East Precinct Blotter
Detectives are attempting to identify a suspect after DNA testing at the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab identified a link in three separate reported rapes on Capitol Hill in 2014.
The three assaults were reported to police in February and July of 2014. Three women reported that they had walking alone around 2 or 3 am on Capitol Hill when a man pulled up in a dark colored Ford or Chevy SUV and offered them a ride.
At the time of the initial investigation in 2014, detectives were unable to identify a suspect due to varying descriptions from the victims, or establish a conclusive link between the three cases. However, with new DNA evidence, investigators now believe one man is responsible for all three incidents.
In early 2015, Seattle police submitted DNA evidence to the crime lab. In late 2017, the lab linked the unidentified suspect’s DNA profile to the three 2014 cases. After receiving notification from the Crime Lab, a Seattle Police Department detective re-interviewed each of the victims and obtained further details and information, furthering investigators’ belief that a single unknown suspect was responsible for the crimes.
During the additional interviews in 2018, the victims provided additional information indicating the assaults took place in the SUV in the Miller Park Community Center parking lot. One of the victims was also able to provide enough detailed information for a forensic sketch. The suspect was described as a Middle Eastern male, in his late 20s to early 30s, shorter than 6 feet tall with a thin to average build and dark complexion. The suspect spoke with an accent.
SPD’s Crime Analysis Unit has conducted a review to search for additional cases that match the profile of these assaults. None have been found at this time and no other cases have been linked through DNA.
Anyone with information on this individual is urged to contact the Seattle Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit at (206) 684-5575.
A man, high on methamphetamine, was arrested in South Lake Union on Saturday after he reportedly threw a kitten against the pavement, and later hurled a bottle at a woman when she tried to intervene.
Around 8 pm, the woman was walking near 8th Avenue and Republican Street when she saw a 33-year-old man yelling, swearing, throwing bottles and tossing a kitten in the air, allowing it to fall to the cement.
The woman approached the man and offered him $100 for the cat, but he declined her offer and threw a bottle at her in response.
The woman called police, who arrived, arrested the man and retrieved the kitten, placing him in the front seat of a patrol car for safe-keeping.
With the suspect safely in custody, Officer Oliver Murphy walked to his patrol car to check on the kitten and give it some police-issue rubbies.
The woman who’d called 911 approached officer Murphy.
“There’s no way you’re giving this cat back to him is there,” she asked?
“Are you kidding me? I’m a vegan” he said.
“Oh you are? Me too,” she responded.
The cat was examined by the Seattle Animal Shelter and is doing well. He was placed with a foster family.
The suspect was booked for assault and animal cruelty.
Seattle police arrested a King County Sheriff’s deputy at his Capitol Hill apartment building on Wednesday following a 13-hour standoff today.
Around 1:30 this morning, a man walked into the East Precinct and said his boyfriend, a King County Sheriff’s deputy, had assaulted him at their apartment in the 1500 block of Belmont Avenue.
East Precinct patrol officers went to the apartment and found the suspect had barricaded himself inside.
The suspect refused to open the door for officers. He then sprayed pepper spray underneath the door, causing officers to withdraw.
Officers cordoned off the apartment building and called for SWAT, Hostage Negotiation Team members and traffic management resources.
Officers believed the suspect had access to firearms, resulting in the closure of surrounding streets. Neighborhood residents were asked to stay in their homes.
Negotiators talked to the suspect for over twelve hours, working to convince him to peacefully surrender.
SWAT entered the suspect’s apartment shortly after 3 p.m.and took him into custody. The suspect has been booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Assault.
Police are serving a search warrant at the suspect’s home in an effort to locate and recover any firearms or other evidence in his possession.
Officers are investigating after a man was shot in the leg following a disturbance in a tent encampment early Monday morning.
A man called 911 just after 1 a.m Monday, to report that he had just shot a man who had pointed a firearm at him. Officers arrived at Poplar Place South and South Bush Place to find the caller waiting for them. The man explained to officers that he had been searching for his girlfriend in a near-by tent encampment when he found a man who he had been in an argument with earlier in the day. The caller said the other man pulled out a gun and threatened him with it. The caller then pulled out his own gun and fired one shot, striking the victim in the leg. The shooter then exited the camp, placed his firearm in his vehicle, and called 911.
