W Galer St standoff suspect: sex offender who robbed someone at gunpoint

More details have emerged about the identity of the robbery suspect who had an 8-hour standoff with SPD on Monday. Turns out he is a registered sex offender and an armed robber. SPD was serving a warrant for his arrest for a robbery of a man he met on Grindr. He robbed him at gunpoint for cash, watches, and a credit card.

I had inquired to our SPD contact about the registered sex offender at the same W Galer St address earlier this week, but SPD has not responded to my inquiries. The information on the suspect, Alik Aleksandrovi Lebedev, is available on the King County Sex Offender Registry:

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No word on the identity of the young man – described as both a teen and adult – who left the house at 8:15am.

The Seattle Times has full coverage from the Prosecutor’s office. You can read more details on the robbery and Lebedev’s past crimes here.

Queen Anne is #1… in car prowls!

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 7.16.55 PMIt’s not your imagination, car prowls are not only up on Queen Anne, we’ve taken over the top spot for all Seattle neighborhoods. That’s right, we beat out downtown, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Ballard… well, every neighborhood! That’s right, we now have bragging rights for car prowls.

You can see the stats below for car prowls for the year-to-date, click for a closer look. And, yes, if you’re curious, I too have been a victim of car prowlers. What can we do? REPORT all car prowls to SPD. You can use the online tool for car prowls (and other offenses).

Imagine how high that blue bar would be if everyone on Queen Anne reported every car prowl? No neighborhood could touch us! Queen Anne for the win!


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BREAKING: SPD SWAT activity at W Galer St & 4th Ave W

UPDATE @ 2:30pm: The standoff has ended on W Galer & 4th Ave W. Per the SPD Blotter:

Update: Barricaded Robbery Suspect Shoots Self Following Hours-Long Standoff

Medics have transported the suspect to Harborview Medical Center after he was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police are still investigating and working to determine his relationship to the juvenile male released from the home earlier in the day. At this point, detectives do not believe the juvenile male is related to the suspect.


There is currently Seattle Police Department SWAT presence at W Galer & 4th Ave W, but no official word from SPD on details.

Per KIRO via Twitter, there is a robbery suspect and teenager holed up in a home while SWAT negotiates. W Galer is closed between 3rd Ave W and 5th Ave W during the incident/negotiation.

UPDATE @ 8:15am: teenager now out of home, father still in standoff with SPD SWAT.

UPDATE @ 8:40am: SPD was serving a warrant at the home for the robbery suspect, which led to the current/ongoing standoff.

UPDATE @ 9:15am: Per the SPD Blotter, here’s the current standoff situation:

Robbery Suspect Refuses to Surrender, Negotiators Working to Convince Him Otherwise

Negotiators have been working for the past three hours to resolve an incident involving a robbery suspect barricaded in a residence in the 400 block of W. Galer Street.

Shortly after 6:00 a.m., SWAT officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant on the suspect. The suspect refused to come out and claimed to be armed with a handgun.  At approximately 8:00 a.m. the suspect allowed his adult son to leave the house.  The son was not injured.

Negotiators are still attempting to establish a dialogue with the suspect and resolve this standoff peacefully.  The surrounding streets are blocked as this incident continues.

UPDATE @ 1:45pm: SPD just set off flash bangs at the standoff location.


King County Metro is rerouting routes 2 and 29 to the W Queen Anne area, until further notice:

  • Route 2 is rerouted off of W Galer St to West Queen Anne. Heading toward downtown Seattle use or Route 1 on 10th Av W or Route 13 on Queen Anne Av N.
  • Route 29 – Use the stops reroute  W McGraw St west of 3rd Av W or on Queen Anne Av N south of Galer St.

This post will be updated as the story develops.

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Next Neighborhood Safety Alliance is at SPU this Thursday

The Neighborhood Safety Alliance met earlier this month in Magnolia, with a standing room only crowd. Representatives from Magnolia, Queen Anne, Ballard, and North Seattle were on the agenda, joined by City Council members Sally Bagshaw and Mike O’Brien, and representatives from the Mayor’s office, SPD, Human Services, and the City Attorney. The main topic of discussion – RVs illegally parked on city streets – resulted in the Mayor’s plan to establish legal RV parking sites.

Residents also voiced concerns over SPD response times to 911 calls and the lack of response to cleaning up waste and debris from RVs. Attendees also requested more SPD patrols in the neighborhoods, including Queen Anne.

