Suspect in stolen shuttle bus leads SPD on chase through Queen Anne

Cars hit by busYesterday, we had several reports from readers on a car chase led by a car rolling only on its rims and a tour bus on a rampage, crashing into cars along its route. Plus, reports of helicopters over West Queen Anne and Interbay.

Turns out, it was all the handiwork of one suspect. He started the chase in a stolen car near the Magnolia Bridge, taking off down Elliott Ave. He then stole a tour bus (shuttle type) near the waterfront and headed to Queen Anne. The chase ended when he crashed into another car in the 3200 block 14 Ave W.

Photos to the right are from a reader via Twitter, showing the damage left on Queen Anne in the wake of the chase. Full write-up of what happened is below, from the SPD Blotter:

Man Driving Stolen Car Steals Another Vehicle, Crashes

Officers arrested a 34-year-old man after he was spotted in a stolen car, stole another vehicle and crashed into multiple cars in the Queen Anne neighborhood.

Witnesses called 911 just before 10:30 Friday morning saying there was a car hidden behind some bushes in Ursala Judkins Viewpoint Park. Arriving officers checked the plate and discovered it was attached to a stolen car.  They tried to contact a man who was in the car’s driver seat when he put it in gear and sped off. Officers followed the stolen car as it careened through a fence and into a patrol car.  Officers briefly lost sight of the car until they saw a large plume of smoke above the car driving on just its rims in the 100 block of Elliot Ave. W.  Officers called off the pursuit due to the suspect’s increasingly reckless behavior.  Officers followed a trail of damaged cars, and even a Metro bus, to the  suspect’s stolen car near a parking garage near 1 Ave. and Bell St.

Another victim called 911 minutes later after the same suspect pulled them from their van and sped off from a hotel at 2100 Alaska Way.  The suspect continued fleeing until he crashed into another car in the 3200 block 14 Ave. W causing the van to catch fire. The suspect exited the burning van and used a fire extinguisher to stop the flames.  Officers eventually arrested the suspect not far from where he crashed the van.

Medics took the suspect to Harborview Medical center for injuries sustained in the crashes, however no other injuries were reported.

Queen Anne burglaries and a reminder from SPD on crime prevention

Back in late October, a North Queen Anne reader’s home was not only burglarized, but she also came face-to-face with the burglar through her glass door. She was home alone at 7:15pm when her dog became agitated – turns out it was a burglar trying to open the door, which was locked. He walked away calmly, and she called 911.

This scary incident was magnified by three other burglaries at neighboring homes in the same time period. The reader who saw the burglar got a good look at him, thanks to a security light he triggered: a black male, possibly older,  with knit hat and scarf pulled up to his nose.

SPD responded to the burglary on North Queen Anne, and a K-9 unit tracked the burglar to the bus stop at Rodgers Park, where he likely left the neighborhood. The map below shows all burglaries on Queen Anne since mid-October (numbers indicate multiple burglaries in close proximity):

Burglaries Mid-Oct to Nov

While burglaries can’t always be prevented, these incidents are a sobering reminder of the upcoming holiday season, which is prime time for many criminals. Our Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention Coordinator has sent the following tips to help people and property safe during the holidays:

SPD Burglary Prevention:

Shipped packages and money/gift cards in the mail are popular targets for thieves. Being amongst crowds in shopping malls, downtown streets, the train station or airport provide would-be pickpockets a target-rich environment. Door-to-door solicitors may pick this time of year to collect for charities and yet we wonder if they are legitimate.

Travel light:  take only what you need when you are out.  Leave the heavy purse behind and clean out your wallet of unneeded credit cards, medical cards, etc.

Dress the part:  It feels darker now without our sunny Seattle skies, so make sure you can be seen by motorists. Are your shoes comfortable enough to allow you to move, kick, run if you had to. Long billowing scarves, umbrellas, certain kinds of hats can reduce the ability to see around you, or might give a mugger something by which to grab you. Leave the bling behind or under layers of clothing if you’ll be out walking around much.

Cell phones: “apple picking” is what some are calling the grabbing of iPhones and other electronic devices.  You may be asked by a stranger for the time, or if they can borrow your phone. Then boom, in a blink of an eye, they’re off and away with your device. While cell phones are a helpful safety device, street robbers love them so don’t flash them around. Be mindful when using them in public places.

What’s your location?” means being able to relay your location such as house number, business or street names, hundred block; intersections, landmarks, or mile markers. Make it a habit to know your location!  This is key when making calls to 9-1-1. Seconds matter in emergencies, help us get to you or the incident quicker. Stay on the line with the call taker until instructed to hang up.

If you will be out of town: please let your trusted neighbors know. Encourage them to keep an extra watch out for your home and let them know you want them to call 9-1-1 if something is suspicious. Enlist their help with picking up newspapers, checking for oversized mail, packages and those pesky flyers left on doorknobs. On our block, we pick up each others’ parcels that have been left on a porch for safekeeping. You want to make your home look occupied (lights and radio on timers; have someone park in your driveway, bring in your garbage can/recycling bins, etc.). Getting a house sitter can be helpful.  Watchful neighbors truly are your best alarm!

Car prowls:  Thieves target all makes and models of vehicles looking for GPS devices; cellular phones; cameras; purses; garbage remotes; jackets. I know some parents who keep their kids’ holiday gifts in the trunk. Not good! Also, I’ve read a few police reports where people pack up their car the night before heading out on a trip, only to find the car was prowled over night. Leave your car empty; disable internal trunk releases and be consistent with any theft-deterrent device like the “club” or audible alarm.

