“chanman” wrote to the mailing list and described a mugging that occurred last night at about 9pm near the Valero station on Beacon where he was attacked by one of group of three teens:
Three high-school aged young men passed me on the sidewalk when I was walking home from the light rail station and one of them ran from behind and tried to grab my bag. When I resisted, he started punching me in the face and we tussled on the ground.
He also provided a pretty good description of the group:
They are 16-18 years old. The two onlooking friends: one is African-American, about 5’11, wearing a black baseball cap, while the second friend is lighter complected, possibly Caucasian and shorter, around 5’3-5’5 with large, bushy brown hair and a black jacket. The feisty manbag-grabbing/combat enthusiast was 5’6-7, either Asian or Hispanic, had a dark baseball cap, a white or grey hoodie with a logo on the front, and jeans. While he was pummeling me on the sidewalk I scratched his back in defense, which certainly left a mark. They headed north on Beacon Ave after the incident. The police were notified by passerby (thanks neighbors!) and the incident number is 10-102895. Please let them know if you have any information.
He’s OK and still has his bag and was composed enough in the aftermath to remind everyone that positive outreach and intervention to “written-off” kids can make a difference.
[Last Wednesday] our rental house was broken into. It’s across from the viewpoint at 2910 12th Ave. So. Our renter was at home at the time and the intruder broke in the front door and came in with a knife. He boldly sat on the couch until our renter pointed a gun and called police. The intruder is one that we new as a little boy who lived down the street. He’s a druggie and usually not dangerous… Our son who is a policeman said he’s arrested him several times, but he seems to always get back out on the street. He needs some serious rehab.
Margaret Adell George’s mother was found living in deplorable conditions in her Beacon Hill home in December 2008. Seattle police detectives said the immobile woman appeared to have been neglected for an extended period of time before authorities found her in her home in the 4900 block of 26th Avenue South.
In The Big Bad Wolf of Beacon Hill, SeattleCrime.com has the police account of a woman on foot being harassed by a man in a vehicle in the early morning hours of March 8th:
The woman told officers she got lost on the way to her friend’s home and, as she was wandering around the neighborhood, a “light brown or gold colored full sized American-made 4 door vehicle” pulled up next to her near 20th Ave S and S Ferdinand and the driver offered her a ride.
The woman declined the man’s offer and kept on walking.
The driver than told the woman “he was a good guy” and asked for her name, but the woman ignored him and kept walking.
Moments later, the report says, the driver got out of his car holding a knife and told the woman “I want sex.”
Meilee offers a first-hand account of being shadowed and stalked by a driver:
After work yesterday 3/16 just after 5P, I was walking north along 15th Ave S. It was still daylight and lots of cars and people around. I just passed the Clearwire store and barbershop and was almost to the garden society house when a man in a burgundy SUV pulled up along side and started rolling his car along. I stopped and he stopped so then I started walking forward and he pulled forward. He turned his vehicle as if he was going to park. So I turned around and started walking back towards ABC Supermarket. When I turned around, I looked back and the guy had put his car in reverse and started driving backwards. I started walking faster and called my husband asked that he pick me up. The guy drove off and I walked into the grocery store.
Anyway I wanted to let people know and just be aware of your surroundings and even walking on a busy street in daylight. Some guy, who knows what his intentions were was “brave” enough to roll along side in his car.
My husband said I did the right thing by walking into a business but I’m still shook up. Who knows what the guys intentions were but even more, what he might do something to someone else.
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Kevin forwarded a note from a neighbor at 24th and McClellan:
We had a burglary on Tuesday. It occurred at about 11:30 AM [Tuesday], when there was apparently no one at home in any of the 6 homes here on this side. Our house had been unoccupied for an hour when this happened. The frame to the lower door (and the door itself) was broken to gain entry, apparently with a pry bar of some sort. The intruders entered and stole items of substantial value, notwithstanding the alarm (and the decals and signs indicating there was an alarm). The police responded 3 hours later.
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Select items from bhnw.org’s scanner logs:
3/9 9:15pm near 17th and Shelton
3/10 6:15pm near 14th and Nevada
3/12 2:00pm near 14th and Nevada
3/18 12:00pm near 23rd and Spencer
3/18 12:15pm near 22nd and Spencer
3/11 12:45pm near Beacon and Lander
3/13 6:30pm in Holly Park
Thanks everyone for keeping your neighbors informed!
I live on Beacon Hill and just had my car stolen. If anyone sees a 1991 black [Acura] Integra with license plate 750-YNW please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-333-9633. The car was not in great condition, didn’t have a working stereo, and may have been ditched somewhere… I hope
We’re working with our neighborhood news partners through the Seattle Times to find out more about graffiti issues around Beacon Hill and the rest of the city, and we’d like your input.
