Archive for the ‘crime’ Category

National Night Out tonight

The National Night Out is an annual event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness by getting people outside their own homes and into their neighborhoods to get to know their neighbors and their communities. An interconnected neighborhood traditionally has lower crime rates and happier residents.

All across the Seattle metro tonight, streets will be closed and neighbors will be neighborly – hanging out, getting to know each other, discussing local issues, and learning how to keep crime rates low.

Some of the neighborhoods with events tonight include Beacon Hill (South Brandon between 20th S and 21st S), West Seattle (High Point Commons Park), Ballard (Ballard Community Center), Greenwood (Pocket Park), Cascade (Cascade Park) and many more. To find Night Out events in your area, contact your local neighborhood center or police precinct. (If you live in the City of Seattle, you can click here for the proper contact information.)

If your neighborhood doesn’t have an event tonight, or even if it does, take the time to get to know your neighbors. You don’t have to be close friends with them but getting familiar with the people who live in your neighborhood and getting an idea of the regular ebb and flow of activity benefits everyone.

Bank robber with fake dreadlocks on the loose


Have you seen this hat? Apparently this guy robbed a bank in Maple Valley last week–he handed the teller a note and mentioned a gun, and then left on foot with his loot [PI]. (This is much less stylish than the guy that escaped via innertube last year.) Anyone who has seen this man, with his hat with fake dreadlocks and also presumably a sack with a dollar sign on the side is urged to call the sheriff’s office at 206-296-3311.

Skeletons found in UW closet

The P-I reports today that human remains were dug up in the archives of the Anthropology Department at the University of Washington. (#) Okay, not literally dug up, but eight sets of human remains were located that are believed to have been sent to a late professor who retired in 1991. In addition, the skull requested by the Yakima police that caused the search still hasn’t been located. Sounds like a mystery straight out of a TV crime drama…

Edited to add: The P-I just published a list of the various remains, for the curious. (#)

Bank Robbery Update!

King 5’s website is reporting Washington Mutual on Fifth and Union was robbed earlier this evening. The bank robber claims to have left a bomb behind.

“The suspect is still on the loose. He is only described as a male in his 30’s with no facial hair and no glasses.”


Fifth and Union Right Now

Two square city blocks are shut down with yellow tape. SWAT teams and police cars.

So far reports are a bomb threat (so says my bus driver), four bank robberies (according to miscellaneous crazy woman), and just now I have been informed only one bank has been robbed (now being discussed in CyberDogs).

Stay tuned for more details!

Arrests in U-District muggings

This is sort of unexpected: the Seattle PD has arrested two soldiers from Fort Lewis under suspicion of committing three armed robberies in the U-District back in January. The assaults, which were closer to the fraternity/sorority area than the Ave, were part of a crime wave which prompted numerous email warnings from the UW Police department to students and university employees. If proven, this would be a somewhat surprising resolution to a series of crimes which I think many people believed was connected to problems on the 4500/4600 block of the Ave and the accompanying drug-dealing there…

Suspicious Package

There’s a suspicious package in front of The Cuff (13th and Pine) that is currently being investigated by the SWAT team. The street is currently closed, apparently, but I am unsure yet if that means the 10 and 11 buses have been rerouted. Stay tuned.

EDIT: 13th is closed. No bus reroutes.

Photo via Joleen

Last Edit: Suspicious package was “nothing” according to police. Nothing to see here, move along.

Claim your stolen property

The Seattle Police Department’s Major Crimes Task force uncovered a ring of car prowlers and burglars that were all stealing your things in Seattle and Bellevue, which have all been photographed and cataloged and are currently cluttering up wherever it is that they put stolen things. So they would like you to come and pick your things up, please, if your car or home happened to be broken into before December 11 [PI].

In order to retrieve your stuff you have to have filed a police report, and some form of ownership documentation–a receipt or a serial number or probably the knowledge of the secret message you felt-penned under the stone of your grandma’s jewelery. You can go to one of three precincts–calling first to make sure they have the pictures on hand–and then if you see something that’s yours you can call a special telephone and leave a message with the case number, description, item number, and your best rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” (This seems like a lot of hoops to jump through, but then, I guess that’s not a surprise.)

The precincts that are awaiting your call are:

South Precinct: 3001 S. Myrtle St.; 206-386-1850.

West Precinct: 810 Virginia St.; 206-684-8917.

North Precinct: 10049 College Way N.; 206-684-0850.

Help a neighbor

I’ve been following the story unfolding on Rainier Valley Post regarding Noemi Lopez, a woman who was brutally murdered by her ex-husband. Her children, ages 6, 13 and 15, and her sister, discovered the body when they returned home. She had been stabbed more than 60 times. One of our fellow neighborhood bloggers, Amber, who runs the Rainier Valley Post, lived next door to Noemi and her children, and has been giving in-depth updates since the story broke.

The three children went to stay with their aunt with nothing but the clothes on their back. Amber has created a PayPal account for those of you that would like to contribute to buying the three kids new clothes, shoes and winter coats. The details are here, including instructions for mailing a check, should you be so inclined.

Seattle "Gangs"

After the recent bout of “gang” related shootings in the Puget Sound area, it seems that more people are aware that Seattle actually has gangs, not just “gangs”. The difference? According to, a gang is a “group of criminals or hoodlums who band together for mutual protection and profit.” According to me, a “gang” is a “group of bored wannabe-gang members posturing and acting like big thugs who make really stupid decisions.” There is an apparent difference, a legitimacy that wasn’t there before. Well, I’ve done some looking around and have come to the conclusion that yes, Seattle really does have gangs, but not in to the extreme that say, Los Angeles has gangs. Or maybe that’s more my assumption yet again.

Gang Territories

Gang Territories

While browsing through Seattle 911 (Seattle PI, a great reference source), I found this map showing gang “territories” in the greater Seattle area. It shows more official gang activity than I had previously thought. I’d like to say that I’m not typically this oblivious to what is going on. I lived for a few years in the Rainier Beach area, hung out in West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, and other neighborhoods of the city that show up on the map as neighborhoods where gangs like to congregate. I’ve seen plenty of kids that likely could have been or likely were in a gang. I knew kids who carried guns. I continued to dismiss all of it as “gang” and not gang activity. The greater the occurrence of incidents involving guns, violence, and deaths, the more likely it is that Seattle does have a legitimate gang problem.

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