Violent outburst

Police responded at 1:18 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, to a business in the 400 block of Harvard Avenue East after an employee called 911 to report another employee had been assaulted by a customer.

Employees told responding officers the suspect was yelling and throwing things inside the business. One employee approached the suspect to ask if he was okay, but he continued to yell and throw items. The employee eventually asked the suspect to leave, which upset him more.

He approached the counter and tried to knock a computer onto the ground. On his way out, he hit the employee in the back of the head with something he had in his hand. Another employee told officers she’d been assisting the suspect before his outburst, and had looked him up in the system. She gave his name to police, which they ran in their system, finding a booking photo. Employees positively identified the photo as the suspect.

Although they were unable to locate the suspect to arrest him, officers handed over the case to the prosecutor’s office to charge the suspect with assault.

Hysterical woman

A man called 911 at 9:32 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, to report a woman with a bleeding wound on her forehead was running around and screaming hysterically in the 100 block of Bellevue Avenue East.

Police responded and spoke with the complainant, who stated the female subject ran up and hit the glass window at the front of his shop and then ran away. Officers eventually found the woman in the 400 block of East Loretta Place.

She was hysterical and screaming that she’d just been assaulted. She had a one-inch bleeding gash on her forehead.

She told police a male suspect assaulted her in the elevator of a nearby apartment building. She said he grabbed her head and slammed it against a concrete wall. Medics from Seattle Fire Department responded and checked out the victim’s wound. They told police the wound looked to be older than the last few minutes. They took her to the hospital for treatment.

Blocked in           

Doctors at Swedish Medical Center on Cherry Hill called 911 at 7:52 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, to have police respond to speak with the victim of an assault that occurred on Capitol Hill the previous day.

The victim told officers he’d returned to his car, which was parked in a lot in the 1400 block of Madison Street, and found a gray sedan parked next to his with the passenger-side door open, blocking him from entering his car.

When the men inside the car saw the victim, they made an offensive comment toward him. The victim asked the men why they said that to him. They exited their car and went inside a store. The victim got into his car, but he couldn’t start it.

A short time later the suspects came back to their car. The victim asked them again why they’d made the offensive comment to him. One of the suspects approached his driver’s side window. The victim said he was scared of being stuck in his car with the suspects outside, so he got out and thought he could run away.

The suspect punched him in the jaw, knocking him to the ground. Both suspects began beating him up while he tried to crawl away, until two passersby intervened and stopped the assault. The suspects then ripped the shoes from the victim’s feet, threw them at him and left the scene.

The victim told police he believed he was targeted because of his race. He said he didn’t report the crime right away and didn’t go to work the next day because he was afraid the suspects would find out where he lived and worked.

The two passersby who intervened left their contact information with the victim, and he passed that on to police.

Catch and release           

Police responded at 12:54 a.m. Monday, April 3, to a 911 call from 12th Avenue East and East Pine Street, reporting a man was chasing two car prowl suspects.

The caller said two men stole her backpack from her car and her boyfriend was chasing them westbound on East Pike Street. Officers responded and spoke with the victim, who said she and her boyfriend were walking down Pine Street when they saw the suspect walking with several backpacks. One of the backpacks she recognized as her unique designer Mishka backpack.

At first they were suspicious, but weren’t sure until they got back to their car and found the rear passenger-side window broken and the bag missing from the back seat.

The victim called 911 while her boyfriend chased the suspects. One suspect ran southbound on 12th Avenue while the suspect with the backpacks ran westbound on East Pike. Eventually the boyfriend caught up with the suspect and tried to grab the bag. The suspect tried to kick and punch at the boyfriend, and he punched back, knocking the suspect to the ground. The suspect got up and ran away, leaving all the backpacks behind. He also dropped a cellphone and a screwdriver.

Officers searched the other two backpacks the suspect dropped, and found they were full of random items, empty drug baggies and needles.

The victims searched their backpack and said they didn’t think anything was missing from it. They didn’t think anything else was missing from the car either.

Laundry thief           

The manager of an apartment building in the 1600 block of East Republican Street called 911 at 7:44 a.m. Monday, April 3, to report a burglary in the building’s laundry room. She said a tenant reported hearing loud banging coming from the laundry room between 6:30-6:40 a.m. He went out to investigate and saw a woman he didn’t recognize folding clothes and placing them into a QFC bag. He saw her exit out the east exit and walk away northbound down an alley.

Officers went to check out the laundry room in the basement, and saw the door was damaged. It looked like the door was forced open, as the doorframe and jam were splintered. The building manager wasn’t sure how the suspect got into the building. Officers examined the building’s front doors, and determined they were vulnerable to prying by a slim jim. The manager said she hadn’t had any reports of tenants’ clothes being stolen from the laundry room.