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SPD: Auto theft suspect flees from police but runs into moving vehicle at Aurora and 85th on Tuesday

September 6th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Police Department says a suspect fleeing from police yesterday ended up running right into the side of a moving vehicle at Aurora Avenue North and North 85th Street.

From the SPD Blotter:

A wanted felon was injured Tuesday after he ran from police across Aurora Avenue, directly into the side of a moving vehicle.

At about 9:00 am, officers spotted the man at N. 85th Street and Aurora Avenue North. As officers began to approach him, the suspect ran south on 85th Street and then west across Aurora. The man, who was wanted for auto theft and was dressed in a surgical mask and a Seahawks jersey, then ran into the side of a moving SUV.

The Seattle Fire Department responded and transported the man to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. It was determined that his injuries were not life-threatening. There were no injuries to the occupants of the SUV.

The 49-year-old suspect is being treated at HMC and will be booked into jail once he is released from the hospital. Patrol officers investigated the collision and the intersection was reopened once the on-scene investigation was completed.

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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: 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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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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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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SPD: Woman stabbed at Aurora Avenue motel yesterday

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.

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Cab driver slashed by female passenger with knife near zoo

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.

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SPD investigating possible attempted child luring in Greenwood this morning

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.

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