Warming up the car: Vehicles left running and unattended while the heater and defroster kick in may be just the opportunity the auto thief needed.

Stay safe during the holidays, as well as the rest of the year. Follow the above tips, and call 911 to report suspicious activity or crimes in progress.



Carjacking and robbery at gunpoint on Valley St on Saturday

At 6:30pm on Saturday evening, a woman was carjacked and robbed at gunpoint in the 200 block of Valley St. The suspect took her cash, keys, and white Fiat 500, and left the scene.

He was found after another woman was robbed at gunpoint (no neighborhood/location provided). She called 911 and reported that he was driving a white Fiat 500. A chase ensued and he was apprehended after crashing the car on an I5 exit.

Here’s the rundown from the SPD Blotter:

Man Arrested After Carjacking, Robbery and Car Crash
Written by Detective Patrick Michaud on

Officers arrested a man after he stole a car, robbed someone, and then crashed the stolen car following a brief pursuit Sunday morning.

Officers were called to the 200 block of Valley St at 6:30 PM Saturday for a report of a car-jacking. The victim told officers that she was approached from behind by the suspect who pointed a gun at her and demanded money and her car.  The victim gave the man her cash and car keys.  The suspect got into the white Fiat 500 and drove off Southbound.

Officers flooded the area and despite a lengthy area check, were unable to find the car or suspect.

Sunday morning officers received a call from a different woman claiming to have been robbed at gunpoint.  The woman said the suspect was last seen driving away in a white Fiat 500.

Officers, knowing the description from the previous evening, again rushed to the area. Officers found the vehicle as it attempted to enter I-5. Officers briefly pursued the vehicle until the suspect driver’s behavior became too dangerous to continue. The suspect lost control on the Airport Way exit from I-5, crashing into another car.  The suspect and a person from the other car were injured in the crash.  Officers arrived  and called for Medics, who treated the injured at the scene.

Officers arrested the suspect and called Traffic Collision detectives, who continue to investigate.

Armed bank robbery near SPU Friday morning

This morning a masked man attempted to rob the US Bank at the corner of 3rd Ave W and Nickerson St, adjacent to the Seattle Pacific University campus. Per SPD, the “masked suspect displayed handgun and fled” and the incident is under investigation.

Seattle Pacific University was on lockdown immediatly after the attempted robbery, the lockdown has been lifted.

SPD has released the images below of the suspect, if you have any information, please contact SPD at 206-625-5011 (or 911).

Bank Robber 1030

SPD investigating homicide under Magnolia Bridge

Magnolia Bridge camp SPDAnother person was killed on the edge of Queen Anne this week – this time, under the Magnolia Bridge. (Early Saturday morning, it was the Shell at the corner of Denny and Queen Anne Ave N). At 9:30pm Monday night, SPD responded to 911 calls about an assualt under the bridge at 15th Ave W and W Garfield St, where there is a homeless camp. One woman was killed, other people were injured.

Here’s the full story from SPD:

Homicide Investigation Under Magnolia Bridge
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The suspect is now in custody after he was shot by a SWAT officer following a lengthy standoff with police.

At about 9:30 pm on August 24th officers responded to 911 calls of an assault near 15th Avenue West and West Garfield.  Officers arrived and located an adult male with serious injuries.  The victim directed officers toward under the Magnolia Bridge, stating that a man had assaulted a woman inside a tent.  When officers went to investigate, they located an adult female who had been beaten to death inside the tent.  A male suspect was in another tent nearby refusing to come out and still armed with a weapon.  The male victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Negotiators responded to the scene and attempted for the next several hours to convince the man to surrender peacefully.  He refused.  SWAT officers responded and one officer used his weapon when the suspect charged from his tent, striking him in the leg.  The suspect was taken into custody and the Seattle Fire Department medics immediately treated his injury.  The suspect was then transported to HMC for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury.

Homicide and CSI detectives are now resuming their investigation at the scene safely, while another group of detectives are investigating the officer-involved shooting.

More information will be available about this investigation once detectives are able to sort through the evidence and process the scene.

Early morning shooting at Lower Queen Anne gas station leaves one dead

Gas Station shootingThe Seattle Police Department has posted a blotter post on an early morning shooting at the Shell gas station at the corner of W Denny and Queen Anne Ave N. One person died from gunshot wounds, two more were injured.

If you have any information or tips on this open investigation, please contact SPD at 206-233-5000.

Here are the details from SPD:

Detectives Investigate Fatal Shooting in Lower Queen Anne

Homicide detectives are investigating an early morning shooting at a gas station at Denny and Queen Anne Avenue North.

Officers responded to several 911 calls of shots fired shortly after 3:00 am.  When they arrived, they found a 22-year-old man dead and two other men with gun shot wounds. Seattle Fire responded and transported the two injured men to Harborview Medical Center for emergency treatment.

Homicide and CSI detectives responded to the scene, interviewing witnesses and canvassing for evidence. After further investigation, detectives have determined that the shooting took place inside of the parked car and that suspects and victims have been accounted for. Detectives have not ruled out the possibility that the shooting occurred as a result of a drug robbery.

This remains an active and on-going investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call SPD Homicide tip-line at (206) 233-5000.

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