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Friday – April 16, 2021

#2021-091704/North Precinct/Third Watch:

On 04-16-2021 at 0128 hours, officers responded to an armed robbery at a small 24-hour convenience store. Officers arrived and learned that the store was robbed by three suspects, two with semiautomatic handguns. The suspects entered the store, all separating down different aisles. One suspect walked to the back of the clerk’s counter, accessed a concealed handgun and quickly approached the clerk, pointing the handgun at the clerk. A second armed suspect then got behind the clerk’s counter and while pointing their handguns at the clerk they both stole several hundred dollars from two separate cash tills. The two-armed suspects put the money into a small duffle bag that the third suspect was carrying, and they all ran out of the store, last seen eastbound on foot. Containment was set and K9 tracked but lost the scent about a block away, where a vehicle would have been possibly waiting. Robbery contacted and will be conducting follow up investigations. Two similar armed robberies occurred on 4/14/21; 21-089705 & 21-089773.

#2021-091741/South Precinct/First Watch:

On 04-16-2021 at 0252 hours, units responded to assist Seattle Fire in the 1900 Block of 1 AV S for a structure on fire. Once the fire was extinguished, a fire marshal responded and determined it to be arson. The fire caused minor damage to a building. The fire marshal contacted the SPD’s Arson Bomb Squad who did not respond but would conduct the follow-up investigation. A possible suspect was identified but was not located.

#2021-091849/South Precinct/First Watch:

On 04-16-2021 at 0700 hours, officers discovered that three of their SPD marked patrol vehicles had both of their passenger side tires slashed for a total of six tires. The vehicles were parked in an unsecured parking lot. Units searched the area for other damaged vehicles or property, but none were located.   #2021-092292/West Precinct/Second Watch: On 04-16-2021 at a time not provided, officers responded to a parking garage stairwell near 2nd Ave & Pike St, regarding the report of racially biased graffiti. The graffiti, which appears to have been done in Sharpie marker, did not appear to target any particular person or victim. Per the reporting party, this stairwell is frequented by narcotics users, and he believed the graffiti was most likely placed there by one of them last night. A report was submitted for the Graffiti w/ Bias Elements.

#2021-092312/West Precinct/Second Watch:

On 04-16-2021 at 1516 hours, a female victim was serving customers from the window of her food service truck. The suspect approached and began inquiring about what was being sold from the food truck. The victim advised that they only sold the food items listed on the food trucks menu. The suspect then began insulting the victim’s race stating that every member of her race is “trash.” The suspect made vague threats about wanting to damage the victim’s property. The suspect balled up his fists and screamed at the victim causing her to fear that she would be assaulted by the suspect. The suspect was not located or identified by officers.

#2021-92303/West Precinct/Third Watch:

On 04-16-2021 at 1530 hours, bike officers located a lost wallet near the Whole Foods. When officers conducted a check on the ID located in the wallet, they found that the identified person was a wanted fugitive out of Iowa. Officers contacted the identified person and set up a meet to return the wallet. An operation plan was completed and a meet location at the Queen Anne QFC was made. Uniformed officers located the fugitive and placed her into custody without incident. The warrant was verified with the Iowa agency, and the fugitive was booked into the King County Jail.

#2021-92325/South Precinct/Second Watch:

On 04-16-2021 at 1535 hours, in the aftermath of a traffic accident, Unit 01 driver made bias statements towards Unit 02 driver.

#2021-092491/South Precinct/Third Watch:

On 04-16-2021 at 1810 hours, officers were dispatched to an assault. A woman was spat on by a stranger. The victim had ear buds in so missed much of what the suspect was saying. What she did hear was a word regarding perceived country of origin. The victim believed that she was possibly spit on because of her race. No suspect or witness information. Notifications made.

#2021-092536/South Precinct/Third Watch:

On 04-16-2021 at 1907 hours, officers were dispatched to two missing children. The children were 3 and 4, male and female. They were last seen playing in a playground area in their apartment complex. Officers flooded the area. The caller mobilized a large number of community members, residents of the apartment complex to search for the child. Guardian 1 also responded. 30 minutes after the children went missing, they were located at a nearby park by a community member and returned home. Officers contacted the caller and verified the children were home safe and unharmed.

#2021-092614/South Precinct/Third Watch:

On 04-16-2021 at 2045 hours, officers responded to an occupied stolen vehicle. Officers arrived and detained 2 people. Over the course of a lengthy investigation officers were able to show that one of the suspects had not only been driving but had stolen the vehicle in the first place. One suspect was arrested and booked for auto theft and the other was released and given a courtesy transport to a metro station. A search of the vehicle located multiple stolen items and a handgun. The handgun did not come back stolen but was not registered to the arrestee: That portion of the investigation is ongoing.

#2021-092663/East Precinct/Third Watch:

On 04-16-2021 at 2148 hours, officers responded to an arson at a restaurant. The suspect was seen breaking the front window to the business and lighting the display on fire, igniting the surrounding area within. Seattle Fire quickly arrived and extinguished the fire, saving the building from serious damage. The suspect was believed to be contacted earlier by officers for an unrelated reckless burn. Officers conducted a thorough search but did not locate the suspect in the area, or at his registered address. Evidence was collected at the scene. The SPD Arson Bomb Squad was notified and will conduct follow up.

#2021-92688/East Precinct/Third Watch:

On 04-16-2021 at 2222 hours, officers responded to an apartment building for an assault where the suspect used bias language. Officers developed probable cause to arrest the suspect for Hate Crime for assaulting the victim using bias language based on perception of religion. The suspect subsequently barricaded inside of his studio apartment but left the door open and officers talked to him from the hallway. He refused to exit and stated he would assault officers because he would not go to jail. The Hostage Negotiation Team was requested, and a warrant was being sought, however an officer built great rapport and convinced the suspect to exit his apartment and be taken into custody without incident. The suspect made bias allegations and a bias review was completed. Bias Crimes email sent.

#2021-092737/South Precinct/Third Watch:

On 04-16-2021 at 2331 hours, officers responded to a report of a fire in a local motel in the 7000 blk of E Marginal WY S. When they arrived, the fire was being extinguished by Seattle Fire. A Fire Marshal responded to the scene and determined that the fire had been intentionally set. No one was injured in the fire.  The Fire Marshal stated that they would notify the SPD Arson Bomb Squad.

#2021-092749/South Precinct/Third Watch:

On 04-16-2021 at 2347 hours, officers responded to a call of a male beating another male with a golf club. Officers arrived on scene. The suspect and victim were both still there. The suspect was still in possession of the weapon which turned out to be a ski pole. The victim’s face was swollen, and he was bleeding from the head. The suspect was arrested. Seattle Fire rendered aid. The suspect admitted to beating the victim because the suspect gave the victim $20 for beer and the victim did not produce the beer and did not return the money. The victim reported that during the beating the suspect stated that he was beating up the victim, in part, because of the victim’s race. Notifications were made. The suspect was booked into King County Jail. The victim went to Harborview Medical Center via AMR.