Last month saw several violent crimes in our neighborhood, as this summary will show. Please let us know if you hear of any other incidents of Belltown crime in the future – after you’ve communicated with police, of course.
And if you’re interested in what the crime condition is like for our city as a whole, check out the SPD Quarterly Report recently released.
Here’s what happened with crime in Belltown last month:
- Police Hunt for iPhone Robbery Trio: SPD is looking for three men who are suspected to have collaborated to steal an iPhone on March 18th at 6th Avenue and Pine Street. Please contact SPD detectives with any information by calling: 206-684-5535. Watch the video of the robbery below:
- Avoid the Pregnant Lady with the Stun Gun: At around 11:15 a.m. on March 22nd, a bike messenger crossed 5th Avenue in the crosswalk in front of a gray coupe. The driver stopped suddenly in front of the crosswalk and honked, then the bike messenger shouted at the driver and kicked the wheel of the car before finishing his crossing. A woman (described as being pregnant) got out of the passenger side of the car, began yelling at the messenger, and pulled a stun gun out of her bra before chasing the messenger and striking him twice in the face. Then the driver of the car also got out, swinging his own stun gun at the messenger before the stun gun wielding couple got back in their car and fled the scene. The bike messenger was not seriously injured, but this remains an open investigation.
- Serious Car Accident on 4th Avenue: Just after 2 p.m. on March 24th, a Toyota SUV was hit and overturned onto a parked car in the 1900 block of 4th Avenue when the SUV was hit by a VW Jetta. The Seattle Fire Department rescued the driver and passenger of the Toyota and transported them to Harborview for serious injuries. The driver of the Jetta was screened for signs of impairment, but was not detained. This remains an open investigation.
- Stabbing in Front of McDonald’s: While monitoring activity near 3rd Avenue and Pine Street on April 1st at about 4:25 p.m., two officers sitting in a marked police car noticed two men yelling at one another – they seemed about to fight. The officers used the loudspeakers to tell the men to stop and move on, which they did. Only moments later, a person ran up to the police car to tell the officers that someone was just stabbed in front of McDonald’s. Arriving at the scene, the officers found one of the two men from earlier bleeding from his arm. He was transported to Harborview with life-threatening injuries. The suspect got away and remained at large until being apprehended and arrested in the High Point neighborhood on April 2nd.
- Fight Turns Violent on Stewart: Two men were verbally arguing inside a pizza restaurant on the 900 block of Stewart Street at about 1 a.m. on April 3rd. The altercation moved outside, where the two men began fighting on the ground and one of the men slashed the other in the neck. Bystanders separated the two men and called 911. Officers arrived on the scene and had the victim transported to Harborview, while the suspect was taken to King County Jail. He had an unknown and unseen head injury, so he was taken to Harborview as well and put under police guard. The box cutter was recovered for evidence.
- The Escalated Cat Fight: Two women got into a violent altercation on the morning of April 9th. According to reports, one of the women approached the other as she sat at a bus stop, and began hitting her with a crutch. The second woman then pulled out a knife and stabbed her attacker several times in the hands. Officers arrived on the scene and had both women treated for non-life-threatening injuries before having them transported to Harborview. Both women were uncooperative with police in their attempts to investigate.
- Woman Saved from Attempted Robbery: Just before 10 p.m. on April 10th, a woman was walking south on 2nd Avenue when she noticed a man following her. He then asked for the time, which she told him before he walked away. Minutes later, he returned and grabbed her purse straps, but she wouldn’t let it go and kicked him to defend herself. The suspect then punched her in the head. Two passersby saw what was happening and held the suspect while the woman found police – an off-duty State Patrol trooper who detained the suspect until SPD arrived on the scene. The man was arrested.
Stay safe, Belltown!
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