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Jeep attacks cyclist on Ship Canal Trail near SPU

July 24th, 2013 by Laura

Ship Canal Trail Cyclist Attack

Photo courtesy of Seattle Bike Blog

From the Seattle Bike Blog comes a scary story of what may be “attempted vehicular assault” on a cyclist this morning on the Ship Canal Trail near Seattle Pacific University. According to an email sent to the Seattle Bike Blog, a cyclist was almost run down by a man driving a white, late 90s Jeep Grand Cherokee on the trail (yes, on the trail, not on the road).

If you saw anything this morning around 7:30am or have seen the car described, please contact the Seattle Police Department. Here’s the description from the blog:

“55-65yr old white man, plaid shirt, wire glasses, driving a late 90′s white jeep grand cherokee. This was on the Ship Canal Trail between 3rd and 6th avenue (right near SPU and the Ship Canal. Cops came and took a report, but neither me or the really nice neighbor who came down and also gave a report to the police got a license or photo. The police will likely write it up as attempted vehicular assault, this was at about 7:30am this morning.”

Luckily, the cyclist is safe, but his bike was totaled, as you can see in the photo. For the full story, go to the Seattle Bike Blog, and keep an eye out for the suspect.

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Possible child abduction attempt near Coe Elementary

June 3rd, 2013 by Laura

From SPD – this incident occurred this morning, Monday, June 3rd, near Coe Elementary. Please call 911 if you see the suspect or have more information. And, remember to report all crimes to 911 as soon as possible.

 A woman left her 4- year-old son in her parked car while she walked her daughter to Coe elementary school in the 2400 block of 7th Av W, this morning just shortly after 9:00 a.m.

When she returned, she noticed a Hispanic male, between 25 to 32 years of age, light complexion, 5’9” to 5’10”, very thin, with shaved head, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans, walking away from her parked car abruptly.  The woman did not realize anything had happened until she got to her vehicle.  Her 4- year-old son told her that the man tried to get into the car by trying all the doors.

The woman then watched the subject get into a bright red, shiny Pontiac Grand Am.  She tried to follow the vehicle but lost sight of it.  She did not call 9-1-1 until 20 minutes later.

Officers arrived and conducted an area check for the suspect. He was not located.  Officers immediately notified the surrounding schools in the Queen Anne area.

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Suspicious activity near 5th & West Galer

October 2nd, 2012 by Elyssa

We’ve been tipped to some suspicious activity near the intersection of West Galer & West 5th.  Over the last few days, during morning and early afternoon hours, several people have noted a male being on their property, ringing doorbells (we’re assuming to see if the house is empty) and generally giving people the creeps.  As always, the tipster would like us to make everyone aware of this and if you see any weirdness going on to report it.

The Police non-emergency line (206) 625-5011

If it is an emergency use 911

The Police now have “Tweets by Beat” that you can sign up to follow via Twitter.  There are several beats for the Queen Anne neighborhoods but the @SeattlePDQ2 and @SeattlePDQ3 are the ones for the top of the hill area.  Lower Queen Anne is @SeattlePPDD1.  More information can be found on the Tweets by Beat website.

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Cars damaged overnight on top of hill

May 23rd, 2012 by Cory Bergman

Queen Anne View reader Lincoln told us he found several damaged cars Wednesday morning while walking his dog in Upper Queen Anne:

I noticed a number of parked cars with significant damage. One was on Queen Anne Ave in front of Bartell’s (parked diagonally), and a few more were around the corner on 1st Ave W near Crockett (parallel parked). The damage must have happened last night – there were still bits of shattered plastic and glass on the ground near the cars.

We’ve been unable to find a police report on the incident so far, but will pass along any details if/when we do.

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Suspect wanted in US Bank robbery

May 22nd, 2012 by Cory Bergman

The FBI is asking for your help in finding this suspect in a bank robbery Friday afternoon at the US Bank on 8th Ave. N, between Dexter and Westlake Ave. The armed suspect is described as a white male in his 40s to 50s wearing black clothing. Here are the security photos:

“Based on similarities in the subject’s appearance and in robbery methods, investigators believe this subject may have been responsible for the robbery of a Key Bank in Issaquah on March 24, 2012,” the FBI said. If you see the suspect, you’re asked to call 911.

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Car prowls heating up across Queen Anne

May 18th, 2012 by Cory Bergman

It’s that time of year when the weather warms up and car prowlers step up their activity. Using Seattle Police data, we compiled a map of Queen Anne car prowls for the month of May so far. By our count, 25 different incidents scattered around the neighborhood — with some definite clusters:

View Queen Anne car prowls in a larger map

This is a great reminder to keep your valuables out of view and park in well-lit places. Here are more tips from Seattle Police.

