News Blog for Seattle's University District Neighborhood

 

Attack thwarted at Gasworks today

September 2nd, 2017 by sarawilly

From our friends at Safe Seattle:

Safe Seattle community member Bob MacDonald writes that he witnessed and intervened in an attack on a woman in Gasworks Park this morning, at about 8 AM. This incident has been reported to the Seattle Police Department.

MacDonald saw a young woman entering the grassy area on the west side of the park from Northlake Way. She was walking through the area when she was accosted by a shirtless and shoeless man who was acting erratically, as if he were under the influence of drugs. As MacDonald says:

“I was about 20 yards away when I first began observing this incident. The attacker appeared to be trying to steal the woman’s backpack. When she wouldn’t let go, he pulled her closer and then grabbed her around the waist with both arms and tackled her to the ground. He then pinned her down and threatened her with some kind of object or weapon. I couldn’t see what it was.

At this point an employee of a rental bike company who’d been loading bikes onto a truck approached me and asked if anyone was going to call 911. He said, ‘I don’t think they know each other.’ Then he left.

I called 911 and continued to observe. A man from the Parks Department drove a white pickup truck out to the middle of the grassy area where the attacker and victim were struggling, and this caused the attacker to break off and confront the Parks guy, who had gotten out of his truck. I think the craziness of the assailant took the Parks guy off guard because he retreated back into his truck and left.

The attacker then went back to the victim and began shouting at her, swinging the backpack he was carrying and grabbing at her. He did this for about five minutes while I followed and talked to 911. He physically attacked her again in the grassy area to the east of the parking lot and I intervened and drew him away. A couple witnesses shouted for her to run and find some people to be around, but instead she went east out of the park and followed the trail along Northlake Way where it leads into some overgrown brush.

The attacker followed her back in there, and I didn’t want to pursue him at first because of the chance he’d corner me. But the 911 dispatcher told me the police were still two minutes away, and I didn’t want to let the victim out of my sight, so I decided to go down that path after them. When I found them, the attacker had the woman on the ground, just out of sight of the road. And now he was actually hitting her in the head. She started screaming as I approached. When I was about five feet away, the attacker noticed me and jumped up and came at me, trying to threaten me. I stepped around him and got between them and told the woman to go back into the park and find some people to help, which she did. The last time I saw her, she was running over the grassy hills to the east of the parking lot headed back into Gasworks Park.

I turned and left the brushy area and the attacker followed me out into the roadway (Northlake), threatening to fight me. I don’t think he really wanted to fight someone who would fight back, because at one point I almost threw a punch at him and I think he knew it. I said something like, “She’s gone now, dude; it’s over,” and he realized I was right and just turned around and walked east on Northlake.

He sat down on the curb next to the street and a University cop pulled up and walked over to him. The suspect immediately launched himself at the cop. They struggled briefly and the attacker broke free and fled. The cop caught up with him within one block. The cop deployed his Taser, but it failed. The cop then grabbed him and got him down and at that moment two other University police cars showed up and it took all three cops to get this guy subdued. SPD arrived within minutes and the man was arrested.”

Photo courtesy of Bob MacDonald

According to MacDonald, the victim left the scene and was being sought by police for questioning. MacDonald reported that he had heard she was located a few blocks away.

The Parks Department employee who intervened left the scene in his truck, and was being sought by police for additional details.

This incident happened in broad daylight at a popular Seattle park. MacDonald told me that several people witnessed the attack at various times during the 10 minutes it was ongoing. He counted six people standing and watching at one point, and he estimated that 20 people in total saw what happened, or parts of what happened. Besides those two individuals and the single Parks Department employee, who intervened briefly and then left the scene, no one else intervened. MacDonald told us that if just one other person had stepped up with him to confront the attacker, the outcome would have been very different.

 

→ No CommentsTags: , , ,

Is the U-district Safe? A week of Crime, Accidents and Mayor Ed Murray

February 25th, 2015 by master

Amid Shootings, attempted abductions at gunpoint, and collisions with metro busses, the U-district has unfortunately been keeping local law enforcement busy.

Living the city life comes with a lot of nightlife options, walkability, and public transit, but when these perks become threats it’s time to look at more safety measures to ensure that we get a chance to enjoy where we live.

It’s been a busy week in the Udistrict! Some highlights include:

Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb 22, Police officers were called after reports of shots being fired in a parking lot outside a U-district nightclub near 8th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street. Three people were reported being taken to area hospitals with life threatening gunshot wounds. This is the same area that another man was shot in the leg back in January.

Also, on Sunday night around 10 PM near the University of Washington, detectives were called to investigate a report that an armed man tried to abduct a woman at gunpoint as she was walking home along NE 55th street near 15 Ave NE. Luckily the would be abductor was startled by people walking by and the woman was escorted to safety where she could call 911.