Gwinn CommonsThis Thursday, January 28th, the group is hosting another meeting, this time on Queen Anne at Seattle Pacific University’s Gwinn Commons at 6:30pm. An agenda isn’t available for the meeting, but the group’s website states the following:

“We would welcome ALL areas of the city to attend, especially those neighborhoods that feel the effects of RV’s in their neighborhoods.”

If you’re interested in the January 6th meeting, full video coverage (three 30 minute YouTube videos) of the meeting is available online via the Neighborhood Safety Alliance website.



Private Queen Anne Patrol meeting scheduled for January 14

QA Crime WatchConcerned neighbors are meeting this Thursday, January 14th to discuss a proposed private Queen Anne Patrol to help curb crime on Queen Anne. The proposed private security patrols would be neighbor-funded, similar to the Magnolia Patrol that started in December.

Note: the Queen Anne Patrol is separate from any SPD organized Neighborhood Watch groups. (photo to upper right used because the Queen Anne Patrol website is under construction)

The organizer of the Queen Anne Patrol is neighbor John Compatore, a former Oakland Police Department officer.

Private security in Magnolia runs $250 per year, per household with patrols on duty 4-6 days per-week. You can read more about the Magnolia Patrol here and here.

If you’re interested in learning more, you can sign up for updates on the Queen Anne Patrol website, and also attend Thursday’s meeting, which will be held at 7pm at the Queen Anne Baptist Church, 2011 1st Ave N. All are welcome to attend and learn more.

Officer involved shooting at Kerry Park

Note: please see updates in this post. Around 2pm today, there was an officer involved shooting at Kerry Park. We are receiving many reports from readers on what happened, and many conflicting stories. We are sorting through the details available and waiting on official word from SPD.

Here’s what we know from SPD at this time: there was an officer involved shooting at Kerry Park, a man in his 30s was taken to Harborview Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds.

UPDATE: multiple reports from witnesses indicate that an attempted carjacking at Queen Anne Ave N & Garfield St may have begun the day’s incidents, with the suspect ending up at Kerry Park with a weapon (both a knife and a gun have been cited by witness reports) confronting SPD officers.

UPDATE #2: From SPD:

Police Wound Knife Wielding Suspect During Confrontation Near Kerry Park
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“Seattle Police Force Investigation detectives are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred near Queen Anne’s Kerry Park earlier this afternoon.

West Precinct patrol officers were dispatched to a report of an attempted car theft in the 1500 block of Queen Anne Avenue N around 1:45 p.m.

Officers arrived just minutes later and confronted the knife wielding suspect near Kerry Park. One officer used a Taser to try and subdue the suspect but without success. Another officer fired upon and wounded the suspect.

Seattle Fire medics provided emergency care to the suspect and transported him to Harborview Medical Center. The suspect’s injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

The suspect is an African American in his thirties. Police are working to gather additional details on his identity.”

UPDATE #3: From The Seattle Times:

“Police spokesman Patrick Michaud said officers were called with reports of a man trying to steal a car.  When they got to the area, he approached him with a knife, Michaud said.  He said officers first tried to talk with the man, telling him he would be shot with a taser if he didn’t drop the knife.  They did shoot him with a taser, Michaud said, but the taser “didn’t have the desired effect,” and the officers fired when he continued to approach.

Michaud said it’s going to take time to figure out what happened and why it ended the way it did. The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with what police called nonthreatening injuries.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, who went to the scene, said investigators were searching for patrol-car video of the incident and that, if found, it would be released as soon as possible.”

UPDATE #4: Suspect has been identified by SPD as James Linwood Slade:

“The suspect in today’s incident has been identified as James Linwood Slade, age 31.

At the time of the confrontation, he was wanted in all 50 states for escaping from Washington Department of Corrections community custody. The underlying offense for his DOC status is assault. The warrant, dated January 4, 2016, indicates that Slade has a violent history and may be armed.”

UPDATE #5: SPD dashcam video now available:

Description per SPD Blotter:

“Newly released dashcam video shows one officer shoot James Slade as he advances with a raised knife.

Still armed with a knife and now wounded, Slade can be heard pleading with officers to kill him. Slade stands up and climbs into the driver’s seat of a patrol car. It is at this point that another officer tases him, something that is sequentially different from our original post and is corrected above.

Dashcam shows officers remove Slade from the patrol car and provide first aid until Seattle Fire medics arrive on scene.”

We will continue to update this post as soon as we have more information.

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