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Early this morning around 1:20am, two men had an altercation inside a pizza restaurant downtown on Stewart Street. According to an SPD report, one of the men was kicked out of the restaurant, and sometime later the other man went outside to smoke, which led to anther verbal altercation. The verbal fight turned into a physical one quickly after it began, and one of the men went so far as to slash the neck of the other with a box cutter. Prior to the officer’s arrival, the two men were separated by bystanders, and when medics arrived on scene, they transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center, with non life threatening injuries.

The suspect was placed under arrest, and taken to King County Jail, but was rejected upon arrival due to an unnoticed head injury. Officers then took the suspect to Harborview, where he remains under police observation for follow up[ treatment. For more information on the incident, visit the SPD.

Belltown was a busy spot for the Seattle Police Department back in January through mid-February, as our last Belltown crime recap showed. But this month seems to have been a little calmer.

  • A Cab, a Cyclist, and a Biker: Quite the mess greeted officers when they arrived at the scene of a vehicular accident on March 1st. According to their report, the bicyclist was riding north on Alaskan Way, followed from behind by a motorcyclist. When a cab ahead of the two stopped on the east side of Alaskan Way, the bicyclist went around the cab. Unfortunately, the motorcycle was not so lucky, lost control, hit the cab, and then hit the bicyclist before continuing into oncoming southbound traffic and hitting another vehicle. Medics transported the bicyclist and motorcyclist to Harborview for non-life-threatening injuries.
  • Caught in the Crossfire: A woman was hit in the arm by a stray bullet on Saturday, March 2nd. The incident occurred just after midnight, when two men were seen arguing and running down Pike street. Shots were then heard, and the woman was hit in the arm from where she stood with friends near the corner of Pike and 2nd Avenue. The two men were taken into custody, and the woman was taken to Harborview. Her wound is not considered to be life threatening.
  • A Pike/Pine Buy-Bust Sting Op: After a 14-year-old young man sold cocaine to a police informant at the Joe’s Mart near 2nd Avenue and Pike Street on March 6th, he was arrested and booked into the Youth Service Center. SPD also arrested a 21-year-old man – also for selling cocaine – later in the afternoon in the same area. The older man was wearing body armor, which officers submitted into evidence.
  • Quick-Action Prevents Tragedy: On March 17th, police received a call about a man holding a handgun and standing outside a building on the 1900 block of 3rd Avenue, talking on the phone and threatening to shoot someone. SPD arrived quickly on the scene, and took up chase when the suspect began to run. The suspect was quickly apprehended, discovered to be a convicted felon, and was taken into custody. A record check done by SPD determined that the gun they recovered from the suspect – a .40 Smith & Wesson – was stolen in a carprowl in 2010.

Please feel free to shoot us an email if you know of criminal activity that we missed or needs to be mentioned on an upcoming recap. Of course, make sure the police have been notified first.

Stay safe, Belltown!

Featured photo from King5 News.

It’s been a busy few weeks for the SPD in Belltown, as our crime recap will show for our summary of happenings in Belltown crime between mid-January and today. So, here’s what happened in our neighborhood:

