February 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
If 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.
Tags: gunpoint, Homegrown, robbery
December 4th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
The 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.
Tags: gunpoint, robbery, SPD
December 3rd, 2014 by Laura Fonda
UPDATE: the iPad stolen by the still at-large suspect has been recovered. According to SPD, “A good Samaritan contacted North Precinct officers about an iPad they found in the street in… Ballard today. Officers discovered it was the victim’s stolen iPad and have returned it to its rightful owner.”
SPD is still looking for the person pictured below. If you have any information about this crime please call detectives at (206)684-5535.
We were first tipped to a robbery at gunpoint last night when a Tweets-by-Beat came in for 4th Ave W and Crockett St, and had several people email us to ask about the incident – which took place around 7pm Tuesday night:
Today, we have more information to share via SPD’s blotter. According to SPD, a black male in his late teens, robbed a man who’d just exited a Metro bus, and was walking east (presumably on Crockett). A photo of a potential suspect is included below (he used the victim’s credit card in Ballard), if you have any information, contact SPD at (206) 684-5535.
NOTE: write-up below is from SPD, incident took place at 4th W and Crockett – the man had walked east from the bus stop, which would be on 6th Ave W.
Detectives are searching for at least one person after a robbery at gun-point in Queen Anne overnight.
The victim had just gotten off a bus at 4th Ave West and West Crockett St and was walking eastbound just after 7 PM Tuesday. The suspect, a black male in his late teens, pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet and iPad. The suspect walked away westbound after taking the belongings. As the victim stood there a red sedan pulled up and the driver asked about the robbery and the direction of the suspect. The driver then pulled away and was not seen again.
The victim called 911 and assisted them in tracking the iPad to north Seattle. Officers were unable to find the suspect, electronics or red sedan after an extensive search.
Officers have recovered photos of a possible suspect using the victim’s credit card to purchase items at a Ballard drug store. If you are able to identify the person or have any information of this case please call robbery detectives directly at (206) 684-5535.
Tags: gunpoint, robbery, SPD
May 4th, 2011 by Thea
Seattle police are looking for two suspects who reportedly held a Queen Anne resident at gunpoint while robbing her home this morning. According to the SPD Blotter, officers were called to the 1000 10 block of Fulton Street at the top of the hill at approximately 9:19 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, May 4.
The victim, a 74-year-old woman, told police that the two suspects, who she didn’t know and are described only as “possibly Asian or Latino males” in the report, entered her residence through an open back door at around 8:30 a.m. From the report:
The victim stated that the suspects had plastic ‘zip-ties’ with them, and one of the suspects was armed with a small black pistol.
The suspects held the victim at gunpoint inside her residence. The suspects went through the victim’s residence, taking a large amount of jewelry, cash and two firearms.
The victim, who was not injured in the robbery, called 911 after the suspects left. SPD officers conducted an area search for the suspects, canvassing the surrounding area for other potential victims and evidence of the robbery, but were unable to locate the suspects, or any evidence or witnesses. If you have any information about this crime, please contact SPD immediately.
Tags: armed robbery, crime report, Fulton Street, gunpoint, home invasion, robbery, SPD
February 6th, 2011 by Thea
A woman and her friend were robbed at gunpoint in a Lower Queen Anne apartment building at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday, February 4, according to a Seattle Police Department report. From the SPD Blotter:
On February 4th, at approximately 9:00 PM, the victim and her friend were inside her apartment in the 500 Block of 1st Avenue North when they heard what they described as a “friendly knock” at the door. The victim opened the door and saw a heavy set white female standing there. Suddenly, a large Samoan male pushed the female out of the way, shoved a gun in the victim’s face, then he and the female forced their way into the apartment. Once inside, the suspects began rummaging through the victim’s things in search for items of value. The suspects took several electronic items. As the suspects were leaving the building, a witness who apparently recognized at least one of the suspects as a suspect from another robbery that had previously occurred in the building, called 911 to report it. The witness also observed the suspects get into a car and drive away. They were last seen heading east on Mercer Street.
SPD officers conducted an area search for the suspects’ vehicle, but were unable to locate it. The SPD Robbery Unit was notified and responded to process the scene. No one was injured in this incident.
Tags: burglary, crime report, gunpoint, Lower Queen Anne, robbery, Seattle Police Department, SPD, theft
October 27th, 2010 by Thea
The Seattle Police Department is looking for the suspect, who allegedly carjacked a man at gunpoint, in an armed robbery near Kinnear Park in Lower Queen Anne last Thursday, according to a report by SeattleCrime. From SeattleCrime:
On the morning of October 21st, the victim was sitting in a parking lot on Elliot Ave waiting until after 9:00 am when he could legally park on the street.
A man walked up to the passenger side of the victim’s vehicle, and asked for a piece of paper to write an address on.
As the victim opened his door so he could get to a paper and pen, the suspect came up to the victim’s door, carrying a chrome handgun, with his shirt pulled up over his face.
According to the report, the suspect is described as a Hispanic male, mid-20s, 5’8, and round 215 pounds. The victim recounted that the suspect told the him to get out of the car or he would shoot him. He did so, and the suspect proceeded to drive off in his car. Police searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect or the vehicle.
Tags: carjacking, crime report, gunpoint, Kinnear Park, SPD