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.

Man Gets Out of Jail, Goes Joyriding on Stolen Scooter

Just 30 hours after walking out of the King County Jail–where he’d spent the last 11 days for a probation violation–a 49-year-old man crossed paths with the law once again Wednesday, when officers spotted him riding a stolen motor scooter through West Seattle. Officers first noticed the man around 5:15 PM when they saw him pushing […]
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Police, Pizzaman Deliver Justice-Lover’s Special to Purse Snatcher

With the help of a gutsy pizza shop employee, Seattle police were able to catch up to a robber and return a stolen purse this morning, all in about 30 minutes or less. Officer Enoch Lee was driving near Holman Road and 7th Avenue NW around 12:45 AM when he spotted a man sprinting down the street while clutching a […]
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Officers Use Crisis Training, Less-Lethal Tools When Teen With Knife Tries to Force Police to Shoot Him

Seattle police used crisis intervention training, negotiation tactics, and less-lethal tools to take a 17-year-old into custody Wednesday after he armed himself with a knife and confronted officers outside his family’s Greenwood home.   Police received a call just before 4 PM from the teen’s family, who said the boy was distraught, possibly on narcotics, and was wielding an 8-inch butcher’s […]
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Police Looking For Armed Carjacker Who Can’t Drive Stick

A woman’s 1998 Ford Mustang came through in the clutch Thursday night after an armed carjacker’s attempts to steal her car at gunpoint were foiled by the vehicle’s manual transmission. The victim of the attempted carjacking had just pulled into the parking lot of a Wendy’s in the 2500 block of Rainier Avenue S. around 9:30 PM last night when […]
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Horrible Man Arrested In West Seattle For Harassing Women, Trying to Bite Officer

Police arrested a 52-year-old man Thursday in West Seattle after he menacingly harassed two women on the street, and tried to bite an officer as she took him into custody. Two women told officers the man had approached them separately on the street. One woman said she encountered the man shortly after noon while she was walking her dog […]
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Detectives Seek Leads On Armed Robber Targeting Sandwich Shops and Coffee Stands

Detectives are looking for leads that could help identify an armed robber, who’s been targeting restaurants and coffee shops in Queen Anne, Wedgwood, Ravenna, Maple Leaf, and Greenwood over the last three months. The masked suspect has walked into seven different businesses—sometimes just as staff are closing up shop—and demanded money from employees while holding them at […]
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Barefoot Felon Ditches Stolen Car, Gun at McDonald’s, Leads Police On Chase

Despite his lack of shoes and shirt, a felon still received high-quality service from Seattle police after he ditched a gun and stolen car at a McDonald’s and led officers on a foot chase Wednesday evening in West Seattle. Officers Brian Sutphin and Sean Moore were on patrol near Westwood Village at about 5:30 PM when they spotted a […]
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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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