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.

Suspect Survives Run Across I-5, Gets Arrested Anyways

A man dressed head to toe in camouflage sprinted across 11 lanes of Interstate 5 Monday night before he unsuccessfully tried to hide from police. Officers and Major Crimes Taskforce Detectives went to a wooded area in the 7900 block of Banner Way Northeast around 7:45 PM Monday to search for a prolific 23-year-old burglar and […]
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Cops Arrest Three After Bike Stolen From REI Display Shows Up On Craigslist

Officers arrested a trio of suspects at a West Seattle shopping center Monday after they tried to sell police a pricey bike stolen days earlier from REI’s flagship store. On May 21st, a masked suspect made their way into a fenced, gated area at REI’s flagship store in the 200 block of Yale Avenue and made off with […]
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Man Arrested For Assaulting Field Trip Chaperone

Officers arrested a 41-year-old man Thursday in the International District after he attacked another man chaperoning a class of middle-schoolers on a field trip. The class of students–who are from a school outside of Seattle–were walking near the 700 block of  Jackson Street around 10:45 AM when the suspect approached the chaperone at the back of […]
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Officers Make Sixth Overdose Save With Naloxone

For the sixth time since SPD officers began carrying Naloxone in March, police have used the drug to prevent a potentially fatal overdose. Officers Kevin Oshikawa-Clay and Carry Godeke were patrolling Belltown around 1:30 PM Thursday when they received a report that a woman was overdosing in a parking lot under the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Oshikawa-Clay and Godeke arrived at […]
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Pizza Delivery Driver Tails Armed Robber After He Flees In RV

While San Francisco has Frank Bullitt’s white-knuckle Mustang-versus-Charger chase and New York  Popeye Doyle’s Pontiac LeMans pursuit of a speeding subway train, both of these famous chases are works of fiction. Seattle, however, has its own IRL hero-wheelman: a pizza delivery driver, who jumped into his Nissan Murano Wednesday and tailed an armed robber as he […]
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Bank Robber Arrested After Abandoning Pants

Detectives arrested a suspected bank robber Wednesday after he left behind a key piece of evidence: his pants. On May 14th, the suspect walked into a bank in the 4500 block of Stone Way and passed note, demanding cash from a teller. Police arrived shortly after the robbery and searched the neighborhood but weren’t immediately […]
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(Updated) Suspected Pimp Arrested After Trafficking Teens From Portland to Seattle

A 30-year-old suspected pimp thought he was in for a big payday when he loaded three teenage girls into a van and drove them from Portland to a Seattle hotel Monday. The man believed he’d made a deal with a john, who had offered to pay a large sum for an overnight rendezvous with one […]
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Man Arrested After Leading Police On Brief Chase In Stolen Aid Car

After jumping through a hotel window Saturday night, a 23-year-old man stole a Seattle Fire Department aid car and led police on a brief chase in the Sand Point neighborhood before officers were able to convince him to surrender. Around 11:30 PM, officers and Seattle Fire Department EMTs were called to a downtown hotel after […]
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Man Arrested For Setting Fires In Capitol Hill Apartment Building

Seattle police arrested a 32-year-old man for arson early Tuesday after firefighters found him standing over a fire in the stairwell of a Capitol Hill apartment building. Around 3 AM, firefighters responded to a building in the 800 block of East Pine Street after smoke tripped an automatic fire alarm. After arriving at the apartment complex, firefighters entered […]
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