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Threatening text shut down Seattle Pacific earlier today

October 31st, 2014 by Laura

SPDEarlier this afternoon, Seattle Pacific University was locked down when a student received a threatening text from an ex-girlfriend. The text intimated that she was on the SPU campus, but SPD determined she was in Skagit County. Skagit County Deputies arrested the suspect and will transfer her to SPD where she will be booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment.

From SPD:

Suspect Arrested After Text Message Threat Locks Down SPU Campus
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Seattle Pacific University briefly locked down its campus Friday after a student got a threatening text message from a former girlfriend who lives outside King County.

The lockdown was lifted once it was confirmed the woman is currently in Skagit County and posed no threat to the school. The student reportedly received a text message from the suspect stating she would kill him and his friends. She also claimed to be on the Seattle Pacific campus at the time, which prompted a quick response from the Seattle Police Department about 2 PM.

It was quickly determined she was not anywhere near the campus. Skagit County Deputies located and arrested the suspect at a home outside Burlington for the threats. Deputies will later transfer her to Seattle Police before she is booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment.

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Seattle Center School student arrested for bringing Molotov cocktail to school

October 27th, 2014 by Laura

SPDEarlier today, a 16 year old student at the Seattle Center School brought a Molotov cocktail to the school. The Seattle Public Schools high school is located in the Seattle Center Armory building, so the Armory was evacuated. Students were released around 11am.

The suspect in the Molotov cocktail incident has been arrested by SPD:

Police Arrest Student for Bringing Incendiary Device to Center School
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Police arrested a 16-year-old and took him into custody Monday morning after getting a tip the student had brought an incendiary device to the Center School at Seattle Center. The school was evacuated as a precaution. There are no suspects outstanding.

Officers are with the students evacuated from the school. Police continue to investigate the incident.

Update:

The Seattle Center Armory building re-opened shortly before 11 AM. School officials canceled classes at the Center School for the day.

Detectives are still investigating the incident, but plan to book the 16-year-old suspect into the King County Youth Service Center for possession of an incendiary device.

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Over 60 car prowls in September, one Queen Anne car prowler caught on video

October 10th, 2014 by Laura

September 2014 Car ProwlsIf you’ve ever had your car prowled, you know how frustrating it can be. Even if you keep nothing in your car, you can tell it’s been prowled – and if you don’t lock it, chances are high it’ll happen.

If nothing is taken, you cannot file an online police report – so no stats for the Seattle Police Department. However, if something is taken, even as minimal as spare change, the crime can be reported online, and it should be, so SPD is aware of the activity.

In September, there were over 60 car prowls on Queen Anne – you can click the map for a larger image. For reference, in June we had 46 car prowls.

If you’re curious how bold our local car prowlers are, you can check out a video from a Queen Anne resident’s security camera. Due to a faulty alarm, the owner hasn’t been able to lock the car parked in the driveway in the video. You can see the car prowler testing car doors and entering the unlocked car. About 35 seconds in, you can see a good image of him:

Reminder: if you see suspicious activity, call 911.

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Update from SPD on Queen Anne shooting; gunman sent threatening texts prior to incident

September 1st, 2014 by Laura

Update on the August 30th shooting at 3rd Ave W and Prospect – audio of the 911 call and SPD response via radio is available on the SPD Blotter.

SPDSuspect Made Threats Day Before Opening Fire on Officers
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Police were investigating a man for sending threatening texts to family members the day before he opened fire on officers.

Officers began their investigation when they responded to a report of a disturbance in the 300 block of W Prospect Street. Officers made contact with the male resident and verified that he was the only person in the home.

Later that evening officers received information that the suspect had just texted threats to his family. Officers returned to the residence to arrest the man but didn’t locate him.

Seattle Police Force Investigations Team detectives are continuing to investigate every facet of this incident.

