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.

Detectives Bust Prolific Car Prowling Couple

West Precinct detectives have requested charges against a pair of prolific car prowlers, caught raiding the vehicles of Seahawks fans during a January playoff game. On January 18th, a witness spotted a green Mercury Marquis parked near a lot at Dearborn Street and Maynard Avenue S. Detectives believe a 20-year-old man climbed out of the Mercury—driven […]
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Man Learns Hanging Around Precinct With Stolen Bike Is a Bad Idea

Officer Mark Vwich was pulling his patrol car in front of the West Precinct last Thursday when something caught his eye. About a week earlier, on February 18th, Officer Vwich had been called to a downtown parking garage after a reported burglary and theft of a high-end bike. When he pulled in front of the station Thursday, […]
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(Update) Police Seek Person of Interest In University District Break-Ins

Update: Police have identified, interviewed and released the man seen in a video that was made public earlier today. The stated ‘person of interest’ recognized himself in the video and pictures. Officers interviewed the man after he self-reported to the nearest precinct. Detectives will continue to investigate other recent incidents in the University District as mentioned in […]
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Police Seize Guns, Drugs, Arrest Three At Central District Home

A two-month long investigation by the SPD Gang Unit and Narcotics detectives led police to arrest three people Tuesday night at a Central District home, where officers found stashes of guns and ammunition in the dining room, bedrooms, and even inside an oven. Gang Unit, Narcotics, East Precinct Officers, SWAT and FBI served a warrant around 8:15 PM Tuesday […]
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Burglar Flees On Bike, Leads Police Right to Suspected South Park Chop Shop

A burglar who tried to make his getaway on a bicycle in the South Park neighborhood Saturday afternoon led officers right to a half-dozen stripped down stolen cars and a suspected chop shop. Police received a report around 3:15 PM that two men had smashed their way into a garage in the 1000 block of S. Donovan Street and fled. Officers […]
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Vandal Wanted For Defacing Native American Mural On School Building

A Seattle police detective is working to track down a vandal who sprayed ten-foot high letters across a mural on a school building in the Licton Springs neighborhood. A local artist contacted police Monday afternoon and reported that someone had defaced a mural he had painted on the Wilson-Pacific school building, near N. 90th Street and Stone Avenue […]
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Police Investigating After Woman Reports Armed Man Tried to Abduct Her Near UW

Detectives are investigating a report that an armed man tried to abduct a woman at gunpoint late Sunday near the University of Washington. The victim walking home along NE 55th Street near 15th Ave NE around 10:15 PM when she noticed a man following her. As the woman passed by an alleyway, the man ran […]
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Detectives Investigating Early Morning Break-Ins In University District

Seattle police are investigating a series of early-morning break-ins near the University of Washington campus. Police responded to 911 calls from three different houses between 4:25 and 4:45 AM Tuesday from residents in the 4700 blocks of 18th and 19th Avenue NE and 5000 block of 19th NE. In one case, a woman awoke to […]
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Truant Teen Rushed Back to School After Robbery Attempt, Package Theft, Stolen Getaway Car Crash

Detectives say a 15-year-old student tried to rob two teens, stole a package from a West Seattle home, and then climbed out of the wreck of a stolen getaway car before rushing back to his high school earlier this month. Police arrested the teen Friday evening for the string of West Seattle crimes on February 2nd. Around 9 AM, […]
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