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More car prowls, attempted Northgate robberies, a police picnic

June 24th, 2016 by Mike

First, the attempted robbery, Wednesday afternoon at a grocery store just north of Maple Leaf, police said.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the three suspects–two 14-year-old females and one 15-year-old female– entered the store near Northeast 123rd Street and 15th Avenue Northeast. The suspects went to the deli section of the store and took a couple of sandwiches and combination meals they had ordered and then put the items inside a backpack. The group then left the store without paying for the items. When the Loss Prevention Officer contacted the group outside of the store, one of the suspects produced a Swiss Army knife and opened the blade. The Loss Prevention Officer backed off, and the suspects ran off northbound.

Officers were called and located the trio hiding several blocks away. One of the suspects was listed as a runaway and had a misdemeanor warrant. The three suspects were positively identified and arrested. It is believed that the same three suspects were involved in a similar robbery at a store at the Northgate Mall a week earlier, where they set off a fire extinguisher in a security office and attacked a security guard.

On car prowls, on Thursday police released year-to-date figures that show, in the North Precinct, as usual, Northgate leads all the rest:

This is not true for the entire city, though. Both downtown and Queen Anne have hundreds more than Northgate so far this year.

The full graphics are here.

Last month police reported we were fourth in car prowls. In March, and by different metrics, we were No. 1. [Read more →]

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Found: Car and house keys and TWO orange shoes

August 2nd, 2015 by Mike

Update 10 a.m. Police came out and picked up the shoes.

Update 9 a.m. As noted in comments below, the second shoe has been spotted and we picked it up.

M.L. emails overnight:

This (Saturday) morning just before dawn I found car and house keys next to Mojito’s restaurant near Safeway (at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 75th Street).

Easy to tell which car but impossible to tell which house. I will post a sign near there later today. Could you also post a notice on your blog, please for the owner to identify and come forward? Thank you!

In addition, an orange Nike sports shoe wound up in the front yard at Maple Leaf Life South, off 12th Avenue Northeast, on Thursday morning.

It’s conceivably related to the armed robbery Wednesday night of a 14-year-old boy at Roosevelt and Northeast 85th Street. The robbers, according to police, took a backpack but most of its contents were “strewn along the sidewalk from the scene to where the robbers were found.”

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Three teens arrested after armed robbery in Maple Leaf

July 30th, 2015 by Mike

A 14-year-old boy was robbed at knife point Wednesday night in Maple Leaf, Seattle police say.

In an email early this afternoon Officer Lauren Lovanhill writes:

Officers arrested three robbers last night and recovered stolen property belonging to a 14-year-old boy shortly after they were taken at knife point.

The boy was walking home from his friend’s house in Maple Leaf just after 10 p.m. last night when two subjects, 15 and 16-years-old, ran up to him. They grabbed him and pulled him to the side of a building where another 18-year-old suspect approached and held a knife to his neck and demanded his wallet and backpack. The robbers asked what size shoe he wore and when he told them 9.5, they told him he was “lucky that his feet were small.”

The robbers stole his backpack along with the clothes off his back and ran off.

The victim flagged down a bicyclist who offered his cell phone to call 911.

Officer Ryan Ellis found three suspects matching the description not far away. The victim confirmed the three detained were the same people who robbed him.

A K9 officer arrived and helped locate the victim’s stolen items. Most were found strewn along the sidewalk from the scene to where the robbers were found. The rest of his property was found in the pockets of the suspects as well as the knife used.

One of the suspects was booked into King County Jail and the other two were juveniles and booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of Robbery.

The email does not give an exact location. However, the Seattle Police crime map shows a ROBBERY-STREET-WEAPON at Northeast 85th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast at 10:27 p.m. Wednesday.

In addition, Jodi posted Wednesday night at Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

Several police vehicles arrived at corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 94th Street, following one patrol car that used a megaphone to tell the occupant to “come out, now.” This was about 10:30 p.m. and cars with flashing lights still there. Anyone with information would be appreciated if you post.

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Detectives seek armed coffee robber – struck twice here

May 10th, 2015 by Mike

Police detectives are searching for an armed robber who targets restaurants and coffee shops – including one in Maple Leaf.

