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.
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.
We’ve had several readers write us about some shady door-to-door magazine salespeople in the past week across Queen Anne. Last June we provided information on solicitors from SPD, and our SPD contact has confirmed this information is still up-to-date.
A key point to note is that there are no licensed door to door magazine sales in the City of Seattle. Here are SPD’s tips to keep in mind as the solicitors make the rounds in our neighborhood.
Tips from SPD:
This is the peak time of year for door-to-door sales, including those using traveling sales crews. There are many legitimate companies in this industry with professionally trained salespeople, selling between the hours of 8:00am and 9:00pm, and a long history of law-abiding customer service. There are, however, less reputable companies in this business willing to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals who trust people knocking at their door. Sometimes residents forget to practice good personal safety.
Seattle Police officers respond to calls from citizens concerned about door-to-door salespeople. The results have ranged from the officers checking identification and sending the seller to the City of Seattle Revenue & Consumer Affairs office for their business license, to arrests of individuals posing as residential sellers, but wanted on warrants. There have also been arrests for aggressive behavior, threats made against the resident, burglaries, and assaults.
Homeowners may consider posting a sign indicating “No agents,” “No peddlers,” or “No Solicitors.” In Seattle, it is unlawful for any residential seller to attempt to gain admittance for the purpose of selling at any residence displaying one of these signs.
With these facts in mind, what should you do when a person knocks at your door?
BEFORE OPENING YOUR DOOR: LOOK FOR PROPER IDENTIFICATION. Acknowledge the knock since ignoring it may lead to an attempted burglary. It is preferable to speak to strangers through your door. In Seattle, all door-to-door sellers must display the residential sales identification which includes the seller’s photograph on their outer clothing. The residential sales agent’s license has the name of the licensee as well as the agent. It shall be endorsed with the type of product or service being sold. The license is only valid for the product or service specified. If you have any questions about whether a company is properly licensed, call the City of Seattle’s Office of Revenue & Consumer Affairs at 206-684-8136.
DISCLOSURE REQUIRED: Each residential seller shall, immediately upon contacting the prospective buyer, disclose their name, company and the product or service represented. If requested to do so, they shall leave the premises immediately. If the individual does not leave, or if an attempt to gain access is made by asking to use the bathroom, the phone or get a drink of water, refuse the request and ask the individual to leave. If you feel intimidated, pressured, or threatened at any time, call 911.
USE GOOD JUDGEMENT: It is safer not to allow the salesperson into your home. You are encouraged to avoid paying immediately. Do not give the salesperson cash or a check, as it may be pocketed and you will never receive the product ordered. Instead, find out from the seller how you can order directly from the company or receive the bill upon receipt of the product/service. If the salesperson is concerned about losing their commission for the sale, offer to provide their name when placing your order.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: In Seattle, if you make a purchase, the salesperson must tell you of your right to cancel the order and the contract must include a statement regarding the right to cancel. For each sale of ten dollars or more, the seller must provide a receipt or contract to the purchaser. Do not leave any blanks on your contract. Be sure the contract or receipt is dated and that it states the terms of the transaction, the amount of payment made and the name and address of the residential seller. It must also include a notice informing the buyer of their right to cancel the order any time prior to midnight of the third business day after the date of the transaction. A completed Notice of Cancellation (in duplicate) must be provided to the purchaser at the time they purchase from the seller. You do not need to provide a reason for canceling your order.
DO NOT GIVE IN TO HIGH PRESSURE TACTICS: Never be afraid to say “NO!” If a salesperson in your home tries to pressure you into buying their product, terminate your conversation with them. Take the time to contact the company directly if you still have interest in the product or service. Avoid making an immediate purchase in order to receive a “free gift.” If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
When should you call 911? If an unlicensed sales person shows up at your residence, call 911 and report it. Calling as soon as possible with a good description, direction the suspicious person is traveling, and address will all help officers locate the suspect(s).
And, as a general reminder, it’s not just the non-licensed solicitors that are targeting our neighborhood. Car prowls and break-ins are still occurring with too-regular frequency. For any suspicious activities or people, SPD advises calling 911 as soon as possible.
Here are the key items of information that help SPD when you call 911:
Good description of the person
Location – street name, number or hundred block, or address
Direction of travel
Identifying features and/or items: race, gender, height, weight, age, clothing, and any distinguishing features. Are they carrying a backpack? What color is it?
Remember to report all crimes and suspicious activity to SPD by calling 911 or the non-emergency number (206.625.5011).
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):
If you saw or heard the SPD black SUVs and SWAT vehicle racing through Queen Anne this morning, it was in response to an incident aboard a Victoria Clipper. Apparently a man stole a Victoria Clipper ship to get to West Seattle…
Man Arrested After Commandeering Victoria Clipper Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on
It was a morning of adventure on the high seas for Seattle police, the US Coast Guard and Port of Seattle police after a man stole a Victoria Clipper and headed out into the middle of Elliott Bay this morning.
