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.

Suspects Snatch Tablet From Woman In Wheelchair

Robbery detectives need help identifying a pair of men who snatched a tablet computer from a woman at Northgate Mall last week. The victim and her husband–who both use wheelchairs–were waiting for a Metro Access van inside the mall on August 22nd, when the two suspects began circling them. Cameras inside Northgate captured the two suspects as they crept closer […]
Read more »

Cyclist Struck and Killed In Downtown Collision

A cyclist was killed Friday morning after she was struck by large truck in downtown Seattle. The driver of a large box truck was headed south on 2nd Avenue and turned left on to University Street, where he struck and fatally injured the cyclist. Police contacted the driver—a man in his 40s—at the scene and called […]
Read more »

(Updated) Suspected Car Thief Presumed Drowned

Update – 11:45 AM: Officer have recovered a man’s body from the water near where police last saw the suspected car thief. The King County Medical Examiner will take custody of the body as police continue to investigate the incident. —— Police divers are working to recover the body of a suspected car thief, now presumed […]
Read more »

(UPDATED) Police Recover Child, Arrest Thief After Suspect Steals SUV With Baby Inside

Update: Officers arrested the suspect just after 4:15 PM inside a White Center restaurant. —— Seattle police are searching for a car thief who sped away from a West Seattle convenience store Wednesday after stealing an SUV with a 10-month-old child inside. The suspect fled the store—located in the 1600 block of SW Holden Street—in the black Ford Edge […]
Read more »

Officers Arrest Armed, Tuxedoed, Drunk Lothario for Opening Fire Downtown

An aging, drunk, lothario learned a tuxedo and a handgun definitively do not grant double-0 status after police arrested him for opening fire on a couple early Tuesday morning. Around 2:15 AM, a witness spotted the decidedly not-debonair 64-year-old man hand money to a woman near 4th Avenue South and South Main Street before the pair disappeared into an […]
Read more »

(Update) Police Searching For Suspects After Woman Stabbed In South Park

Seattle police are investigating after a woman was stabbed and left on a South Park street early this morning. A witness found the victim lying on the sidewalk in the 1000 block of S. Cloverdale Street at about 4:45 and called 911. Officers arrived at the scene and searched the area but weren’t able to find the suspects. Before […]
Read more »

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. […]
Read more »

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 […]
Read more »

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 […]
Read more »

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 […]
Read more »