Where do you find graffiti to commonly be a problem on the Hill?
Have you volunteered on a Red Wagon patrol?
Do you have an experience dealing with graffiti you’d like to share?
Have you found the police to be responsive to reports of vandalism in-progress?
Do you know what gangs are tagging in your area?
Is there more that the city should do to combat and clean up graffiti?
We’d love to pass along your comments, tips, and questions. Thank you!
The city has a Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance that requires property owners to remove graffiti in a timely manner or be subject to fines. If your property is vandalized by graffiti, take photos before removing it and make a police report to (206) 625-5011. The photos may be useful for the police to track gangs and for insurance reimbursement purposes. SPU has a “Paint it out” PDF brochure with information to print and keep for reference.
Some of SPU’s tips include:
Install motion-sensor lighting.
Grow vines or vegetation to cover unpainted retaining walls.
Install a graffiti-resistant coating on your walls.
Keep matching paint on hand to quickly paint out graffiti.
Install cameras to monitor activity on your property.
Thanks to Christine Cole who shared the SPU link with the BAN list a week or two ago.
Rosie Kirby writes, hoping someone might have seen something of interest today near her home that was burgled today:
We live on the corner of 13th and Hill St. in North Beacon Hill. Our house was broken into with what looks like possibly some sort of crowbar or having kicked in the door somewhere between 7:10 a.m. and 4 p.m. today, 2/22/10. Our neighbor (these are town homes) reports that she heard the door open and shutting around 1:00 p.m. but did not think to look and see if anything was going on. Luckily, not too much was stolen; however, we would appreciate any information or if anyone saw any suspicious activity. The burglar may have left with the laptops, money, and miscellaneous in a brown QFC paper bag. We had one hanging in the kitchen for recycling and they dumped the contents onto the couch.
If you may have any information that could help track down the thieves or recovery their stolen property, please call Rosie at 701-610-4555 or Seth at 206-914-0557 or email email@example.com.
April Jahns reported a Saturday-night smash-and-grab on the mailing list and followed up with video:
Some punk smashed the passenger side window of our minivan last night. We got it on video – it’s pretty grainy, though. When Ryan is done converting and snipping and whatever else he has to do to the footage I’ll post it on youtube and send a link to the listserv. The person had to rifle around for a minute before finding a grocery bag (hid well out of sight) to find my stash of Valentine’s Day candy conversation hearts. Maybe he’ll get a cavity as his punishment.
We did call the police and since we have the video an officer came out and he dusted the van for prints and will pick up a copy of the video tomorrow. He couldn’t stress enough how important it is for us to call when we see someone suspicious walking around – it enables the officers to talk to fishy looking people. He said the report allows them to pull suspicious looking people over to talk to them. Of course, this happened at 5:10 am – if I had seen him walking by my house I would have seen him breaking into my car. A
car around the corner from us was broken into as well. The officer said there have been lots of prowls in this area (I’m at 16th & Bayview) and they have been patrolling but the commission of the crime is so fast that its hard to catch them in the act.
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Mike Rosen wrote about another smash-and-grab Sunday night on the BAN list:
We live on the 1300 block of 13th Avenue South, close to Atlantic. Around 2 am the car alarm on our Honda went off. (I am sure some of you heard it.) One of us went down to check. No signs of break in. This morning I left for work and noticed the Eclipse that was parked behind the Honda had had its driver’s window shattered. I called 911 to report it, and they said that the owner must call it in. I left a note for the car’s owner. My older Subaru had not been broken into.
On February 22nd at approximately 7:11 p.m. officers on patrol heard shots fired near the light rail tracks at MLK Way South and South Winthrop Street. Officers searched further and discovered an adult male victim (possibly in his 30’s) who had sustained a through and through gunshot wound to the arm. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
Officers are currently interviewing additional persons who were in the area at the time of the shooting. A possible suspect vehicle was seen fleeing the area. That vehicle is described as a green Chevy Impala with shiny chrome rims. There is no suspect description available at this time. Officers continue to actively investigate this incident. Gang Unit detectives have been notified and will be conducting the follow up investigation.
Man shot in robbery — On the night of January 7th around 10:15pm, a man was robbed by several suspects in a black Jeep in the alley between 15th and 16th, just north of Plum. After refusing to turn over his money as demanded, three of the suspects physically assaulted the victim and the driver, a white female, fired a small handgun, striking the victim in the left torso. The victim reports he escaped and heard two more shots as he fled. After returning to his home near 16th and Holgate and evaluating his wounds, he took a cab to Harborview and reported the incident to police on January 10th. The reporting officer was unable to correspond any 911 calls to the approximate time of the incident.
