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Two men arrested in North Beacon Hill robbery case

December 7th, 2012 at 1:01 am | No Comments | Posted by admin

by Kiersten Throndsen, KOMO Communities
(Beacon Hill Blog news partners)

Police have arrested two men in connection with a violent robbery in a North Beacon Hill home last month.

The original incident happened on November 29, near 23rd Avenue South and South College Street. Police say three men knocked on the door of the home and asked the resident if they could buy some marijuana. The three suspects were reportedly allowed inside the home and that’s when things turned violent.

According to police, one of the suspects punched the resident in the face and pulled out a handgun, firing a shot. Another resident was home at the time and heard the shot. Police say he armed himself with a shotgun and came out of the back bedroom of the home. Gunfire was exchanged between the resident and the suspect, with one of the shots hitting the resident in the leg.

Police say all three suspects fled the home before officers arrived.

The 24-year-old victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives arrested a 25-year-old man in Auburn on Monday, December 3. Two days later they tracked down a second suspect, believed to be the shooter, in Renton. Both men have been booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery. Officers are continuing to look for the third suspect.


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Trick, no treat: Armed Grim Reapers rob Mid-Beacon Hill family

November 2nd, 2012 at 4:12 am | No Comments | Posted by admin

by KOMO Staff
(Beacon Hill Blog news partners)

The search is on for three armed men who robbed a family while dressed up as the Grim Reaper on Halloween night.

Police said three men dressed in black “grim reaper costumes” knocked on the door of a home near 17th Avenue South and South Ferdinand around 9:15 p.m.

When the family opened the door, the men pulled out handguns and made their way into the home.

The gunmen forced a man who lives at the home into a bedroom where they took “a large amount of cash, gold earrings and a necklace, and a CD wallet,” according to police.

The men fled on foot, heading east on Ferdinand, and remain at large. A description was not available.

No one was injured in the incident.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call police immediately at 206-684-5535.


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Robber threatens victim by putting gun in baby’s mouth

October 19th, 2012 at 7:11 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

By KOMO Staff at KOMO Communities
(Beacon Hill Blog news partners)

Police are looking for an armed man who threatened a purse-snatching victim to keep mum by placing a gun in her baby’s mouth.

The incident occurred just before 8:30 p.m. Monday in the 6500 block of Shaffer Avenue South.

Investigators said the woman had just gotten into her car after placing her baby in the car seat when a man jumped in.

Armed with a gun, the man demanded she give him her purse. The woman handed over the baby’s food bag and confirmed for the man that all her valuables were inside.

The man grabbed the bag, exited the car then opened the door next to the baby.

The man shoved his gun in the baby’s mouth and said he would kill them both, the baby first, if she screamed or told anyone about the incident. He added her he knew her license plate number with which he could track her down.

The man ran off and no arrests have been made.

Neither the woman nor the baby was injured.

(Edited to add:) Police describe the suspect as “an Asian male in his late teens to early 20s, with a thin build, wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt.”


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Two men attacked, one injured in greenbelt under I-5

October 10th, 2012 at 5:34 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

by Ray Marcham, KOMO Communities
(Beacon Hill Blog news partners)

A man is being treated at Harborview Medical Center after an attack at the Jungle, near the Beacon Hill greenbelt.

According to Seattle Police, two men arrived at the Metro bus facility at Airport Way and Atlantic Street at around 1:30 a.m. and said they had been attacked nearby. Police were called soon after, and they were told that the men had been attacked nearby.

Officers were told that the men were under I-5 in the Jungle when two other men approached them. One man was hit with a rock by one of the suspects, while another suspect bit the victim on the neck and bit off part of the victim’s lower lip.

The two suspects then grabbed the victim’s wallet and left on a bicycle. The man who was with the victim was not injured.

The uninjured man told officers that the attackers had been seen in the Jungle a few weeks earlier, but they were not known.


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Armed robbers strike on South Waite Street

August 22nd, 2012 at 5:05 am | 5 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap


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A neighbor wrote in to describe a strong-arm robbery she experienced last week:

Last Wednesday evening, August 15th, at 10:15 p.m., a friend and I were assaulted and robbed by two armed assailants as we talked in the street on Waite Street between 21st and 22nd Avenues South. Both men were African-American, approximately 6 feet tall and heavy-set, maybe 220 to 240 pounds. One man grabbed my purse from behind me; I initially held on because I did not realize they had weapons. I was thrown to the ground and kicked in the head; my friend was forced to the ground and his wallet was taken. The two robbers then ran west on Waite and around the corner on 21st to a waiting car which sped off. We were assisted by a couple out for a walk who saw the men running away and then saw us on the ground. Police were called, reports were made, but the suspects were not found.

I wanted to let my community know about this so they could be more vigilant to the possibility of this level of random and serious violence. I work downtown, lived in the Central District prior to moving to Beacon Hill 5 years ago, and am normally very aware of my surroundings. I feel I let my guard down because I did not expect this type of crime in bucolic residential Beacon Hill. It was not terribly late at night, I was with a male companion and I was feet from my back door. The officers who responded said they have seen an uptick in crime on Beacon Hill, especially stolen cars, home break-ins, and armed assaults.

