Crime Stats, Pioneer Square Stabbing, and Stolen Electronics

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee December 19, 2011

Today in Fuzz: Man stabbed in argument in Pioneer Square, police say salon is fencing stolen goods, FBI says crime is down in Seattle.

1) The FBI's national Uniform Crime Statistics  show slight dips in crime in Seattle over the first six months of this year.

Violent crimes were down about 1 percent over last year, but rapes and robbery dropped 14 and 8 percent respectively (from 49 to 42 and 726 to 666) compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, property crimes dropped 11 percent (17,223 dropped to 15, 216), although burglaries were up 3.5 percent (3,145 to 3258) over all.

In short, you're less likely to get robbed on your way home from work tonight, but when you get to your house, your stuff might be gone.

2) A man was stabbed while trying to break up an argument in Pioneer Square last week, according to police. The man told officers he was at 4th Ave. and Main St. around 5:30 pm on December 13 when two people got in to an argument that had "something to do with east/west Africa."

When the man stepped in to break up the fight, someone stabbed him in the arm, and cut his forehead.

3) Police arrested an employee at a South Seattle salon earlier this month after they got a tip from an informant that the salon—near Martin Luther King Jr Way S. and S. Bennett St.—was buying and selling "likely stolen" electronics.

A police search warrant affidavit says the informant sold $500 drill from home depot to the employee for $70, along with mp3 players, a Kindle, earrings, and a tablet computer which the informant claimed were stolen.

Prosecutors have not yet filed charges in the case.
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