The robber hit the Mug Bugs Coffee Stand at 5th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street (at Rick’s Chevron) in both March and April, according to a police press release.

Other targets during the last three months include the neighborhoods of Queen Anne, Wedgwood, Ravenna and Greenwood.

The masked suspect has walked into seven six different businesses —sometimes just as staff are closing up shop—and demanded money from employees while holding them at gunpoint.

Police said victims include Subways on Greenwood Avenue North and 35th Avenue Northeast, the Black Pearl restaurant on 35th Avenue Northeast and Muddy Waters Espresso on North 65th Street. Not shown on the map is Homegrown Sandwiches on Queen Anne Avenue North.

The police press release and map are here.

Detectives believe the suspect is a white male, 18-25 years old, between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet tall.

Witnesses have reported seeing the man arrive at or flee from the scene of several robberies in a noticeably dirty, dark-green minivan. equipped with a rooftop luggage rack.

If you recognize the suspect or have any information about the case, please contact detectives at (206) 684-5535.

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Four arrested after knife attack at Northgate Transit Center

April 3rd, 2015 by Mike

Police dog in action! Video by King County Sheriff Air Support.

A police helicopter and K-9 team assisted in the arrest of four people near Northgate Transit Center about 11 p.m. Thursday.

Two others got away after a confrontation that included a knife, police said. The arrests were made about 10 blocks away in Maple Leaf, at Northeast 95th Street and  First Avenue Northeast.

From Seattle Police this morning:

Last night, shortly after 11:00 p.m., two victims and four witnesses were in the Transit Center when they were approached by a group of six black males. One of the suspects said, “There are six of you and six of us,” and displayed a knife.

One of the suspects attempted, unsuccessfully, to take one of the victim’s cell phones. Failing that, he tried to take the victim’s wallet, while another suspect struck another victim in the face.

Fearing for their safety, the group being attacked ran away, being chased by the suspects. As they were fleeing, one the victim’s shoes came off while he was running, and was picked up by the suspects. Employees of a nearby business heard the chase and called 911.

Officers arrived in the area quickly, along with a K-9 team and the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Guardian One. Containment was set up, and the K-9 and his handler began a track.

With the assistance of Guardian One, four of the six suspects were located and arrested without incident in the 100 block of Northeast 95th Street. The victims were able to positively identify one of the suspects as the main suspect, and he was later booked into the Youth Services Center.

Two other suspects were booked into YSC and the King County Jail, while the fourth person arrested was identified and released from the precinct, with charges being requested.

The victim only suffered minor injuries and declined medical attention. Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.

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Police seek help in identifying two criminal suspects

March 20th, 2015 by Mike

Seattle Police this week are asking the public’s help in identifying two criminal suspects.

One shot a man during a robbery in Meadowbrook, the other attempted to abduct a woman at gunpoint near the University of Washington.

Neither crime occurred in Maple Leaf, but both are nearby and we are posting as a public service.

The bearded police sketch is of the abductor.

“Police have compiled a sketch of a man who tried to abduct a woman at gunpoint near the University of Washington campus last month, and detectives are hoping someone out there recognizes him.

The suspect pulled a gun on a woman around 10 pm near 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 55th Street on February 22nd, and tried to force her to follow him.

Two men interrupted the suspect’s abduction attempt and walked the woman home.

The victim described the suspect as a white male in his 20s, 5-foot-4 with blue eyes and a “scrawny” build. He had blonde hair and a goatee, and was wearing a blue coat, dark jeans, and a backpack.

If you have any information about this case or recognize the man in the sketch, please contact detectives at (206) 684-5550.

The Meadowbrook robbery may have occurred during a drug deal gone wrong, police say.

Police are still looking for two robbers who burst into a Meadowbrook home on March 12th and shot a man during a struggle. Detectives haven’t yet identified the robbers, but they’re hoping video—captured by a security camera inside the home–may lead them to the suspects.

If you recognize the men in the video, please contact the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.

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Neighbors report crime news here

February 24th, 2015 by Mike

Robin emails this afternoon:

Just wanted to alert our neighbors that our home (we live on Northeast 102nd Street here in Maple Leaf) was broken into in broad daylight yesterday morning.

