News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Armed robbery, apparently at Walgreen’s

February 22nd, 2018 by Mike

Seattle Police this afternoon released information on an incident last night: detectives are investigating after a North Seattle Drug Store was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night.

A 20-year-old woman was working the register at a store in the 800 block of Northeast Northgate Way just before 11 p.m.

The clerk was checking out items for a 24-year-old woman when a man wearing a hoodie and a mask over his face walked up to the register.  The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded cash from the register.

The clerk had difficulty opening the register and the suspect eventually gave up.  The suspect then took the customer’s purse and fled the scene.

K-9 officers searched the area but were unable to find the suspect. Robbery detectives are now working to locate any possible surveillance video from the area that may help identify the suspect.  If you have any information about this case please call robbery detectives at (206)684-5535 and reference case number 2018-65356.

→ No CommentsTags:

Armed robbery on N.E. 89th Street this afternoon?

August 2nd, 2016 by Mike

Update Aug. 3: There is now a partial police report for ROBBERY-STREET-GUN.


Neighbors report a young woman was robbed at gunpoint this afternoon on Northeast 89th Street between 12th and 15th avenues northeast.

Several police cruisers responded, although there’s nothing yet on the Seattle Police incident response map.

According to neighbors, the young woman was walking on N.E. 89 when a foreign car, possibly a BMW, with tinted windows and red rims pulled up.

Two woman got out of the car, pointed a gun at the young woman, and took her purse, they said. The car sped off north on 12th Avenue Northeast.

Police were said to be interested in anyone with surveillance cameras on 12th N.E. that might have recorded the car.

We have a call into Seattle Police.

→ No CommentsTags: , , ,

More details on neighborhood armed robbery

August 15th, 2015 by Mike

The full police report is now available for this armed robbery last month of a 14-year-old boy on Roosevelt Way Northeast.

The robbers were caught minutes later at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 94th Street.

In the report Officer Ed Medlock writes:

At 2234 hrs we responded to an armed robbery call at NE 88 ST and Roosevelt AV NE. The details of the call stated a fourteen year-old male said he was robbed at knife point of most of his clothes with the suspects having him count to 100 as they ran northbound.

As we were en route to the area, Officer Ellis told Radio that he had several subjects matching the description on the call walking northbound from NE 92 St and 12 AV NE. He followed them until more officers could arrive to contact the subjects.

The victim was left in his underwear and shoes, according to the report, which also shows 14 officers (and a police dog) were involved in the chase. Stolen items were strewn along the street (including at Maple Leaf Life South).

The K9 tracked east over to 12 AV NE and located several belongings, including his backpack, cell phone, the contents of his wallet, athletic clothing, and other miscellaneous items. The items were found in a linear path from the robbery scene to where the suspects were contacted. All items located on the track were photographed and then returned.

→ 3 CommentsTags: , ,

Armed robbery this morning on Northgate Way

June 29th, 2013 by Mike

Police are reporting an armed robbery shortly after 9 a.m. at Sally’s Beauty Supply, in the 800 block of Northeast Northgate Way.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a lone male suspect entered the store and walked up to the checkout counter. While holding a bandanna over his face the suspect ordered the female employee to open the cash registers and give him all the money. At that point the victim felt something hard pressing against her back that she believed to be a weapon (a handgun was displayed during the robbery).

After she gave the suspect the money from the registers the suspect demanded the money from the safe. The victim opened the safe and handed the suspect a bank deposit bag containing receipts. The suspect then ordered the employee into a back office and told her to place her hands behind her back as he threatened to bind her hands. At that point two customers entered the store causing the suspect to flee westbound on foot. The victim was not injured during the robbery.

Responding officers conducted an extensive area search however, the suspect remains at large. There is no suspect description available at this time.

Robbery detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

→ 3 CommentsTags: , , , ,

Suspect in six attacks has record, remains jailed

March 1st, 2013 by Mike

The 27-year-old suspect in a string of six attacks near here remains jailed on $250,000 bail, the King County Prosecutor’s office says.

