Graffiti

A man walked into the Seattle Police East Precinct at 9:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, to report he’d been assaulted by two graffiti artists near East Denny Way and Melrose Avenue.

He said he was walking across the Denny Way overpass over I-5 around 6:20 p.m. the day before, when he spotted two suspects painting graffiti on the overpass. He confronted the suspects, who threw pieces of clothing and paint at him.

The victim walked away unscathed, but said he wanted to report the incident because he thinks the suspects did significant damage to the overpass.

Exciting cab ride        

Police responded at 8:28 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, to 911 calls reporting an elderly passenger was injured after being punched by her taxi driver in the 1100 block of Summit Avenue.

The victim said she called Hopelink, an organization that has a contract with Seattle Yellow Cab to pick up its clients when they need transportation. The victim was upset the taxi driver was late, and she argued with the driver over his punctuality.

When the driver delivered the victim to her destination in the 1100 block of Summit Avenue, the argument escalated. The driver reportedly said, “That’s why terrorists blow you Americans up.” The victim responded by telling the driver he needed to be shot.

The driver got out of the car and slammed the victim’s leg in the car door as she was trying to get out. When she got out of the cab and was getting her walker out to steady herself, the driver punched her in the left side of the face, knocking her unconscious.

The driver left the scene, and there were no witnesses to the incident.

Unsuccessful burglary

Employees of a convenience store in the 2600 block of 22nd Avenue East called 911 at 9:46 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, to report somebody had attempted to break into the store overnight. The store’s security cameras caught the attempted burglary on video.

Two men are seen getting out of a van backed into a parking space in front of the door at 3:48 a.m. Both men had pry bars, which they used to try to force the front door open. When an audible motion alarm was tripped, the men got back into the van and drove away.

Storage unit break-in           

A man living in the 600 block of East Harrison Street called 911 at 8:23 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, to report the storage unit in his apartment building was broken into and some of his belongings were taken.

He found out about the burglary when his neighbor told him he’d found a suitcase and a package belonging to him in the yard outside the building. The victim said he thought the burglary happened sometime between 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 8 p.m. Nov. 7.

There was no damage to the storage room door, and police couldn’t determine how the burglar gained entry.

Bad friends         

Police responded at 7:09 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, to a burglary at a home in the 1500 block of Broadway Avenue East.

The homeowner said she’d been out of town between Nov.1-6. She’d had a friend house sit for her while she was away.

She came home to find her garage was ransacked, with tools thrown on the ground and toolboxes emptied out. A TV sound bar, three power drills, a sander and a tablet were missing.

The victim’s house sitter admitted he’d had some friends over while she was away. The victim thinks the friends are the thieves. The friend refused to tell her the names of his friends, but said he would make the situation right.

Compromised lock box           

Police responded at 2:12 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, to a burglary at an apartment building in the 2900 block of East Madison Street. Seattle Fire was already on scene, and said somebody had taken the Knox box (key box used by the fire department to get into the building during emergencies) off the wall and taken the key out.

They went inside the building and prowled through two cars in the parking garage. The owner of one of the prowled cars met with police and said the back window of the car was broken, and the burglar took sentimental items, including old photos. She said it would cost $275 to replace the window.