Thanks to Scott from CDNews for forwarding the police report.
2/6 10:30pm near 13th and Bayview: Forced entry burglary.
2/9 2:45pm near 25th and Bradford: Forced entry burglary.
2/11 1:00pm near 21st and Waite: An attempted burglary. Police responded with suspect still in the yard.
2/9 4:15pm near 33rd and Graham: A woman saw someone leaving something something in her trash. When confronted he pulled a gun on her and then jumped into a black Mercedes and left.
2/14 near 19th and Spokane: As reported on the BAN list, a teal 1992 Honda Civic hatchback was stolen and replaced with a nearly identical vehicle(!). The missing vehicle has plate number 932VQS. The “replacement” vehicle, also presumably stolen, has plate number 187WHY.
2/15 8:30am near Beacon and Graham
Other suspicious activity
2/10 2:45pm near 12th and Nevada: Two men came to the resident’s door and tried to get in. Perhaps unrelatedly, about three hours later a drive-by shooting occurred at this same address.
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$7,500 reward for return of stolen data — Eriq Chang lost his entire business last weekend when, in a seemingly targeted occurrence, his home was burgled and the only items stolen were his computer and backup drive.
Following the break is a formal request, reward stipulation, and release of liability on return of the stolen data as drafted by Eriq’s attorney. If you can help Eriq out, contact his lawyer or email Eriq directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-659-5585.
Selected scanner items from bhnw.org: 1/13 10:30pm — Burglary: 22nd and Kenny 1/14 1:30pm — Burglary: 35th and Graham 1/15 7:15pm — Vehicle Theft: 15th and Lucile 1/18 3:00pm — Vehicle Break-in: 12th and Atlantic 1/25 9:30pm — Shooting / Weapons: 12th and Atlantic 1/27 1:45pm — Robbery: Beacon and Alaska 1/29 10:30am — Other: 32nd and Myrtle 1/29 12:30pm — Other: 13th and Atlantic 1/31 5:30pm — Vehicle Theft: Beacon and Morgan 2/1 3:45pm — Robbery: Beacon and Brandon 2/4 1:15pm — Vehicle Break-in: Beacon and Horton 2/5 2:30pm — Vehicle Break-in: 17th and Plum
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Collen wrote to the mailing list about a daytime break-in on January 21st at 18th and College where they smashed the bathroom window and took a computer, several iPods, and a camera. He also mentioned that his girlfriend’s car window was smashed a few nights later nearby.
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John Wright also wrote to the list about a car theft and recovery:
Just wanted to let you know that my friend’s car was stolen on Saturday, 1/23, between 10:30 p.m. and Midnight. It was a red 1998 Honda Civic 4-door. It was parked on 17th Ave S near Holgate. We didn’t hear anything, and our dogs (who bark at just about everything) did not make a peep.
It was recovered Sunday morning in the Bryn Mawr area of Renton. It was sitting in a ditch, stereo stolen, steering console trashed, windows open. Rear passenger door was tagged on the inside with a gang sign. They stole the De La Soul CD, but left behind the Nirvana and Nada Surf.
January 15th, South Seattle: A man ran inside Cleveland High School and told officers working off-duty at a basketball game that he’d been carjacked at gun point. The man told police he was parked outside the school’s gym when two other men approached him, put a gun to his head and demanded his vehicle. The report says the victim told the robbers “he was ready to die” and to “go ahead and shoot if he was going to kill him.” The victim eventually handed over the car and the suspects drove off.
“He called me from a school phone to tell me that he was going to stay late to finish his math test. I waited, then noticed none of the other kids were coming out.” Beacon Hill neighbor (and frequent BHB photography contributor) Bridget Christian and her son had a frightening experience yesterday, when Washington Middle School was put under a “shelter in place” (similar to a lockdown) after a man in the area called in a threat to kill kids. You can read her story on Flickr.
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DOA, CSI, I&R and more explained. The Seattle Police Department is now taking applications for the Community Police Academy, an evening class starting Thursday, March 18th, 2010 once a week for 10 weeks.
The Community Police Academy is designed to provide Seattle residents with an opportunity to learn firsthand about the job of a police officer and how the Seattle Police Department works. Classes focus on patrol procedures and operations, internal investigations, the criminal justice process, crime scene investigation, bias crimes, narcotics, SWAT, use of force, defensive tactics, firearms/mock scenes, domestic violence, elder abuse, and arrest procedures.
Apply early as space is limited. Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 29th. Visit the SPD Police Academy website or call 206-684-8672 for more details.