  • Double-Offense Arrest: Belltown residents and visitors can be grateful for two proactive bicycle officers who arrested a 41-year-old man in Belltown on January 13th. After watching what they suspected to be a drug transaction between a few people on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Bell Street, the two officers approached the men and did a routine check on the suspects’ names. They discovered that one of the men had a warrant out for failing to register as a sex offender, and arrested him without difficulty. Once back at the precinct, they recovered 2.5 grams of what they suspected and then confirmed to be crack cocaine, and later discovered another 1.5 grams in between transport and the holding cell. The suspect was booked for the outstanding warrant and investigation into the cocaine.
  • Runaway Robber: In a brief robbery that took place at the 2500 First Avenue Key Bank on January 14th, the suspect remains at large. The male suspect had entered the bank, told everyone to get down, then jumped the counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing. It is unknown if he was armed. The SPD is asking that anyone with information call 911.
  • To Catch a Burglar: A burglar was caught the morning of January 16th while attempting to break into an apartment on 4th Avenue. After an officer responded to a burglary just a week before in the same building, officers arrived at the scene on Jan. 16th and apprehended the male suspect for investigation. He was armed with two knives and a baton, and was also found to be wearing kneepads.
  • Belltown Stabbing and Arrest: Some things don’t just wait until dark. After hearing reports of two men in a fight near 2nd and Blanchard on January 21st, officers arrived at the scene to find one man with a stab wound to his abdomen. Officers later found and arrested a suspect only 50 yards away from the victim, as well as taking a cell phone and bloody knife found nearby into evidence. Neither the victim nor the suspect was cooperative with SPD about the details of the incident. The victim is being treated for a non-life-threatening injury, and the suspect has been booked into the King County Jail.
  • Rooftop Standoff: A break-in to a Belltown building under construction on January 28th turned into a standoff between SPD and a suspect. Officers responded to the scene after a report that shots were heard, but they found the suspected burglar causing a disturbance inside instead. Once inside, Police made contact with the man on the 8th floor roof, where he went on to wave around a 2.5-foot piece of rebar. The suspect refused to put it down, and then proceeded to climb over the safety railing. Several hours later, after failed attempts by SPD to talk him down, the man finally gave in and was taken into custody.
  • Botched Smash-and-Grab: After using a cinder block to break into Joe’s Mart on 2nd and Pike at about 4 a.m. on February 15th, store surveillance cameras captured the footage of a suspected burglar heisting cigarettes, then leaving the mart. When he responded to the burglary call and reviewed the surveillance footage, the SPD officer who took the report proceeded to search around the area for the suspect. About an hour after the original burglary call, the officer saw a man matching the suspect’s description only a block away from the scene of the crime. The officer confirmed that the man was the same from Joe’s security camera footage, and arrested the suspect.

Stay safe, Belltown!

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We’re beginning a new thing here on the Belltown in Seattle blog; each month we’ll provide a crime recap from the last month. Safety is important in any neighborhood, and in Belltown particularly, it’s important to be aware of what’s happening near your home or business.

So, here are the highlights for what happened in Belltown over the last several weeks, from the Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct blotter:

  • 2 Arrests from Vigilante Sex Sting: Two men, aged 28 and 19 years old, were arrested December 17th after the younger man was robbed in a Hotel Five hotel room by the 28-year-old. The older man had posted an ad online, advertising sex with an underaged girl, and then handcuffed and robbed the 19-year-old man who responded to the ad and met him at the hotel. Both men were arrested and detectives are still investigating.
  • Early Morning Gunshots Followed by Arrests: Just before 3 a.m. on December 21st, an officer on duty at 2nd Ave and Blanchard St. heard about a dozen gunshots. Upon investigation, the officer and others who came to his aid found that two men (who both appeared to be intoxicated) had participated in target practice in an alley with a revolver and a soup can. Both men were arrested for Reckless Endangerment and Discharge of a Firearm.
  • New Year’s Eve Drinking, Driving, Fireworks Arrests: Two men were arrested on New Year’s Eve in Belltown after they were caught drinking, driving, and shooting fireworks out of a moving car.
  • Victor Steinbrueck Park Stabbing: Two women were involved in a stabbing in Victor Steinbrueck Park (located at the north end of Pike Place Market) on January 4th at about 7 p.m. Witnesses say that the stabbing resulted from a drug dispute gone bad, when one woman pulled out a knife and stabbed the other in the abdomen. The suspect was arrested and the victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for non-fatal injuries. Investigations continue.
  • Bus Hits Pedestrian, Who Walks Away: At about 7:15 a.m. on January 8th, a man was hit by a bus after he stepped in front of it. Despite injuries that he was later hospitalized for, the man walked away from the accident before being stopped and evaluated by Seattle Fire. The bus driver is suspected of having been under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, and the investigation is ongoing.

 

Some folks have felt the warm Holiday spirit this year, and others have not. According to the Seattle Times, early this morning around 2am, Seattle Police have said that a driver struck a bicyclist downtown on 2nd avenue. The driver was struck by a Toyota, and after the driver did not stop, witnesses were able to get a decent description of the vehicle, and a license plate number.

After the plates were ran, police were able to track the driver to a home on the 2200 block of South Main Street, where they found three men getting out of the described vehicle. Police reported there was visible damage to the front end of the vehicle, and a smashed windshield, and the driver is currently believed to have been drinking and driving when he hit the bicyclist. The driver is in King County Jail, and the bicyclist was taken to Harbor View Medical Center for a head injury and possibly broken bones.  As a reminder, police will be on patrol throughout the Holidays, and advise to drink responsibly.