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.

Cops Catch Teens, Recover Pair of Stolen Cars Following Ballard Dealership Break-In

Police arrested two teens and recovered a pair of stolen cars after and early Saturday heist at a dealership, which was neither particularly fast, nor furious. The case began when a witness called 911 around 4:30 AM and said someone was trying to break through a window at a car dealership in the 5200 block of Leary Avenue […]
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Police Arrest Student For Threatening Notes Left On Seattle U Campus

Seattle police arrested a 26-year-old Seattle University student Monday in connection with a series of threatening notes left on the school’s campus. Police evacuated three buildings on campus Friday after students found a series of threatening notes left in school bathrooms. On Saturday, staff at Swedish Hospital’s Cherry Hill facility—which houses Seattle University’s medical training […]
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Nothing Hazardous Found After Threatening Notes Lead to Seattle U Evacuation

Seattle University officials evacuated three buildings and contacted Seattle police Friday morning after a student found two threatening notes in a women’s restroom. School officials called police around 8:45 AM and evacuated three buildings–Pigott, Bannan and Engineering–while officers searched the campus. Officers conducted a floor-by-floor search of the three buildings, and were unable to locate anything […]
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Masked Men Force Their Way Into Pot Shop Owner’s Home

Two masked men forced their way inside a Seattle marijuana shop owner’s West Seattle home early Friday and tied him up at gunpoint, before making off with tens of thousands of dollars in cash, a half-dozen pistols and a high-powered rifle. The 47-year-old owner was walking up to his home in the 8600 block of 35th […]
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Police Find 60 Stolen Bikes At Edmonds Chop Shop—Is One of Them Yours?

A tip from a sleuthing bike theft victim led police to staggering number of stolen bicycles and a suspected chop shop Wednesday in Edmonds. Now detectives want to know if they have your bike. SPD Major Crimes Taskforce Detective Scotty Bach began investigating the case last week, on April 7th, after receiving a tip from a man […]
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Police Seek Two More Suspects In Matthews Beach Break-In

A man caught burglarizing a Matthews Beach home earlier this week told police he was not the criminal mastermind behind the break-in, and made his case by trying to bribe a cop, while on camera. Detectives haven’t yet confirmed the man’s role in planning the burglary, but are now looking to arrest two other suspects involved in the case. […]
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Thief Poses As Plumber to Scam 91-Year-Old, Other Seattle Residents

Seattle police are working to flush out a thief, who’s been posing as a plumber and draining the wallets of residents in South and West Seattle. In five different cases between January 22nd and April 8th, the suspect has approached women–all between the ages of 76 and 91–at their homes, claimed to work for Fox Plumbing, and then […]
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UPDATE: Police Arrest Man Who Set Girlfriend On Fire In Sunday Night Attack

Update 4/14: Police have arrested John Turner. We’ll update this post with additional details as they become available. Police received a report shortly after 6 AM that Turner was at a downtown shelter. A witness had recognized Turner from an online posting about the case and called 911. Officers arrived at the shelter in the 300 block of 2nd Avenue […]
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West Seattle Man Shot Following Text Message Dispute

One man was wounded after a dispute over text messages led to a shooting Thursday night outside a West Seattle apartment building. Police responded to SW Morgan Street and 35th Avenue SW just before 9:45 PM after receiving reports that a man had fired shots from an apartment building, striking a man on the street. Officers evacuated the building and […]
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