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SPD investigating homicide under Magnolia Bridge

August 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

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.

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

August 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

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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UPDATE: Package thief identified, SPD seeks help in finding her

August 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Package ThiefAs a follow up to Wednesday’s story about the package thief caught on video, the suspect’s identity has been released by the Seattle Police Department – and SPD is asking residents to call 911 if you see her.

Per SPD, here is the suspect’s information:

  • Melissa D. Gonzales
  • 39 year old white female
  • 5’10, 160lbs
  • Brown hair, blue eyes

If you see this woman around Queen Anne, call 911. Here’s the full surveillance video footage captured by the reader’s security camera – it’s a Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I Outdoor HD 3MP IP Bullet Security Camera 4mm, available at Amazon.

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Queen Anne package thief identified thanks to reader video

August 12th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Package ThiefA couple of days ago, we got an email from a reader who was the victim of package theft. It’s not the only report we’ve received in the past few weeks, but this particular one ends on a positive note.

The package theft occurred near 4th Ave W and W Howe St – but the video surveillance footage taken by the reader’s security camera was so clear, SPD was able to make a positive ID of the suspect, and they’re moving ahead with prosecution.

The suspect has a criminal record, and may have hit other Queen Anne homes. Granted, she’s likely not the only one out looking for easy pickings, so if you have a camera system, make sure it’s aimed properly as SPD can use it to identify suspects with criminal records. Check out the photo to the right – it’s taken from the video and is crystal clear.

The reader called the SPD non-emergency number (206-625-5011) and told them she had video footage. Reporting crimes online is easy – and definitely report all crimes big and small – but if you have video, call SPD. An officer can respond and use the footage to help identify the subject.

UPDATE: readers have been asking what camera the reader has – it’s a Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I Outdoor HD 3MP IP Bullet Security Camera 4mm, available at Amazon.

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Learn more about Seattle’s Block Watch program at Monday’s QACC Public Safety Meeting

June 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA Crime WatchHave you ever wondered how to start a Block Watch program for your little neck of the Queen Anne woods? It’s pretty straightforward and easy to do, and at tomorrow’s Queen Anne Community Council Public Safety Meeting, you can learn all about it from Terrie Johnston , our SPD West Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator.

The QACC Public Safety Committee Meeting is tomorrow, Monday, June 22nd from 7pm-8pm at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St).

The QACC is also requesting that current Queen Anne Block Watch captains, as well as those interested in becoming a Block Watch captain, attend this meeting. Having Block Watch captains at the meeting will help provide a forum for Block Watch captains and members to meet, learn from each other, and answer prospective Block Watch captains’ and members’ questions.

Here’s tomorrow’s agenda:

  • 7:00 – Sign-in and introductions to include any Block Watch captains present.
  • 7:05  - Ms. Johnston on the city’s Block Watch program and efforts to increase our crime prevention posture.
  • 7:30  - Q&A with attending members.
  • 8:00  - Adjourn

All are welcome to attend to learn more about crime prevention via the Block Watch program.

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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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