Jonah Spangenthal-Lee

For the last five years, I've covered the always-exciting cops and crime beat at,, KIRO Television, and The Stranger.

As a reporter, I've stood out in the rain at crime scenes, rode around in patrol cars late into the night, and pored over police reports in order to dig up and tell stories about just what goes on inside the Seattle Police Department, and the streets of our city.

I came to SPD in March 2012 to tell those same stories on the department’s blog, The Blotter, and help push out up-to-the-minute information on breaking news through SPD’s Twitter feed.

My days at SPD are just as long, exciting and fast-paced as they ever were in a newsroom, but now I don't have to sneak past police tape to get to a story.

I'm a born-and-raised Seattle resident with a penchant for messy cooking projects, and an encyclopedic knowledge of Star Wars and comic books. My wife and cats are very patient with me.

Woman Arrested For Clear Violation of City’s Decency Laws

The Seattle Police Department has recently received questions about whether or not public nudity is legal in the city. Here’s the naked truth: public nudity in and of itself is not a crime in Seattle. However, public nudity can quickly become a case of indecent exposure if the nudity causes a person to reasonably experience fear, alarm or concern. […]
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Woman Attacked at Library Hours After Becoming Embroiled In Rainier View Shooting

Detectives are looking for a group of four men who beat and robbed a woman in the Rainier Beach library Monday evening, hours after police contacted her at the scene of a shooting at a South Seattle home. The group of suspects confronted the 21-year-old woman just before 5:45 PM in the lobby of the Rainier Beach library. One […]
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SPD Investigating Pepper Spray Altercation In Westlake Park

Seattle police have opened an investigation after receiving reports that a mall security guard pepper sprayed several people during a Saturday demonstration in downtown Seattle. Demonstrators at a rally in Westlake Park flagged down bike officers around 12:40 PM Saturday and reported that a shirtless white male had been picking fights with protesters. Witnesses told police the shirtless […]
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Man With Gunshot Wound Found Walking on Rainier

Officers weren’t able to convince a bloodied man found walking down Rainier Avenue to talk to them about what happened to him early this morning, but they were finally able to convince him to get treatment for his gunshot wound. After receiving reports of gunfire just before 2:30 AM, officers found the man walking near Rainier Avenue […]
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Detectives Investigating Strange Delridge Arson

SPD Arson/Bomb Squad detective are searching for a group of young men seen running from a burning home in the Delridge neighborhood in West Seattle Thursday afternoon Police are still working to piece together the strange incident, but officers initially received reports of gunfire in the 7300 block of 16th Avenue SW just before 4 pm, and then […]
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Update: Police Identify Driver After Pedestrian Killed On First Hill

Update: SPD Traffic Collision detectives have identified the truck and driver involved in the collision and are still investigating the cause of the incident. Police have not arrested the driver of the truck, who is employed by a local waste management company, under contract with the city. Original post: SPD traffic investigators are looking for the driver of […]
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Gasworks Vandal Tells Police Spraypaint Spree Began After Birthday Party Got Out of Hand

A man arrested today in connection with a massive vandalism spree at Gasworks Park told police he began spray painting walls in the park early Monday after his 19th birthday party “got out of hand.” After vandals caused more than $8,000 of damage at Gasworks this week, SPD Graffiti Detective Chris Young received a tip that a […]
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Cold Case Detective Ties Felon to Decade-Old New Holly Killing

More than a decade ago, a masked man walked up to Boumma Khammanivong outside his New Holly apartment and opened fire. His murder went unsolved, until the Seattle Police Department’s Cold Case detective took up the investigation. Now, police and prosecutors have tied the killing to a Seattle gang member, already serving time in a state prison […]
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SPD’s 911 Call Center Says: Do Call Us, We Won’t Call You

Dozens of confused Seattle residents have called Seattle police over the last 24 hours after receiving hangup calls, which appeared as if they came from 911. In fact, these calls—which appear on caller IDs as “911-9111″—are the result of caller ID fraud, or “spoofing,” and are not coming from SPD’s 911 Communications Center. The 911 Communications Center is researching […]
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Masked Men Fire Shots Following Light Rail Station Robbery

Robbery detectives are searching for two armed robbers who opened fire Tuesday evening after mugging several people near the Columbia City Light Rail Station. A 13-year-old girl and 21 year-old woman had just walked off the light rail at Columbia City Station around 10:15 PM when two masked men ran up behind them in the 5000 block of […]
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