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Man shot in nearby home invasion robbery

May 27th, 2012 by Mike

Update May 28: KOMO is reporting the victim has died.

Update 4:15 p.m. The is reporting that a new shooting in Greenwood makes this the most violent 4-day period here since 2008.

A man who operates a marijuana growing operation from his Pinehurst home was shot early this morning by a suspect who broke into the home, police report.

The shooting occurred just before 2 a.m. in the 12300 block of 11th Avenue Northeast, police said. “The suspect was confronted by the adult male homeowner. The armed suspect fired upon the victim, striking him in the chest,” according to police Detective Renee Witt.

“He was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injures. The suspect is described as an Asian male, 20-30 years old, medium height, slim build, short black hair, wearing a dark jacket.”

While officers were on the scene a second homeowner called in a burglary at a residence near Northeast 125th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast, but police didn’t find that suspect either.

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DNA evidence led detectives to home invasion robbery suspect

January 11th, 2012 by Mike

The man arrested this week for a home invasion robbery was charged today, a year after a woman was bound inside her Maple Leaf house.

In court documents, police say DNA evidence from the duct tape used to bind and blindfold the 52-year-old victim was the key to arresting Christopher Jacque Petersen, who was still living directly across the street from the crime scene.

In the court documents, prosecutors charge Petersen, 54, with first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary. He will make a court appearance Jan. 25.

According to the charging documents, the victim said she was asleep in her bedroom about 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 7, 2011, when she heard a loud smashing sound. She turned on a light and found a large, masked man standing at the foot of her bed wielding a croquet-like mallet.

Detectives say the woman pleaded with the man not to hurt her. According to the documents, he took her debit card and demanded to know her PIN, then pulled out a roll of duct tape and bound her ankles and wrists, and blindfolded her.

After he left, she freed herself and called police, according to the charging papers. On their arrival, officers found a smashed sliding glass door and observed that lights were on in the home across the street, in the 200o block of Northeast 96th Street. They also noticed a vehicle in the driveway across the street was driven off shortly after police arrived.

The next week detectives interviewed the heavy-set resident of the home – Petersen, according to the documents. He said he didn’t see or hear anything, but that he was awake that night and drove to QFC to buy cold medicine.

Detectives knew the debit card was used twice shortly after the robbery, at Wells Fargo ATMs in Lake City and Wedgwood. They sent the duct tape to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab – the DNA tests came back this November as belonging to a white male, according to the documents.

In mid-November detectives took DNA samples – cheek swaps – from Petersen, the court papers state. A crime lab report dated Jan. 5, 2012, shows the DNA recovered from the duct tape matches the samples from Petersen, the charging documents state.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, detectives served a search warrant on Petersen’s home and found clothing resembling the ATM surveillance videos showing the robber was wearing minutes after the attack, according to the court documents.

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Police arrest suspect in year-old home invasion robbery here

January 10th, 2012 by Mike

Seattle Police this afternoon announced they made an arrest in a home invasion robbery from slightly over a year ago.

On Jan. 7, 2011, a woman was tied up inside her home in the 2000 block of Northeast 96th Street by a robber who demanded her debit card and PIN, police said. The man, wearing a ski mask with the eyes cut out, broke in around 2:30 a.m., police said.

At that time, police today said:

The immediate neighborhood was canvassed by robbery detectives and the suspect, who lived across the street from the victim, was briefly interviewed (at the time of the interview, detectives did not realize that they were interviewing the suspect).

Also, the police released a photograph of the suspect using the woman’s card at an ATM in Lake City.

During the course of their on-going investigation, robbery detectives continued to develop new information.

On January 10, 2012 robbery detectives served a search warrant on the suspect’s residence in the 2000 block of N.E. 96th Street. The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to the robbery office. After being interviewed the suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.

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Robbery suspect arrested after chase near N.E. 107th and 15th Ave. N.E.

September 13th, 2011 by Mike

Update Sept. 14: Police today confirmed the suspect arrested here on Tuesday was wanted for a home invasion robbery that occurred on Aug. 31st in the 400 block of East Union Street.

At approximately 7 p.m. on that day, a known female suspect and the male suspect (yesterday’s arrest) came to the victim’s door.  Both were armed with handguns. The suspects forced their way into the victim’s apartment and demanded money and drugs from the victim.  They then left after robbing the victim.  Detectives were able to track down and arrest the female suspect in West Seattle on September 6th.  Information developed during the investigation identified the male suspect, and a bulletin was sent out to officers.  Yesterday, while on patrol, two alert officers observed the suspect in the car in North Seattle.


A suspect in an earlier home invasion robbery was arrested just north of Maple Leaf this afternoon after a crash and a short police chase, officers said.

The incident took place just before 1:30 p.m. when patrol officers spotted a wanted robbery suspect driving near Northeast 107th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast, police said.

After the officers spotted the suspect, the suspect began speeding away from the patrol car and collided into an occupied moving motor vehicle (it is unknown at this time if the officers had attempted to initiate a vehicle stop prior to the suspect fleeing).

The occupant of the victim vehicle was not injured. Immediately after the collision, the suspect fled the crash scene on foot.

Officers engaged in a foot pursuit while additional officers converged on the area. The suspect was located and taken into custody.

Officers said the home invasion robbery occurred in the city within the last few weeks.

According to emails and comments on our Facebook page, the arrest involved multiple sirens, overhead helicopters (possibly news crews) and a half-dozen officers with drawn weapons.

Publicola is reporting the home invasion robbery took place on Capitol Hill last month.

Last month officers crashed through neighborhood backyards several times in pursuit of suspects. Our stories are here and here.

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