Last week’s report of an attempted abduction of two children from a Coe Elementary at an after-school program has taken a positive turn. Turns out, it was a miscommunication, and there was no danger to the two children. The suspect was actually thier emergency contact.
Miscommunication Leads to Kidnapping Investigation at After School Program
Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on November 15, 2013
Update on 11/18: After investigation of the incident, detectives have determined that an emergency contact was in fact attempting to pick up the children on behalf of their parents. The children were not in any danger and detectives have closed the case.
Per the SPD blotter, a man attempted to abduct two children at Coe Elementary around 3:40pm on Thursday. Note the description: white male in his late 40s to 50s, 5’10-5’11, 180 pounds, medium to heavy build, wearing a beige winter coat, a dark beige baseball cap, with gray hair, stubble, and squinty eyes.
Police Investigating Attempted Kidnapping at After School Program
Seattle police are working to identify a man who attempted to abduct two children from an after school program Thursday on Queen Anne.
Around 3:40 PM, the suspect approached a staff member at an after-school program housed at Coe Elementary, in the 2400 block of 7th Ave. W, and said he was there to pick up two children.
The suspect, who knew the full names of both children, claimed he was there to pick up the kids’ on behalf of their father, who was having car trouble.
The staff member followed the after school program’s child safety protocols and told the suspect he needed to show ID in the program’s office before signing the children out for the day.
The suspect never showed up at the office, so staff contacted the kids’ father. After the father told employees his car had not broken down and he had not sent anyone to pick up his children, staff members called police.
Staff described the suspect as a white male in his late 40s to 50s, 5’10-5’11, 180 pounds, medium to heavy build, wearing a beige winter coat, a dark beige baseball cap, with gray hair, stubble, and squinty eyes.
Police are looking at several leads in this case and continue to investigate.
Monday is Veterans Day and quite a few local Queen Anne businesses are thanking veterans via discounts and freebies. If you’re a veteran, all you need to do is show proof of service on Veteran’s Day at these Queen Anne businesses:
Brown Bear Car Wash – Free “Bear Essentials” tunnel car washes to all current or former members of the military
The Lower Kinnear Off-Leash Area (aka Dog Park) opened back in February, and it’s been a great spot for Uptown and Queen Anne canines to frolic and play. However, dog parks don’t just regenerate – they require work from human overlords to keep them clean and freshened up.
That’s where you come in – volunteers are needed at a work party this Saturday, November 9th from 10am to noon. This operation is a human-only endeavor, as new wood chips will be spread about with shovels and the city’s heavy duty equipment isn’t dog-friendly.
The last work party was a party of only two, and that’s just not enough! Hey, it has a 10am start, a pretty reasonable hour for a Saturday, and your pup and others will benefit from the 2 hours you donate.
There’ll be coffee, water and lite bites for volunteers. Plus, you get to meet other dog park supporters and help get the park ready for our rainy season.
Show up at the Lower Kinnear Dog Park work party this Saturday, November 9, 10am-noon. You can access the park from a lot behind Queen Anne Upholstery at904 Elliott Ave W or you can walk through the park from the entrance on Roy St.
And note, the park is closed to pups during the work hours. But, after the work is over, the pups can roam freely on fresh wood chips in a safe environment!
Charley+May is hosting an author signing with a twist this Friday. Queen Anne author Karen Tripson has a new novel, The Cooking Class in Kuala Lumpur, and she’ll be at Charley+May, 2225 Queen Anne Ave N, from 4pm to 6pm on Friday, November 8th – and there will be food too!
All are invited to the free event, and if you love food, wine and cooking, it’s likely right up your alley. The food tasting part of the event will feature bites of sweet, salty, spicy recipes from the book, such as Shrimp with Coconut Curry dipping sauce and Rojak Salad on a Stick with a sweet dipping sauce, plus, white wine to sip with the bites.
This author event celebrating culinary fiction and food is free to all! Add it to your Friday plans, along with Queen Anne Dispatch’s Friends & Family event, just across the street.
