East Precinct Blotter
Seattle police arrested a 28-year-old ride-share driver outside his Shoreline home just after midnight on Thursday after he reportedly groped a passenger hours earlier on First Hill.
The victim in the incident had been picked up by the driver Wednesday afternoon. She told police she’d sat in the front seat with the driver, and that he had begun groping her during the drive. The victim shouted at the man and told him to stop, but he continued.
She was eventually able to climb out of the vehicle on First Hill. She went to Harborview’s Sexual Assault and Trauma Center and contacted police, and provided the driver’s information, name and photo.
East Precinct Anti-Crime Team officers tracked the man down at his home in Shoreline and booked him into the King County Jail for investigation of indecent liberties.
Police arrested a 34-year-old woman Wednesday night after she drove her car over a 100-foot embankment in Jose Rizal Park on Beacon Hill.
When officers arrived at the park shortly after 8 PM, they found a 34-year-old woman stumbling around on a hillside overlooking her car–which had landed deep in a patch of blackberry brambles–and a crowd of onlookers standing nearby filming the incident on their phones. Officers spoke with the woman who admitted to being the driver of the vehicle, and said her one-year-old child had also been inside the car at the time of the crash. Officers quickly suspected alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the crash based on her statements that she confused the gas and brake pedals, the smell of booze on her breath, and that she admitted to drinking before the crash.
One witness said the woman’s car jumped a curb, crossed a footpath, and drove down the 100-foot embankment coming to rest in a blackberry thicket. The witness then ran to the car and pulled the one-year-old child to safety. Seattle Fire Department Medics transported the child to Harborview Medical Center for a check up.
Officers took the driver into custody and booked her into King Couty Jail for DUI, driving with a suspended license and reckless endangerment.
Police are conducting emphasis patrols in north Capitol Hill after someone slashed the tires of over 20 vehicles sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
On Wednesday, around 9:30 AM, a victim in the 900 block of Harvard Avenue East called 911 after finding their car’s tire had been punctured. Officers spoke with the victim who told them multiple other cars in the area had also been targeted. Officers then began searching the area and found 25 cars and one motorcycle in the surrounding blocks had all been damaged in the same manner.
Victims have been unable to provide any type of suspect description and officers are now working to find any private surveillance cameras that may have caught a possible suspect. If you have any information about this case or surveillance images that could aid the investigation, please call East Precinct detectives at (206) 684-5740.
Officers searched the neighborhood for hours on Wednesday in an effort to locate damaged vehicles and leave contact information for owners and victims, but were not able to make contact with all potential victims. If you believe your vehicle was damaged and you have yet to be contacted by police please call 625-5011 to make a report.
An adult male was arrested early this morning after he fled from a collision, leaving his injured passenger behind. The adult male passenger was transported by Seattle Fire medics to Harborview Medical Center with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.
On Saturday September 2, at approximately 3:40 am, a Chevy Astro van was travelling northbound in the 100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way East when it failed to maintain its lane of travel, jumped the curb and struck a tree on the east side of the planting strip. The driver got out of the vehicle and left the scene on foot, leaving his injured passenger trapped in the vehicle. Officers were able to locate and place the adult male driver under arrest a short distance way. The driver displayed signs of impairment. He is expected to be booked for Investigation Of Vehicular Assault.
This remains an active and on-going investigation.
Three men were arrested Wednesday night after East Precinct detectives and officers served a search warrant on a residence in the Central District and found several stolen laptops and an ounce of methamphetamine.
East Precinct burglary detectives investigating several recent burglaries in the area developed information that a suspect and some of the stolen property was linked to a home in the 1700 block of 20th Avenue. East Burglary detectives, with the assistance of the Major Crimes Task Force, obtained a search warrant for the home. The East Precinct Anti-Crime Team served the warrant and safely secured the residence. There were a number of people inside the home at the time the warrant was served, and three men were arrested for outstanding felony warrants. Police seized two stolen computers, as well as about 34 grams of meth.
Police continue to investigate the burglaries and are working to return the stolen items to their owners.