And in other tragic news, a motorcyclist incurred life threatening injuries in a collision with a Metro bus on NE 55th and 15th Ave NE in the Monday morning commute.

This seems to be a wake-up call to our neighborhood that we need to be more diligent about knowing our surroundings, keeping homes secure, and with increased traffic, be more vigilant on the road.

All these happenings occurred just after Mayor Ed Murray did his Community Safety Walk know as “Find it, Fix it” on Saturday in the Udistrict. These walks, one of many he will do, are to help identify safety issues present in the built environment of Seattle’s neighborhoods as part of his Summer of Safety Initiative.

With the “Find it, fix it” App, Murray is hoping citizens will report issues by snapping photos with a smartphone, adding detailed information, and hitting submit. With this easy reporting app he hopes that more awareness to their surroundings will help neighborhoods clean up trouble spots and help people feel better about where they live. When people love their neighborhood it thrives.

So, how can you help our neighborhood and yourself stay safe?

Check out the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Page on the Seattle.gov Website.

The University of Washington has this page to help students with safety issues.

Seattle.gov also encourages residents and business owners to report criminal behavior, get involved in programs like Block Watch and Night Out, and talk to your neighbors.

Of course, living in the city, there is always the chance that crime, accidents and other unnerving incidents will feel a little too close to home. We would love to hear what you do to feel safe in our city, advice for people and any other resources you want to share in the comments!

→ No CommentsTags: , , , , , , , , ,

Assault on The Ave featured on Washington’s Most Wanted

November 4th, 2011 by master

A recent and violent beating on University Way NE is getting attention from local television show Washington’s Most Wanted. This week, show host David Rose walked The Ave putting up Crime Stoppers posters in the windows of neighborhood businesses. In a series of show segemnets Rose interviews the victims of the beating.
The victims describe how the altercation began in the 5200 block just as the bars were closing on Thursday, October 6. The suspects, described as large Pacific Islanders, have not been identified. The show that airs this Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. also includes new information. According to Rose, police say the same group of assailants may have attacked someone just before midnight on Friday, October 7 just a few blocks over on 15th Avenue NE.
The posters highlight the crime and the police offer of a $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. You can call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-222-TIPS if you know anything.

→ 1 CommentTags: ,

Assault on The Ave featured on Washington's Most Wanted

November 4th, 2011 by master

A recent and violent beating on University Way NE is getting attention from local television show Washington’s Most Wanted. This week, show host David Rose walked The Ave putting up Crime Stoppers posters in the windows of neighborhood businesses. In a series of show segemnets Rose interviews the victims of the beating.
The victims describe how the altercation began in the 5200 block just as the bars were closing on Thursday, October 6. The suspects, described as large Pacific Islanders, have not been identified. The show that airs this Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. also includes new information. According to Rose, police say the same group of assailants may have attacked someone just before midnight on Friday, October 7 just a few blocks over on 15th Avenue NE.
The posters highlight the crime and the police offer of a $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. You can call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-222-TIPS if you know anything.

→ 1 CommentTags: ,

Shots fired, car damaged

August 16th, 2011 by master

From the police blotter:

On August 16th, at approximately 1:00 AM, North Precinct officers responded to a report of a disturbance with shots fired in the 1300 Block of NE 52nd Street. Officers responded and located several shell casings in the road and a parked, unoccupied car with bullet holes in the windshield and the rear window shattered. One round was lodged in the driver’s door. Officers searched the area thoroughly for victims or any additional damage, but did not locate any.

Several people were contacted for their possible involvement in the disturbance at 47th and Brooklyn Ave NE, but they were released after speaking with officers.

→ No CommentsTags:

Police looking for two involved in shooting on “The Ave”

July 11th, 2011 by master

Police are looking for two suspects after a shooting just before 3 a.m. today, July 11th.

According to police,

The suspects actually parked their truck and approached the victim and several of his friends who were sitting on the raised walkway in the 4700 Block of University Way NE. Suspect #1 is described as a Hispanic male, 20, 5′ 7″, stocky, short spiked hair, faint mustache, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. He was armed with a black handgun and threatened to kill the victim. He fired one shot at the victim’s feet, but it did not hit him. Suspect #2 is described as a Hispanic male, 20, 5′ 6″, 150 pounds, short spiked hair. The first suspect armed with a gun also pointed the gun at one of the other sitting victims. That victim jumped off the wall and fled on foot to a nearby location to call 911. Several shots were fired, and a window to a business was shattered, but there were no injuries. The suspects remain at large.

