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.

Reminder: Recycling Bins Are For Recycling, Not Crime

In two separate instances in the last 24 hours, Seattle police have found thieves using our city’s hallowed recycling bins not to return appropriately rinsed bottles, cans and paper products to whence they came, but to commit crimes against an unsuspecting populace. The most recent breach of recycling bin rectitude unfolded around 4:45 this morning, when […]
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Purse-Wielding Bystander Breaks Up Downtown Robbery

A 61-year-old woman broke up a robbery in downtown Seattle Tuesday after witnessing a teen attacking another man on the street. Around 3:45 PM, the 16-year-old suspect approached a 70-year-old man from behind and knocked him to the ground near 7th Avenue and Olive Street. The victim shouted for help as the teen began trying […]
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Police Investigating Possible Luring Attempt in Greenwood

Detectives are investigating after a man reportedly tried to lure a 14-year-old girl on her way to school Monday in the Greenwood neighborhood. Around 7:30 AM, the girl was walking along Greenwood Avenue when a man in a white Toyota Camry pulled up next to her and told her school was cancelled. He then offered […]
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37 Days and a Wake Up

Police were called to Pike Place Market Thursday after a man’s political street performance received pour reviews. According to witnesses, a man wearing a rubber Donald Trump mask, with a handcuffed Hillary Clinton doll strapped to his front, reportedly made his way through the market, while making thrusting motions and shouting the word “rape.” As the man was […]
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Man Arrested After Pulling Stolen Gun on Semi-Truck Driver

Officers arrested an 18-year-old man Thursday after a pulled a gun on a semi-truck driver in the South Park neighborhood. The semi driver was reportedly backing into a loading dock near 8th Avenue South and South Monroe Street around 3:30 PM when he blocked the suspect’s path as he walked down the sidewalk. The driver […]
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Man Arrested Following Drive-By In South Seattle

A 20-year-old man was arrested Monday in Rainier Beach after he got stuck in traffic while fleeing the scene of a drive-by shooting. Officers were called to Rainier Avenue South and South Kenyon Street around 3:30 PM after the suspect reportedly fired several shots out of the window of his green Chevy Camaro, damaging a green […]
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