The following media details what residents and officers heard Saturday evening and depicts the firepower the suspect had at his disposal. [NOTE: go here for the audio and photos]

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Shots fired on W Prospect St Saturday night; gunman dies in confrontation with SPD

August 31st, 2014 by Laura

Last night SPD responded to shots fired in the 300 block of West Prospect Street. The call came in around 10:30pm for a home in the block southwest of Kerry Park.

According to an article from KOMO, SPD has responded to calls at the home in the past, and reports have been filed for the same location.

Here’s the full write-up from SPD:

Gunman Fatally Wounded After Exchanging Gunfire with Police
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Gunshots in the 300 block of W Prospect Street prompted at least one resident to call 911 just before 10:30 p.m. tonight. Responding officers arrived quickly and were greeted by the sound of continued gunfire.

The first officers on scene, including at least two who were rifle trained and equipped, took positions near the front of the house in question.

The adult male suspect was still outside brandishing his firearm, before quickly retreating into his residence via the front door. A short time later, the suspect came out again and opened fire on the officers. Two rifle equipped officers returned fire, fatally wounding the man. The suspect crawled into his house and out of view of the officers.

SWAT officers responded to the scene and attempted to make contact with the suspect, to no avail. SWAT officers sent a robot into the building and found the suspect, who by this time had succumbed to his injuriesSWAT officers entered the home and found multiple firearms including semi-automatic rifles and shotguns as well as body armor staged near the front door.

No one else was injured during this incident. It is still not clear what the suspect was shooting at just prior to and during officers’ arrival.

Detectives from the Force Investigations Team as well as Crime Scene Investigators are processing the scene, collecting evidence and statements. Per policy, members of the Office of Professional Accountability were on hand to observe the investigation.

Both officers involved in the shooting will be on paid administrative leave, in accordance with department procedure.

This investigation is ongoing. Information posted here is subject to change as the investigation proceeds.

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Shotgun fired on Queen Anne Wednesday night

August 13th, 2014 by Laura

Earlier tonight, per SPD:

SPDMan With Shotgun Draws Large Police Response on Queen Anne
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Seattle police arrested an armed man Wednesday night after he opened fire outside a Queen Anne apartment following a dispute with a neighbor.

Officers received a report around 9:30 PM that an argument between neighbors in the 1000 block of 6th Avenue N had spilled out onto the street.

When officers arrived, they found the suspect was carrying a shotgun. The suspect then fired off at least one round from his gun.

Officers radioed for backup and reported the gunfire, drawing police from across the city.

Police were able to get the 26-year-old suspect to surrender, and take him into custody.

SWAT and patrol officers are searching the suspect’s apartment to see if anyone else involved in the incident may be inside.

No one was injured in the shooting.

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Celebrate community with your neighbors on Night Out Seattle this Tuesday

August 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Night Out block party sign

Queen Anne neighbors ready for a Night Out block party

This Tuesday, August 5th, is National Night Out, an evening to meet your neighbors, share a potluck or BBQ, host a kiddie parade, or compete in outdoor games. Anyone can organize a Night Out event for neighbors.

You can even have your non-arterial street shut down for the evening (6-10pm) to keep it safe and expand your community space for a neighborhood party. All you have to do is register your event online and if you want to close your street, officially register your Night Out event with the City of Seattle.

Summer weather continues for the week, so get outside and get together with your neighbors to celebrate community and build a support network. One of the best ways to deter crime in our neighborhood is to have watchful neighbors, and National Night Out is an effort to help reduce crime – and have fun at the same time!

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June crime on Queen Anne: 29 burglaries, 46 car prowls, 36 car thefts, and more

July 7th, 2014 by Laura

We’ve had a lot of emails, Facebook messages, and tweets about crime on Queen Anne in June. The reader tips ranged from bold daytime home burglaries to small items stolen off porches and from yards. The weather’s been warm and it seems like criminals are taking advantage of it.

Provided below are June 2014 crime maps from Seattle Police Department (SPD), based on crimes reported to SPD. We’ve broken them out by the most popular crimes: burglaries, car prowls and car thefts – and included counts for June 2013 for comparison. This year, we’ve had more burglaries and car thefts, but fewer car prowls.

