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Headline: “Late-night munchies leads to pursuit of stolen car”

June 13th, 2015 by Mike

Hear any excitement overnight?

Seattle Police Detective Patrick Michaud this morning released this email:

Two officers were ordering food at a drive-through restaurant at 1 a..m. in the 2100 block of North. Northgate Way when they noticed something odd, a stolen car in line directly in front of them.

The officers called for reinforcements who arrived faster than the two people in the stolen car could get their food. The driver of the stolen car suddenly swerved out of the line and tried exiting the restaurant parking lot. Backup officers had already blocked all exits trapping the car.

The car stopped momentarily while the driver yelled that the female passenger had a gun. The stolen car suddenly sped backward ramming a patrol car six times before driving over a raised curb. Officers pursued the stolen car for 15 blocks before the chase became too dangerous to continue.

The King County helicopter, Guardian One, spotted the stolen car parked not too far from where officers called off the pursuit. As officers closed in on the stolen car it took off again, eventually going south on I-5.

Guardian One saw the car exit in the Eastlake area and drop off the passenger who was seen running into a nearby wooded area. The stolen car again sped away. Patrol officers, Guardian One, and Harbor Patrol units scoured the area, but were unable to find the suspects or the car.

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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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Police chase through Maple Leaf yards nets purse snatcher

August 22nd, 2011 by Mike

Seattle Police report they caught a would-be robber Sunday afternoon after a chase that ended in a Maple Leaf back yard.

It started just before 5:30 p.m. when a patrol officer was flagged down in the 8100 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast after a man tried to steal a woman’s purse. A suspect was still in sight on the sidewalk.

According to police:

Upon seeing the officer, the suspect began running, cutting through the yards of houses, dropping his backpack and a shirt. The suspect ran into the backyard of a house in the 400 block of Northeast 82nd Street, where he attempted to climb over a fence. The officer was able to take the suspect into custody without incident.

The victim told police she was walking southbound on the sidewalk on 5th Avenue Northeast while talking on her cell phone.  “She stated that she felt a hand on her hip and another on her purse that she carried over her shoulder.  She turned and was face to face with the suspect.”

The victim was able to identify her attacker, who she said put his hand over her mouth and shoved her to the ground, police report. He was attested for investigation of robbery and for several outstanding warrants.

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Police chase burglary suspects through Maple Leaf yards

March 31st, 2011 by Mike

Two burglary suspects were arrested Wednesday afternoon after a wild chase near Olympic View Elementary School, police report.

The incident began just before 1 p.m. on March 30 when officers responded to a 911 call of two male suspects prowling the backyard of a house in the 9700 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast, police said.

Officers arrived on scene and set up containment around the home in question. Officers discovered that the rear door of the residence had been kicked in and was open. While a search of the residence for suspects was being conducted another patrol officer in the area noticed two males matching the description of the suspects walking down the street several blocks away.

The officer stopped the two suspects and while waiting for back up to arrive both suspects took off running. Officers engaged in a foot pursuit through the yards of multiple blocks of houses. A large area of containment was established utilizing patrol, traffic, and Community Police Team officers, detectives, and Department of Corrections personnel. Both suspects were eventually captured and placed under arrest.

One suspect, an adult, was booked into the King County jail. The other is a juvenile and was booked into the county’s Youth Service Center.

Police reports also show a continued (relative) dearth of burglaries here.

Since our last report of only one burglary in March, the police crime map shows:

  • A home burglary reported Tuesday, March 29, in the 10500 block of 20th Avenue Northeast.
  • A home burglary on Tuesday, March 22, in the 9700 block of 19th Avenue Northeast. There, entry was made through a sliding door next to the kitchen and jewelry and electronics items were stolen.

In addition:

  • Cars were stolen Tuesday, March 29, from the 9000 block and the 5800 block of 17th Avenue Northeast.
  • A motorcycle was stolen Friday, March 25, from the 9100 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast.
  • A car was stolen Thursday, March 24, from the 8200 block of 15th Avenue Northeast.
  • A car was prowled Monday, March 21, in the 500 block of Northeast 77th Street.
  • A car was stolen Sunday, March 20, from the 8200 block of 16th Avenue Northeast.
  • A car was stolen Friday, March 18, from the 300 block of Northeast Northgate Way.

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