• March 12, 2014

Police: Burglary suspect arrested after biting resident

From SPD Blotter:

Seattle police arrested a 34-year-old woman Tuesday morning after she bit a man who had discovered her breaking into his South Park home.

Just after 10:30 AM, police received a 911 call from one of the roommates, who said he and his roommate had a burglar pinned to the ground outside their home.
The man told officers he had been sitting in the home—in the 800 block of S. Southern St.—when he heard the front door open. Several dogs in the home went running for the door, so the man followed them and found a woman standing just inside his front entryway.

When the man shouted for the woman to leave and began pushing her out the door, the woman bit the man on his arm—hard enough to leave a mark. The man grabbed ahold of her and yelled for his roommate to “get the stun gun,” which they used on the woman. However, even after being stunned, the woman continued to struggle with the men in an apparent effort to flee the scene.

Officers arrived and arrested the woman—who, it turns out, had unlocked a complicated gate in order to get to the home—and booked her into the King County Jail for burglary and assault.

  • November 17, 2013

Followup: Police seek hit-run driver in West Marginal Way South crash that sent motorcycle rider to the hospital

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Two updates from police this morning in last night’s motorcycle crash near the South Transfer Station: First, the motorcycle rider’s injuries are NOT life-threatening. Second, investigators say a hit-run driver is to blame, and hope you can help them find that driver. From SPD Blotter:

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) detectives are seeking the public’s assistance for a hit and run collision that occurred last night on West Marginal Way South. The collision left a motorcyclist with a broken leg.

At about 8:15 last night, a 26-year-old man on his motorcycle was stopped facing southbound at a red light on West Marginal Way South, waiting to turn onto South Holden Street. Without warning, a vehicle traveling north on W. Marginal Way S. struck the motorcyclist, causing the motorcycle to fall over onto the man, breaking his leg. The vehicle continued to drive north on W. Marginal Way S. without stopping to provide information or render aid.

Seattle Fire responded and treated the motorcyclist. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center. His injury is not considered life-threatening.

The only description detectives have right now of the vehicle is a darker-gray (charcoal) vehicle missing its driver’s-door-side mirror. Anyone with information on this hit and run collision investigation is asked to contact TCIS Detective Schmidt at (206) 684-8935.

  • November 3, 2013

Homicide investigation in Duwamish Waterway Park after man found with apparent stab wounds

What was on the 911 log as a medic call early this morning has turned into a homicide investigation. From SPD Blotter:

Homicide detectives are actively investigating after a deceased man was found in South Park.

On November 3rd at approximately 1:23 a.m. officers responded with fire department personnel to a man-down call in Duwamish Waterway Park in the 7900 block of 10th Avenue South. Officers found an adult male victim in his 20′s lying on the ground in the park. The victim had what appeared to be several stab wounds to the torso and was unresponsive. Fire department medics declared the victim deceased at the scene.

The suspect(s) remain at large.

Homicide detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect(s) is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000 and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.

  • November 2, 2013

Seattle Police investigating car arson in South Park

Early this morning, Seattle Fire responded to a car fire in the 8600 block of 12th Avenue South. This afternoon, they say it’s under investigation as arson:

Detectives are actively investigating a vehicle arson that occurred early this morning.

At approximately 1:15 a.m. officers responded to the 8600 block of 12th Avenue South to assist the fire department with a car fire. Fire marshals responded to the scene and through further investigation determined the fire was deliberately set. The unknown suspect(s) accessed the victim’s car, a 1988 blue Subaru, through an unlocked door and subsequently set the interior of the car on fire.

Seattle Police Arson/Bomb Squad detectives will now have responsibility for the on-going investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect(s) is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident.

  • October 30, 2013

Crime concern? Take it to the top on November 12

From the South Park Yahoo! e-mail list, word that Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Joe Kessler plans to be at the next South Park Neighborhood Association meeting to talk with neighbors and hear about concerns. The meeting is at 7 pm Tuesday, November 12th, and he’s scheduled for 7:15 pm. SPNA meets at the neighborhood center at 8201 10th Ave. S.

  • September 8, 2013

Seattle Police officers assaulted during South Park CC event

Here’s what the big police presence at South Park Community Center overnight was all about. From SPD Blotter:

On 9/7/13, just shortly before midnight, officers responded to a disturbance at a large baptism celebration being held at the South Park Community Center.

There was abundant alcohol served inside, and several of the celebrants began fighting. Officers arrived, and were set upon by the crowd when they tried to break up the fights. The officers called for a fast backup, and a city-wide call went out for assistance.
King County deputies also responded, and lent assistance. Five officers were assaulted, with two having reportable minor injuries.

The community center was evacuated, and the crowd was dispersed. Two suspects were arrested and booked into King County Jail for assault.

