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Midday attempted carjacking and robbery on Lower Queen Anne

November 19th, 2014 by Laura

QA Crime WatchThe PI has reported on an attempted carjacking just after noon on Tuesday. There were two related 911 calls (neither has hit the SPD map yet) about a 30-year old man who first yelled at an employee at a W. Mercer St business, then tried to rob and carjack a man.

In the end, police arrested the man. He was booked him into King County Jail for investigation of robbery and a probation violation.

Here’s an excerpt from the Seattle PI click here to read the full article.

Man pummeled during attempted carjacking in Lower Queen Anne
Seattle PI
Posted on November 19, 2014 | By 

Someone called 911 about 12:34 p.m. to report a man screaming at an employee at a business on West Mercer Street, telling the employee to call 911 and then running off, Seattle police reports say.

Four minutes later, another 911 caller reported a robbery in the 500 block of Queen Anne Avenue North involving a man matching the description of the person reported earlier.

Upon arriving at the scene, a man screamed about needing medical assistance and yelled that the responding cops were not real officers — and then he declined medical assistance, according to reports.

The alleged victim told police he was seated in his vehicle with the engine running when a man opened his driver side door, police say. The man screamed that he needed his car to go to the hospital and the man in the vehicle offered to call 911 for him.

The man reached into the car and grabbed the car keys and an ice scraper, yelling at the occupant to get out of the car or he would kill him, reports indicate, adding that he had a gun.

When the occupant in the vehicle refused to leave his car, the man punched him in the face and on his left arm, also striking the vehicle several times.

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Teenage suspect robs woman on her way to work near Seattle Center

November 7th, 2014 by Laura

A woman was robbed on the street earlier this week on her way to work near the Seattle Center. The victim was on her regular route to work, and was approached by a white male, around 20 years old, 5-8” with a slim build. He threatened to slap her, then took her earbuds.

According to the police report, the incident occurred at 7:32am on Tuesday, November 4th at a location near 4th Ave and Broad St. The report states that she was near a business with a security guard, and that business name is not made public (Pacific Science Center, Space Needle, EMP, etc – all located near the location):

Robbery 4th and Broad map

Here are the details from the SPD report – some details are redacted, including the location landmark/company:

[Victim] stated that while she was walking to work through the (on the west side of the [redacted]) she was approached by an unknown male (WM, 20yo, 5’8″, slim build, blue rain jacket w/hood). The unidentified male stated, “I’m going to slap you!” and proceeded to walk towards her.

[Victim] began walking backwards while the suspect closed distance and shoved her back. [She] spilt her coffee and stumbled. The suspect then grabbed her headphones (green ear bud style) off her head and ran off southbound towards Denny Way. [Victim] screamed for help and was joined by a security guard from the [redacted].

The report goes on to state that the victim was not injured and had never seen the suspect. She was on her regular route to work and in her description of the suspect stated: “he did not look homeless” and “looked like a bored teenager.”

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Daytime attempted robbery and assault on Galer St early this month

June 14th, 2014 by Laura

QA Crime WatchThe summer criminal activity continues. We received the heads up from a victim of a daytime street robbery that took place on June 2. She wanted to pass along the information to Queen Anne View readers as a warning to be safe.

What’s especially notable about this crime is that it took place at 11:15am and on a busy street – Galer St between 2nd Ave W and 3rd Ave W (for reference, one block west from Trader Joe’s).

Here’s her account of the incident:

On Monday June 2nd, I was walking on Galer between 2nd Ave W and 3rd Ave W. A woman came out of an alley between those two streets and told me she needed my help. She pointed into the alley trying to signal me to go in there. I asked her what’s up? She said she needed help with her car. I asked her “what do you need?” She said “I need your purse”, and she grabbed my wrist. I pulled away and started running west bound toward Garfield. She chased after me and the maroon van in the alley also started coming after me. I ran up to somebody walking toward my direction. When I turned around, the van turned around and drove off into Galer and 4th Ave W, past Top Pot doughnuts.