The truck the suspects were driving is said to be a full size gray pickup with matching canopy, tinted windows, and large front tires. The truck left the scene in an unknown direction. Officers conducted an area search, but did not locate the suspects or the truck. Several spent shell casings were recovered from the scene.

→ No CommentsTags:

Police looking for two involved in shooting on "The Ave"

July 11th, 2011 by master

Police are looking for two suspects after a shooting just before 3 a.m. today, July 11th.

According to police,

The suspects actually parked their truck and approached the victim and several of his friends who were sitting on the raised walkway in the 4700 Block of University Way NE. Suspect #1 is described as a Hispanic male, 20, 5? 7?, stocky, short spiked hair, faint mustache, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. He was armed with a black handgun and threatened to kill the victim. He fired one shot at the victim’s feet, but it did not hit him. Suspect #2 is described as a Hispanic male, 20, 5? 6?, 150 pounds, short spiked hair. The first suspect armed with a gun also pointed the gun at one of the other sitting victims. That victim jumped off the wall and fled on foot to a nearby location to call 911. Several shots were fired, and a window to a business was shattered, but there were no injuries. The suspects remain at large.

The truck the suspects were driving is said to be a full size gray pickup with matching canopy, tinted windows, and large front tires. The truck left the scene in an unknown direction. Officers conducted an area search, but did not locate the suspects or the truck. Several spent shell casings were recovered from the scene.

→ No CommentsTags:

Robbery suspect arrested in U District

June 30th, 2011 by master

From the SPD Blotter:

On June 16th, at approximately 5:45 PM, an 87 year old man pulled up in front of his residence in North Seattle and assisted his wife into the house. When the victim returned to his vehicle, an unknown male approached him and told him that there was something wrong with his car. The suspect offered to fix the car. After retrieving a wrench from the victim’s trunk, the suspect faked a repair and then demanded money from the victim for payment. The victim refused to pay. The suspect reached over the victim’s shoulder and removed the victim’s wallet from his back pocket. The suspect then fled in a black Dodge Charger, driven by an unknown female.

Detectives followed up on information developed during the investigation and identified a suspect. Early this morning, North Precinct officers located the 19 year old male suspect in the University District inside an apartment. The suspect ran out the back and jumped off a deck to escape the officers, but was taken into custody a short distance away. He was later booked into the King County Jail.

→ No CommentsTags:

Shots fired at business on The Ave

June 17th, 2011 by master

From SPD:

On June 17th, at approximately 12:45 AM, North Precinct officers responded to a report of shots fired outside a business in the 4300 Block of University Way NE. As officers arrived, they noticed the window of the business was broken, which according to an employee, occurred when the shots were fired. There were no injuries. The employee told officers that the suspect shooter was a black male, approximately 6? tall, 175 pounds, and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans. He was observed running southbound on the Ave immediately after the shots were fired. Patrol officers began to search for the suspect. An officer spotted a possible suspect in the 4500 Block of Brooklyn Avenue NE, but then lost sight of the suspect. A K9 team arrived and the dog and officers conducted a K9 track to the 1000 Block of NE Ravenna Boulevard. There officers located a suspect sitting on the ground. After taking the suspect into custody, witnesses were brought by the scene for identification. All of the witnesses that were brought by stated that the person detained was not the correct suspect. He was identified and then released by officers.

Officers then returned to the 4500 Block of Brooklyn Ave. NE and began searching for additional evidence. A black jacket was recovered there, and officers discovered a black handgun that had been thrown over a fence at that location. The gun was reported as stolen. All of the items were collected and submitted into evidence. Officers back at the scene of the shooting located and collected shell casings. Detectives will be handling the follow up investigation. Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to contact Seattle Police.

→ 2 CommentsTags:

Out of control party on 19th Ave NE

June 13th, 2011 by master

From Seattle Police:

On June 12th at around 3:50 a.m., North Precinct patrol officers responded to a noise complaint in the 5000 block of 19th Avenue NE. Upon arrival they were confronted by 30-40 belligerent party goers out in the street. Officers then heard what sounded like a gunshot which they believed emanated from northwest of that location. This was immediately followed by dozens of subjects running southbound from the alley west of the 5200 block of 19th Avenue NE. Some of the subjects reported having been shot at.

While officers attempted to investigate the shooting, the large crowd of party goers became hostile prompting a call for additional police units. Officers from other North Precinct sectors, East Precinct and UWPD responded quickly and regained control of the scene. Containment was established and a canine unit responded to track the shooting suspect(s). No shooting victims or property damage was located. However, officers found and recovered a backpack that had been stuffed under a car parked a block away. Officers opened the backpack and found a stolen handgun. It is not known if the recovered firearm was used in the shooting. Officers placed it into evidence for forensic examination. The suspect(s) remain at large.

→ No CommentsTags: