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.

Blonde Burglar Tries Out Family’s Booze, Shower and Bed Before Arrest

Once upon a time, around 6 PM on Tuesday, a family of Lake Union residents returned to their houseboat in the 2100 block of Westlake Avenue North and found someone had broken into their home. As they walked through the vessel, they found someone had been eating their food. Someone had been drinking their liquor, […]
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Police Arrest Two After Tracking Fremont Robbery Victim’s Phone to South Seattle

Officers tracked a pair of armed robbers to South Seattle early this morning after they stole a woman’s purse at gunpoint in Fremont. Around 3:30 this morning, a man wearing sunglasses, a grey hooded sweatshirt, and a bandanna over his face pulled a silver handgun on the victim in the 300 block of North 36th Street in […]
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Suspected Paint-Huffing Driver Arrested In Battered SUV After Crashing Through Traffic Barrier

Police are investigating whether a suspected DUI driver arrested Monday was huffing paint before crashing through a traffic barrier in downtown Seattle. Officers later found the man driving driving through Interbay in a battered SUV littered with spraypaint cans. The driver reportedly crashed through the city-owned traffic control arm at 9th Avenue and Pike Street just before 9 AM and […]
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Driver Arrested After Pedestrian Seriously Injured In Roosevelt Collision

Detectives have arrested a motorist following a Tuesday morning collision in the Roosevelt neighborhood, which left a 58-year-old woman with critical injuries. Around 10:45 AM police received reports that the driver of a van had struck a woman on the street at Northeast 65th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast. Medics transported the woman to Harborview […]
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Fugitive Shooting Suspect Arrested Along Cedar River After Leading Police on Highway Hummer Chase

A wanted fugitive, who’s been on the run from police since he shot a man in the Central District  in 2012, was caught on the banks of the Cedar River Tuesday after leading officers on a brief chase through Renton in a friend’s Hummer, with a six-year-old child in tow. Detectives have been searching for the 26-year-old […]
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Police Searching for Cab Stolen In University District Carjacking

Police are searching for a white and green taxicab–and the man who stole it–following a carjacking in the University District Wednesday night. An unidentified man hailed a Stita Taxi Company Prius at the Space Needle and then asked the driver to take him to the University District. After arriving in the U-District, the suspect repeatedly […]
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