POLICE NOTES | November 2012

The following are selected reports from the Seattle Police Department. They represent the officers’ accounts of the events described.


Police responded to Lake Washington Boulevard in the Washington Park Arboretum around 9 p.m. Oct. 25 to investigate a report of a robbery involving a gun. 

The victim, who works for a construction company, told the officer that he was under a large company truck, trying to fix it, when the suspect approached him and asked for a cigarette. The victim told him he didn’t have any and climbed out from under the truck. He then noticed that the suspect was pointing a handgun at him.

The suspect demanded the man’s wallet and any money he had, but the man explained he didn’t have anything on him. The suspect then pulled the slide back on the gun, which, according to the victim, sounded plastic or like a pellet or air-soft gun.

The victim struck the suspect in the neck with a wrench he still had in his hand from working on the truck. The suspect stumbled and then ran off.

The man lost sight of the suspect and called police.



Someone broke a window to a home in the 500 block of 31st Avenue South around midnight on Oct. 3, stealing a laptop computer that had been placed near the window.

The suspect apparently cut himself on the broken window as there was blood smeared on the wall near the window, as well as on a table, the floor and papers on a nearby seat.

Blood samples were submitted for testing.



A man arrived home in the 400 block of 23rd Avenue East around 3:40 p.m. Oct. 1 to find two burglars inside. 

Thinking it was his roommate talking in the kitchen, the man yelled his name. He then heard footsteps running toward and out the back door.

The suspects entered through a ground-level window and stole two laptop computers.

A neighbor told police that she saw the suspects in front of the victim’s home about a half-hour before the incident and then again as they ran from the home.

The police searched the area but couldn’t locate the suspects based on the limited description the neighbor provided.



Shortly before midnight Oct. 5, police were dispatched to the 23rd Avenue East and East Madison Street, where a victim of a robbery was waiting for them.

According to the police report, the victim was walking near 25th or 26th avenue East when she saw three males walking toward her, “laughing and joking.” One approached her while the other two continued walking. 

This suspect punched her in the forehead without provocation, followed by three to four hits to the back of her head, which caused her to fall to the ground. 

The suspect then proceeded to kick her and then took her suitcase before leaving.

The woman felt something warm around her neck, which she learned was blood coming from a cut on the back of her head. 

She walked to a nearby grocery store and requested help an hour later because she was afraid she would be arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Medics responded and treated the woman’s injuries. She was then taken to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment.

The woman said the suitcase contained all of her belongings because she is homeless.



A man was walking home from a Capitol Hill bar at 3 a.m. Oct. 7 when he stopped at a red light at 24th Avenue East and East Madison Street when someone jumped from behind and knocked him out. The suspect then stole his iPhone and wallet.

The man woke up to medics helping him. They then transported him to Harborview Medical Center for treatment for his injuries, which included bruising and cuts to his face, a swollen bump on the back of his head and a cut near his mouth.

The man was able to track his iPhone to a West Seattle address, but he cleared his information and cancelled his phone service afterward because of the sensitive information and e-mails he had on the phone.

He also learned one of his credit cards had been used at a convenience store around 6 a.m., but the credit-card issuer couldn’t provide the exact location. He then cancelled all of his credit cards.

The man did not report the incident until after 9 a.m. that day.



A man returned to his home in the 2600 block of East John Street around 2 a.m. Oct. 20 to discover that someone had entered his home and stolen $150 cash, his Social Security card and a bottle of vodka.

There were no signs of forced entry, except for pry marks around a door lock; however, it couldn’t be determined if these were new marks since there had been damage done to the lock previously.



Police responded to the 1100 block of 34th Avenue around 8:40 a.m. Oct. 3 to investigate a report of burglaries to businesses in a shared building.

According to the police report, an employee arrived about 10 minutes before to find the main door closed but unlocked. 

She then went to her office, where the glass door had been shattered and the door handle was broken off. A crowbar was on the floor in the hallway next to the door.

The door to an office across the hall also had similar damage.

The suspect apparently entered using a post office key and a master-lock key, the box for which was stolen during the incident. 

The suspect hid the location of the missing box by sticking a missing-pet poster over it.

Also stolen during the incident were several computer bags, a projector, a personal check of $300 and numerous decorative fossils, one of which was unique to the Puget Sound area. This item weighs 25 pounds and is valued at $500.

From the neighboring office, about 20 keys to rental properties were stolen, along with a rechargeable battery.

The crowbar, a door handle and the missing-pet poster were submitted into evidence.



A neighbor called police around 12:45 a.m. Oct. 23 after hearing glass break and a person walking away from a business in the 3300 block of East Spring Street.

Police arrived to find a large, shattered window and broken glass inside the store. There also was a large rock on the floor inside.

A canine unit was called in and tracked the suspect to the west side of the 800 block of 33rd Avenue. There, the unit lost the scent but seemed interested in the backyard of a nearby home.

The responding officers noticed that the back door to the home was slightly open. 

Right then, the homeowner came out, appearing to be “highly startled by our presence and looked as if he had just woke[n] up.”

He said he hadn’t seen or heard anything and that his dog hadn’t barked recently. He then said he didn’t want to talk any further with them.

The officers then heard a woman talking to other people inside, including a teenager.

No suspect was located so the officers returned to the store and spoke with the owner, who had arrived.

She told police that a spool of bracelets had been knocked to the floor, but nothing else was taken but 15 handbags worth a total of $2,000. Not even the cash register was disturbed.

Fingerprints were found on the broken window and the spool holding the bracelets.



A woman returned to her home in the 800 block of 36th Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 to discover her front door was slightly opened. Also, a basket of rocks next to the door had been emptied.

She entered to learn that her television was gone, as well as some monogrammed silver dishes and flatware, several hundred dollars’ worth of jewelry, a laptop computer and a digital camera.

A desktop computer was disconnected but not removed.

The resident said she wasn’t sure whether she locked the door, as there were no signs of a forced entry. 

The police surmised that the basket of rocks may have been emptied in an attempt to find a hidden key.



Suspects entered a detached garage in the 3700 block of East Prospect Street between 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21, stealing two bikes with flat tires. They were each valued at $750.

The burglars apparently forced open the garage door and removed the bikes from a rack.

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