February 24th, 2015 by Laura
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
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
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
November 19th, 2014 by Laura
The 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
Posted on November 19, 2014 | By Lynsi Burton
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.
Tags: carjacking, robbery, SPD
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):
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.”
Tags: robbery, Seattle Center
June 14th, 2014 by Laura
The 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.
Tags: crime, robbery, SPD
June 4th, 2014 by Laura
We 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.
Tags: home break-in, robbery, SPD
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.
Tags: 7-Eleven, robbery
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”:
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):
Tags: Charley+May, dogs, robbery, SPD
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.
Tags: crime report, forced entry, robbery, SPD, Upper Queen Anne
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.
Tags: crime report, Kerry Park, knifepoint, robbery, SPD
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.
Tags: 4th Ave, crime report, handgun, held at gunpoint, robbery, Seattle Center, SPD