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.

Family Trip to Shooting Range a Misfire After Dad Pulls Gun on Motorist

A 35-year-old Burien man was on his way to a shooting range Tuesday, to celebrate his son’s birthday, when he was arrested for pulling a gun on another man during an apparent road rage incident. A distraught motorist flagged down an officer near 4th Avenue and Holgate Street around 1 PM and said another driver had […]
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Drunk Men Arrested After Turning Backyard Into Makeshift Shooting Range

Seattle police arrested two very drunk men early Sunday after they set up a makeshift shooting range in their backyard and fired volleys of shots through car windows, a tree, and into a neighbor’s bedroom. Police first received reports of gunfire near the 9100 block of 50th Avenue South around 1:20 AM Sunday, but weren’t able […]
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Police Investigating After 5-Year-Old Struck By Vehicle

A five-year-old boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center Friday morning after he was struck by a motorist on Rainier Avenue. The boy was in the street  at Rainier and Orcas when he was struck by the driver of a pickup truck shortly after 9 AM. Medics transported the boy to Harborview in stable condition. SPD Traffic […]
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(Updated) Detectives Investigating After Deceased Man Found Outside Aurora Bar

UPDATE: Detectives did not locate anything suspicious at the scene. The King County Medical Examiner’s office is investigating and will determine a cause of death in the case. Detectives are investigating after a man’s body was found this morning outside a North Seattle tavern. Police received a 911 call shortly before 6 AM of a man down […]
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(Updated) Man Fatally Shot By Officer After Ramming Patrol Car, Fleeing Into Ravenna

The Seattle Police Department is releasing video related to an ongoing investigation into an officer-involved shooting early Friday. The first video shows the driver of a grey Mazda ramming a patrol car on Interstate 5. The second video, recorded minutes later, shows the fatal encounter between the suspected driver of the Mazda, a 27-year-old man […]
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Police Looking For Gunmen, Pistol Tied to Ten Shootings

Since 2013, detectives have been following the trail of a 9mm Luger pistol used in 10 shootings in the Seattle area. After a shooting at a Central District park last month, detectives now have pictures of a man seen wielding the weapon, and are hoping someone can help identify him. A witness captured two men on […]
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Man Seriously Injured After Road Rage Sparks Fight Between Drivers

One man was seriously injured Thursday after an apparent road rage incident sparked a fight between two drivers on Rainier Avenue. Officers responded to the 9400 block of Rainier Avenue S. shortly before 10:30 AM after receiving a report of two men fighting in the road. Police believe two drivers became embroiled in an apparent […]
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Police Arrest Man In Connection With Monday Shootout Near Beacon Hill

Seattle police have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with a shootout Monday afternoon at 29th Avenue S. and S. Adams Street. Detectives arrested the man after linking him to a brown Maserati, which witnesses spotted fleeing the scene of the gun fight. Officers later found the car, unoccupied, near Martin Luther King Jr. Way and […]
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Man Shot In U-District; Teen Arrested For Ravenna Park Gunfire

One man was wounded in a shooting near the University District late Tuesday and police later arrested arrested an 18-year-old in Ravenna Park following a second incident of gunfire. Just after 11:30, a 29-year-old man was sitting on a motorized scooter at 7th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street when a gunman–also reportedly on a scooter or BMX […]
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Officers Arrest Man for Attacking Gay Couple at Ballard Festival

Police arrested a 22-year-old man Saturday at the Ballard Seafood Fest after he shouted slurs and attacked a gay couple with a skateboard. Officers were working an emphasis patrol near Ballard Avenue NE and NW Vernon Place around 9:30 PM when witnesses approached them and reported a disturbance down the block. Officers then saw a 22-year-old man […]
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