Police responded to an assault in the 1600 block of East Madison Street at 10:50 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.
They met with the victim, who had a minor contusion on the back of his head. He said he hadn’t been knocked out and he didn’t seem to have any signs of a concussion.
He told officers he and a friend were laying on the sidewalk near the Temple De Hirsch Sinai off of East Madison Street when the suspect approached and tried taking blankets from his friend. The victim confronted the suspect, who pulled a wine bottle out of his back pocket and hit the victim over the head with it.
Police found the suspect at 18th Avenue East and East Madison. He had the wine bottle in his back pocket. He was arrested and booked into King County Jail for assault.
Officers spoke with the victim’s friend who confirmed the suspect had hit the victim over the head. He added he’d left the area before police arrived because he didn’t want to be involved.
Yard sale disagreement
A man called 911 at 12:57 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, from the 100 block of Melrose Avenue East to report a suspect had just shoved him and threatened to shoot him.
He said a man he knew from his apartment building had been having a yard sale on Bellevue Avenue East. He asked about the price of an item, and when the suspect told him, he said it was too much. A verbal argument ensued and the suspect shoved the victim.
The victim hung up the phone with 911 operators but called back shortly after, stating he’d returned to his apartment and the suspect had followed him. He went down into the alley out back and confronted the suspect.
The 911 operators overheard hear altercation, and arriving officers found the victim with a gash on his head and blood all over his shirt. He said the suspect hit him in the head with a crowbar. Despite claiming to know the suspect from his building, the victim couldn’t describe him to police. He had other holes in his story, including claiming the 911 operator had told him to go down to the alley and see if the suspect was still there.
Witnesses told police the victim appeared to be the aggressor in the altercation. Police found the table the suspect had been having a yard sale on abandoned, with all the suspect’s belongings still laid out. Among the items was a bloodied blue crowbar. The suspect was nowhere to be found. The victim was treated by medics and transported to a hospital for further treatment.
Police responded at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, to a report of mail theft at an apartment in the 100 block of Harvard Avenue East.
The building manager told officers he had surveillance video of a suspect jumping a six-foot-tall fence to get onto the property. The suspect went to the mailroom and took several packages before returning to the fence and jumping back over it.
The manager said this suspect has come onto the property and stolen mail multiple times. One of the residents spoke with police and said a package of Christmas presents sent to him by his mom was stolen.
Employees of the Goodwill in the 100 block of Belmont Avenue East called 911 at 8:24 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, to report a frequent shoplifter, who was already trespassed from the store, was back and had just tried to shoplift again.
They said he came into the store and started to put on layers of clothing and a backpack. He fled when confronted by store employees. Based on the description of the suspect, responding officers believed they knew the suspect from frequent interactions with him in the neighborhood.
Police responded at 3:04 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, to a theft reported at an apartment building in the 2000 block of 12th Avenue East.
The victim said his bike was stolen from the unlocked garage. It was valued at about $750. The victim said the security video showed a suspect come into the garage at 6:10 a.m. that morning and take the bike. Police searched the garage for fingerprints and any additional evidence, but found none.
Police responded at 8:56 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, to an altercation at a medical facility in the 700 block of Minor Avenue.
An employee at the facility saw a suspect come out of her office, which is only open to authorized personnel, holding a bowl from her desk.
When she confronted him, the suspect became aggressive toward her and other employees. Security responded to the scene, and the suspect resisted their attempts to restrain him while repeatedly claiming to have a gun.
When police arrived he was handcuffed and seated on a chair in the waiting room. Several employees and witnesses confirmed he had been aggressive toward the employees, hitting them and trying to fight with them.
He was arrested for assault and harassment and booked into King County Jail.