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Rodgers Park defaced by graffiti

April 10th, 2012 by SA

The tennis courts at Rodgers Park are currently littered with graffiti. A concerned neighbor reported the graffiti to the City’s Graffiti Report department of Seattle Public Utilities, and writes in to let readers know how to do the same when encountering graffiti in the neighborhood.

The city’s Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance requires property owners to remove graffiti in a timely manner. You can visit the website to report directly. You can also volunteer to be part of cleanup efforts in our neighborhood.

According to the Graffiti Ordinance, owners have ten days from notification to get the graffiti cleaned up.

Rodgers Park

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Window shot by BB gun

April 9th, 2012 by SA

Neighbors living at the corner of Galer Street and 4th Avenue N report finding one of their windows shot with a BB gun. “Has anyone seen or heard anything in the past couple of weeks that could explain my new window decoration?” asks homeowner Lawrence Stein.

Mr. Stein is over at the corner of Galer St. and 4th Ave. North and noticed the BB gun bullet hole in his front front window on April 5. He believes the incident occurred April 3rd or 4th. The hold is about one inch in diameter.

Seattle Police Department took no report, saying they do not come out for BB guns, a bit surprising given some newer BB guns have much more power and range than a child’s toy.

Any tips, please contact and we will pass them along.

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Neighbor warns of possible car prowler

February 8th, 2012 by Cory Bergman

Amy sent us this note:

Just wanted to pass along a message to Queen Anne residents to remind them to lock their car doors when parked on the street. This morning around 5am I let my dog outside and saw a young woman with dark hair and a backpack going up and down 4th Ave. W trying the handles on car doors to see if they were unlocked. I shouted at her that I could see her car prowling and she ran off. Hopefully we can avoid any unpleasant surprises with a reminder to our residents.

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Queen Anne artists has stolen work returned

August 23rd, 2011 by Thea

Last week we reported on Queen Anne artists Jennifer Phillips, who had 170 pieces of hand-painted jewelry–$11,000 and over two months worth of work–stolen out of her car outside the Goodwill flagship store on Dearborn, setting her back months in her work and leaving her without any inventory to sell at a number of upcoming shows. We’re happy to report that this week Jennifer was reunited with her work.

A box containing her hand-crafted jewelry, all oil paintings done on the back of pieces of wood and Scrabble tiles, was found at a bus stop outside MIH (“make it happen”) Studios in Rainier Valley. The folks at the studio heard about Jennifer’s missing work on the news, and contacted her to return the items. KOMO4 recorded the meeting:

Jennifer also had a number of personal items stolen in the incident, including a Macbook computer, iPhone and purse, but she was most concerned about finding her lost art.

“All my personal items can be replaced… but all the time and effort and creativity that went into making my art, will never be recovered,” she wrote Queen Anne View.

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Queen Anne artist has $11K worth of work stolen

August 16th, 2011 by Thea

Local artist Jennifer Phillips, who lives and works in Queen Anne, had $11,000 worth of her work stolen from her car on Friday, August 12. The items missing – over $7,000 in hand painted jewelry, and her purse, iPhone and Macbook computer – was her livelihood, and the result of over two months of work. Now Phillips has turned to the community to help her locate her missing pieces, in the hopes of salvaging some of what was lost.

“I was coming home from delivering new work to the Columbia City Gallery on Rainier and decided to stop by the local Good Will – my way of giving back to the community a little bit,” Phillips wrote to Queen Anne View. “[I] did a little shopping, and came out to the parking lot only to discover that my Jeep had been ransacked! A “brave” move for the thief because not only was I parked next to the busy donations line in the lot, but also because the lot is covered in security cams and lots of eyes patrolling the parking lot.”

Phillips is a full time artist who makes a living by showing and selling her original hand-crafted work at galleries and art festivals around the Pacific Northwest. The inventory stolen out of her car a few days ago – over 170 pieces of hand-crafted jewelry that took her several months to produce – were meant for a show happening later this month. Without them she will have nothing to sell. And unfortunately for Phillips her car was parked in the lot’s only blind spot and the security cameras didn’t catch anything on the thief.

“My work?… all miniature oil paintings that I paint with a magnifying glass and tiny brushes on exotic hard woods, suspended from sterling silver and brass hand assembled even on real twigs,” she wrote. “And today, some jerk takes them all from me. Gone in the blink of an eye and probably thrown in the garbage after realizing that it wasn’t money in the box he/she stole from me.”

