October 25th, 2016 by Doree
Criminal charges against the Phinney Ridge man accused of stabbing two neighbors on Mother’s Day have been dropped after he was found not competent to stand trial, after more than four months of treatment and evaluation at Western State Hospital.
The court found that John Christopher Altshuler lacked the capacity to understand the charges against him or to aid in his defense. It also found he was “unlikely to become competent within a reasonable period of time.”
Altsuler had been charged with two counts of assault, malicious mischief and violation of an anti-harassment order when he allegedly stabbed two of his neighbors on NW 74th Street on May 8. Both men were taken to Northwest Hospital, where they were treated and released after several hours.
The court dismissed the charges “without prejudice,” meaning the prosecutor could refile charges at a later date.
Altshuler remains at Western State, pending a civil commitment evaluation.
Western State diagnosed Altshuler with Unspecified Schizophrenia Spectrum or Other Psychotic Disorder with paranoid delusions and Unspecified Neurocognitive Disorder secondary to a traumatic brain injury he allegedly suffered in 1986.
According to the original charging documents, Altshuler had a long history of harassing his next door neighbor, who then filed an anti-harassment order against him. The Oct. 14, 2016, Western State competency report stated Altshuler believed his neighbors were part of the Italian Mafia and out to get him.
Tags: crime, stabbings, Western State Hospital
October 17th, 2016 by Doree
Seattle University is conducting a citywide online Public Safety Survey, to find out your safety and security concerns, whether you live or work in Seattle.
The survey will provide Seattle Police Department with detailed reports of concerns in each neighborhood, so police can update community policing plans.
The survey is available now through Nov. 30, and is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Tags: crime, safety, Seattle Police Department, Seattle University
October 10th, 2016 by Doree
Update Oct. 13: This Find It, Fix It Community Walk has been postponed due to the severe weather forecast.
Earlier: Mayor Murray will participate in another Find It, Fix it Community Walk this Saturday, in neighboring Crown Hill/Whittier Heights. The walk begins at Baker Park on 14th Avenue NW just south of NW 85th Street.
Neighbors and business owners will take the mayor and other city officials on a two-hour walk through the neighborhood, talking about streets, sidewalks, crime and other neighborhood issues.
In addition, Crown Hill/Whittier Heights community members are invited to apply for up to $5,000 to complete community projects that improve the safety or appearance of their neighborhood. To apply for a Crown Hill/Whittier Heights Community Project Grant, community members can find the application at seattle.gov/finditfixit beginning Friday, October 21 through Monday, November 7.
Lastly, community members don’t have to wait for the walk to report safety needs or city maintenance issues. They can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app.
Tags: crime, crown hill, Find It Fix It, safety, Whittier Heights
October 5th, 2016 by Doree
From the SPD Blotter:
A 22-year-old female is recovering at the hospital after she was stabbed several times by a female acquaintance last night at a North Seattle motel. The suspect fled the scene but investigators know her identity.
On Tuesday, October 4th at about 6:30 pm officers responded to a report of a stabbing at a motel in the 8800 block of Aurora Avenue North. Officers found a 22-year-old woman inside one of the rooms bleeding from stab wounds to her upper arms and thigh. Officers provided first aid until the Seattle Fire Department arrived and transported the victim to the hospital. Prior to being transported, the victim told officers the name of the person who stabbed her.
Officers interviewed a number of witnesses and searched the area, but did not locate the suspect. Witnesses stated that prior to the stabbing, the two women were arguing over something in the parking lot. It was unclear what the argument was about.
Detectives will be handling the follow up investigation.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, crime, Seattle Police, SPD, SPD Blotter, stabbing
October 4th, 2016 by Doree
Seattle Police arrested a woman early this morning after she pulled a knife on a cab driver in a gas station parking lot just south of Woodland Park Zoo.
From the SPD Blotter:
A 35-year-old male cab driver received minor wounds early this morning after a woman pulled a knife on him after refusing to pay her fare. Police quickly arrested the woman following the incident.