Officers found the victim inside the tent and provided first-aid to the man until Medics could take him to Harborview Medical Center for additional treatment. Officers recovered a firearm from inside the victim’s tent and one from the trunk of the shooter’s car.
Officers placed the shooter under arrest while the investigation continues. More details will be released when they become available.
Detectives are investigating after a man was shot in the foot Saturday afternoon.
Witnesses began calling 911 just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday to report two men shooting at each other near the intersection of 14 Avenue South and South Jackson Street.
Officers flooded the area and found one of the suspects two blocks from where the shooting occured. The man had an obvious gunshot wound to the left foot.
Seattle Fire Department Medics took the man to Harborview Medical Center where he is undergoing surgery to repair his foot.
Officers continued to search the area but failed to locate a second suspect. A K-9 officer searched the area and found a handgun not far from where the injured person was located.
Detectives will continue to investigate and additional details will be provided when they become available.
Officers arrested a man after a stabbing in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood early Saturday morning.
East Precinct bike officers monitoring 2 a.m. bar closing in the 900 block of East Pike street witnessed a fight between several dozen people break out Saturday. The officers went to intervene and a group of people scattered, but not before a man was left in the street with a stab wound to the arm that caused an arterial bleed. The victim struggled with officers who were eventually able to apply a tourniquet and stop the bleeding.
Officers had to move a large group of people that had gathered and was delaying the arrival of Seattle Fire Department Medics. Officers issued a dispersal order to the crowd so that firefighters could transport the victim who had become unconscious. Medics were eventually able to transport the man to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.
An officer in the area spotted a man trying to exit the crowd while attempting to conceal a knife. Officers took the suspect into custody less than a hundred yards away but not before he punched and kicked officers in the head and chest. Officers recovered the knife which the suspect attempted to throw into a nearby bush. The suspect later admitted to officers that he had stabbed the victim.
Officers booked the suspect into King County Jail for investigation of assault.
One 16-year-old suspect is in custody following a carjacking that occurred just before midnight in South Seattle, and a police pursuit that ended on Capitol Hill.
Just before midnight, the female victim was sitting in her parked 1991 Toyota Camry with a friend at Othello Park. She was approached by three unknown males. They were all dressed in black clothing, with their faces covered. One of the suspects demanded that she get out of the car and then struck her in the face with a handgun. Both occupants of the car got out, and the suspects got into the car. The car then left.
After police were contacted a description of the stolen car was broadcast to officers. One officer saw the Camry in the 2800 block of Rainier Avenue South. It appeared to have four black males standing around it. As the officer drove closer, two of the suspects fled on foot while two others got into the car and took off at a high rate of speed, nearly colliding with the patrol vehicle. The officer pursued the car. The stolen vehicle continued at a high rate of speed from the South Precinct to the East Precinct, where the pursuit ended when it collided with another car at 16th Avenue and East Spring Street.
The two suspects in the stolen car fled on foot. A K-9 team responded and tracked the driver down, taking him into custody in the 1100 block of 17th Avenue. The other suspect was not located.
The suspect was transported to SPD Headquarters where he was interviewed by detectives. He was later booked into the Youth Services Center. The Camry was impounded for processing. Robbery detectives will have responsibility for the follow up investigation.
Arson detectives are investigating after multiple fires were deliberately set inside of a construction site in the 1300 block of East Remington Court early Tuesday morning.
An officer working as security for the site heard sounds from inside the fence line just after 3:30 a.m. When he went to investigate he found multiple small fires and what looked to be some shattered glass bottles. The officer grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the fires and continued to investigate. He was able to spot one more fire on top of an office trailer that was quickly extinguished by additional arriving officers.
Detectives from the Arson and Bomb Squad are now poring over the evidence and asking anyone with information to call (206) 684-8980.