Local shipper and unique boutique, Queen Anne Dispatch, is throwing its annual Friends & Family event. On Friday, November 8th, the party runs all day with 20% off fall fashion.
From 6pm to 10pm, the shop will amp up the party with DJ Mullet spinning tunes, a nail tech from Butter of London providing complimentary manicures, and local jewelry designers showing their wares and chatting with customers.
Uptown is changing as new developments start to go up and the Uptown Urban Center becomes a reality. A year-long planning effort is kicking off this Thursday, November 8th, with an Uptown Community Open House at the Seattle Center Pavillion (305 Thomas St).
Input received from residents, business owners, and community organizations will help design the Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Uptown Urban Center. Thursday’s open house is being hosted by the Department of Planning and Development and the Uptown Alliance, and they need your input, as well as your help in spreading the word about the meeting.
The Open House runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, and it’s open to anyone with an interest in the future of Uptown. What issues are at hand? Success for local businesses, affordable housing for renters, cyclist and pedestrian safety, transit options, the arts, potential school and library locations, and everything else that makes up a walkable, vibrant, liveable neighborhood.
Here are some key questions that’ll be on the agenda:
What do you love about Uptown? What do you wish was different?
How do you use the public spaces in Uptown?
What would make you use them more?
What role does Seattle Center play in your Uptown experience? What uses and/or services are needed in the neighborhood? What questions are we missing?
You can check out the City’s Uptown plan online and the Uptown Alliance’s Facebook page to check out the key issues and background on the Urban Center plans.
Think about what you’d like to see in a future Uptown Urban Center, and bring those ideas to Thursday’s meeting.
Operation Nightwatch is an organization that helps the poor and homeless in Seattle, and this time of year is key for gathering warm clothing items. For people who spend the winter outside, dry, warm socks make a big difference – and Targy’s Tavern is helping out with its Sock Drive for Operation Nightwatch.
All you have to do is drop off socks at Targy’s through next weekend, and they’ll take care of getting them to the organization. Plus, you can enjoy a beer or cocktail at one of our local watering holes too!
According to Targy’s, the Sock Drive is running low on socks this year, so you can really make a difference with your donation.
Thanks to Targy’s for helping out with this Sock Drive! And – a quick edit – they are OPEN today for the Seahawks game at 1pm. Go Hawks!
Just two weeks ago, the Queen Anne Helpline held its annual Gala fundraising event. It was a huge success, with over 250 attendees and at the end of the night, $98,000 in donations, thanks to the generosity of the community. (thank you, Queen Anne!)
At the Queen Anne Helpline Gala on October 19, executive director Lisa Moore introduced a new program being launched by the local non-profit – a program to help hungry kids get nutritious lunches on weekends.
According to the Helpline, one in four children in Washington lives in a family that experiences hunger, and our state ranks 14th for both hunger and food insecurity. Many low income public school students receive free lunch and breakfast at school, but their families can’t provide the same for them on weekends, away from school.
The Queen Anne Helpline is partnering with Queen Anne Presbyterian Church and the Ballard Food Bank on Weekend Food for Kids, a program that provides weekend food for eligible kids - 3 meals each day plus snacks.
The program has launched with a small group of students, and will soon expand to all eligible students in neighborhood schools before the end of the school year.
It’s that time… the trick-or-treaters are done for the night, and you’re either left with extra candy or have kids whose coffers are more than full. What to do? Check out the Candy Buyback program! Two local Queen Anne dentist offices are participating, and it’s a sweet deal for kids and the troops overseas too!
Halloween Candy Buyback is a program where extra Halloween candy gets sent to troops overseas via Operation Gratitude. The program sends 60,000 care packages with Halloween candy to the troops – last year, they shipped 127.5 tons of Buyback candy.
Dentists participate and help promote good dental hygiene for kids by buying back the extra candy. Here are the local participating Queen Anne dentists, with the key details on their hours and deals for candy (note: only unopened candy).