Both officers suffered minor injuries.

  • August 31, 2013

Update: Man goes on rampage, dies at South Park Grocery

5:46 PM: Lots of questions today about a big police and fire response at South Park Grocery just before noon today. We’ve been trying for a few hours to find out more, and finally just got a bit of information from Southwest Precinct operations Lt. Pierre Davis, who says: “Suspect went into the grocery store and caused a huge disturbance, tipping shelves and assaulting the clerk when he suffered a medical episode and collapsed.” That’s all we know so far; one witness reported seeing “a body” brought out of the store hours later, and we heard scanner traffic at the time about ongoing CPR. If and when we find out more, we’ll add updates here.

8:23 PM: Just added to SPD Blotter, more information:

Officers responded to a death investigation this afternoon in South Park.

Just shortly before noon, a 36- year- old male went berserk inside a store in the 8900 block of 14 Av S. The man destroyed merchandise and assaulted the storeowner. The storeowner defended himself with a small burst of pepper spray. Store video shows the male collapsing just prior to the actual application of the pepper spray. A citizen and responding officer administered CPR. Seattle Fire medics were unable to revive him.

Homicide investigated. It appears that it may have been a drug induced or health issue death. The Medical Examiner investigation will define the exact cause of death.

  • June 27, 2013

Metal bar crashes through South Park roof

An unusual story from the Seattle Police Department’s SPD Blotter – a South Park family described as in the area of 7th and Director was started by a metal bar falling through the roof last weekend. They reported it to police a few days later, and this report includes photos. No injuries reported.

  • May 7, 2013

Update: SWAT situation over, described by police as ‘attempted marijuana ripoff’

The situation that brought SWAT officers to the 8300 block of Dallas overnight finally ended early this morning – here’s the newest information from SPD Blotter:

Three men are in custody after a robbery inside a building in South Park early this morning.

At approximately 12:37 a.m. officers responded to the 8300 block of Dallas Avenue South for the report of a robbery-in-progress inside a building containing marijuana.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the adult male victim was inside the facility (a commercial-style building) talking on the phone when three unknown male suspects entered the building. The victim set the phone down as he was confronted by the suspects, allowing the person on the other end of the line to hear what was going on. As the suspects began binding the victim with duct tape the victim’s friend (on the phone) called 911.

As officers arrived on scene the victim was able to escape and ran out the front door of the building to the safety of officers. Two of the three suspects then exited the building and were taken into custody. Officers saw a third suspect emerge who retreated back inside the building. Officers subsequently surrounded the building and attempted to get the suspect to come out. Officers received information that led them to believe the third suspect was armed with a gun.

The SWAT team and negotiators were called to the scene. They made several attempts to get the suspect to come out and surrender peacefully. The SWAT team used distraction devices and a chemical irritant to get the suspect to come out which were unsuccessful. The front door of the building was locked, therefore a SWAT vehicle was used to breach the door in order to allow the robot to enter and survey the building. The SWAT team entered the building and located the suspect hiding in the ceiling. He was taken into custody without further incident.

All suspects are now believed to be in custody.

Fire department medics were called to the scene and treated the victim for non-life-threatening injuries he sustained during the robbery.

The victim indicated that the facility was a learning center to study marijuana production.

Marijuana-growing learning centers are not legal according to state law.

Robbery detectives responded to the scene and are handling the active and on-going investigation.

  • May 7, 2013

Update: Robbery brings SWAT officers to 8300 block of Dallas

1:02 AM: If you’re noticing the police and fire response in the 8300 block of Dallas – radio communication indicates it was some sort of robbery situation. SFD medics were called for at least one suspected injury.

1:37 AM: SWAT teams are involved because there may still be people inside the building.

2:08 AM: More details in this report just published on SPD Blotter – though the incident is still “active,” as Det. Jeff Kappel writes:

Two men are in custody after the report of a robbery inside a building in South Seattle. At approximately 12:37 a.m. officers responded to the 8300 block of Dallas Avenue South for the report of a home-invasion-style robbery of a building believed to contain marijuana (it is unknown at this time what the status of the facility is). An adult male victim was inside the facility (a commercial-style building) talking on the phone when an unknown number of suspects entered the building and allegedly robbed the victim. As officers arrived on scene two male suspects were exiting the building. Both suspects were taken into custody and are currently being interviewed.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and treated the victim for non-life-threatening injuries he sustained during the incident. The victim is currently being interviewed by investigating officers.

Officers surrounded the building shortly after arrival and believe there may be additional suspect(s) still inside. SWAT officers and negotiators are enroute to assist the patrol officers already on scene.

There are no additional details available at this time.

We will post more information when it becomes available.

This remains an active incident.