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.

Columbia City High School Locked Down After Report of Student With Gun

A report of a teen with a gun sent a South Seattle high school into lockdown Tuesday afternoon. Police received a report from the Interagency High School—located in the 3500 block S. Ferdinand Street—just before 1 pm that a male student was carrying a gun through a campus hallway. As students took shelter on campus and police arrived at the […]
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Armed Robbers Caught After Crashing Getaway Car In North Seattle

Two suspected robbers are in custody after they pulled a gun on a man on Aurora Avenue Friday afternoon, stole his iPad, and then crashed their getaway car while fleeing from police. The victim flagged down officers just before 3:30 PM near N. 85th Street and Aurora Avenue N. and said several men had pulled up […]
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To Protect and Serve Noodles

Not every dangerous situation faced by officers on a daily basis can be resolved with police-issue equipment. At times, officers must use their wits, their words, or the calming power of a bowl of noodles to quell a violent outburst. Staff at a restaurant in the 8500 block of Greenwood Avenue N. called police just before […]
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Can You Help Major Crimes Detectives Find Prolific Burglar?

A prolific burglar is wanted by police after he fled from Major Crimes Detectives earlier today at the Northgate Mall. Detectives believe Joshua Meadow-Mittenen, 24, is connected to several recent burglaries in North Seattle and Queen Anne, as well as a New Year’s Eve break-in Magnolia. Police attempted to arrest Meadow-Mittenen outside Northgate Mall today around 1 PM after receiving […]
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Video: Gunman Fires Toward Police On New Year’s Eve

Patrol car cameras were rolling New Year’s Eve after a gunman fired toward officers on a South Seattle street. The shooting came minutes after police responded, for the second time New Year’s Eve, to a report of a domestic violence incident at a home in the 4200 block of S. Eddy Street. Officers were first called to […]
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A Dazzling Bodycam Video and Notes From Our Hackathon

As 2014 drew to a close, one of the SPD officers involved in our body-worn video camera pilot project was on-hand at the Seattle Center to capture the dazzling lights and cacophonous boom, boom, boom of the New Year’s Eve’s fireworks show. The Space Needle looks even brighter than the moon, moon, moon, doesn’t it? SPD is still working through some of […]
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Police Increasing Patrols After Early Morning Gunfire Near South Seattle School

Police have increased patrols around a Rainier Beach elementary school after staff reported hearing gunfire early Wednesday morning. Staff and students at a preschool housed inside Emerson Elementary—in the 9600 block of 60th Avenue S—briefly sheltered in place around 6:30 AM after calling 911 to report the gunshots. Witnesses reported seeing a gold vehicle—with its alarm sounding […]
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(Updated) Police Investigate Threat at Amazon Headquarters

Update 3:15 PM: Officers completed a thorough search of the complex and have not found any indications the threat was credible. Police will continue to investigate the case and work to identify the person who left the threatening note. Seattle police are investigating after staff at Amazon.com’s South Lake Union headquarters found a threatening note on the company’s […]
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