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West Emerson Overpass work finishes early and opens later today

December 19th, 2014 by Laura

W Emerson Overpass SDOTThe West Emerson Overpass repair project was scheduled to keep the exit off 15th closed through the new year. However, crews have completed the work early and the overpass opens later today after rush hour.

According to SDOT:

“This is the first major repair to the bridge since it first opened in 1959. In less than three months construction crews have successfully installed a new bridge girder, repaved the entire bridge deck, poured new sidewalks and curbs, installed new bridge expansion joints, and performed other repairs to the surrounding sidewalks and roads.”

Some weather-dependent work remains on tap for the West Emerson Overpass area. SDOC will be installing permanent striping when the weather allows in the new year. SDOT says this work won’t require another full closure, just some lane restrictions.

Starting tonight, you can expect the detour traffic routes to improve and the route on/off Queen Anne to be open again.

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Shop local on Queen Anne this holiday season and help out others too

December 14th, 2014 by Laura

Queen Anne Boston SantaOur recent post about Communique closing in the new year generated a lot of comments on Facebook and on the blog. A theme definitely emerged – shop local so independent shops stay on Queen Anne.

Now, while some of the most recent business closures are due to owners retiring, there are still empty storefronts on Queen Anne. If Queen Anne is known for supporting small, independent businesses, hopefully these locations will have a better chance of filling up with unique shops.

Help keep our local Queen Anne businesses going strong by shopping in the neighborhood. Our merchants not only help create the character of Queen Anne, but they also give back to the community.

And, while you’re out shopping on Queen Anne, here are some businesses can help you give back this holiday season:

Queen Anne Helpline Tree Lot, 2100 Queen Anne Ave N (Safeway north parking lot)
A holiday giving list wouldn’t be complete without the tree lot that benefits the Queen Anne Helpline. Open through December 21st or until they run out of trees!

Laurie Swanson Massage, 1817 Queen Anne Ave N, #210
Raffle to win a package of 5-60 min. massages. $5 per entry. Enter as many times as you like throughout December.  Proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline. Let’s help our neighbors in need! Drawing will take place 1/2/15 and winner will be notified by email.

Pharmaca, 1990 Queen Anne Ave N
Pharmaca is partnering with Solid Ground this Holiday Season, through December 24th. The goal of Solid Ground is to end poverty in the Seattle Area. Customers can purchase a gift bag ($10-$25) containing essential toiletries or baby items which Pharmaca will donate on the customer’s behalf.

If you know of a business that has a giving tree or something similar, just let us know and we’ll add it to the list. Happy Holidays!

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Communique closing in March after 27 years on Queen Anne

December 12th, 2014 by Laura

Communique closingA reader sent in a tip earlier this week about a “for lease” sign that went up on Queen Anne Ave N.

Turns out local card, gift, and toy shop Communique is closing up shop after 27 years of business on Queen Anne.

Communique windowThe shop has been in the current location at 2215 Queen Anne Ave N since 1993. The owners are planning to close in March, when the lease is up on the spot. They’ll be moving on to new and hopefully exciting adventures.

Until the end of March, you can still get cards, gifts, toys – plus, Nutcrackers for the holiday season – at Communique. Stop by and wish them well!

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Help out furry friends and join a Lower Kinnear Off Leash Area work party this Saturday

December 9th, 2014 by Laura

Lower Kinnear Dog Park dog and ballDo you and your pup use the Lower Kinnear Park Off Leash Area? Or, do you just like having the option for a dog park on Queen Anne? Well, if you answered yes, here’s how you can give back: join a Lower Kinnear Dog Park Work Party this Saturday, December 13th.

The Work Party kicks off at 10am and runs through 1pm. Tools will be provided and snacks too! You can park at a dedicated parking lot behind Queen Anne Upholstery at the end of W. Mercer Street. (Enter from 904 Elliott Ave W).

