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SPD arrests 139 men in week-long undercover sexual exploitation sting on Aurora Avenue

July 6th, 2017 by Doree

The Seattle City Attorney’s Office is reviewing cases against 139 adult men arrested in an undercover sexual exploitation sting on Aurora Avenue.

SPD’s Vice and High-Risk Victims Unit targeted sex buyers from June 24 through July 1, “in response to continued community complaints regarding heavy prostitution activity along the Aurora corridor and repeat reports of violent crimes, including rape, robbery and assault, committed by sex buyers against the women they prostitute.”

According to the City Attorney’s Office:

One hundred thirty-nine adult males were arrested and booked into King County Jail for Sexual Exploitation, a misdemeanor. One juvenile male was arrested for Sexual Exploitation and Resisting Arrest and released to the custody of his father. Sexual Exploitation is the crime of paying or agreeing to pay for someone to engage in sexual conduct.

The men arrested included: a convicted child molester registered as a sex offender, currently on probation and in treatment; a formerly registered sex offender; a man with methamphetamine on his person, and a man who brought with him a firearm, knife and handcuffs.

SPD led a similar operation in 2016 in which 204 men were arrested for Sexual Exploitation. The City Attorney’s Office has reviewed those cases and is currently prosecuting them. One of the men arrested in the recent operation had been arrested in the 2016 operation.

This year’s operation in a storefront on North Aurora was just one of ongoing enforcement efforts targeting sexual exploitation. SPD Vice/High-Risk Victims Unit also regularly enforces prostitution laws to identify and recover juvenile and adult victims of commercial sexual exploitation, often partnering directly with service providers.

In 2012, the CAO officially recognized that prostitution is not a victimless crime. Sex buying causes harm. Not only do the pimps and traffickers cause the harm — the buyers cause harm.

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SPD: Detectives investigating serious injury collision on Holman Road Monday night

March 14th, 2017 by Doree

From the SPD Blotter:

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are investigating the circumstances leading up to a two-car collision that occurred Monday evening on Holman Road NW. The collision left one man with serious injuries and a small explosion and fire when one of the vehicles struck a gas station gas pump.

At about 7:50 pm, a 2007 Nissan X-Terra, driven by a 60-year-old male ride-share employee and his 40-year-old female passenger were travelling northbound on Holman Road NW when the Nissan struck a 1997 Honda Accord, also travelling northbound on Holman. The impact caused the Honda to slide sideways into a tree on a planting strip with enough force to cut the Honda in half, trapping the 35-year-old male driver (and only occupant) inside the car. The Nissan continued northbound for approximately another two blocks on Holman before it crashed into a gas station pump at 4th Avenue NW, shearing it off and resulting in a small explosion and fire. Seattle Fire responded and extinguished the fire very quickly. Firefighters got the Honda driver out of his car and medics transported him to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. The female passenger in the Nissan was transported to the hospital with possible minor injuries, and the Nissan driver was not injured.

TCIS detectives responded to the scene to begin their investigation. As is routine, the Nissan driver was evaluated at the scene by officers for any sign of impairment. The driver was taken to a hospital where a sample of his blood was taken after a warrant was obtained. The driver was interviewed and released from the scene pending the results of the blood lab results.

This remains an active and on-going collision investigation.

KING 5 has video of the flames.

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SPD and Medical Examiner appear to be looking at body inside car at Phinney Avenue and North 56th by zoo

January 29th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Police and King County Medical Examiners personnel appear to be looking at a body inside a car at Phinney Avenue North and North 56th Street by Woodland Park Zoo this afternoon.

James was walking by around 3:45 p.m. when he saw them putting on gloves and opening the door to a blue Honda parked on the east side of the street. SPD has blocked off the northbound lanes of Phinney Avenue, as well as the sidewalk.

Seattle Fire Department’s Real Time 911 shows a call coming in at 2:53 p.m. for an aid response.

We have a call into Seattle Police for more information and will update as soon as we know more.

Update 4:20 p.m.: Det. Mark Jamieson tells me SPD is investigating this as a suicide.

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SPD: Detectives seize heroin, crack and cash from man suspected of dealing drugs in Greenwood and Ballard

January 24th, 2017 by Doree

From the SPD Blotter:

Detectives seized large quantities of crack cocaine, heroin and $25,000 in cash on Sunday from a man suspected of dealing drugs in the Ballard and Greenwood neighborhoods.

After purchasing heroin from the 26-year-old man on several occasions, police served a warrant on his Lynnwood apartment and vehicle Sunday and recovered 75 grams of wafers of crack, 27 grams of heroin and the cash.

Police booked him into the Snohomish County Jail for narcotics possession.

The SPD Blotter post has pictures of drugs and cash found in the man’s apartment.

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Owner of Le Merde boutique in Phinney Ridge victim of Thursday’s drive-by shooting in Belltown

January 22nd, 2017 by Doree

Update Jan. 25: We have updated this post to remove her name, at her family’s request, after they have been inundated with media requests for interviews and are worried about her privacy. We will continue to be in touch with her family as appropriate.

