Street violence and intense protesting are dominant issues in this month’s Belltown crime recap.
November 11: A woman was surrounded and robbed of her cell phone and purse in the downtown area. The victim suffered minor injury to her knee. Police officers soon caught up to the suspects and arrested them for robbery.
November 21: Two men were attacked in a public park by suspects claiming to be police officers. The suspects were posing as police when they used batons to beat two victims, then stealing a wallet and cell phone before fleeing the scene. The victims sustained minor injuries. Police officers have arrested one suspect and are working to identify the other.
December 6: Ferguson protesters have made their way through downtown Seattle and surrounding areas in demonstrations that have turned violent. Seven people were arrested on Saturday, December 6th for assault in an otherwise peaceful citywide protest. This group of protesters threw rocks and jumped police. They were booked into King County Jail for assault and pedestrian interference.
December 10: Police officers have arrested a man who was wanted for robbing and stabbing a woman in a Belltown alley early this month. The suspect attacked the victim, knocked her down and stabbed her in the back, fleeing with the woman’s cell phone and cash. He has been booked into King County Jail.
Tragic shootings and a bachelorette party gone wrong make up this month’s Belltown crime recap.
October 15: A woman was groped by a stranger while walking in the Westlake Park area of downtown Seattle. The victim took a photo of the perpetrator and notified police, who documented the incident. Police investigating the incident found that the suspect was in violation of his Department of Corrections supervision. He has been booked into King County Jail.
October 11: A shooting in Belltown killed one man and left two injured. Officers on foot and bikes arrived to the scene just before 2:00 a.m. when multiple gunshots were heard. Police found one man dead and armed with a gun, and two other men injured. They were taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Detectives are investigating the injured men’s connection to the shooting.
October 3: A group of women attacked a victim in Belltown as she was walking alone. The suspects punched the victim and stole her wallet and cellphone. The group of suspects was thought to be out on a bachelorette party. Detectives have tracked down a man who was found using the stolen credit cards at a nearby gas station, but are still in pursuit of the bachelorette party members.
September 30: Police in Federal Way located the suspect of a Belltown shooting which fatally injured one victim. Detectives say the suspect opened fire on a man in the street then fled the scene. The suspect has been arrested and booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Homicide.
An office thief, overpass jumper, and damage to businesses make up this month’s Belltown crime recap.
September 16: A thief has been on a spree through downtown Seattle office buildings stealing cash, laptops, and credit cards. Reports say he burglarizes between 6:30-7:30 a.m. and 4-6p.m. before and after the workday. Police have arrested a suspect who they believe may have been responsible for a few other office thefts.
September 15: Police officers arrested a man at 200 Bell Street after he was seen firing a gun. A witness called police when he saw the suspect pull a gun on a man in an alley and fire one shot in the air. Responding officers found and arrested the suspect, who was booked into King County Jail for possession of a firearm.
September 10: A man has been on a spree of violent acts through the Belltown and downtown Seattle areas. He reportedly stabbed a couple, who were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and jabbed a knife at a man in attempt to steal his cell phones. The suspect was also reported to make disturbing, public comments about his stabbings.
September 11: A man reportedly jumped off the I-5 overpass and landed on a driver’s windshield. Southbound traffic backed up for miles as medics responded to the scene. The driver of the vehicle hit was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries to his neck and back, and the jumper was taken in critical condition.
August 24: A Belltown shooting caused damage to several businesses in the neighborhood. Patrolling officers heard gunshots late at night near Third Avenue and Bell Street. When police arrived to the scene, they found shell casings from a handgun. Witnesses reported seeing an argument ensue between a pedestrian and driver, who fired gunshots at the pedestrian. Neither party was found when police arrived.
Inappropriate pepper spraying, a hit and run, and overzealous handbag thief are a few incidents in this month’s Belltown crime recap.
August 11: Seattle police are investigating reports of a Westlake mall security guard pepper spraying people during a demonstration downtown. Witnesses reported a shirtless man had been causing a ruckus with demonstrators then became involved with a man who was not part of the protest. The security guard pepper sprayed the man but could not find the one who had caused the altercations. Police are now gathering evidence as they investigate this case.
August 20: Rescuers pulled a person from the water around Pier 57 on the Seattle Waterfront. Medics evaluated the patient after the rescue and Seattle Police are investigating the incident. Alaskan Way at University Street was closed during the rescue.
August 20: Police reported that a woman attempted to leave the downtown Seattle Macy’s department store with 23 stolen handbags. She was stopped at the door by a loss-prevention officer where she dropped the pile of purses and took off running. She attempted to come back and snatch a few bags before escaping again, but was caught and handcuffed by the officer. The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of theft.
July 31: A woman and infant, who she was pushing in a stroller, were struck by a car that was driven by a suspected drug dealer. The suspect escaped arrest and got into a car, which he drove dangerously through the area where he hit the pedestrians. He then got out of the car and fled on foot. Officers arrested the suspect and booked him into King County Jail. The woman and infant were transported to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries.
Gunshots, a mystery package and a belligerent dine ‘n dasher make up this month’s Belltown crime recap.
July 18th – A drunk driver sped through downtown in a stolen Mustang, colliding with a valet and then a bus. No drivers were injured but the suspect’s vehicle was severely damaged. The spree ended when the car halted right in front of the Seattle Police headquarters.
July 17th – The Seattle Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team and SPD’s Bomb Squad responded to a mysterious package that was delivered to the downtown Four Seasons Hotel. Employees alerted authorities after receiving a lumpy, plastic wrapped package that was addressed to a vacant room. Police transferred the package to the Evidence Unit where six pounds of marijuana and petroleum jelly was found inside.
July 12th – Bike officers were patrolling Belltown at 2:30 a.m. when they heard gunshots. No one was found injured at the scene, but a few cars and buildings had been struck by gunfire. Officers pulled over the suspected vehicle a few blocks away and found bullet casings, an AK47, and a loaded revolver inside.
June 30th – A man opened fire at a group of people in the downtown area as he stood through the sunroof of a parked car, hitting one man in the foot. The Seattle Fire Department arrived at the scene and transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. A witness said that the victim and the group he was with were walking when an argument ensued between them and the parked car, resulting in gunshots being fired.
June 28th – Officers responded to a disturbance in front of a Belltown bar to find the suspect lying on the sidewalk. The suspect, who appeared to be intoxicated, didn’t pay his bar tab and became belligerent towards the police. He spat at an officer and was transported to King County Jail under investigation of theft and assault.
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