Police responded to a gas station at North 46th Street and Fremont Avenue North around 2:30 AM after the cab driver called 911. He told officer he had picked up two intoxicated women in Belltown, and had driven them to North Seattle. One of the women got out at the stop and the other woman remained in the cab. The driver informed her that she would be responsible for the remainder of the cab fare, about $30. She agreed and asked to be driven back to Belltown. The woman attempted to get into the front seat and then refused to pay the fare when the driver pulled into the gas station parking lot. The woman pulled a knife and stabbed at the driver, cutting his finger. The woman then ran from the cab and into the gas station store. Officers arrived and arrested her without incident. The 29-year-old woman was later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery. The driver declined medical treatment for his injured finger.
Robbery detectives will handle the follow up investigation.
Tags: crime, Seattle Police, SPD, SPD Blotter
October 3rd, 2016 by Doree
From the SPD Blotter this afternoon:
Detectives are investigating after a man reportedly tried to lure a 14-year-old girl on her way to school Monday in the Greenwood neighborhood.
Around 7:30 AM, the girl was walking along Greenwood Avenue when a man in a white Toyota Camry pulled up next to her and told her school was cancelled. He then offered the girl a ride home.
The girl continued on her way to school, where she called a family member who reported the incident to police.
Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect’s vehicle. Detectives are investigating the incident.
The suspect was described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, with a thin build, green eyes, and thick glasses. He was reportedly driving a white Toyota Camry.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact the SPD Special Assault Unit at 206-684-5575.
Tags: crime, SPD, SPD Blotter
September 30th, 2016 by Doree
From the SPD Blotter:
A 55-year-old man is recovering today at the hospital after he was stabbed by another man while in Woodland Park Thursday night. The suspect showed up hours later at the King County Jail (KCJ) to turn himself in and was arrested.
On September 29th, at about 9:30 pm, North Precinct officers responded to a disturbance inside Woodland Park. The initial 911 call stated that a man had been stabbed inside the park, but the caller had difficulty relaying the exact location to 911 operators. A number of officers responded to the park and began searching. Officers located the victim with a stab wound to his abdomen and Seattle Fire treated and later transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center.
Friends of the victim were able to describe the suspect to officers and pointed out a car in the parking lot as belonging to the suspect. Officers searched the park along with a K9 team, but did not locate the suspect. Witnesses told officers that the suspect had been assaulting a female inside a tent earlier and that the victim tried to intervene when he was stabbed. After the victim was stabbed, the suspect fled the area and the witness was able to call 911.
Evidence was collected at the scene and the suspect’s car was impounded pending a search warrant.
At approximately 1:40 am police were notified by King County Jail staff that the suspect was at the jail wanting to turn himself in. Officers responded to KCJ and took the 42-year-old suspect into custody and booked him into jail. Detectives will be handling the follow up investigation.
Tags: crime, Seattle Police, SPD, SPD Blotter, stabbing, woodland park
September 21st, 2016 by Doree
Home Street Bank in Phinney Ridge has recently discovered four counterfeit $20 bills, all from different business deposits. Branch Manager Dustin Foss says it’s rare to find that many in such a short time span, and he suspects there are more counterfeit bills circulating in the neighborhood.
Here’s what Foss said was wrong with the bills:
- They had an “odd feel”
- Colors were slightly brighter than normal
- Missing the security strip that is visible when held up to a light
- What should be a copper-colored “20” on the front bottom right corner was more of a flat yellow
- Eagle watermark on the left side had poor resolution
Graphic courtesy of HomeStreet Bank.
He said the first counterfeit bills his branch encountered seemed to have a better production level than the most recent bills, but he said all were fairly obviously fake after a brief inspection.
Tags: counterfeit money, crime, Homestreet Bank
September 6th, 2016 by Doree
Matt tells us his truck was stolen by two men with a tow truck from Aurora Avenue North and North 97th Street early on Aug. 31. He says surveillance video and cameras show one person was driving a silver Mustang.
He was unable to read the writing on the side of the tow truck. But he’s positive it was stolen and not taken legally by a tow truck operator.
Did anyone see this or have any information about the tow truck?