We also had one strong arm daytime robbery on Queen Anne, not shown on the maps below.

Reminder: report all crimes large and small to SPD. Something taken off your front porch? Car prowl? SPD has made it easy to report these small crimes online.

If you see a crime in progress or suspicious activity, call 911.

Burglaries: 29 in June 2014 compared to 18 in June 2013

Burglaries June 2014

In early June, two daytime robberies were reported to SPD with similar circumstances – 5 black males in their teens to early twenties, with backpacks. We do not have confirmation from SPD that these burglaries are related, but the circumstances are very similar. Plus, there was a third burglary two days later with a similar suspect description.

Below are June burglaries that have detailed SPD reports. Not all SPD reports include narrative descriptions, so the map will fill in the gaps on other reported instances.

June 4: 1800 block of 4th Ave N – this is the burglary we posted about on June 4. According to the SPD report, at 11:55am a neighbor reported seeing 5 young black males wearing backpacks on the porch of the house, then one inside the house throwing items down to the others. One suspect was also seen photographing a neighbor’s garage. The first floor of the house was locked when SPD arrived, but a second-story front window was wide open, where the suspects gained access. The victim reported to SPD that she left the window open only a few inches. The suspects fled the scene before SPD arrived.

June 4: 200 block of W Garfield – the same day as the 4th N burglary above. At 2:05pm a friend called 911 to report that the home had been ransacked and burglarized. Per the SPD report, she was arriving at the house with two children who live in the house. One of the children stated that “he was walking southbound down the alleyway from W Blaine St when he exited the alley and saw 5 black/hispanic males laughing and walking eastbound from the corner of W Garfield St and 1 Ave [He] recognized one of the male subjects.” He was able to identify the suspect from a school yearbook. SPD talked to the next-door neighbor, who stated that at 1pm she “noticed a group of four black males standing on the porch of residence… she thought they were friends because they entered the house through the front door – turns out that access was gained via breaking a basement window (not in the SPD report, but likely then opening the front door to let others in).

June 6: x block of W Raye St – victim called SPD to report that he heard someone knocking at the front door and the door bell ringing repeatedly. He did not immediately answer the door, but when he did, he saw “a black male with a backpack walking [northbound] along side the east of their house which is an alley then he turned [westbound] onto W. Raye Street.” Shortly afterward, the victim noticed that his laptop was missing and several dresser/cabinet doors were open. A kitchen window was unsecured and open.  According to the SPD report, an officer contacted the victim earlier in the day about “a suspicious/prowler 911 call of several black males with backpacks at the front door of the victim’s residence.”

June 8: 1800 block of 1st Ave N – victim called SPD when she returned home at 3am from a party next door to find her garage open and bike stolen. The victim’s unlocked car was parked in the driveway and the suspect used the garage  door opener to access the garage. Per the SPD report, a neighbor said she saw a man walk up the driveway and leave on a bike shortly afterward. She was unable to provide a description.

June 14: 2400 block of 4th Ave N – victim heard a loud noise at 11pm, turned on lights, but did not hear anything else. The next morning she noticed her kitchen window was partially open and called SPD. According to the SPD report, “the suspect had used a blunt device to pry the window in an upward position from the bottom wood frame… The suspect was able to move the window up but did not make entry.”

June 13-15: 1800 block of 4th Ave W – victims called 911 when they returned from out of town and discovered that someone had burglarized the house, after gaining entry from a 17” x 15” dog door.

June 17: 700 block of Crockett St – victim called 911 after waking to a noise at 4:30am and finding a female suspect through the window. Victim described her as white, 25 years old (+/- 5 years), brown hair. He yelled at her to get out and she responded “Oh I’m sorry I thought this was my [house] I was just trying to check on [redacted].” Per the SPD report, “There were observable signs of attempted entry to the bedroom window which included an opened security gate, a removed window screen, pry marks, and fingerprint smearing. The suspect(s) used a ladder to gain entry onto the balcony and attempted to gain entry through two other windows. The crank window had been damaged and left partially open. The sliding window had also been partially opened but stopped by the wooden dowel in place. No entry was made.”