I called the police and filed a report but I have not heard anything from them.  Somebody also told me that they heard a similar story happening to somebody a few months ago where a woman asked for help with her van but the person was in a hurry and didn’t inquire but also felt a weird vibe.

The woman was about 5’2, medium to heavy build, long black hair, looked like she was of Hispanic descent. Also dark and defined eyebrows. I hope this helps and that nothing serious will happen to anybody from these people.

Edit to description: the victim wrote us today to clarify the suspect’s age, estimated to be in her 20s.

The victim filed a report with SPD. If you know anything about this incident, or have seen the suspects in the neighborhood, please contact SPD via the non-emergency number – 206-625-5011. If you see suspicious activity or a crime in progress, call 911.

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Bold daytime burglary on Upper Queen Anne

June 4th, 2014 by Laura

QA Crime WatchWe have a report from concerned neighbors about a bold daytime break-in and burglary today around 2pm near 4th Ave N and Howe St.

A neighbor saw three young men (late teens/early 20s) wearing backpacks photographing a neighbor’s garage. The neighbor called 911 for suspicious activity, and the three criminals began throwing stuff out the second story of the targeted house. While the neighbor was on the phone with 911, they saw her and one mouthed “put down the phone”.

According to friends and neighbors, SPD arrived within five minutes. A report has been filed with SPD, but heads up that there is a group of very brazen thieves robbing houses on Queen Anne during the daytime when neighbors are at home and in sight.

Edited for proper terminology – burglary.

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Upper Queen Anne 7-Eleven robbed early this morning

February 16th, 2014 by Laura

The 7-Eleven at 1607 Queen Anne Ave N was robbed this morning around 2:30am. SPD arrived and arrested the suspect in the act. Here’s the scoop from SPD:

Robber caught in the act
Written by Detective Renee Witt on February 16, 2014

Robber was in the act of helping himself to cash when responding officers busted him.

On 2/16/14, at approximately 2:30 a.m., the suspect entered the 7-11 store in the 1600 block of Queen Anne Av N. He threatened to assault the store clerk, who retreated in fear.

The suspect went behind the counter and attempted to pull open the register’s cash drawer, and was in the act of doing this when officers arrived.

The suspect was taken into custody following a minor struggle. There were no injuries to the officers, the store clerk, or the suspect.

The 26-year-old suspect was heavily under the influence of narcotics, and was not coherent in his responses to questions. He was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.

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charley + may robbed this morning but SPD K-9 Ziva saves the day

December 18th, 2013 by Laura

Local Queen Anne shop charley+may was robbed this morning, December 18, at 3:49am. The thief got away with $7500 worth of merchandise and left a broken window in his wake – shopkeeper Lauren Formicola saw the suspect in her shop just as SPD arrived, and the suspect fled.

However, the K-9 unit was called in and saved the day! The dog found the suspect in an alley, with the Charley+May merchandise.

According to Lauren:

“This Christmas was almost ruined for charley + may but the Seattle PD saved the day with the K9 unit.  Mark Wong and his dog, Ziva, had worked a full shift but they came over anyway in the middle of the  night. 
Officer Seelig was key to directing the apprehension of the suspect. He called in K9 unit and back up.  He was trying to save my shop.  He saved christmas for charley + may co.”

A happy ending, save for the broken window, for charley + may, thanks to the prompt response of SPD and the K-9 skills of Ziva! She even has her own “trading card”:

Ziva card

You can check out more on Ziva, the only female SPD K-9, in the video that follows Ziva and handler Officer Wong (click the photo for the video):

Ziva video

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Another burglary reported in Upper Queen Anne

August 5th, 2011 by Thea

We just got this note about a burglary at the top of the hill around 1 p.m. Thursday from a Queen Anne resident who wishes to remain anonymous:

Just wanted to give you heads up that I just drove past a forced entry, house robbery on 5th Ave W. by the cemetery. Police were on the scene and there was a broken window and a flat screen TV in the driveway. I thought they caught the QA robber last week? Apparently not? Or a copycat.

