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Arrest on 92nd Street alarms neighbors

August 3rd, 2012 by master

Did the police cars wake your up last night, too?

Joanne and Laura both emailed us to let us know police cars woke them up around 1 a.m., and they wanted to know the scoop. Joanne writes:

Hi, I live on 2nd NE and 88th – does anyone know what was happening Thursday night around 1-2AM. I was awakened around 2 with several police cars in front of my house. I did call 911 and she said that they were looking for someone. When I let my dogs out in the morning I discovered that someone had forcibly opened 3 locked gates and left them open. I was lucky to discover this before my dogs escaped. Does anyone know what was happening?

And from Laura:

Anybody know what SPD was doing between 2-3am this morning? Seemed like 5 SPD vehicles were circling the area near the Latona cut through between 88th and 90th forever last night. Kind of scary!

Joanna and Laura, as well as other neighbors in the area alarmed by the police presence, will be happy to know that the suspect police were looking for was arrested. From the SPD Blotter:

Just before 1:00 am this morning, North Precinct officers responded to a suspicious circumstances call in the 800 Block of NE 92nd Street.  The caller stated that there were two men in a car that had been parked across the street for the past half hour.  One of the men had a flashlight.  As the officer was arriving, the car started to pull away from the curb.  The officer activated his emergency lights and the car stopped.  Immediately the passenger got out of the car and ran west and then north on 8th Avenue NE.  The officer contacted the driver, who remained in the car.  He told the officer that his friend ran because he had outstanding warrants.  A computer check of the man’s name confirmed that he had several outstanding warrants for his arrest, with a total bail of over $22,000.

Additional officers responded to the scene, as well as a K-9 team.  The dog and handler began a track for the suspect and located him in a yard of a house in the 200 Block of NE 85th Street.  The 43 year old suspect was taken into custody approximately 45 minutes after he ran from the car.  The suspect complained of soreness to his stomach from jumping over fences in an attempt to get away, so he was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.  After he was examined by medical staff he was then booked into the King County Jail for his many outstanding warrants.

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Home burglary suspects arrested at N.E. 80th St. and 17th Ave. N.E. as neighbors watch

October 27th, 2011 by Mike

Late Wednesday morning Nicholas Tweeted this photo and said: “5 cops at the corner of 16th and 80th.” (You might have seen it on our Twitter stream.)

By the time we got to the scene there were no cops, but today Per at the Wedgwood Community Council forwarded us a thread, saying “FYI. There have been more burglaries reported in the area you shared last week. According to the NE Seattle Moms listserve, the police caught a few suspects yesterday.”

A previous poster had referred to burglaries in an area he described as “north Ravenna/south Maple Leaf/west Wedgwood.”

According to the Mom’s thread:

About 11 a.m. my husband and I were coming home, turning at the 4-way stop of 80th, north onto 20th when one of the young men described below ran across the crosswalk, north on 20th. We were slowing to turn into our driveway and he changed direction, doubling back to 80th. He took off his coat and turned west on 80th. We called 911 and turned the car around to follow. Another car pulled over and the driver (who turns out to be A WITNESS to the runner climbing out the window of his neighbor’s house at 80th and 20th) chased the man and eventually took him to the ground at 80th and 17th where he held him until the police arrived. The man was arrested. The police said they were in the area for a burglary which happened 20 minutes prior.

The thread goes on to say a women in her 20s, accompanied by another man, was also arrested at a nearby bus stop. The men and the woman were black, and possibly similar to descriptions of burglars in the earlier posts.

“A shout out to the police (and so many of them) for responding so fast,” the thread goes on.

“And I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to email descriptions of suspicious activity. It has helped put the radar up for all of us and let us know IT’S OK TO CALL 911 whenever we see something not quite right.”

We’ve asked the Seattle Police for more details. Updated here.

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