June 17: 2400 block of 4th Ave N – victim called 911 to report that her bike had been stolen from her open garage during the day while she was working in her front yard.

Key findings:

  • Do not leave windows open, even a few inches, when you are not home
  • Do not leave garage door openers in unlocked/accessible cars
  • Burglars can fit through dog doors
  • Burglars will enter open garages even when you are home
  • If you store a ladder outside, burglars will use it
  • Be a vigilant neighbor and call 911 if you see suspicious activity

Car Prowls: 46 in June 2014 compared to 60+ in June 2013

Car Prowls June 2014

Car Thefts: 36 in June 2014 compared to 14 in June 2013

Car Thefts June 2014

Other property crime:

Reported property crime included multiple license plate thefts, and this list of reports to Queen Anne View:

June 5: Porch Items Theft – a reader just east of Queen Anne Ave N reported that between 10am and 2pm a large basket (18″ x 24″ x 16″) with garden shoes and umbrellas was stolen.

June 6: Garden Theft – a reader in the 2000 block of 1st Ave W reported that “someone came into our gated yard and clipped our day lilies. And helped themselves to our garden gloves too after coming onto our porch and looking through our shoe collection located in a rack close to our front door.”

June 6: Shoe Theft – neighbor of the reader above (garden theft) had 3 pairs of shoes stolen off their front porch in the 2000 block of 1st Ave W.

June 6-8: Package Theft – reader had 2 UPS boxes stolen from their porch near 1st Ave N and Lynn St. Packages contained 3 soap dispensers, reader found the open boxes, but not the soap dispensers.  SPD report filed.

June 21 (estimated): Bike Theft – reader had a bike stolen from their garage near 4th Ave W and Blaine St. Bike lock cable was cut, bike stolen.

June 25 (estimated): Burglary – 4th Ave N and Newton St (note: no SPD report available). Reader reported that his neighbors were burglarized midday on a weekday. The thieves entered the house by pushing a window unit air-conditioner though the window. The burglary took place after the nanny left to take the baby to the park.

June 26: LFL Vandalism – Little Free Library at 2nd Ave W and Boston St was vandalized and the bird-bath planter near it was knocked over.

July 1: Paintball Vandalism – reader reported that her car and others near 3rd Ave W and Crockett St were vandalized with paintball guns.

If you see a crime in progress or suspicious activity, call 911.

From our 2013 meeting with SPD, here are tips directly from SPD officers:

If you see something that is suspicious or are a victim of a crime, call 911 or the non-emergency number (206.625.5011). Here are some tips from the officers, to give you their perspective:

  • SPD officers gravitate to hot spots of activity – for example, repeated reports about suspicious activity at a park raises SPD’s awareness. A particular location can become a hot spot for proactive patrols.
  • Response time – with the limited number of SPD officers, you may not get instant gratification from a call for something like suspicious activity – but if you call for every incident, the tracking data will show there’s an ongoing issue, and SPD can target it proactively
  • Call a lot – to echo point #2, don’t stop calling just because the first call didn’t yield results. Tracking data is key, and calling repeatedly on criminal or suspicious activity does not make you a nuisance. Calls feed into the tracking database, which is key for identifying trends or hot-spots
  • When to call – the officers emphasized that residents need to call for both large and small issues. Don’t let smaller crimes go unreported: Did your car get broken into but nothing taken? Report it. Did a strange person walk through your backyard? Report it.

Here are the key items of information that help SPD when you call 911:

  • Good description of the person
  • Location – street name, number or hundred block, or address
  • Direction of travel
  • Identifying features and/or items: race, gender, height, weight, age, clothing, and any distinguishing features. Are they carrying a backpack? What color is it?

Let’s hope that July will be a better month for Queen Anne residents. Keep an eye out for your neighbors, especially during the height of vacation season and warm weather.

