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.

Drunk Burglar Arrested After Rushing Fraternity Brothers

After being caught breaking into a home in the University of Washington’s Greek Row late Monday night, a very drunk burglar fell down several times and told police he had “lost all use” of his body before asking officers to carry him out of the fraternity, which happens to host something called a “balanced man” program. Police were […]
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Dealer Threatens to “Stomp” Pot Shop Staff After They Catch Him Poaching Patrons

Staff at a SoDo marijuana store told police Saturday that a man seen selling pot out of the back of his Buick threaten to “stomp” an employee who confronted him about poaching the pot shop’s customers. Employees at Cannabis City—one of the 21 stores in Seattle licensed to sell state-taxed marijuana after the passage of I-502—told […]
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Women Wanted For Robbing Niketown With Foot Measuring Tool

SPD’s gumshoe detectives are on the case after two women stole bags of clothes from Niketown on Wednesday after threatening staff with a metal foot measuring tool. The two women walked into Niketown—located in the 1500 block of 6th Avenue—around 12:30 PM and began stuffing clothing and other items inside shopping bags. Niketown staff suspected the pair planned to shoplift from […]
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Two Injured By Gunfire In Rainier Beach

Detectives are searching for a gunman after two men were wounded in a shooting Friday afternoon in South Seattle. After receiving reports of gunfire in Rainier Beach neighborhood just after 2 PM, officers caught up to a car seen speeding away from the Rainier Beach neighborhood. Police stopped the car near Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. and […]
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Police Investigating After Men Smash Dozens of Car Windows on Westlake

Police are looking for two men who smashed windows of dozens of vehicles in South Lake Union early this morning in a suspected car prowl spree. A South Lake Union resident called police just after 3 AM and said two men armed with a baseball bat and crowbar were smashing the windows of vehicles parked in a […]
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Officers Arrest Two After Vicious Bullies Brutally Attack Former Classmate

Officers arrested two violent teenaged bullies in New Holly and are seeking a third suspect after they viciously attacked a former classmate, who had transferred schools to get away from them. As the 13-year-old victim stepped off a Metro bus near Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. and S. Webster St. just before 5 PM Wednesday, he looked across the street and […]
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Detectives Arrest Teen Who Stole Computer From Woman In Wheelchair

After receiving a number of tips from the community, SPD robbery detectives have arrested a teen suspected of stealing a tablet computer from a woman in a wheelchair late last month at Northgate Mall. Several tipsters ID’d the 17-year-old suspect to detectives, who pulled the teen’s previous booking photo, which matched up with the man […]
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Driver Strikes 12-Year-Old Boy In Morning Collision In Wallingford

Update:  Traffic collision investigators say the 12-year-old boy was walking northbound on Wallingford Avenue with a group of other children when the driver—who was headed eastbound—struck the 12-year-old as he crossed the street. The child rolled onto the hood of the car and struck his head on the windshield. The driver immediately stopped at the scene. […]
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(Updated) Man, Woman Shot In Early-Morning Hold-Up In West Seattle

SPD Robbery detectives collected video surveillance from the scene of this morning’s shooting and are now working to identify a group of suspects. In the video, the group of suspects can be seen circling through the parking lot of a West Seattle 7-11 in a gray or silver Buick early this morning, before they climb out […]
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Traffic Alert: Seahawks, Pharell Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Soundgarden’s Superunknown With Concert, Football Game

If you’re planning on attending or fleeing Thursday’s Seahawks game/Soundgarden and Pharrell kickoff concert at Centurylink Field, make sure you have a game plan to get to and from downtown! The Seahawks game, pre-game concert and other NFL events around Centurylink Field are expected to draw tens of thousands of people into downtown Thursday, likely creating significant traffic impacts […]
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