Jonah Spangenthal-Lee


For the last five years, I've covered the always-exciting cops and crime beat at Seattlecrime.com, PubliCola.com, 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.

ATF K9 Helps SPD Find Guns Stashed By Domestic Violence Suspect

A specially-trained ATF K9 helped officers track down three pistols hidden by a 17-year-old suspect after he attacked his girlfriend Tuesday afternoon in West Seattle. The victim, who is also a juvenile, called police around 1:50 PM and said her boyfriend had just choked her into unconsciousness at her home and fled. She also told […]
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(UPDATE) Suspect Arrested After Tourists Robbed Outside Downtown Bus Tunnel

Update: Officers have arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with a robbery that occurred Monday night. West precinct bike units spotted the suspect at 11:30 AM today while patrolling the area around 3 Ave. and Pine St.  Robbery Detectives interviewed the suspect and booked him into the Youth Services Center for investigation of robbery.    If […]
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(Update) Second Suspect Arrested In Fatal New Holly Shooting

Update 8/19/15: Police took the suspected getaway driver in the shooting into custody Wednesday afternoon. Homicide and Gang Unit detectives arrested the 19-year-old man in downtown Seattle around 1PM and booked him into the King County Jail. Detectives say they are not searching for any additional suspects in the case.   Seattle police have arrested a 20-year-old man in […]
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Detectives Seek Videos of Robbery, Assault at Hempfest

Police arrested three men at Hempfest over the weekend after they robbed a woman and assaulted her brother, and now detectives are looking for anyone who may have witnessed or captured video of the incident. Officers arrested three men at the festival around 6pm Sunday after they stole the woman’s cellphone and attacked her 24-year-old […]
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Update: Detectives Seek Person of Interest In Nightclub Arson

Update 8/8/2015: Detectives are seeking a person of interest in connection with the Neighbours arson. Surveillance cameras captured a man walking into an alley behind the club shortly before the fire was set, and police are now working to identify him. Police are asking anyone who recognizes the man, or who may have seen him […]
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Family Trip to Shooting Range a Misfire After Dad Pulls Gun on Motorist

A 35-year-old Burien man was on his way to a shooting range Tuesday, to celebrate his son’s birthday, when he was arrested for pulling a gun on another man during an apparent road rage incident. A distraught motorist flagged down an officer near 4th Avenue and Holgate Street around 1 PM and said another driver had […]
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Drunk Men Arrested After Turning Backyard Into Makeshift Shooting Range

Seattle police arrested two very drunk men early Sunday after they set up a makeshift shooting range in their backyard and fired volleys of shots through car windows, a tree, and into a neighbor’s bedroom. Police first received reports of gunfire near the 9100 block of 50th Avenue South around 1:20 AM Sunday, but weren’t able […]
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Police Investigating After 5-Year-Old Struck By Vehicle

A five-year-old boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center Friday morning after he was struck by a motorist on Rainier Avenue. The boy was in the street  at Rainier and Orcas when he was struck by the driver of a pickup truck shortly after 9 AM. Medics transported the boy to Harborview in stable condition. SPD Traffic […]
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(Updated) Detectives Investigating After Deceased Man Found Outside Aurora Bar

UPDATE: Detectives did not locate anything suspicious at the scene. The King County Medical Examiner’s office is investigating and will determine a cause of death in the case. Detectives are investigating after a man’s body was found this morning outside a North Seattle tavern. Police received a 911 call shortly before 6 AM of a man down […]
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