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.

Gang Detectives Investigating After Teen Shot in Ankle

A 16-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting Thursday in the Central District. Witnesses called 911 around 10 PM and reported hearing gunfire near 23rd Avenue and E. Cherry Street. When police arrived, they learned three young men reportedly targeted in the shooting had run from the scene. According to witnesses, the gunman had fled […]
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Detectives Seek Leads On Wig and Denim Cutoff-Wearing Suspect In Miller Park Incidents

A man dressed in a long wig and cutoff denim shorts reportedly chased a woman in the Miller Park neighborhood early Thursday, and police are now investigating whether he may have also exposed himself to other women in the area. Last Thursday, a woman was walking east on 15th Avenue East and East Thomas Street around 2 AM when […]
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Police Investigating After Drone Hits Waterfront Ferris Wheel

Police are searching for the owner of a small drone, which struck a Ferris wheel and crashed to the ground Wednesday on Seattle’s waterfront. A security guard was making his rounds in the 1300 block of Alaskan Way around 4:45 PM when he heard a strange noise. He looked up on saw the drone strike the center […]
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Man Arrested After Pulling Knife Outside Two Different Capitol Hill Bars

A 24-year-old man was arrested by police on Capitol Hill early this morning after he pulled a knife on a man who had complimented his shoes. The suspect reportedly walked past the victim outside the R Place nightclub at Boylston Avenue and East Pine Street around 1 AM. When the victim offered his unsolicited approval of the suspect’s […]
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Man Arrested For BYOB Church Burglary

Police arrested a man early Sunday after he brought a six-pack of beer to the midnight service at a Capitol Hill church, which doesn’t have a midnight service. Officers were called to the church in the 1100 block of Harvard Avenue around 1:15 AM after a witness spotted the suspect smashing a window. The witness informed […]
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Woman Arrested After Stolen Car Crashes on Capitol Hill

The driver of a stolen car smashed into two vehicles Thursday night on Capitol Hill before fleeing from officers on foot, leaving his passenger behind. Officers were patrolling near the 1700 block of Belmont Ave around 10:30 PM when they spotted a stolen Nissan Sentra. When officers pulled behind the vehicle, the Sentra’s driver pulled […]
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SPD Arrests Suspect In West Seattle Arsons

Police arrested a 22-year-old man late Thursday night in connection with a series of arsons in West Seattle. Officers arrested the man at a bar near SW Oregon and California Ave SW after serving a warrant on his home and finding evidence linking him to several recent fires in West Seattle. Detectives interviewed the 22-year-old and booked […]
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UPDATED: Police Arrest Teen After Report of Student with Firearm at High School

Seattle police and school officials are investigating after a student was reportedly seen with a firearm Thursday at Ballard High School. Officers and a SWAT team responded to the school and quickly located the student off campus. Officers took the teenage male into custody, but were not immediately able to locate a firearm. Out of […]
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Sleuthing Landlord Helps Cops Catch Fugitive Sex Offender

A sleuthing landlord helped police track down a fugitive sex offender after learning a 52-year-old man living in a trailer on his property may have been trying to lure teenage girls. The landlord called police Tuesday and said he’d become suspicious of the man after hearing from friends he was trying to lure teenaged girls […]
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Police Arrest Suspected North Seattle Groper

Seattle police arrested a suspected groper Sunday afternoon after he pulled up to his Tacoma apartment in a red truck, just like the one described by several of his victims. Detectives believe the 23-year-old Tacoma man first approached a woman in alleyway in the University District on September 18th, groped her and then fled in […]
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