Phillips hopes the unique look and design of her work will make the missing pieces more identifiable, and maybe even help her track some of them down. She is asking community members to keep an eye out for her pieces. Phillips, who is expecting her first child, is less concerned with the personal items she lost – for her the most important thing is recovering whatever she can of her missing art so that she doesn’t loose the last months worth of work.

“All my personal items can be replaced… but all the time and effort and creativity that went into making my art, will never be recovered,” she wrote. “Just a reminder to never get too comfortable with leaving things in your car.”

The theft took place around 7 p.m. on Friday, August 12 at the Goodwill flagship store off of Dearborn.

Brief description of loss: Macbook, iPhone, black purse, jewelry case containing over $7,000 worth of my hand painted original jewelry pieces that can not be reproduced. The case looks like an artsy cash box – brown “pleather” with plaid strips, hard case, with handle almost like a fancy lunch box. Jewelry has sterling silver chains and they are all contained in little zip lock baggies.

Phillips is asking anyone who spots any of stolen work to email her through her website, or contact Seattle Police Officer Ducre (#7527) directly at 206-684-4300. The case reference number is 11-264527.

Phillips interviewed with a number of local TV stations over the weekend to help spread the word. For more examples of what her work looks like, check out this piece by KOMO4 News.

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Woman assaulted in Lower Queen Anne Tuesday

July 4th, 2011 by Thea

Rebecca was walking to her Lower Queen Anne home alone around 1 a.m. last Tuesday when she was assaulted by a man who was not interested in robbing her, she says. The incident, which took place in front of the Iris Apartment building on Roy Street near 4th Ave W, shook her. She writes,

The assailant did not take my purse, and it is clear that his intention was sexual assault. I screamed and fought and someone in the Iris apartment building shouted that they were calling the police, and the guy ran off into Kinnear Park. I managed to walk away with just a fat lip (and some stitches and bruises) – but it could have been much, much worse.

Rebecca filed a police report before going to the hospital, but as of last Friday the suspect had not yet been caught. She provided this description:

It was dark and I can’t be certain, but I think the man was a homeless guy I’ve seen in the neighborhood before: white male, 5’10″, 170 pounds, dark chin/shoulder length hair that is wavy/matted, full beard.

Rebecca hopes that her experience will serve as a reminder to those in the community to be aware of their surroundings, and cautious for themselves and their neighbors, especially at night. She wrote,

I still feel that Queen Anne is a wonderful place to live (the fact that neighbors responded within seconds when I screamed is testament to that) but we shouldn’t be complacent about safety. Gentlemen, please consider walking ladies to their cars/homes late at night. And ladies, trust your instincts – if someone looks sketchy, walk away and go to a well lit place (like Bartell’s) or carry something like pepper spray in your purse.

Also, for those of you in the neighborhood, if you hear a scream or tussle outside late at night, please don’t hesitate to call out and say you’re calling the police. I am so fortunate that the residents of that building didn’t just roll back over and go to sleep, or call the police silently and hope for the best; the reason the guy ran off is because someone shouted “I’m calling the police, and coming right down.”

In February of last year another Uptown resident, also on her way home alone, was pushed down and kicked in the face and chest repeatedly just a block away from this recent incident, at Roy and 3rd Ave W. In this case the suspect was after her purse, but the crime startled both the victim and many of her neighbors, who organized an Uptown block watch program in response. This most recent attempted assault is a testament to the need for continued neighborhood safety programs, such as block watch groups, especially in corners of the neighborhood that are poorly lit at night and susceptible to crime.

If anyone has any information on this incident, please contact Seattle Police right away as the suspect is still at large.

Update 11:40 a.m.: We just received an update from Rebecca, who says her injuries are healing up well. Since the incident she’s been working on ways to improve safety in the neighborhood. She writes,

I’m speaking with a reporter who might do a piece on it, and I’m going to try and have him focus on the response of my neighbors, but also the need for street lighting at the end of West Roy Street and the city/county/state to cough up the rest of the funds to make Kinnear Park safe. It has helped that they cleared out so much of the underbrush, but it needs lighting and the other safety features that are part of the new park design. It would also be great if the city would allow us RPZ zone parking (we keep asking and they keep brushing us off) so that residents on the West Mercer/Roy corridor can park their cars near their homes at night; I often have to park 5 or 6 blocks away if it’s a night that people are out at the bars, or there’s an event at Seattle Center.

I haven’t heard anything from the police, but my hope is that he’ll be spotted now that so many people are on the lookout. I definitely want to make sure that women in the neighborhood are smart and safety conscious late at night.

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