Alert: Woman reports of attempted child luring at Ballard Fred Meyer
Although Ballard is a neighborhood away, many Queen Anne residents shop at the Ballard Fred Meyer. (CORRECTED) It has been reported to QAV that a man allegedly tried to lure a 9 year-old girl and while SPD was contacted, they never showed up to confront him. Instead, the mother had to follow him, take a photo, and then follow up later with SPD (after a 48 minute wait).
Here’s her story from her Facebook page:
“Please be on the lookout for this guy. He tried to lure my 9 yo daughter in the Ballard Fred Meyer. He approached her and offered her popcorn, a necklace, and finally a can of beer (when she ignored him, perhaps he thought the 9yo would be tempted by alcohol?). He invaded her personal space and a store clerk was in the vicinity, overheard the creep, and ordered him to leave the store. Instead of leaving, he went to the in-store Tully’s and took a defiant seat.
At this point, I rejoined my daughter and heard what happened. I spoke w/the Store Manager (who was ‘acting’ and all of 20 and admitted that there was no store manager onsite) and this staffer refused to call the police.
Since the store was not taking this seriously, I called 911 and went to photo ID this asshat. Police never came and after a little while, the guy collected his cart filled w/beer, popcorn and necklaces (among other things) and left the store. I followed him in my car, bc the police never showed, and got some pix of him pushing his cart south on Leary towards Fremont. I called 911 a second time to provide an updated location for this perp and the nice 911 lady admitted that there was no chance of a squad car responding bc of too many incidents/too few officers.
Perpetrator had tattoos on his face and neck and was belligerent in tone and attitude. This is a bad bad guy who needs to be off the street before a less streetwise kid gets caught in his crosshairs.
Note: My 9 yo daughter and 12 yo brother were together in the store, away from me when this incident happened, bc I believe kids should learn how to navigate a grocery store. I usually send them (together) to find some items while I am getting the rest of the stuff. Not anymore.
UPDATE: Some follow up:
(1) I filed a police report with a very nice SPD detective. Waited on the phone line for 48 minutes on the non-emergency SPD line to get a staffer who in turn sent a squad car to my home. If this incident did not involve a child, I would have hung up. It is no wonder that crimes are under-reported in this town.
(2) Many have asked why Stella did not start screaming immediately. After the creep offered her a beer, she was taking a breath to scream bloody murder and at that instant the store clerk stepped in to intervene.
(3) Local media is involved, will see if this makes the news.
Feel free to share this story for constructive, public safety purposes. The perpetrator lured a child and he happened to be homeless. This is not exclusively a ‘homeless’ issue, but a broader societal issue of under-funded, under-resourced and flawed social/criminal justice system that allows creeps like this to walk the streets. It will take the collective efforts of the public sector, private sector (Fred Meyer….what were you thinking?), and NGOs to contribute to far-reaching, long-term solutions.
Queen Anne is #1… in car prowls!
It’s not your imagination, car prowls are not only up on Queen Anne, we’ve taken over the top spot for all Seattle neighborhoods. That’s right, we beat out downtown, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Ballard… well, every neighborhood! That’s right, we now have bragging rights for car prowls.
You can see the stats below for car prowls for the year-to-date, click for a closer look. And, yes, if you’re curious, I too have been a victim of car prowlers. What can we do? REPORT all car prowls to SPD. You can use the online tool for car prowls (and other offenses).
Imagine how high that blue bar would be if everyone on Queen Anne reported every car prowl? No neighborhood could touch us! Queen Anne for the win!
Next Neighborhood Safety Alliance is at SPU this Thursday
The Neighborhood Safety Alliance met earlier this month in Magnolia, with a standing room only crowd. Representatives from Magnolia, Queen Anne, Ballard, and North Seattle were on the agenda, joined by City Council members Sally Bagshaw and Mike O’Brien, and representatives from the Mayor’s office, SPD, Human Services, and the City Attorney. The main topic of discussion – RVs illegally parked on city streets – resulted in the Mayor’s plan to establish legal RV parking sites.
Residents also voiced concerns over SPD response times to 911 calls and the lack of response to cleaning up waste and debris from RVs. Attendees also requested more SPD patrols in the neighborhoods, including Queen Anne.
This Thursday, January 28th, the group is hosting another meeting, this time on Queen Anne at Seattle Pacific University’s Gwinn Commons at 6:30pm. An agenda isn’t available for the meeting, but the group’s website states the following:
“We would welcome ALL areas of the city to attend, especially those neighborhoods that feel the effects of RV’s in their neighborhoods.”
If you’re interested in the January 6th meeting, full video coverage (three 30 minute YouTube videos) of the meeting is available online via the Neighborhood Safety Alliance website.
Private Queen Anne Patrol meeting scheduled for January 14
Concerned neighbors are meeting this Thursday, January 14th to discuss a proposed private Queen Anne Patrol to help curb crime on Queen Anne. The proposed private security patrols would be neighbor-funded, similar to the Magnolia Patrol that started in December.
Note: the Queen Anne Patrol is separate from any SPD organized Neighborhood Watch groups. (photo to upper right used because the Queen Anne Patrol website is under construction)
The organizer of the Queen Anne Patrol is neighbor John Compatore, a former Oakland Police Department officer.
Private security in Magnolia runs $250 per year, per household with patrols on duty 4-6 days per-week. You can read more about the Magnolia Patrol here and here.
If you’re interested in learning more, you can sign up for updates on the Queen Anne Patrol website, and also attend Thursday’s meeting, which will be held at 7pm at the Queen Anne Baptist Church, 2011 1st Ave N. All are welcome to attend and learn more.
Early morning shooting behind Peso’s leaves one wounded
According to the Seattle Police Department, a person was shot at 1:30am this morning (Monday, December 28th) behind Peso’s Restaurant & Lounge at 605 Queen Anne Ave N. The victim was shot multiple times and transported to Harborview.
The suspects (one or more, number unconfirmed) escaped in a black vehicle, described by KOMO as a black Cadillac.
Here’s the current write-up from the SPD Blotter:
Officers are investigating after a man was shot early Monday morning in Lower Queen Anne.
Police received multiple calls of shots being fired near the 600 block of Queen Anne Ave N at 1:30 AM. Officers located a victim in the alley behind and performed first aid until the Medics arrived.
Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. Officers processed the scene for evidence and recovered shell casings.
Witnesses said that an altercation from a bar moved outside and into the parking lot behind when they heard shots fired. The suspects left southbound in a dark colored vehicle.
If you have any information about this case, please call the Homicide/Assault tip line at (206)233-5000.
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):
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.