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.

Officers Catch Groper Near Pioneer Square

A group of women helped police chase down a groper in downtown Seattle Wednesday afternoon. Police received a flurry of phone calls around 12:45 PM after the man began groping women on the street as he walked south from 2nd Avenue and James Street. Several victims and witnesses followed after the suspect, providing SPD dispatchers with information on […]
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Police Investigating After Beacon Hill Home Struck By Gunfire

Police are investigating after a Beacon Hill home was struck by gunfire Wednesday afternoon. After receiving reports of the shooting around 2:40 PM, officers arrived in the 5100 block of S. Avon Street and found a home damaged by gunfire. A resident of the home told officers he had walked out of the house after the shooting […]
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(Updated) Man Fatally Shoots Daughter, Granddaughter Before Turning Gun On Himself

A man in his 60s fatally shot his daughter and granddaughter Monday evening inside a home in the 6300 block of S. Fountain Street before turning the gun on himself. Police received a call around 8:15 pm from a 10-year-old boy, who said his grandfather had brandished a handgun at the boy’s mother and sister before shooting […]
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(Update) Police Arrest Student for Bringing Incendiary Device to Center School

Police arrested a 16-year-old and took him into custody Monday morning after getting a tip the student had brought an incendiary device to the Center School at Seattle Center. The school was evacuated as a precaution. There are no suspects outstanding. Officers are with the students evacuated from the school. Police continue to investigate the […]
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Police Seize Trove of Suspected Stolen Cellphones Inside South Seattle Shop

Inside a South Seattle convenience store Thursday morning, surrounded by shelves lined with tubs of coriander, diapers, and bottles of olive oil, South Precinct detectives loaded up boxes and boxes of suspected stolen cellphones, laptops and cameras after serving a warrant at the shop. Police received information earlier in the week that the small, cluttered store – tucked away […]
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Man Arrested After Trying to Lure Boy to His Home With Chocolate

Police arrested a 35-year-old man in Lake City on Tuesday after he tried to lure a boy with offers of chocolate, ending a three day string of escalating behavior that included indecent exposure and an attempted arson at a bus shelter. The suspect, box of chocolates in hand, approached the 13-year-old boy at a pharmacy in […]
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Officers Arrest Armed, High Robber After He Tries to Carjack UPS Driver

Police arrested an intoxicated, gun-toting robber on Aurora Avenue Tuesday morning after he tried to commandeer a UPS delivery truck. After stopping off at a business in the 12000 block of Aurora Avenue N. just before 11 AM, a UPS driver walked back to her truck and found a man, apparently under the influence of narcotics, sitting in the […]
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Detectives Now Investigating Westlake Groping Suspect In Additional Cases

A Level III sex offender identified as a person of interest in a weekend groping incident near Westlake is now a suspect in the case. Detectives are compiling a case against the man, while also investigating him for other similar crimes. The 36-year-old suspect—who has a history of similar crimes—remains in custody at the King […]
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Parkour, Swimming Not Enough to Help Auto Thief Evade Arrest

After sprinting and swimming through South Lake Union early this morning, a suspected auto thief’s Olympic aspirations were dashed by officers, who arrested the man before he could begin the bicycling portion of his impromptu triathlon. A security guard working in the 1200 block of Valley St. called police around 2 AM Monday after he saw a […]
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