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Vandalized Queen Anne Little Free Library featured on KOMO

July 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Last Friday, we published a post on the first Queen Anne Little Free Library, and how it fell victim to vandals overnight. On Monday, a reporter from KOMO asked us to connect the station with the LFL steward so they could run a story on the vandalism.

The segment aired on last night’s KOMO news broadcast, and since then, we’ve already received an email from a local Vietnam veteran who’s offered to fix the LFL for free. The vandalism is only part of the story, the LFL is a memorial to the steward’s late husband, who served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.

If you happen to find the message book that the vandals ripped off the LFL, please let us know. It includes hand-written messages to the LFL that are irreplaceable.

Click below to see the KOMO feature:

LFL KOMO

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Queen Anne’s first Little Free Library falls prey to vandalism

June 27th, 2014 by Laura

Queen Anne is a great place for Little Free Libraries – loved by our community, each with its own personality. So, get ready to get mad… someone vandalized our neighborhood’s first LFL on 2nd Ave W last night.

In the before and after pictures of the side of the LFL, you can see that the little window message box that held the journal was torn off, along with the trim surrounding it.

LFL vandalism before

Before

LFL Vandalism after

After

To add insult to injury, they also knocked over a birdbath planter in the garden space surrounding the LFL.

LFL garden vandalismThe LFL steward will restore the library. This particular LFL has significance beyond book-sharing, it’s also a memorial to the steward’s late husband.

If you find the missing message box, please let us know and we’ll get you in touch with the owner.

A police report will be filed today. In addition to last night’s vandalism, the steward and her neighbor both had items stolen off their front porches back on June 5.

Sadly, the warmer weather seems to coincide with an uptick in crimes on Queen Anne. We’re putting together a June crime roundup based on SPD reports. If you have been the victim of a crime, let us know. All tips will remain anonymous.

Please remember: report all crimes both large and small to SPD. For crimes like car prowls and items stolen from porches/backyards, you can use the online SPD tool to report it. As always, if you see a crime in progress or suspicious activity, call 911.

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Suspicious circumstances on Boston St, similar to early June robbery/assault

June 18th, 2014 by Laura

QA Crime WatchYou may recall the post earlier this week about the tag-team of daytime attempted street robbery suspects with a red/maroon van on Galer St.

The victim filed a report with SPD and gave a very good description of the woman who approached her and tried to steal her purse. (“A woman about 5’2, medium to heavy build, long black hair, looked like she was of Hispanic descent. Also dark and defined eyebrows.”)

Today, a reader wrote to let us know that something similar occurred today on Boston St:

“I just wanted to let you know that this afternoon, I had an event happen to me which was similar to that listed in the Queen Anne View, where I was approached by a short woman, asking for help, and a red van was circling… She was about 5′ to 5’2″, older, gray hair, Hispanic or Asian maybe? with a silver cane.  If this is not a connected event but someone who actually needed help, I would like to apologize for not stopping, but when I saw the red van circling, I was suspicious, so I called the police to help instead.

This occurred in the parking lot at 1st Ave N and Boston.  I reported it to the Seattle Police.  You may want to let readers know it is still happening.”

It may or may not be coincidence, but it’s a good reminder to be vigilant about your surroundings. This is the time of year when we typically see crimes rise in the neighborhood. As lovely as our summer weather is, it also seems to coincide with an increase in crime.

More to come on residential break-ins, car prowls, and car thefts. If you see suspicious activity or a crime in progress, call 911.

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Stolen Car: 1964 blue Ford Galaxie 500

June 18th, 2014 by Laura

There has been an increase in crime lately, so there will be some upcoming posts that highlight residential burglaries and car prowls. In the meantime, we have a reader who has asked that we post information on her stolen car.

It’s a very recognizable car – a bright blue 2-door 1964 Ford Galaxie 500. It was stolen the morning of Monday, June 9th, where it was parked in front of the owners’ house on Dexter Ave N between Crockett and Newton.

If you see this car or have any information on it, please call or text 206.384.1720

Stolen Car Ford Galaxie

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