While it’s a dog park clean-up, it’s not a dog-friendly event. Dogs must be left at home during the Work Party. It’s humans-only until 1pm, when you can head home, fetch your furry friend, and return to a spruced up Off Leash Area.

RSVPs are not necessary, just show up and help out! Woof!

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Community meeting on Interagency Recovery School is this Wednesday at John Hay

December 7th, 2014 by Laura

SPS Recovery School tweetSeattle Public Schools is hosting a community meeting on the Interagency Recovery School this Wednesday, December 10th, 6:30pm-7:30pm. The school is slated to move into the old Queen Anne High School Gym at Galer St and 2nd Ave N, across from John Hay Elementary.

The meeting will be held in the John Hay Elementary cafeteria at 201 Garfield St and is open to John Hay families, staff, and Queen Anne neighbors. (if you received a rescheduled location notice, ignore it – the meeting is back at John Hay)

QA High GymThe Queen Anne High School Gym has been remodeled for the Interagency Recovery School. It was originally scheduled for a November opening, but SPS now estimates that the school will open in the space in early 2015.

The first notice the community received was via this blog. We were tipped to the activity at the old gym by a reader, and upon our inquiry, Seattle Public Schools issued a statement on the school. Now the community has its chance to ask questions about the school and the Interagency Academy Program.

Here’s Wednesday’s agenda:

  • 6:30-6:40pm – Welcome/Introductions and Opening Remarks
  • 6:40-7:15pm – Questions from the audience
  • 7:15-7:30pm – Individual time with staff members

Since the time for the meeting is limited, with only 35 minutes for Q&A, it is advised that attendees read the FAQ that SPS has put together on the Interagency Recovery School. It addresses 61 questions that SPS has received from the community. Due to its length, we aren’t re-publishing the FAQ here – go to this site to read it in its entirety.

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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

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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Traffic Alert: 5th Ave N and Viaduct closures this weekend

December 4th, 2014 by Laura

Once again, the positive spin on this week’s traffic is that it’s a good weekend to stick around Queen Anne. 5th Ave N will be fully closed between Harrison and Denny Way and the Viaduct will be closed between the Battery St Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge.

Here are the details from SDOT – note each closure has a different duration:

5th Ave N closure 12145th Ave N Closure
- 5th Ave N between Harrison St and Denny Way will be closed from 4am Saturday, December 6 until Monday, December 8th at 5am
- Crews will be removing sidewalk and pavement for replacement
- Expect significant traffic delays

Viaduct Closure
- SR99/Viaduct southbound and northbound lanes will be closed from 11:59pm Saturday, December 6th to 5am Sunday, December 7th
- Closure will allow crews to move heavy equipment across the roadway and conduct survey work on SR 99

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Video from Q13 includes interview with victim of Tuesday’s gunpoint robbery

December 4th, 2014 by Laura

QA Robbery SuspectThe victim of Tuesday’s night’s robbery on Queen Anne spoke with Q13 News last night. The man is not a Queen Anne resident, and it’s sad and frustrating that his introduction to our neighborhood was a scary one. (The suspect is still at large, so please contact SPD if you recognize the man in the photo to the right or have any info to share.)

He exited the bus on 6th Ave W and being unfamiliar with the neigbhorhood, he tried to make his way to a main road. He cites the dark streets as adding to the confusion and we do certainly have some streets that are very poorly lit. It gets dark around 4:30pm now, and not all streets are well-lit, even ones we think of as “safe” neighborhood streets.

He talks about the incident and offers advice based on his experience. For example, he didn’t get the license plate of the red vehicle that was likely driven by the robber’s accomplice – but, in the heat of the moment, many of us might do the same.

Here’s the coverge from Q13′s broadcast:

Here are tips from SPD to keep in mind as we continue to see crime increase on Queen Anne – be sure to call 911 if you see something suspicious or are a victim of a crime, and take note of this information if possible:

  • Good description of the person – race, gender, height, weight, age, clothing
  • Location – street name, number or hundred block, or address
  • Direction of travel
  • Identifying features and/or items: e.g. are they carrying a backpack? If so, what color is it?
  • Description of car and license plate number, if applicable

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.