There were at least two intruders, possibly three in a gold-colored car with tinted windows and they smashed two windows and ultimately just bashed in the front door. Some valuables and our safe were stolen.

Thanks to the quick response from Seattle police and the Burien police, our safe was recovered, though broken, within an hour or so in Burien and we got back most of our personal papers.

Also, John emails a link to Washington’s Most Wanted: “He was involved with two others in the robbery of a patron met at Roosevelt 7/11 you reported on January 17. Post the video link, and maybe we get him busted.”

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Man robbed, pistol whipped after leaving Roosevelt Way convenience store

January 17th, 2015 by Mike

Eugene emails to alert us to this police press release, which came out Friday. Here it is in its entirety:

Officers on Thursday arrested a 19-year-old man suspected of pistol whipping and robbing a victim earlier this month in the Maple Leaf neighborhood. Police are still searching for other men involved in the robbery.

The mugging happened shortly after midnight on January 5th. The 24-year-old victim said he ran into an acquaintance at a convenience store located in the 9100 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast. The suspect invited him to ride in a car with his friends and smoke pot.

After the victim got into the car, they drove around and smoked pot, ending up near Northeast 96th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast. Once they stopped, the driver and two passengers in the backseat (one of whom was the suspect arrested Thursday) got out and reportedly pointed handguns at the victim, ordering him out of the car.

They demanded his money, his cell phone and stole two necklaces around his neck. Then they threw the victim to the ground and pistol whipped and punched him until a passing car scared them away. A witness called 911 to report the beating. The victim was taken to Northwest Hospital for treatment.

The victim was able to identify one of the robbers, the acquaintance, from booking photos. Police tracked the suspect down and arrested him at the Northgate Department of Corrections office. He admitted being present at the robbery but denied participating. After getting a search warrant, police recovered two necklaces at the suspect’s home earlier this week. He was booked into King County Jail on robbery charges.

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Tablet stolen from woman in wheelchair at Northgate

August 30th, 2014 by Mike

Seattle Police robbery detectives need help identifying a pair of men who snatched a tablet computer from a woman at Northgate Mall last week.

In a press release, police say the incident occurred inside the mall on Aug. 22nd.

The woman and her husband, who both use wheelchairs, were waiting for a Metro Access van when two men approached.

“”Cameras inside Northgate captured the two suspects as they crept closer and closer to the victim. After lurking near the woman for several minutes, one suspect got close enough to grab the tablet out of the her hands. Both men then fled the mall.

“If you can help police identify these suspects, please contact the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.”

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Man shot and killed in Greenwood Sunday night

February 24th, 2014 by Mike

Tuesday Feb. 25: The Seattle Times has an update here.

We’re reprinting this from PhinnyWood at the suggestion of one of our readers, who says:

My family and I occasionally shop here, and across the street at Top Ten Toys. Definitely makes you think twice about where to shop, if it truly is a random robbery.

Update 2:10 p.m.: Seattle Police say they are looking for three suspects in last night’s shooting death of a man in a parking lot near the Greenwood Fred Meyer and Bartell Drugs, just north of North 85th Street and First Avenue Northwest.

According SPD, the suspects may have been committing robberies in the area before the shooting.

Here’s the updated SPD Blotter post:

A man was found shot to death in a North Seattle parking lot last night. On 2/23/14, just shortly before 9:00 p.m., 9-1-1 received calls of shots fired in the area of N. 85th and 1st NW.

When officers arrived on scene they found an adult male victim seated in his car in a parking lot, with a single gunshot wound to his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Seattle Fire. The suspects were seen running away from the area. Detectives believe robbery was the motive in this shooting.

The suspects are described as (1) black male, 20-30 years old, 5-foot-10 tall, thin build, wearing a North Face jacket. (2) Black male, short. (3) White female.

Detectives would like to talk to anyone who may come in contact with these suspects. Investigators believe the suspects may have been committing robberies in the area prior to the shooting incident.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspects’ whereabouts, is asked to call the Seattle Police tip line at 233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome.

Also, The Seattle Times has identified the victim as 54-year-old David L. Peterson. [Read more →]

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