Police responded at 10:38 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, to a 911 report of a disturbance involving a man with a gun at Broadway Avenue East and East Pike Street.
The victim told responding officers he had a run-in with an acquaintance who has been harassing him for more than a year.
When they crossed paths today, the suspect pulled up his shirt to reveal a black 45-caliber handgun in his waistband. The victim said he was robbed by the suspect on a previous occasion, and the police never did anything about it.
He asked the officers to call a supervisor, but later became impatient and left.
An employee at a store in the 100 block of Belmont Avenue East called 911 at 5:25 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, to report a shoplifter had just assaulted her.
The victim said the suspect is a frequent shoplifter at this store and its other locations.
The suspect came into the store on this occasion and loaded a bag up with clothes before walking out the door. As he walked out the door, the victim grabbed the bag, which was slung over his shoulder. The suspect turned around and lunged at the victim, shoving her in the chest and taking the bag back.
The suspect left the store and the victim called 911. There was security camera footage of the incident, and police took a copy.
Responding police searched the neighborhood for the suspect but didn’t find him. Because of the aggressive nature of this shoplifting incident, police are considering it a robbery.
Parking lot at night
Two victims walked into the Seattle Police Department East Precinct lobby at 1:05 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, to report they’d just been robbed in a parking lot in the 1000 block of East Pine Street.
They said they were walking through the parking lot when a group of eight suspects approached from behind. One of the victims was hit in the back of the head and the other was hit by one of the suspects in the face with a gun. The suspects demanded they hand over their belongings. They took one victim’s wallet and cellphone and fled southbound on 10th Avenue East, getting into two older cars.
The victim who was hit in the face had a broken nose, and Seattle Fire personnel responded and called an ambulance to take the victim to a hospital.
Tenacious mail thief
Police responded at 12:33 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, to a burglary at an apartment building in the 1400 block of East Pine Street.
The building manager said there is a suspect who regularly comes into the building and steals packages from the mailroom. The most recent theft was on the morning of Nov. 16.
The manager said the burglar has a master key to open the building’s call box, so he can override the door lock and enter the front door. He said a technician had already been out to replace the lock on the box, but that hadn’t stopped the burglar. The building manager told police there was security video of the burglary, and he would email it to them.
Burglary turned car theft
A man living in the 100 block of 21st Avenue East called 911 at 3:28 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, to report his house was broken into and his girlfriend’s car was stolen during the incident.
He said they left the house at 8:30 a.m. A neighbor told police he’d seen the girlfriend’s car parked outside the house at 12:20 p.m., so the burglary had to have occurred after that.
The homeowner and his girlfriend got home at 3:15 p.m., and immediately knew something was wrong because the front door was unlocked. They found a bathroom window slid open. The victim said he’d left the window cracked about six inches for ventilation. The burglar is believed to have entered the house through this window.
Two laptops were taken from a kitchen table and left on the bathroom floor. The keys to the girlfriend’s car was the only thing reported stolen. The homeowner reported there was damage to his own car, which had been parked next to the stolen car. There were dents and dings to the lower back door and body of the car.
Police believe it’s possible the burglar sped out in the stolen car with the door still open, crashing into the homeowner’s car.
Police found fingerprints on both of the laptops that the burglar had moved and filed an auto theft report for the car.
Police arrested a man allegedly in possession of cocaine and a stolen gun early Saturday, Nov. 26, after he reportedly flashed it at a man who had been urinating in a parking lot in the 1400 block of Broadway.
The Seattle Police Department reports the alleged victim saw the 25-year-old suspect muttering to himself. The alleged victim, who was urinating in the Broadway parking lot, told officers he then saw the suspect rack the slide of a handgun several times before putting it in his waistband.
When the alleged victim saw the man walking toward a business, he told officers he stopped the suspect and told him not to go inside, to which the suspect responded by lifting his shirt and showing his firearm, according to the SPD.
The alleged victim backed off, and then called 911. He pointed out the suspect to responding officers, who arrested the man during a short foot pursuit.
The suspect allegedly took off running from the parking lot, but surrendered after hiding behind a vehicle. The handgun was found underneath a vehicle, according to the SPD, and determined it had been reported stolen in Mill Creek.
According to police, the suspect was also found in possession of 5.6 grams of suspected cocaine.
He was booked into the King County Jail for narcotics possession, harassment and possession of a stolen firearm.