I post this as a reminder to all my wonderful neighbors and all who live in our great area to take precautions, stay aware, and look out for each other. Thank you.

According to the police report about the incident, the robbers may have driven west on Waite Street past the victims in a light-colored (possibly silver) car just before the robbery. The robbers then approached the victims from the west, and after the crime, ran to the getaway car around the corner on 21st.


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Asian Express mini-mart robbed

January 11th, 2012 at 3:45 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The Asian Express store on 14th Avenue South. Photo by Paul Sableman via Creative Commons/Flickr.

Seattle Police report that the Asian Express convenience store at 2122 14th Avenue South was robbed on Monday night.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., four masked men in dark clothing entered the store. The thieves took money and other items, then fled on foot to car described as “an older grey sedan.”

Here is the official description of the robbers from the police blotter:

Four males, late teens-early 20s, wearing dark clothing, bandanas or something covering their faces. One suspect, a black male, was armed with a handgun.

Officers responded to the scene along with a K9 team, but were unable to find the suspects. The crime is still under investigation. If you have information about this case, please call 911.


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Youths robbed at gunpoint in Mid-Beacon Hill

November 26th, 2011 at 12:30 am | 1 Comment | Posted by admin

By Michael Harthorne, KOMO Communities (Beacon Hill Blog news partner)

Two youths were robbed of a cell phone at gunpoint Friday morning in Mid-Beacon Hill, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The victims were walking near Beacon Avenue South and South Brandon Street at 8:30 a.m. when a man in his 20s approached them and took out a silver handgun, according to police.

The man took a cell phone from one of the victims and ran off, according to police.

The victims didn’t call police until they got to Cleveland High School about 20 minutes later, but officers were able to locate a man matching the description of the robber in the area.

Officers found a gun on the man, but it wasn’t the gun described by the victims, and neither of the victims was able to positively identify the man as the robber, according to police.

The man was arrested and booked into Youth Services Center regardless because of the gun, according to police.

See also the Seattle Police blog entry about this incident.


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Beacon Hill resident assaulted in home-invasion robbery

August 20th, 2011 at 5:47 am | 4 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

A North Beacon Hill resident reported being tied-up and pistol-whipped in a home-invasion robbery on Wednesday night.

Here’s how the Seattle Police Department reported the incident:

Preliminary investigation indicates that on August 17th at approximately 9:00 p.m. the victim was at his residence in the 2100 block of Beacon Avenue South. A female in her 20’s (suspect #4) knocked on the victim’s front door. The victim answered the door and suspect #4 asked him if she could use his phone. Shortly thereafter three male suspects forced their way through the door and began assaulting the victim in his front room.

The victim was overpowered, tied up and pistol-whipped. His house was ransacked and his wallet, a laptop computer, and prescription drugs were taken. All four suspects fled the scene and remain at large.

The only suspect descriptions available at this time are: two Hispanic males in their late 20’s, one black male in his late 20’s, and one Hispanic female in her 20’s.

If you have information, please call 911 or the Seattle Police Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535. Anonymous tips are welcome.


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One woman robbed, another sexually assaulted

December 30th, 2010 at 10:36 pm | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

On December 26 at about 12:25 am, a woman was robbed on the Chief Sealth Trail in the 2600 block of South Orcas Street. She told police that the robber put a gun to her back and said “Give me everything you have.” She gave him her wallet and he took her money as well as her cell phone, then took off running northeast through the park.

The woman then ran to Beacon Avenue South and rang doorbells until she was able to get someone to call 911 for her.

A K-9 search for the suspect was unsuccessful. The suspect was described as a black male, about 6’0″, wearing a dark beanie, braided hair, a gray zipper sweater, dark pants, and white Jordan tennis shoes.

The police report is here, and the SeattleCrime.com report is here.

Another crime took place on Tuesday, December 28, when a 63-year-old woman was violently sexually assaulted in the 1700 block of South Angeline Street at about 5:50 pm. The woman fought back and the suspect fled, taking her handbag.

The suspect (pictured to the right in a police sketch) remains at large, and is described as a Hispanic male in his 30’s to 40’s, 5’10” to 6′, clean-shaven, with a brown complexion and medium build, and wearing a beige or light-colored jacket and a beige hat.

The SPD Blotter report is here.

If you have information about either of these incidents, please call 911. If you have information about Tuesday’s assault, you can also call the Seattle Police Sexual Assault Unit at 206-684-5575. Anonymous tips are welcome.


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Stabbing and robbery near Beacon and Hanford

December 20th, 2010 at 12:06 pm | 5 Comments | Posted by Jason

The P-I‘s Seattle 911 blog is reporting on a crime that occurred around midnight last night in the 1700 block of South Hanford Street. Two brothers were robbed by a group of four men. One of the brothers was stabbed twice during the robbery and was taken to Harborview for treatment.

Information is pretty sparse, but Casey McNerthney has posted some additional details on Twitter.


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