“Property crime elsewhere in the country dropped, but new FBI crime statistics show that Washington leapt from third in 2012 to first in 2013 thanks in part to a 6 percent jump in car thefts. The trend demands changes on the ground and in state sentencing policy.”
You can read the full article here. If you experience property crime of any time, be sure to report it to SPD. For many crimes such as car prowls and thefts of items valued below $500, you can report them online.
As a victim of property crime overnight last night, I can attest that the online reporting tool isn’t the most user-friendly – but persevere so our Queen Anne stats can hit the database… even if there’s not much being done about them (yet?).
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 Seattle PI
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.
We all know that car prowls are an every night occurrence on Queen Anne. There are so many in our neighborhood (and across the city), that some months we have trouble keeping up with the counts – and those are just the ones that can be reported to SPD.
In September, we had over 60 car prowls and a repeat prowler caught on video by a Queen Anne resident – but nothing has happened to cut down on the nightly rounds of our local car prowlers. (note: we had several media requests resulting from this post, but nothing came of them)
As noted before, you can report car prowls online, but the report requires that something of value be taken. It’s almost like you have to leave spare change in your car so you can report something of value to log the statistic with SPD. It’s not enough that someone entered your car and rummaged through it, they have to take something too.
But, even if something is taken, it often seems that nothing is done. Now, car prowls are getting bigger attention. The Seattle Times has an article on car prowls that describes the issue with car prowls, calling them a “growth industry” that SPD allows to thrive.
Car prowling seems to have become a full time job for many criminals. It’s easy to do, hard to get caught, and the penalty is… well, read the Seattle Times article for a first-hand account of tracking a car prowler and SPD’s response.
Here’s an excerpt, go to the Seattle Times for the full article – and check out the comments, there are hundreds:
Police allow car break-ins to become a Seattle growth industry By Danny Westneat, Seattle Times
If your car is broken into and your stuff stolen, don’t bother calling the police. They won’t come even if you track down the thieves yourself.
In the past two weeks, there were an astonishing 426 smash-and-grabs reported in Seattle. A few years back, we did a front-page story about how car prowls had become the city’s top crime, with 370 in a two-week period. My thieves — unlike me — are working in a growth industry.
Seattle police, I get that this is petty crime. It’s on me for leaving stuff in the car. There also was no proof who did the smash-and-grab, so even if you had come, it would have been tricky to charge them with anything.
But it doesn’t take a detective to see how punting an entire crime category over to the insurance industry could cause these types of nuisance crimes to spiral out of control. One warning sign: In Seattle, the more serious car thefts are up a whopping 44 percent this year versus last.
Can we at least start making these thieves feel a little heat? Especially when they’re served right up for you in a silver minivan?
You can read about Danny’s frustrating experience with a car prowl in the full article. And, in the meantime, the only thing it seems we can do is double or triple check that our cars are locked every night. And, leave nothing of value in your car, unless you want to be able to file a report.
Earlier this afternoon, Seattle Pacific University was locked down when a student received a threatening text from an ex-girlfriend. The text intimated that she was on the SPU campus, but SPD determined she was in Skagit County. Skagit County Deputies arrested the suspect and will transfer her to SPD where she will be booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment.
Seattle Pacific University briefly locked down its campus Friday after a student got a threatening text message from a former girlfriend who lives outside King County.
The lockdown was lifted once it was confirmed the woman is currently in Skagit County and posed no threat to the school. The student reportedly received a text message from the suspect stating she would kill him and his friends. She also claimed to be on the Seattle Pacific campus at the time, which prompted a quick response from the Seattle Police Department about 2 PM.
It was quickly determined she was not anywhere near the campus. Skagit County Deputies located and arrested the suspect at a home outside Burlington for the threats. Deputies will later transfer her to Seattle Police before she is booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment.
Earlier today, a 16 year old student at the Seattle Center School brought a Molotov cocktail to the school. The Seattle Public Schools high school is located in the Seattle Center Armory building, so the Armory was evacuated. Students were released around 11am.
