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 In Death of Toddler

Seattle police have arrested a 20-year-old woman in connection with the death of a 17-month-old boy earlier this week in West Seattle. Police were called to the 6500 block of California Avenue SW on Sunday, September 27th after the young boy was found unresponsive in his crib. The boy’s father called 911 and medics arrived and […]
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Outreach Workers, Police Called to Shuttered Newsroom

Outreach workers, fire department crews and Seattle police ventured into the dark, graffiti-covered hallways of the former Seattle Times headquarters Tuesday morning after the city ordered the property’s current owners to secure the shuttered building. The block-long office building at 1120 John Street has been vacant since the Seattle Times sold the property and relocated its offices down the […]
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SPD Releases Videos In September 29 Officer-Involved Shootings

The Seattle Police Department is releasing video from this morning’s two officer-involved shootings. A security guard at a downtown building called police at 2:56 AM and reported a man had brandished a handgun and fled. Officers responded to the area and quickly found the suspect running westbound on Spring Street. Two officers followed the suspect […]
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Detectives Investigating Series of Overnight Robberies

A group of three men are suspected in a series of overnight robberies in the East and South Precincts. SPD robbery detectives believe the trio of suspects first approached a man and a woman at 16th Avenue and Mercer Street around 10:40 PM Sunday night. The suspects, who had hooded sweatshirts pulled over their faces, […]
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Cops Arrest Man Following Drunken Wedding Brawl on Capitol Hill

Police arrested one man for assault on Capitol Hill Friday night after things got a bit rowdy at a wedding reception. Officers were walking an emphasis patrol beat around 10 PM on Capitol Hill when they spotted a group of apparently intoxicated people fighting in a stairwell at the Century Ballroom near 10th Avenue and […]
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Sex Offender Arrested For Groping Woman on Capitol Hill

A group of quick-thinking bystanders helped police catch a registered sex offender Thursday evening after he groped a woman at a Capitol Hill bus stop. The woman was waiting at a bus stop at Broadway and E. Union Street around 9:15 PM when she noticed the suspect walking past her. He suddenly approached the victim from […]
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Detectives Catch Felon With Loaded Gun Following Central District Foot Chase

Detectives found a loaded handgun wrapped in a Seahawks jersey Wednesday after a 24-year-old felon led police on a brief foot chase through the Central District. Gang Unit detectives were driving near 25th Avenue and E. Jefferson St. around 4:30 PM when they spotted the man walking down the street. When detectives tried to stop the man, who had […]
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Police, Seattle Animal Shelter Seize Dozens of Dogs, Cats and Chinchillas From U-District Home

Seattle police and Animal Shelter officers rescued dozens of animals from squalid conditions at a University District townhome Wednesday after receiving a tip about a possible animal breeding operation. Last week, the Seattle Animal Shelter received information from a property manager that residents at a home in the 4500 block of 11th Avenue NE were keeping dozens […]
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