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Tent City 3 moves to Seattle Pacific University next Saturday

December 4th, 2014 by Laura

TC3 WinterBack in October, we reported on Seattle Pacific University’s plan to host Tent City 3 from January 10th through March 7th. The move-in date for Tent City 3 has now been moved up to next Saturday, December 13th.

The community shelter will set up their tents on the northeast part of the Tiffany Loop lawn at SPU, on the corner of W Bertona St and 3rd Ave W.

SPU Tent City mapTent City 3 will remain at SPU through March 7th, 2015 as planned. The SPU land use application was approved for 6 months, so the school does have the option of extending TC3′s stay. The school is hosting a series of events to help educate both SPU students and the community on the issue of homelessness.

SPU’s series of community education events  are open to the public, and include films, talks, and discussions:

January 8: How to talk to people experiencing homelessness, 7pm, Weter Lounge
January 22: Public Policy and Homelessness. 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
January 27: Film Screening, 7pm, Emerson Hall
February 4: “Beyond the One Night Count” advocacy training,  7:00-8:30pm, SUB Collegium
February 12: Youth and Homelessness, 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
February 17: Film Screening, 7pm, Emerson Hall
March 5: “What we learned” Debriefing and next steps. 7:00 PM, SUB Gazebo Room

More information on the upcoming Tent City 3 at SPU is available via a FAQ on SPU’s web site. If you would like to volunteer or if you have questions, contact SPU via email.

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Celebrate Holiday Magic on Upper Queen Anne this Friday

December 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Holiday Magic poster 2014It may be his busiest time of the year, but according to HomeStreet Bank, Santa never misses Queen Anne Holiday Magic! This year is no exception as the jolly guy makes his 13th annual appearance at Holiday Magic. Along with shopping and fun, you can stop by HomeStreet Bank with your Christmas list and get a photo with Santa.

Be like Santa and don’t miss Holiday Magic! Many merchants have special deals, tasty bites, festive drinks, music, carolers, and more. Plus, neighborhood cheer and sparkly lights! Don’t miss it, this Friday, December 5th from 4pm to 8pm (note: Santa has to return to the North Pole at 7pm).

To help you plan your evening, here’s the list you need to have:

All the Best, 2127 Queen Anne Ave
- One free dog or cat toy with the purchase of 4 dog or cat toys

Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa, 1629 Queen Anne Ave N
- Giveaway for a 1 hr Naturopathic Facial

Blue Highway Games, 2203 Queen Anne Ave N
- Coloring Contest for Kids
- Roll a die to get 1-20% off

Cederberg Tea House, 1417 Queen Anne Ave N
Celebrate the holiday season with African holiday music and samples of Cederberg’s specialty Rooibos drinks and South African baked goods. Also available: build-your-own gift basket: choose from an assortment of South African cookies, candies, cakes, teas and gift certificates, specially packaged and priced so that you can create your own unique gift basket – a perfect holiday gift for friends and family.

Chocolopolis, 1527 Queen Anne Ave North
- Enjoy tastes of our hand crafted chocolate bars all night
- Sample our holiday chocolate treats:
4-5pm – Mint Meltaways 5-6pm – Peppermint Bark
6-7pm – Peppermint Drinking Chocolate 7-8pm – Chocolopolis Favorites
- Spend $100 and get $20 in Chocolopolis Bucks to spend in January 2015
- Receive a free copy of Raising the Bar: The Future of Fine Chocolate, by Pam Williams, with your purchase of our “Around the World in Chocolate” gift box.