Earlier: The owner of Le Merde boutique at 7313 Greenwood Ave. N., is one of the victims of last Thursday’s drive-by shooting in Belltown, according to friends who have started a Go Fund Me account to help pay her medical expenses.

According to Seattle Police, the shooting is being investigated as gang-related, and a suspect has not been arrested.

According to The Seattle Times, someone fired a gun around 10:50 p.m. Thursday outside The Crocodile, which was hosting an all-ages show. One man outside was wounded, while shots went through a window and wounded two women inside.

Friends have set up a Go Fund Me account to help pay her medical bills and support her shop. As of Sunday night, the fund had raised more than $8,000 toward its $12,000 goal.

Update Monday morning: Harborview Spokesperson Susan Gregg tells me she is in satisfactory condition.

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Seattle Police: 3 fatal heroin overdoses in Greenwood area today

January 7th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Police officers responded to four heroin overdoses on Aurora Avenue in the Greenwood area today — three of them were fatal. They’re reminding everyone that our state’s “Good Samaritan Law” provides legal protection for anyone who calls 911 to report an overdose.

From the SPD Blotter:

As of 2 p.m. today, Seattle Police and Seattle Fire Department medics responded to four reports of overdoses along the Aurora corridor in North Seattle. Three of these incidents were fatal. The fourth patient is receiving emergency care at Harborview Medical Center.

The overdoses occurred in the 7800 block of Aurora Avenue N., 900 block of N 80 Street and 900 block of N 102 Street.

North Precinct bicycle officers are canvassing the area for known heroin users and alerting them to the dangerous purity levels first responders have encountered today.

Washington’s “Good Samaritan Law” offers legal protection against drug possession charges to anyone who calls 911 to report an overdose. If you or anyone you know is overdosing on drugs, please remember you can call 911 for help without the fear of prosecution.

Anyone may also turn over heroin or other drugs to police for destruction by contacting officers via 911 or at one of our five precincts.

Given these latest reports, if feel you need to use heroin, please don’t do so alone.

Please also visit stopoverdose.org for more information on preventing opioid overdose deaths.

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Pedestrian transported to Harborview this morning after being hit by car near 3rd and 85th

January 3rd, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Fire and Seattle Police responded to 3rd Avenue NW and NW 85th Street at 7:30 this morning after a pedestrian was hit by a car.

Fire engines 21, 34 and 35 responded, as well as Medic 31. Seattle Fire Department Spokesperson Alice Kim said the pedestrian was transported to Harborview Medical Center. Kim did not know the age or gender of the pedestrian. (And without the person’s name, we are unable to get a condition update from Harborview.)

We will update this post if we get more information.

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Attempted theft of an ATM in Ballard early this morning, stolen forklift found at scene

December 30th, 2016 by Doree

For the second time in less than a week, someone used a forklift to try to steal an ATM near our neighborhood, according to Seattle Police.

From the SPD Blotter:

Officers responded to an alarm at a free standing ATM in the 900 block of NW 45th Street early Friday morning. A large forklift was still at the scene, and the ATM had been knocked over and damaged.

Just before 5:00 am, officers responded to the alarm call and located the damaged machine and housing structure. A forklift was used to knock over and damage the outer structure of the ATM safe. No suspects were located. The forklift had been reported stolen from a secure construction site nearby. The forklift was recovered by the construction company. Representatives from the bank responded and stated that they did not believe any money was accessed, however, there was extensive damage to the ATM. The representatives took possession of the ATM. This incident is very similar to one that happened early Christmas morning on Aurora Avenue North. Detectives will conduct the follow up investigation. Anyone with information on this morning’s incident is asked to contact Seattle Police.

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SPD: Cops seize heroin, cash after suspects try to flush drugs down motel toilet

December 20th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle police served a warrant at the Seals Motel on Aurora Avenue at North 120th Street, just north of Greenwood, on Sunday, resulting in the seizure of heroin and cash.

From the SPD Blotter:

A suspected heroin dealer tried to flush his stash down a motel toilet Sunday night after police came knocking.

Members of SPD’s Narcotics Unit and North Precinct Anti-Crime Team arrived at the Seals Motel Sunday, looking for a man and a woman suspected of dealing heroin out of several rooms.

When police served a warrant at the motel Sunday, they found a 53-year-old man in the bathroom, and a pile of drugs floating in the toilet. Officers were able to recover the narcotics from the toilet after they took the man into custody.

Police also arrested a 30-year-old woman, and found two children–a nine-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl–in the room. Police and the SPD Victim Support Team turned the children over to Child Protective Services.

After searching the motel rooms, officers found 90 grams of heroin, 17 grams of meth, 15 grams of cocaine and $2600 in cash. Police booked the man and the woman into the King County Jail for possession of narcotics.

The next day, Monday, police were back at the Seal Motel…on an unrelated matter and spotted a stolen car in the parking lot. Officers arrested the 50-year-old driver and seized the vehicle. Police continue to focus on issues at the motel.

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