Police notes

The following are selected reports from the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct. They represent the officer's accounts of the events described and have been compiled and interpreted by Erik Hansen:



Sunday 1/4, 2:11 p.m.

Officers checked the interior of an abandoned house in the 800 block of 28th Ave. S. They noted the home has been used frequently by squatters "for drug and vice activity."

Inside the home they contacted a 37-year-old woman who was wanted by the Renton police department for a misdemeanor warrant for theft that carried a $2,600 bail. They detained the woman, verified the warrant through their database and took her into custody. The officers took her to the intersection of Rainier Avenue South and Seward Park Avenue South where they transferred custody of her to the Renton police.


Thursday 1/8, 12:09 p.m.

A man called police after seeing four young people in their late-teens to early 20s (two men and two women) spray painting a wall in the 300 block of Lake Washington Boulevard. When the officers arrived, the suspects were gone, along with the two cars the witness thought belonged to the four suspects.

The officers found the graffiti on a bridge wall. The writing was illegible, and the graffiti was a mix of old and new tags.


Friday 1/9, 11:46 p.m.

A pair of officers observed a 37-year-old woman sitting on the porch of a home in the 800 block of 28th Ave. S. (see report from Jan. 4) where area residents have reported suspicious, illicit-drug related activity in the past few weeks. The property is clearly posted with no-trespassing signs, and the owner has made specific requests to the police department to assist in dealing with the trespassers.

The officers stopped and contacted the woman. A check of her name against the police department's database revealed the woman is under active Department of Corrections (DOC) supervision. A DOC officer was advised of the situation, and he instructed the officers that he was issuing a DOC detainer, which allowed the officers to take her into custody.

Car prowl

Saturday 1/10, 10 p.m.

A man parked his Honda sedan in front of his sister's home in the 100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way for half of the weekend. When he returned on Monday, the man discovered his front passenger side window had been shattered.

Upon entry, the thief stole the victim's Alpine car stereo and his linked-in iPod. The thief also opened the trunk and took the stereo system's two amplifiers and a subwoofer. Due to the weekend's rainy weather, the investigating officer was not able to search for fingerprints.

The estimated value of the stolen items came to around $1,400.

Suspicious circumstances

Thursday 1/1, 12:01 a.m.

A woman living in the 700 block of Lakeside Ave. S. called officers to her home after noticing damage to the lock on her apartment's sliding glass door. The responding officer didn't notice any damage or functional problems, but the woman said it took much more pressure to latch it closed. She also added that she was missing the keys to her two cars and her storage unit, as well as her passport.

The woman said she suspected her ex-boyfriend, even though she has no supporting evidence. She also said her ex had assaulted her in January 2007, an incident she said she previously reported and noted there was raw footage of the incident that happened in a parking garage. She copied the footage of assault on a disc for the officer, but when the officer checked it at the station the disc was blank.

Madison Park

Car damage

Friday 1/2, 10 p.m.

An unknown suspect scratched a woman's luxury sedan while it was parked in the 900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Another car parked nearby was also scratched.

Additionally, the woman's sedan had a derogative word for a female crudely etched into the hood. The other car had a tire slashed, and a third car parked near had two tires slashed.

The officer noted that the scratches were deep and suspected one person did all of the damage to the three cars.

Fallen branches

Monday 1/4, 11:39 p.m.

A report of large, downed tree branches brought officers to the 3500 block of E. Olive St. The branches had fallen on two parked vehicles and were blocking the street.

At the scene, the officers noted the branches were completely covering the vehicles. The vehicle owners were contacted and advised that the Seattle Department of Transportation would be arriving shortly to remove the branches.


Monday 1/12, 1:29 p.m.

An officer traveling in his patrol car on East Union Street observed a 1985 Honda Accord with a broken brake light. The officer stopped the driver in the 1200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and immediately smelled the strong odor of marijuana wafting from the car. He also spotted an empty bottle of wine in the backseat and an unopened bottle of wine on the front passenger seat.

The driver, a 64-year-old man, told the officer that he had drank a bottle of wine, but in doing so the officer noticed his speech was slurred, his eyes were red and watery, and he moved slowly when he was asked to exit the car. The officer immediately placed the man under arrest for suspicion of marijuana possession and driving under the influence.

When the officer searched the vehicle afterward he found a marijuana joint along with approximately 16 rounds of 30/30-rifle ammunition in the glove box. When checking the man's name against the officer's database, the officer found the man was suspected to be a felon from Florida carrying a no-bail warrant for a drug charge.

At the precinct, the man took a breath test showing his blood alcohol was over the legal limit. However, a further check into his records revealed he was not a wanted felon, and he was subsequently released from custody. The man's joint was confiscated (he said he used pot for medical reasons), and the car was not impounded because it was parked legally on the street.

Madison Valley

Trash theft

Monday 1/5, 12 p.m.

A woman living in the 1800 block of 29th Ave. called police to report she thinks a teenager living nearby stole her trash container from her front yard. She said the boy was last seen walking away with the container heading eastbound on East Howell Street.

The woman said the trash collection company owned the container, and they advised her to call the police to avoid being charged for another container. A responding officer checked the area for the suspect, but did not locate the boy.

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