Track of stolen Victoria Clipper
Courtesy of Natasha Chen, KIRO, via Twitter
The boat was discovered 300 yards out from Pier 69 on the Seattle waterfront around 7 AM, and It first appeared the clipper ship was adrift.
However, when a tugboat went to retrieve the boat they discovered there was a man on board and contacted the coast guard and police.
SPD’s SWAT, patrol and Arson Bomb Squad responded to Elliott Bay along with Port of Seattle police and US Coast Guard boat and helicopter teams.
Police negotiators contacted the man on the ship and, eventually, a tactical team boarded the vessel and arrested the suspect.
The man told police he had planned to take the boat to West Seattle.
The suspect will be booked into the King County Jail for yet-to-be-determined charges (piracy or grand theft vessel) and the boat will be towed back to port.
Seattle police are still working to determine how the man was able to commandeer the ship.
Per the SPD blotter, a man attempted to abduct two children at Coe Elementary around 3:40pm on Thursday. Note the description: white male in his late 40s to 50s, 5’10-5’11, 180 pounds, medium to heavy build, wearing a beige winter coat, a dark beige baseball cap, with gray hair, stubble, and squinty eyes.
Police Investigating Attempted Kidnapping at After School Program
Seattle police are working to identify a man who attempted to abduct two children from an after school program Thursday on Queen Anne.
Around 3:40 PM, the suspect approached a staff member at an after-school program housed at Coe Elementary, in the 2400 block of 7th Ave. W, and said he was there to pick up two children.
The suspect, who knew the full names of both children, claimed he was there to pick up the kids’ on behalf of their father, who was having car trouble.
The staff member followed the after school program’s child safety protocols and told the suspect he needed to show ID in the program’s office before signing the children out for the day.
The suspect never showed up at the office, so staff contacted the kids’ father. After the father told employees his car had not broken down and he had not sent anyone to pick up his children, staff members called police.
Staff described the suspect as a white male in his late 40s to 50s, 5’10-5’11, 180 pounds, medium to heavy build, wearing a beige winter coat, a dark beige baseball cap, with gray hair, stubble, and squinty eyes.
Police are looking at several leads in this case and continue to investigate.
This incident happened at 1am this morning on East Queen Anne (see map below for location), I’ll leave the post to the very detailed SPD blotter report:
Man Stabbed in Arm During Disturbance At Queen Anne House Party
Written by Detective Mark Jamieson on
A 24-year -old man received a natsy stab wound to his bicep following a disturbance that erupted following a house party early this morning.
At about 1:00 this morning, officers responded to a disturbance in the area of Taylor Avenue North and Newton Street. Officer arrived and it appeared that many of the people involved in the disturbance had left the area. However, officers discovered a significant trail of blood leading from the driveway of a house, down the street where it ended next to where a car had been parked. Witnesses told officers they saw several people get into a car and that one of them was bleeding badly.
Officers went back to the house where the blood trail started and contacted two men there. One of the men stated that he lived there with his mother, who happened to be out of town. He told officers that he and his friend decided to host a party, with just a “few invited friends.”
As sometimes happens, uninvited people showed up to the party. According to the hosts, there were about 20-25 people at the party, but they only knew about half of them. As the hosts were trying to end the party and get everyone to leave, a fight began outside the house between several people, and the victim was stabbed in the arm. It was then that neighbors and the hosts called 911. Officers did not locate any additional victims.
While officers were interviewing the hosts, another officer had stopped a car for speeding not too far from the house. One of the occupants in the car was bleeding from the arm and admitted to being involved in the disturbance. The victim ended up going to the hospital for treatment of his injury.
The officers responded to the hospital to get more information from the victim. At first he provided officers with a partial description of the suspect, but then later became more and more uncooperative and stated that he did not want to participate with the investigation. Doctors at the hospital stated that the injury was not life-threatening.
Officers documented the events and will continue to follow up on this incident.
From the SPD Blotter, this happened on Sunday. No description of the accomplice is available.
Quick Responding Officers Catch Burglar Fleeing House in Queen Anne Written by Detective Jeff Kappel on
Officers caught a daytime Queen Anne burglar after she jumped from an upstairs window. On September 8th at approximately 1:12 p.m. officers responded to a 911 complaint of two suspicious persons in an alley in the 100 block of West McGraw Street. At 1:14 p.m. a witness called 911 to report a female suspect breaking the window glass on the back of a residence in the 100 block of West McGraw Street. A short time later the homeowner arrived home to find his front door ajar and the female suspect upstairs. When the suspect saw the homeowner she jumped out the upstairs window and was promptly arrested by a uniformed patrol officer who had arrived moments earlier. Additional officers searched the exterior and interior of the house to include the surrounding neighborhood but were unable to located the suspect’s accomplice.
The 36-year-old female suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Burglary.
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