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.

Police Seize Trove of Suspected Stolen Cellphones Inside South Seattle Shop

Inside a South Seattle convenience store Thursday morning, surrounded by shelves lined with tubs of coriander, diapers, and bottles of olive oil, South Precinct detectives loaded up boxes and boxes of suspected stolen cellphones, laptops and cameras after serving a warrant at the shop. Police received information earlier in the week that the small, cluttered store – tucked away […]
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Man Arrested After Trying to Lure Boy to His Home With Chocolate

Police arrested a 35-year-old man in Lake City on Tuesday after he tried to lure a boy with offers of chocolate, ending a three day string of escalating behavior that included indecent exposure and an attempted arson at a bus shelter. The suspect, box of chocolates in hand, approached the 13-year-old boy at a pharmacy in […]
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Officers Arrest Armed, High Robber After He Tries to Carjack UPS Driver

Police arrested an intoxicated, gun-toting robber on Aurora Avenue Tuesday morning after he tried to commandeer a UPS delivery truck. After stopping off at a business in the 12000 block of Aurora Avenue N. just before 11 AM, a UPS driver walked back to her truck and found a man, apparently under the influence of narcotics, sitting in the […]
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Detectives Now Investigating Westlake Groping Suspect In Additional Cases

A Level III sex offender identified as a person of interest in a weekend groping incident near Westlake is now a suspect in the case. Detectives are compiling a case against the man, while also investigating him for other similar crimes. The 36-year-old suspect—who has a history of similar crimes—remains in custody at the King […]
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Parkour, Swimming Not Enough to Help Auto Thief Evade Arrest

After sprinting and swimming through South Lake Union early this morning, a suspected auto thief’s Olympic aspirations were dashed by officers, who arrested the man before he could begin the bicycling portion of his impromptu triathlon. A security guard working in the 1200 block of Valley St. called police around 2 AM Monday after he saw a […]
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“Nunchuck Master” Arrested After Attacking Friend at “Spooky” Home

The mysterious midnight disappearance of a woman’s wedding ring from a “spooky” abandoned home last Saturday led the self-styled “nunchuck master” to attack her friend with a martial arts weapon and flee, before she was caught by police. Officers first crossed paths with the suspect at about 12:20 AM when they spotted a woman walking near the 100 block […]
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(Updated) Police Investigating After Bachelorette Party Attacks Woman In Belltown

Update 10/8: Detectives have identified and interviewed the man in the photos, and he is cooperating in the investigation. Police are still reviewing the case and continue to search for the members of the bachelorette party.   Robbery detectives are hoping photos of a man and woman spotted using a stolen debit card in a […]
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Major Crimes Unit Unravels Prolific North Seattle Crime Ring

A stolen car, a wanted woman, and her diary detailing “what I stole today” has led SPD’s Major Crimes Task Force to unravel a prolific crime ring, which detectives believe is responsible for hundreds of break-ins, car prowls, thefts and identity fraud in North Seattle. In all, police arrested four suspects and seized hundreds of […]
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LA Cops Catch Three Teens Driving Car Stolen In Capitol Hill Robbery

SPD Robbery detectives are working to connect three teens to a Capitol Hill carjacking after Los Angeles traffic cops caught the group driving the stolen Ford Fusion in southeast LA last night. LAPD contacted SPD’s robbery unit this morning to advise SPD they had taken the three teens in custody, and detectives are now working to tie the […]
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Suspect Arrested In Fatal Shooting at 2nd and Yesler

A 19-year-old man wanted in connection with last week’s fatal shooting at 2nd and Yesler is in jail, thanks to Federal Way police. Seattle Police Department homicide detectives have been searching for the 19-year-old murder suspect since last Thursday when, detectives say, he opened fire on a man on the street, fatally wounding him, and then fled the scene. […]
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