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Friday – January 29, 2021

#2021-024083/South Precinct/First Watch:

On 01-29-2021 at 1004 hours, officers received a report of a female stealing mail from the 3900 block of S Orcas St. The victim advised he was holding the suspect at gun point. (1 MIN, RP STATES HE HAS A FEM AT GUNPOINT FOR STEALING HIS MAIL). Multiple officers responded and while en route, dispatch broadcasted the suspect’s description.  Multiple officers arrived and quickly de-escalated the tense situation and detained the suspect. The victim advised that he was at home and witnessed the suspect going through his mailbox and his stealing mail. Officers developed probable cause to arrest the suspect for mail theft. During an inventory of the suspect’s property, officers recovered numerous different mail items, addressed to names that were not hers. The suspect was initially placed under arrest for theft of mail however, the charge was upgraded to RCW.9A.56.380 Possession of Stolen Mail. The RCW states there must be 3 or more victims and in excess of 10 or more pieces of mail. This minimum was greatly surpassed. A lot of the mail was tax documents, vehicle registrations and titles which could constitute additional crimes. It was determined that the suspect was in possession of 88 pieces of stolen mail/packages, belonging to 33 different victims. These apprehended a suspect who appears to be a prolific mail thief. Officers sorted the mail, located the different victims, and the stolen mail was returned to the US Post Office so it could be returned to the victims. The suspect was booked into the King County Jail for ten-counts of felony possession of stolen mail.

#2021-24098/Southwest Precinct/First Watch:

On 01-29-2021 at 1018 hours, a large commercial crane struck two Seattle City Light power poles in the 700 block of S Chicago. One pole collapsed with live wires traversing 7 Ave S, the other pole remained standing but was badly damaged. Motorcycle officers cleared patrol and quickly set up traffic control around the scene. City Light and S-DOT were contacted. At the time of this report we are working on a long-term traffic control plan with S-DOT.

#2021-24371/West Precinct/Second Watch:

On 01-29-2021 at 1536 hours, an officer was pulled over in his patrol vehicle in the 1500 block of 3 Ave when he heard the sound of a male voice yelling from behind the patrol car. The male suspect continued yelling “What’s up!?” as he approached the vehicle with a leather belt in his hand. The suspect then began striking the rear of the patrol vehicle while continuing to yell. He then moved up to the driver’s side window and began hitting that with the belt. The suspect then opened the driver’s door before the officer could lock it. The officer exited the vehicle and challenged the suspect with his taser. The suspect complied with commands and was taken into custody without further incident. The suspect stated that he had recently been released from a local psychiatric hospital and it was later discovered that he had just been released from jail only hours prior to this incident. Suspect was booked for assault and harassment.

#2021-024609/Southwest Precinct/Third Watch:

On 01-29-2021 at 2055 hours, a person in crisis telephoned 911 from within the Westwood Village Target store and made threats to kill themselves. This person is known to Seattle PD for similar incidents. Officers responded to the location, ascertained the location of the crisis subject, contained them, and evacuated the store. Officers verbally contacted the subject and used de-escalation techniques to calm the subject. An on-duty Hostage Negotiator responded from the South Precinct and took over communications with the crisis subject. The Hostage Negotiation Team member was able to convince the person in crisis to surrender peacefully.