doors should be strong enough to withstand excessive force. The door’s hardware such as strike plates and frames need to be anchored to the homes main construction.  We recommend a wide-angle peephole on the main entrance door.

Windows:  Sliding doors/windows can be fortified with a snug-fitting dowel placed in the lower track.   Ensure windows are closed and locked prior to leaving home? If your valuables are visible from the sidewalk, consider closing the blinds when you are away.

Shrubbery:  Burglars love secluded backyards.  Keep your shrubs and trees trimmed to allow for greatest visibility.  Consider motion-sensitive lighting for side and rear areas of your home.

Door Answering:  Since many burglars knock on doors to ascertain whether anyone’s home, it is imperative you always answer the door.  By this I MEAN, talk through the door, don’t open it!

Home alone?  Bluff!  Yell out, “Honey, I’ll get it!”  or whatever words you can use that might indicate there are others in the house.  Then, by talking through the door, you can say you’re on a conference call; you are contagious; or your pet snakes are out of their tanks, etc.  Model this for your kids.  They may be home alone and find themselves in this situation.  It is not rude to talk through the door and it may save yourself a face-to-face encounter with a burglar.

Mail Theft:  Already the reports of stolen packages from porches and multi-family dwellings are being made.  I researched alternatives to home delivery of my packages and found there are many ways to minimize this popular crime.  It is possible to track delivery of your pkg. which may allow being home then.  Can you arrange for the package to be sent to another location, such as a FedEx office or perhaps your workplace?  Could you tip off a trusted neighbor to sign for you, should a package come when you are away?  Talk to your neighbors and see if they’d be willing to store the package inside their home until you get back or instruct them to place it unseen on the side or back.

9-1-1:  Cannot stress enough the importance of reporting all suspicious activity to 9-1-1.  It’s okay if what you are reporting turns out to be nothing. You don’t know what is prevented by getting the patrol car into the neighborhood.   9-1-1 is not just for emergencies, it is for all police reporting and that includes suspicious activity. This is how many of our burglars and car prowlers are caught.

Block Watch:  Did you know that statistics show one is more likely to call 9-1-1 to help a neighbor out, if they know that neighbor’s name?  Even though Block Watch was created to help reduce burglaries, knowing your neighbors and agreeing to watch out for them just makes sense.  Natural emergencies, power outages, landslides, etc. are additional reasons we need to stay together as a neighborhood. We may have to wait for first responders to get to our ‘neck of the woods’ and our neighbors may be our salvation.

Inventory Lists:  itemizing your valuables and noting serial numbers; model and/or photos of jewelry, art, bikes, etc. is helpful to follow-up detectives.  Stolen property is often recovered without a chance of returning to the rightful owner.

Stay safe, call 911 if you see suspicious activity or to report a crime in progress, and report all crimes both big and small. For crimes such as car prowls and property theft under $500,  you can report them via the SPD Online Reporting tool. Watch out for your neighbors and let us know if a crime occurs that the neighborhood needs to know about!

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