Queen Anne teen faces charges for 7-Eleven armed robbery

According to the Seattle Times, a local Queen Anne teenager has been charged with attempted first-degree robbery and first-degree assault for the January 2nd robbery of the Upper Queen Anne 7-Eleven at 1607 Queen Anne Ave N.

Here’s a quick synopsis from the Seattle Times:

“Just after 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 2, a masked male walked into the 7-Eleven store at 1607 Queen Anne Ave. N., pulled a gun and demanded that the clerk fill a backpack with money. The clerk didn’t believe the gun was real and threw a plastic milk crate at the would-be robber, hitting him in the right hip. As the clerk reached for another crate, the male fired a single shot, narrowly missing the clerk’s head. The gunman grabbed his backpack and fled without getting any cash.”

The next night/early morning, a local Queen Anne resident reported a burglary after finding a gun missing from the family’s safe. Only one of several guns was missing and with no signs of forced entry, SPD linked the two incidents, resulting in the arrest of 17 year-old Henry Hicks.

You can read the full story in the Seattle Times here.

Carjacking and robbery at gunpoint on Valley St on Saturday

At 6:30pm on Saturday evening, a woman was carjacked and robbed at gunpoint in the 200 block of Valley St. The suspect took her cash, keys, and white Fiat 500, and left the scene.

He was found after another woman was robbed at gunpoint (no neighborhood/location provided). She called 911 and reported that he was driving a white Fiat 500. A chase ensued and he was apprehended after crashing the car on an I5 exit.

Here’s the rundown from the SPD Blotter:

Man Arrested After Carjacking, Robbery and Car Crash
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Officers arrested a man after he stole a car, robbed someone, and then crashed the stolen car following a brief pursuit Sunday morning.

Officers were called to the 200 block of Valley St at 6:30 PM Saturday for a report of a car-jacking. The victim told officers that she was approached from behind by the suspect who pointed a gun at her and demanded money and her car.  The victim gave the man her cash and car keys.  The suspect got into the white Fiat 500 and drove off Southbound.

Officers flooded the area and despite a lengthy area check, were unable to find the car or suspect.

Sunday morning officers received a call from a different woman claiming to have been robbed at gunpoint.  The woman said the suspect was last seen driving away in a white Fiat 500.

Officers, knowing the description from the previous evening, again rushed to the area. Officers found the vehicle as it attempted to enter I-5. Officers briefly pursued the vehicle until the suspect driver’s behavior became too dangerous to continue. The suspect lost control on the Airport Way exit from I-5, crashing into another car.  The suspect and a person from the other car were injured in the crash.  Officers arrived  and called for Medics, who treated the injured at the scene.

Officers arrested the suspect and called Traffic Collision detectives, who continue to investigate.

Homegrown robbery suspect sought by SPD

Back in February, we reported on an armed robbery at the Upper Queen Anne Homegrown Sandwich Shop. Luckily, no customers were in the store and the employees were unharmed. No doubt, still a scary incident.

Turns out, the suspect in the Homegrown robbery has been rather prolific in his endeavors. He’s been hitting sandwich and coffee shops in the area, and SPD is looking for him, and is seeking tips from the public.

Below is the info from the SPD Blotter, along with photos, a video of the suspect, and a map of the businesses he’s robbed.

Detectives Seek Leads On Armed Robber Targeting Sandwich Shops and Coffee Stands
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Detectives are looking for leads that could help identify an armed robber, who’s been targeting restaurants and coffee shops in Queen Anne, Wedgwood, Ravenna, Maple Leaf, and Greenwood over the last three months. [Editor’s note: including the Homegrown on Queen Anne]

The masked suspect has walked into seven different businesses—sometimes just as staff are closing up shop—and demanded money from employees while holding them at gunpoint.

Detectives believe the suspect is a white male, 18-25 years old, between 5’8 and 6’0.

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Witnesses have reported seeing the man arrive at or flee from the scene of several robberies in a noticeably dirty dark green minivan. equipped with a rooftop luggage rack.

If you recognize the suspect or have any information about the case, please contact detectives at (206) 684-5535.

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Homegrown robbed at gunpoint this past Saturday

Homegrown extIf 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.

Video from Q13 includes interview with victim of Tuesday’s gunpoint robbery

QA Robbery SuspectThe 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.

Man robbed at gunpoint on Queen Anne Tuesday evening

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.

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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:

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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.

Queen Anne Robbery Leads Detectives North
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QA Robbery SuspectDetectives 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.