Home Invasion In North Seattle, A Flasher, and Cop Cameras

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee October 5, 2011

Today in Fuzz: Armed men tie up victims in home invasion, police looking for North Seattle flasher.

1) Two armed men tied up six people and stole jewelry from a home in North Seattle Tuesday night.

According to police, the men arrived at the home on 17th Ave. and N. 128th St. sometime around 8:00 pm Tuesday night, pulled guns and forced their way inside.

The men tied up the victims and fled in a dark-colored BMW sedan. Police tried to stop the suspects near the scene, but they managed to get away.

Robbery detectives are investigating.

2) Police are looking for a man they say exposed himself to two groups of teenage girls at playground earlier this week.

In the first incident on October 2nd, police say the man approached two 13-year-old girls while they were playing on a swingset at the Pinehurst playfield on 120th and 14th Ave. NE.

According to SPD, the man walked up to them with his genitals exposed, began masturbating, and ran off.

The next day, police say the man exposed himself to several girls on a school soccer field on 140th Ave. and 1st Ave. NE.

Police say the suspect is a white male, 30-39 years old, about 5'10 with a thin narrow face, fair complexion, slim build, brown hair, blue eyes, bushy or thick eyebrows, and a goatee. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, and black pants in both incidents, and was seen driving away from the second scene in an older light-colored 4-door sedan, possibly with an A in the beginning of the license number.

3) Seattle police haven't yet begun widespread testing of personal video cameras on officers, but other cities—like Oakland—have already deployed the cameras, and are running into all kinds of new problems to accompany the new technology. From the SF Chronicle:
In a Bay Area first, a fatal shooting by police in East Oakland was captured on video - not by a bystander with a camcorder or a smart phone but by the officer himself, who wore a city-issued camera on his chest.

Oakland police officials will not say what the footage from Sept. 25 depicts, citing an ongoing investigation. But the fact that the shooting was captured at all illustrates a profound change in law enforcement, with officers increasingly strapping on cameras along with their guns, radios and handcuffs.

The incident is already raising thorny questions, principally this: When an officer films his own killing of a suspect, should that officer be allowed to review the footage before making a statement to investigators?

Then there's this: In the weeks and months ahead, will the video be made available to the public or the media?

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