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.

Officers Arrest Three Teens, Seize Guns After Spotting Bullet-Damaged Car

Three teenagers were arrested Thursday after officers found a shotgun, a high-powered rifle and a handgun inside their bullet-damaged vehicle, shortly after receiving reports of gunfire in Rainier Beach. Officers were headed to 53rd Avenue South and South Hamlet Street around 3:45 PM to investigate the gunfire when they spotted a Lexus sedan—which had a bullet hole in […]
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SWAT Officers Arrest Armed Man Following 23rd and Union Shooting

SWAT officers arrested an armed 27-year-old man Thursday evening near 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in the Central District, days after detectives believe he was involved in another incident of gunfire near the same block. On Monday, police received reports around 7 PM of gun shots and one vehicle chasing another near 23rd Avenue and […]
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Dogwalker Helps Police Take a Bite Out of Crime After Teen Burglars Try to Shoot Open Safe

A South Seattle dog walker helped police collar a pair of teen burglars after they broke into two homes, tried to shoot open a safe, and then crashed their stolen car Wednesday. The teens were first spotted around noon by a resident in the 2100 block of 30th Avenue South after she heard a crash […]
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Kayaking Burglar Caught After Hiding In River

A kayaking burglar spent nearly a full hour hiding in the Duwamish River from police Wednesday morning after he was caught in the midst of a boathouse break-in. The victim reportedly spotted the suspect around 9:45 AM inside the boathouse in the 1000 block of Southwest Klickitat Way, which has recently experienced other break-ins. The […]
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Cops Spot Wanted Man, Recover Dozens of Stolen Credit Cards and Cell Phones

A routine warrant arrest on Capitol Hill Monday afternoon turned up a trove of stolen cellphones, bank cards, some of which had been taken in recent car prowls around the city. Officers Chris Myers and James Olson were on bike patrol in the 800 block of East Olive Way around 2:30 PM when they spotted a 37-year-old […]
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Man Caught With Stolen Chili After Breaking Into Tow Yard to Prowl Cars

Officers arrested a 41-year-old man at a North Seattle auto tow yard early this morning after he sneaked into the fenced lot, broke into several vehicles and stole several cans of stew. Around 2:15 this morning, drivers at a tow yard in the 12200 block of Aurora Avenue North spotted the man inside a silver BMW, which didn’t belong […]
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Sleeping Suspect Busted for Two Car Prowls

A suspected car prowler was arrested in West Seattle early this morning after he stopped to take a nap inside one of the vehicles he’d targeted. Around 5:30 AM, officers received a 911 report of suspicious man lurking by a black sedan and silver pickup truck near 61st Avenue Southwest and Southwest Admiral Way, looking around as if […]
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Five Guns Seized, Teen Suspect Arrested For North Seattle Pot Shop Hold Up

A cache of rifles, handguns, and pot still in its retail packaging were among the items seized early Thursday when SPD SWAT officers and Robbery detectives served a warrant at an Everett apartment and arrested a 16-year-old robbery suspect, wanted for an armed hold up late last month at a North Seattle marijuana dispensary. Back […]
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Teens Arrested, Gun Recovered After Patrol Officer Hears Gunfire

Two teens were arrested early Friday after a patrol officer heard gunshots coming from a car on a West Seattle street. Officer Carl Woodward was driving near Fauntleroy Way Southwest and Southwest Edmunds Street when he heard shots being fired from a black Dodge Avenger down the block. The driver of the Dodge sped off, […]
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Police Recover Gun, Arrest Man After Finding Him Passed Out Next to Running Vehicle

Police arrested a felon with a handgun Sunday on First Hill after spotting the man passed out on the street next to his still-running car. Officer Jared Levitt was driving near Boren Avenue and E Pike Street around 8 AM Sunday when he noticed the man lying on the ground next to his Ford Crown Victoria. Concerned […]
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