The suspect in the Molotov cocktail incident has been arrested by SPD:
Police arrested a 16-year-old and took him into custody Monday morning after getting a tip the student had brought an incendiary device to the Center School at Seattle Center. The school was evacuated as a precaution. There are no suspects outstanding.
Officers are with the students evacuated from the school. Police continue to investigate the incident.
The Seattle Center Armory building re-opened shortly before 11 AM. School officials canceled classes at the Center School for the day.
Detectives are still investigating the incident, but plan to book the 16-year-old suspect into the King County Youth Service Center for possession of an incendiary device.
Update on the August 30th shooting at 3rd Ave W and Prospect – audio of the 911 call and SPD response via radio is available on the SPD Blotter.
Suspect Made Threats Day Before Opening Fire on Officers Written byPublic Affairson
Police were investigating a man for sending threatening texts to family members the day before he opened fire on officers.
Officers began their investigation when they responded to a report of a disturbance in the 300 block of W Prospect Street. Officers made contact with the male resident and verified that he was the only person in the home.
Later that evening officers received information that the suspect had just texted threats to his family. Officers returned to the residence to arrest the man but didn’t locate him.
Seattle Police Force Investigations Team detectives are continuing to investigate every facet of this incident.
The following media details what residents and officers heard Saturday evening and depicts the firepower the suspect had at his disposal. [NOTE: go here for the audio and photos]
Gunman Fatally Wounded After Exchanging Gunfire with Police Written by Public Affairs on
Gunshots in the 300 block of W Prospect Street prompted at least one resident to call 911 just before 10:30 p.m. tonight. Responding officers arrived quickly and were greeted by the sound of continued gunfire.
The first officers on scene, including at least two who were rifle trained and equipped, took positions near the front of the house in question.
The adult male suspect was still outside brandishing his firearm, before quickly retreating into his residence via the front door. A short time later, the suspect came out again and opened fire on the officers. Two rifle equipped officers returned fire, fatally wounding the man. The suspect crawled into his house and out of view of the officers.
SWAT officers responded to the scene and attempted to make contact with the suspect, to no avail. SWAT officers sent a robot into the building and found the suspect, who by this time had succumbed to his injuries. SWAT officers entered the home and found multiple firearms including semi-automatic rifles and shotguns as well as body armor staged near the front door.
No one else was injured during this incident. It is still not clear what the suspect was shooting at just prior to and during officers’ arrival.
Detectives from the Force Investigations Team as well as Crime Scene Investigators are processing the scene, collecting evidence and statements. Per policy, members of the Office of Professional Accountability were on hand to observe the investigation.
Both officers involved in the shooting will be on paid administrative leave, in accordance with department procedure.
This investigation is ongoing. Information posted here is subject to change as the investigation proceeds.
You may recall the post earlier this week about the tag-team of daytime attempted street robbery suspects with a red/maroon van on Galer St.
The victim filed a report with SPD and gave a very good description of the woman who approached her and tried to steal her purse. (“A woman about 5’2, medium to heavy build, long black hair, looked like she was of Hispanic descent. Also dark and defined eyebrows.”)
Today, a reader wrote to let us know that something similar occurred today on Boston St:
“I just wanted to let you know that this afternoon, I had an event happen to me which was similar to that listed in the Queen Anne View, where I was approached by a short woman, asking for help, and a red van was circling… She was about 5′ to 5’2″, older, gray hair, Hispanic or Asian maybe? with a silver cane. If this is not a connected event but someone who actually needed help, I would like to apologize for not stopping, but when I saw the red van circling, I was suspicious, so I called the police to help instead.
This occurred in the parking lot at 1st Ave N and Boston. I reported it to the Seattle Police. You may want to let readers know it is still happening.”
It may or may not be coincidence, but it’s a good reminder to be vigilant about your surroundings. This is the time of year when we typically see crimes rise in the neighborhood. As lovely as our summer weather is, it also seems to coincide with an increase in crime.
More to come on residential break-ins, car prowls, and car thefts. If you see suspicious activity or a crime in progress, call 911.
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.
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