Communique Cards, Gifts, & Toys, 2211 Queen Anne Ave North
- Drawing for a Nutcracker. Winner can choose from our stock of 200+ German Nutcrackers
- Free balloons for kids

Cupcake Royale, 1935 Queen Anne Ave N
- $2 off All Ice Cream Pints
- Buy One-Get-One-Free Espresso Drinks
- Free raffle to WIN a Sprinkle Party for 6
- 4-8pm – Frozen Cupcake Decorating Party, $5/child, RSVP online

Domani Pizzeria & Restaurant, 1515 Queen Anne Ave N
- Free Cup of Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate with a purchase of a Gift Certificate
- Warm up by the fireplace with Happy Hour prices ‘til 6pm

Haute Yoga, 2131 Queen Anne Ave N
- 5 classes $60 (save $25)
- 3 months unlimited w/ Free yogitoe towel (value $70) $375
- One year membership $1,099
- 10% off retail

HomeStreet Bank, 1835 Queen Anne Ave N
SANTA! Santa will be making his annual visit to the Queen Anne branch from 4pm-7pm. Please stop by to have your picture taken with Santa and enjoy holiday cookies and hot apple cider. We will have Ken & Anna Boynton playing Holiday Songs.

Laurie Swanson Massage, 1817 Queen Anne Ave N, #210
- 20% off online instant gift certificates all day Friday, 12/5
- Plus enter online raffle to benefit QA Helpline: $5 for chance to win a package of 5-60 min. massages ($475 value!)

Le Reve Bakery, 1805 Queen Anne Ave N
- All purchases are 10% off from 4pm-8pm

Mimisan Spa, 2207 Queen Anne Ave N
- Buy a gift certificate at Mimisan and get $10 off your pedicure
- 20% off on all products

My Dressing Room, 1817 Queen Anne Ave N
All in-store sweaters are going to be 10% off and Winter coats will be 15% off

Nancy’s Sewing Basket, 2221 Queen Anne Ave N
- Draw your discount from our holiday stocking and save 10-30% off your purchase – 2nd Annual Share-the-Joy Dress Raffle – Enter to win a new wardrobe for your American Girl DollTM, inspired by PNB Nutcracker, handmade by the Staff. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Place

Pharmaca, 1990 Queen Anne Ave N
Pharmaca is partnering with Solid Ground this Holiday Season, through December 24th. The goal of Solid Ground is to end poverty in the Seattle Area. Customers can purchase a gift bag ($10-$25) containing essential toiletries or baby items which Pharmaca will donate on the customer’s behalf.

Pistil Fresh Flowers and Gifts, 1422 Queen Anne Ave N
- 10% off all holiday plants and planters and holiday wreaths – note: only open til 5:30pm

Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave N
- 25% discount on all purchases
- free gift with any purchase over $50 during Holiday Magic
- Holiday treats and personalized book recommendations

Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W
- Dec 5th-7th, Antique and Collectable Sale
- Friday 5-7pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm

Queen Anne Dispatch, 2212 Queen Anne Ave N
- 20% off outerwear

Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot, North side of Safeway Parking Lot
- Purchase your trees, garlands, wreaths and more! Pro­ceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline and support our neighbors in need

Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts, 1621 Queen Anne Ave N
- Stop by for hot cider & cookies
- 10% OFF gifts tonight including: chic jewelry, scarves, candles, photo frames, ornaments, cards, wrap & more

Queen Anne Olive Oil, 1629 Queen Anne Ave N
- 20% off all purchases 4-8 pm
- serving holiday treats made with Queen Anne Olive Oil products

Robert Ramsay Cellars, 1629 Queen Anne Ave N
- Sample our namesake Mason’s Red wine
- Live music
- Ginger snaps for the kids!
- Save 10% on bottle purchases of 3 or more and an extra 10% on our annual case sale – total case savings: 20%
- Pre-assembled gift baskets with our wine, glassware, local chocolate from Chocolopolis and olive oil from Queen Anne Olive Oil Company

