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 Arrested After Assaulting Three People With Baseball Bat

Officers arrested a 38-year-old man Wednesday in downtown Seattle after he attacked three people with a baseball bat. Around 10 AM, the suspect approached a 39-year-old man at Westlake Park and asked for a cigarette. When the man declined, the suspect brandished his bat and struck the victim in the arm. The suspect then walked down the […]
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Man Arrested For Mall Cologne Heist

After stealing $800 worth of cologne and pulling a knife on Northgate Mall security Tuesday, a 49-year-old man claimed he had swallowed heroin in an apparent—and ultimately unsuccessful—effort to get out of going to jail. Police were called to the mall around 8 PM after the suspect dashed out of a store with 10 bottles […]
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Armed Capitol Hill Robbers Unable to Outrun Officers

Two robbery suspects were caught with a handgun and a backpack full of narcotics early this morning after they robbed two men and led officers on a brief foot chase through Capitol Hill. Officers Jamison Maehler and Christopher Couet were walking a foot patrol near Broadway and East Howell Street just before 5 AM when they […]
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Cops Reunite Car-Surfing Cockatoo With Owner

Peaches McFly, a bird, was safely returned to his owner Monday after he reportedly car-surfed from his Madison Valley home to Capitol Hill. A concerned citizen flagged down Officers David Allen and Kurt Preuss in the 1400 block of Harvard Avenue around 11:30 PM and informed them a white bird was hanging out on a car in […]
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Sleeveless Man Arrested For Brass Knuckles Attack at Hot Dog Stand After Being Ejected From Strip Club

A 39-year-old man was arrested early Saturday after he shouted racial slurs and attacked two men at a SODO hot dog stand shortly after he was ejected from a strip club. Officers were called to the 1500 block of Occidental Avenue around 1:30 AM after receiving a report of a fight. At the scene, witnesses pointed out […]
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Police Arrest Xanax Dealer With Stolen Gun In SoDo

A 23-year-old man armed with a stolen handgun was arrested by police Friday morning in an operation targeting drug dealers preying on patients at a SoDo methadone clinic. Around 10 AM, undercover officers purchased a small number of Xanax tablets from the 23-year-old near 6th Avenue South and South Holgate Street. He was taken into […]
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Police Search for Leads on Teen Girls Suspected In South Seattle Bleach Attacks

Police are looking for a pair of teenage girls suspected of throwing bleach on their victims during two failed robbery attempts Monday evening in South Seattle. The first incident occurred around 7:15 PM in a parking lot in the 9000 block of Rainier Avenue South. A woman was standing next to her vehicle when she […]
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Man Arrested After Moving Into For-Sale Home, Making Toast

A 23-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday after he tried to life-hack his way into’s Seattle high-priced housing market by taking up residence in a for-sale home without actually buying it. Officers were called to a home a for-sale home in the 4800 block of South Othello Street around 5:30 AM on August 9th after learning a […]
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