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.

Wet Bandits Arrested After Calamitous Rainier Beach Caper

Two burglars were arrested after a calamitous caper Saturday Friday night in Rainier Beach, after the men got their first stolen getaway car stuck in the mud, crashed a second and fled into Lake Washington. Officers quickly found the men: one damp and pants-less at a condo complex where he had pulled a fire alarm to try […]
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Cops Follow Trail of Pot Smoke to Teen Felon, Two Guns

Officers recovered a pair of pistols Thursday night after receiving reports of a group of teens trespassing and smoking pot at a Rainier Beach apartment complex. Just before 8pm police arrived at the apartment the 8700 block of Rainier Avenue South where a resident pointed out the four juvenile boys in a stairwell and informed officers they […]
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Burglar Injured By Phinney Ridge Resident’s Fists, Garden Shears

A 30-year-old burglar was injured Tuesday after a Phinney Ridge man caught him breaking into his home and proceeded to beat him about the head with his fists and a pair of garden shears.. The resident called 911 around 3:30 PM after he saw the burglar pull up on his street in the 6200 block of 4th Ave […]
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Police Find Meth, Heroin In Camouflage-Painted Motorhome In Magnolia

The camouflage paint job on a felon’s 1978 Swinger motorhome did little to disguise his Magnolia drug dealing operation from SPD detectives, who arrested the man Tuesday and found methamphetamine and heroin hidden under a mattress inside the RV. SPD’s Narcotics Unit had received information about narcotics dealing associated with the motorhome, and detectives were able to make several […]
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Man Arrested With Stolen Gun After Confrontation Outside Mosque

Police arrested a man armed with a stolen gun, a pellet gun and a baseball bat after he confronted two other men outside a mosque Tuesday in the Northgate neighborhood. The two victims were reportedly standing in the parking lot of a mosque at 15th Avenue NE and Northgate Way around 1 PM when they […]
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Teen Arrested For Bringing Handgun to School

Seattle police arrested an 18-year-old woman Wednesday afternoon at Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle after she was reportedly seen with a firearm. At around 2 PM, a fellow student reported seeing the young woman drop a firearm in bathroom, before picking it up and leaving the school building. School staff called police and […]
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(Updated) One Arrested Following Shooting On Metro Bus In SoDo

Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s arrested a suspected gunman after one man was wounded Wednesday morning in a shooting on a King County Metro bus in SODO. Police are still searching for a second man reportedly involved in the incident. At 10 AM, SPD officers and King County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 4th Avenue […]
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