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.

Police Investigating Hate Crime Attack After Capitol Hill Fundraiser for Orlando Victims

Seattle police are working with the FBI as they investigate an attack on a transgender person, who was beaten late Wednesday on Capitol Hill after leaving a fundraiser for victims of the Orlando mass shooting. The victim left the fundraiser around 11:30 PM and was walking near 11th Avenue and East Pike Street when the […]
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Three Teens Arrested for North Seattle Grocery Store Robbery

Three teenagers are in custody following an attempted robbery at a North Seattle grocery store Wednesday afternoon. On June 22nd, shortly after 4:00 pm, the three suspects–two 14-year-old females and one 15-year-old female– entered the store near NE 123rd Street and 15th Avenue NE.  The suspects went to the deli section of the store and took […]
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Man Arrested For Self-Exposure at Self-Checkout

East Precinct officers arrested a 31-year-old man Wednesday night after he flashed employees and befouled a self-checkout machine at a Capitol Hill grocery store. Around 5 PM, employees at the store in the 400 block of Broadway E noticed the man standing at a self-checkout machine, laughing to himself as he placed his genitals on […]
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Child Abuse Case Leads Police to Man Who Offered Dog Online For Sex

Warning: this post is contains disturbing content. The Seattle Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) taskforce detectives arrested a Toledo, WA man this week after investigators discovered he had offered his dog up online for sexual encounters and had prior online exchanges with a couple convicted of sexually abusing a 6-year-old. In instant messages with the couple, the man said he liked to watch […]
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Detectives Seize Box Full of Cash, Crack In Narcotics Investigation

A team of SPD officers, Narcotics detectives and DEA agents arrested two men and seized a box filled with cash and drugs Tuesday at a Mountlake Terrace home. After making several buys from a suspected dealer, police served a warrant at a rental home in the 5600 block of 224th St SW just before 2 pm yesterday […]
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Felon Arrested For Napping With Stolen Handgun

A complaint about a sleeping passenger on a shuttle bus Wednesday led police to arrest an armed felon with a stolen handgun. Officers Michael Sudduth and Todd Wiebke boarded the bus in the 1600 block of Harbor Avenue Southwest around 3:15 PM, approached the slumbering suspect and asked him to leave.  The man waved them off and went back to […]
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Property Crime Taskforce Arrests Prolific Thief for Stealing Two RVs

Complaints about needles and noise from a generator around an RV in North Seattle led SPD’s Major Crimes Taskforce and patrol officers to seize two motor homes and arrest a former car salesman and suspected prolific thief, after police found him passed out behind the wheel of a Winnebago. Police were called to the 10000 […]
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