Suspect in stolen shuttle bus leads SPD on chase through Queen Anne

Cars hit by busYesterday, we had several reports from readers on a car chase led by a car rolling only on its rims and a tour bus on a rampage, crashing into cars along its route. Plus, reports of helicopters over West Queen Anne and Interbay.

Turns out, it was all the handiwork of one suspect. He started the chase in a stolen car near the Magnolia Bridge, taking off down Elliott Ave. He then stole a tour bus (shuttle type) near the waterfront and headed to Queen Anne. The chase ended when he crashed into another car in the 3200 block 14 Ave W.

Photos to the right are from a reader via Twitter, showing the damage left on Queen Anne in the wake of the chase. Full write-up of what happened is below, from the SPD Blotter:

Man Driving Stolen Car Steals Another Vehicle, Crashes

Officers arrested a 34-year-old man after he was spotted in a stolen car, stole another vehicle and crashed into multiple cars in the Queen Anne neighborhood.

Witnesses called 911 just before 10:30 Friday morning saying there was a car hidden behind some bushes in Ursala Judkins Viewpoint Park. Arriving officers checked the plate and discovered it was attached to a stolen car.  They tried to contact a man who was in the car’s driver seat when he put it in gear and sped off. Officers followed the stolen car as it careened through a fence and into a patrol car.  Officers briefly lost sight of the car until they saw a large plume of smoke above the car driving on just its rims in the 100 block of Elliot Ave. W.  Officers called off the pursuit due to the suspect’s increasingly reckless behavior.  Officers followed a trail of damaged cars, and even a Metro bus, to the  suspect’s stolen car near a parking garage near 1 Ave. and Bell St.

Another victim called 911 minutes later after the same suspect pulled them from their van and sped off from a hotel at 2100 Alaska Way.  The suspect continued fleeing until he crashed into another car in the 3200 block 14 Ave. W causing the van to catch fire. The suspect exited the burning van and used a fire extinguisher to stop the flames.  Officers eventually arrested the suspect not far from where he crashed the van.

Medics took the suspect to Harborview Medical center for injuries sustained in the crashes, however no other injuries were reported.

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
Written by Detective Patrick Michaud on

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.

SPD investigating homicide under Magnolia Bridge

Magnolia Bridge camp SPDAnother person was killed on the edge of Queen Anne this week – this time, under the Magnolia Bridge. (Early Saturday morning, it was the Shell at the corner of Denny and Queen Anne Ave N). At 9:30pm Monday night, SPD responded to 911 calls about an assualt under the bridge at 15th Ave W and W Garfield St, where there is a homeless camp. One woman was killed, other people were injured.

Here’s the full story from SPD:

Homicide Investigation Under Magnolia Bridge
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The suspect is now in custody after he was shot by a SWAT officer following a lengthy standoff with police.

At about 9:30 pm on August 24th officers responded to 911 calls of an assault near 15th Avenue West and West Garfield.  Officers arrived and located an adult male with serious injuries.  The victim directed officers toward under the Magnolia Bridge, stating that a man had assaulted a woman inside a tent.  When officers went to investigate, they located an adult female who had been beaten to death inside the tent.  A male suspect was in another tent nearby refusing to come out and still armed with a weapon.  The male victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Negotiators responded to the scene and attempted for the next several hours to convince the man to surrender peacefully.  He refused.  SWAT officers responded and one officer used his weapon when the suspect charged from his tent, striking him in the leg.  The suspect was taken into custody and the Seattle Fire Department medics immediately treated his injury.  The suspect was then transported to HMC for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury.

Homicide and CSI detectives are now resuming their investigation at the scene safely, while another group of detectives are investigating the officer-involved shooting.

More information will be available about this investigation once detectives are able to sort through the evidence and process the scene.

Early morning shooting at Lower Queen Anne gas station leaves one dead

Gas Station shootingThe Seattle Police Department has posted a blotter post on an early morning shooting at the Shell gas station at the corner of W Denny and Queen Anne Ave N. One person died from gunshot wounds, two more were injured.

If you have any information or tips on this open investigation, please contact SPD at 206-233-5000.

Here are the details from SPD:

Detectives Investigate Fatal Shooting in Lower Queen Anne

Homicide detectives are investigating an early morning shooting at a gas station at Denny and Queen Anne Avenue North.

Officers responded to several 911 calls of shots fired shortly after 3:00 am.  When they arrived, they found a 22-year-old man dead and two other men with gun shot wounds. Seattle Fire responded and transported the two injured men to Harborview Medical Center for emergency treatment.

Homicide and CSI detectives responded to the scene, interviewing witnesses and canvassing for evidence. After further investigation, detectives have determined that the shooting took place inside of the parked car and that suspects and victims have been accounted for. Detectives have not ruled out the possibility that the shooting occurred as a result of a drug robbery.

This remains an active and on-going investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call SPD Homicide tip-line at (206) 233-5000.

UPDATE: Package thief identified, SPD seeks help in finding her

Package ThiefAs a follow up to Wednesday’s story about the package thief caught on video, the suspect’s identity has been released by the Seattle Police Department – and SPD is asking residents to call 911 if you see her.

Per SPD, here is the suspect’s information:

  • Melissa D. Gonzales
  • 39 year old white female
  • 5’10, 160lbs
  • Brown hair, blue eyes

If you see this woman around Queen Anne, call 911. Here’s the full surveillance video footage captured by the reader’s security camera – it’s a Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I Outdoor HD 3MP IP Bullet Security Camera 4mm, available at Amazon.

Queen Anne package thief identified thanks to reader video

Package ThiefA couple of days ago, we got an email from a reader who was the victim of package theft. It’s not the only report we’ve received in the past few weeks, but this particular one ends on a positive note.

The package theft occurred near 4th Ave W and W Howe St – but the video surveillance footage taken by the reader’s security camera was so clear, SPD was able to make a positive ID of the suspect, and they’re moving ahead with prosecution.

The suspect has a criminal record, and may have hit other Queen Anne homes. Granted, she’s likely not the only one out looking for easy pickings, so if you have a camera system, make sure it’s aimed properly as SPD can use it to identify suspects with criminal records. Check out the photo to the right – it’s taken from the video and is crystal clear.

The reader called the SPD non-emergency number (206-625-5011) and told them she had video footage. Reporting crimes online is easy – and definitely report all crimes big and small – but if you have video, call SPD. An officer can respond and use the footage to help identify the subject.

UPDATE: readers have been asking what camera the reader has – it’s a Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I Outdoor HD 3MP IP Bullet Security Camera 4mm, available at Amazon.

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