The Weekend Blotter

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee February 28, 2011

Here's a bunch of SPD incidents we missed over the weekend:

US Marshalls, SPD Arrest Belltown Homicide Suspect:

On January 4, 2011, the victim was reported “missing” by her father.  Detectives from the Seattle Police Department Missing Persons Unit responded to the victim’s apartment.  Upon making entry to the apartment, the detectives located the body of a deceased adult female, later determined to be that of the victim.

The Homicide Unit was contacted and responded to the scene along with CSI.

UPDATE: On February 26, 2011, Homicide Detectives with assistance from the US Marshalls Fugitive Task Force arrested and booked the suspect for Investigation of Murder.


Anarchists Riot, Trash Shops, Throw Things At Cops, Procrastinate On Homework

On 2/26/2011, at about 9:00 p.m., an officer was transporting a prisoner to the West Precinct, when he came upon a group of what appeared to be anarchists gathering in the intersection at Boren Ave / Howell Street.  As he passed through, he reported that the group had discharged a fire extinguisher at his vehicle.

Other officers responded and found a group of 25-30 gathered in the intersection, setting up bicycle type fencing and putting up caution tape.  They painted “Fuck The Pigs” on the street and on a nearby building.

They had also placed a couple of dozen large staples that had been fashioned into tire flattening spikes in the intersection.  When Officers arrived, the group walked off E/B on Howell, then apparently up into the East Precinct.

When they walked away, the group left behind cans of paint, paint rollers, flags, and of most interest, several light bulbs, from which the ends had been removed, which were filled with paint.  It is speculated that they were readied as paint “bombs” possibly to be used against the Police, or as a means to further damage property.

At approximately 9:19 p.m., this same group of approximately 30 people gathered at E. Pine St. and Boylston Ave.  They moved east- bound , using the E/B lane(s), blocking vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

There was no notification of a permitted planned march/demonstration.  Within the group were displayed signs encouraging violence against police.  Members of the group threw a large firework at a patrol unit.   It bounced off and detonated. The explosion could have injured them or other persons nearby.   Officers continued to monitor the group’s progress to Broadway and then northbound.

The rioters began pushing trashcans and paper boxes into the street and rearranging traffic safety cones.  Several lit flares were thrown at monitoring patrol cars.  Fire extinguishers were sprayed into the street traffic creating further hazards.  Rioters attempted to break windows at a Bank in the 300 block of Broadway Ave. E.

Parked cars were attacked and at least one visibly damaged.   Most of the rioters were dressed similarly in black clothing articles, and many wore bandanas or masks to conceal identity.  The actions of the rioters created significant traffic delays and congestion, as well as threatening traffic and pedestrian safety.  The rioters began to disperse at E. Republican St., many fled E/B.

Officers captured three subjects in the area of the 500 block of Federal Ave. E.  The suspects were booked for rioting, pedestrian interference, and obstructing.

There were many victim businesses affected by this riot. Among the businesses was a Bank, a local Newspaper Company, a local print publication, an unidentified vehicle owner(s), and Sound Transit, (Light Rail construction in 1800 block of Broadway Ave.


Home Invasion Near Aurora

On 2/25/11, at approximately 9:00 p.m., the victim was arriving home at his residence in the 12000 block of N. Park Av N., when he was approached by 3 suspects.

The suspects were described as 2 white males and 1 black male.  As the victim was gettting out of his car in the driveway the 3 suspects produced a handgun and Taser and took the victim into his home.

The victim stated that he was held at gun point and pistol whipped while the suspects ransacked his house. The suspects were spooked and fled south from the house to a waiting car leaving behind the Taser. The suspects left with the victims ID and car keys.

An area check for the suspects was negative. The victim sustained a possible broken arm and was treated on scene by Seattle Fire.


Cops Nab Burglar

On 2-27-11 at approximately 8:00 p.m., the victim , who resides at a house in the 5600 block of 11 Ave. NE, called 911 to report that a male was trying to break in to his residence via his back door.

A physical description and clothing description for the suspect was broadcast. The suspect was then seen trying to kick in the back door of another residence on the same block. Multiple units responded.

After attempting to establish a track, K98 released containment shortly before 9:00 p.m. Shortly thereafter an officer re-examined a broken window at the second residence the suspect tried breaking into and observed blood, not only on glass shards, but on an interior door inside the house.

That residence was contained. Officers repeatedly announced themselves as Seattle Police and ordered anybody in the house to come out. The officers entered the house through the broken window. Officers entered the house and found the lone white male suspect sitting on the floor just north of the front door.

The suspect had cuts on his hands. The suspect was taken into custody and booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Burglary

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