Storyville Coffee Company, 2128 Queen Anne Ave N
- Come and warm up by the fireplace
- Peppermint marshmallow hot chocolate for $1/cup
- Enjoy 20% off all desserts & pretzels

Stuhlbergs Home & Gifts, 1801 Queen Anne Ave N
- 10% off everything storewide

Seattle Gym, 1530 Queen Anne Ave N
- Come in and get a free 5-day pass

Three Birds, 2107 Queen Anne Ave N
- Celebrate the evening with champagne and tidbits
- Holiday tunes by a local accordion player followed by carolers

Umbrella Tree, 2111 Queen Anne Ave N
- Hot cocoa bar with complimentary toppings
- Complimentary bunting bar and gift wrapper making station
- Note: 4pm-7pm so the kiddos can get home early

Umpqua Bank, 1630 Queen Anne Ave N
- Refreshments and complimentary gift wrapping, 4-7pm

Union Bank, 1936 Queen Anne Ave N
- Photo booth will be here, with costumes and props, for family pictures

Vitality MediSpa & Medical Clinic, 1503 2nd Ave W
- 30% off of our Ulthera treatments, the only FDA cleared procedure to non-invasively lift the eyebrow, neck and under chin.

Vian Hunter House of Fashion, 6 W Howe St
- Serving champagne!

Yogalife, 8 Boston St
- 10% off any non-discounted regular pass, excluding the Surya Annual pass
- New students (new to the studio) can try a class for FREE on Friday!

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Wild Salmon Seafood and McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants are still open in the A&J Building

December 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Wild Salmon openWe’ve posted on the closing of A&J Meats several times since it was first announced in early November. We also highlighted that our local seafood and wine shops are staying open after A&J’s departure – but, it may have been overshadowed by the shock of A&J closing.

A&J’s last day of business was this past Saturday, but that doesn’t mean the building is shuttered too – in fact, there are still businesses at the location that need the neighborhood to thrive! If you’re looking for seafood or wine, the corner is still a destination location.

Wine openAs mentioned in previous posts, Wild Salmon Seafood has a lease through the end of December (and hopefully beyond) and McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants still has 2 years left on their lease.

Wild Salmon sandwichBoth businesses are trying to get the word out, as A&J closing was such big news, many people equated it with the whole building shutting down. There are signs posted in the windows, and if Wild Salmon is open, you’ll see their sandwich board on the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw St.

Help keep our local businesses in business – stop by for fresh seafood or tasty wine, and spread the word that the A&J building is still open!

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SPD arrests Queen Anne car prowler with help of K-9 Ziva

December 1st, 2014 by Laura

Ziva cardSPD caught one of our local car prowlers last night. Last year, K-9 Ziva helped track down a burglar, this year, she helped catch a car prowler. Early this morning, she cornered the prowler in a garage at 2nd Ave N and Aloha St.

The prowler had two loaded handguns and an outstanding warrant. Another good reason to call 911 when you see suspicious activity and people trying car door handles.

Here’s the full coverage from SPD:

K-9 Team Tracks Down and Arrests Car Prowler
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A Seattle Police K-9 team tracked down and arrested a 19-year-old car prowler early Monday after the suspect broke into a vehicle in Lower Queen Anne and stole a pistol.

The owner of the vehicle called police around 3:20 a.m. to report seeing the suspect in his truck on the 1000 block of 3rd Avenue North, and apparently steal his gun. The victim heard the gun being racked as the suspect left.

The K9 officer and his partner, Ziva, started searching for the suspect. Ziva found a strong scent and tracked the car prowler to an open garage near 2nd Avenue North and Aloha Street. The suspect was found beside a parked car in the garage. He was arrested without incident.

The victim’s gun was recovered. The suspect was also carrying a second loaded handgun and two vehicle titles that belonged to other victims. The prowler also was wanted on a Department of Corrections escape warrant. He was booked into King County Jail on the warrant and weapons violations.

Updated to include SPD write-up with additional details.

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