The man, arrested Tuesday afternoon after he attacked a woman at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 71st Street, was identified in court charging papers today as Robin P. McDougall-Treacy, whose last known address was near Ravenna Park but who told investigators he now keeps his belongings in a rented storage unit at Roosevelt and Northeast 70th Street.

McDougall-Treacy was charged with second-degree robbery for the last of the six attacks, according to the charging papers, which also note he has a prior drug conviction and a conviction of fourth-degree assault for an attack on a juvenile in 2000, an attack that was originally charged as third-degree child rape.

His next court appearance is March 14.

The attacks began Feb. 2nd, and occurred through the Wedgwood, Roosevelt and Ravenna neighborhoods.

“This series is being investigated as a pattern crime, including six robbery cases to date,” police write in court documents. “In each case a lone older victim is confronted from behind by the lone white male as the victim is walking down the sidewalk.

“The suspect then slices a purse strap, or clothing in one case involving an elderly male victim, using what has been described as a knife and steals the victim’s purse/wallet,” the documents state.

On Tuesday afternoon police received several 911 calls from civilians reporting they saw, and in some cases were chasing, a robber carrying a knife and running through backyards near Roosevelt, the documents state.

Officers caught the man hiding in a backyard near Northeast 71st and 10th Avenue Northeast at about 1:38, the documents state. He or his clothing were identified by the robbery victim and several witnesses.

The victim told officers she was walking on the sidewalk at Roosevelt and Northeast 71st when she felt a slight tug on her purse strap, turned and saw the suspect with a knife. She wound up on the ground in the struggle, the court documents state.

Her stolen purse contained, among other things, her cell phone. When a detective called the number of that cell phone, “a phone could be heard ringing inside McDougall-Treacy’s backpack, that was recovered with him at the time of arrest,” according to the documents.

A search of the storage unit turned up two folding knives, one resembling the weapon in a previous attack, and a purse, the documents state.

→ No CommentsTags: , ,

Robber armed with knife in custody after new attack

February 26th, 2013 by Mike

Update: In comments, below, Miriam has provided a link to raw KIRO 7 helicopter news footage of the suspect being placed in a police car, and the victim being interviewed.


Police arrested an armed robber this afternoon after he attacked a woman on Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 71st Street.

Update: From a Seattle Police news release:

Police arrested a man armed with a knife in Roosevelt Tuesday afternoon after he stole a woman’s purse. The arrest comes after a string of similar robberies in nearby North Seattle neighborhoods, and detectives are investigating whether the cases may be connected.

At about 2:20 p.m. today, police received a report that a man in a windbreaker had cut the purse off the woman’s arm and ran through the yards of several homes near Northeast 71st Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast. Officers caught up to the man and arrested him.

Detectives were already working five similar robberies reported earlier this month.

The first robbery was reported on February 2nd, by a 91-year-old woman, who said a man armed with a knife had stolen her purse as she was walking up the steps to her home near Northeast 75th Street and 39th Avenue Northeast.

Almost two weeks later, on February 14th, a robber armed with a knife  cut open the back pocket of a 77-year-old man and stole his wallet near Northeast 60th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast. After stealing the man’s wallet, the robber shoved the man to the ground and fled.

On February 20th, a robber cut the strap off a woman’s purse near Northeast 72nd Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast—just a block from the scene of today’s robbery.

A half-hour after that incident, a robber armed with a box cutter sliced the strap on a woman’s purse near Northeast 65th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast, cutting the woman’s hand in the process.

Finally, on February 25th, a man grabbed a woman’s purse right off her shoulder as she was walking near Northeast 75th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast, as she was on her way home from the grocery store.

All the robberies, including today’s incident, took place between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Robbery detectives are now transporting the man arrested today back to police headquarters, where they will interview him. Again, detectives haven’t yet determined whether these cases are connected, but we’ll post any additional details about these robberies as we get them.

→ 3 CommentsTags: , , ,