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.

Woman Reunited With Purse Thanks to Officer’s Selfie

A dispute between a Seattle ride-share driver and a visiting California woman was quickly resolved early Sunday when an SPD officer intervened with a texted selfie (#NoFilter). SPD Officer Eric Michl, a member of the DUI traffic squad, was working on Capitol Hill around 2 AM Sunday when a distraught woman approached him near Boylston Avenue […]
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Burglar Discovers Officers Actually Pretty Good at Hide-n-Seek

Police arrested two burglars Wednesday at a Licton Springs home, catching one man as he rushed out of the home and finding another hidden inside a slashed-open box spring, like a less-gruesome version of that one scene in The Revenant. Around 8 AM Wednesday, a neighbor in the 10300 block of Densmore Avenue North called […]
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Detectives Seek Suspects In Armed Hold-Up at West Seattle Convenience Store

Security cameras at a West Seattle convenience store captured two masked, armed men robbing a clerk at gunpoint earlier this week. Now police are hoping someone out there recognizes the men in the footage. Just before 3 AM Monday, the men entered the store in the 3200 block of Avalon Way SW and flashed a gun […]
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Police Seek Thieves Targeting Swimming Pool Locker Rooms

Seattle police are diving head-first into an investigation of a group of thieves, who have targeted swimmers in a series of pool locker room break-ins. Since late November, police have received reports of thefts at swimming pool locker rooms in Ballard, Queen Anne, Greenlake, Meadowbrook, Central District and West Seattle. The thieves have broken into […]
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Armed Robber Arrested After Firing at Officers

UPDATE: 1/6/2017 at 6:30 pm “Top Notch” is in custody. Detectives investigating today’s robbery believe that the suspect is in fact the “Top Notch” robber and that he is responsible for at least two bank robberies and three commercial robberies. The suspect is the same man pictured in this previously published Blotter post. Detectives continue to work […]
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Downtown Officers Use Naloxone to Revive 14th Person From Overdose

West Precinct officers revived a man Saturday after he suffered a drug overdose in the bathroom of a downtown business. Around 9:30 PM, Officers Matt Newsome and Richard Bonesteel were called to a department store in the 1600 block of 3rd Avenue after a 23-year-old man was found unconscious in a bathroom. The man was […]
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Cops Seize Heroin, Cash After Suspects Try to Flush Drugs Down Motel Toilet

A suspected heroin dealer tried to flush his stash down a motel toilet Sunday night after police came knocking. Members of SPD’s Narcotics Unit and North Precinct Anti-Crime Team arrived at the Seals Motel Sunday, looking for a man and a woman suspected of dealing heroin out of several rooms. When police served a warrant […]
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Update x2: Detectives Seek Suspects In String of ATM Heists

Update 12/20: Detectives are releasing additional video of a 11/26 burglary and ATM theft at a business in the 2200 block of Eastlake Avenue. Update: Detectives are still looking for assistance in identifying the suspects in this case, and are now releasing video from a December 2nd ATM theft at a business in the 2800 […]
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SPD Releases Dash-Cam From Fatal Lake City Way Collision

Seattle police continue to investigate reports of gunfire and a disturbance that preceded a police pursuit and fatal crash early Thursday on Lake City Way. Shortly after 3:45 AM, police received a 911 call near 130th and 32nd Avenue Northeast. 911 operators could hear an argument involving at least one man and a woman in […]
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