Two Charged For Trashing SPD Drop-In Center

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee July 16, 2010

According to prosecutors, the man and woman now charged for trashing an SPD "neighborhood drop-in center" in the Central District earlier this week may be connected to other anti-cop vandalism in the neighborhood.

This week, prosecutors charged Patrick Joseph McGowan, 26, and Laura Ann Stahl, 23, with malicious mischief after they allegedly used sledgehammers to smash the front windows of a police office at 23rd and Union on July 11th.

According to police records, at about 11:30pm, witnesses saw a man and a woman dressed in black, wearing black masks, smashing out the windows of the police office.

The man and woman dropped their hammers fled the scene, but officers stopped them several blocks away at 25th and Union.

Police say the pair had shed their masks and hoodies, but were covered in shards of broken glass.

Police arrested McGowan and Stahl, and booked them into the King County Jail. Neither of them explained why they had allegedly trashed the drop in center, but court records say the pair have "previously been contacted regarding anti-police graffiti in the same area of the incident."

Police documents say the pair allegedly did more than $1,000 in damage to the SPD office.

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