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Tourist robbed at knifepoint after leaving Kerry Park

July 12th, 2011 by Thea

At approximately 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6 a tourist was walking back to his rental car (on the NW corner of 5th Ave W and W Comstock) from Kerry Park when he was approached by two unidentified men who robbed him at knifepoint, according to a Seattle Police Department incident report. The two suspects had been loitering at SE corner of 4th Ave W and W Comstock when the victim arrived. According to the police report, the victim told police that he felt an “innate fear” when he first saw the suspects, and almost didn’t turn onto W Comstock.

Despite his gut instincts, the suspect continued toward his rental car, crossing Comstock so that he was on the north side of the street opposite the suspects. The victim then heard both suspects cross the street behind him, shouting at him. The victim ignored them and continued on, when one of the suspects (Suspect #2) ran up behind him and grabbed his shoulder, turning him around. From the police report:

Suspect #2 shouted, ‘Give me your bag,’ (camera bag with sling). [The victim] said, ‘No I’m not giving you anything-there’s nothing in the bag’. Suspect #2 pulled a knife (fixed blade 3 inch, black handle, stab knife) and said, ‘You don’t want to risk it man’. [The victim] then gave the bag to suspect #2. Suspect #1 was standing there behind Suspect #2.

Both suspects ran off eastbound and continued northbound up 4 Av W, according to the report. The victim walked to his vehicle and drove around the area looking for the suspects, with no success. The suspects made off with the victim’s Canon 5 D mark 2 camera, camera bag and iPad. The victim flew back home later that day.

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Two women robbed at gunpoint by Seattle Center

June 7th, 2011 by Thea

Two women were robbed at gunpoint while walking near Seattle Center last week. Just after 2 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, two women were reportedly walking to their car, in the 2700 block of 4th Ave, where they had turned from Cedar Street, when one of two suspects walking behind them moved in front of them and demanded they give him their money, according to the police report.

At first the two victims didn’t believe the suspects were actually robbing them, the report states, asking “Are you serious?” At this point the second suspect responded “Yes, give me your money. He has a gun,” and the first suspect displayed a handgun. Both women then gave their purses to the suspects, who ran off to the north toward Seattle Center.

The victims immediately left the area and called police. Neither victim were able to describe the first suspect in much detail. The second suspect was described as a “light skin male” wearing a dark hoody. SPD officers conducted an area check with little success. Officers checked the block for potential security cameras – none appeared at surrounding apartment buildings, and those from the Fisher Interactive Network building across the street appeared to have a blocked view.

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Woman attacked in robbery on Queen Anne Ave N

May 17th, 2011 by Thea

At approximately 1:46 a.m. on Saturday, March 14 Seattle Police were called to the 1800 block of Queen Anne Ave N, the site of a robbery and assault. The victim was walking to her home, just two blocks away, when the suspect, described only as a black male wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and with long black hair, grabbed her purse, according to the police report.

The victim managed to dial 911 on her iPhone, but while on the phone the suspect grabbed her and dragged her about 20 feet, according to the report. The suspect took the cell phone out of her hands and proceeded down W Howe Street, however the victim was able to wrestle her purse back from the suspect before he left the scene.

A witness to the robbery told police they saw the crime unfold, but was afraid to get involved in case the suspect had a weapon.

The victim, who reportedly had scraped knees and elbows from the attack but no further injuries, declined medical attention and told police “she just wanted her phone back,” the report said. A couple of units reported to the scene of the crime and conducted an extensive area check, but were not able to locate the suspect.

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Police are searching for two suspects in a daytime home invasion and armed robbery

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.

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Woman robbed at gunpoint in Uptown apartment

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.

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