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Wednesday – February 28, 2024

#2024-055952/South Precinct/First Watch:

At 0814 hours, In response to reports of an ongoing encampment and property damage at Jose Rizal Park, AR Team officers responded to address the situation. The park had become a site of concern due to the presence of an individual who had repeatedly disregarded warnings and continued to occupy the area and refuse housing services. A thorough assessment of the area revealed extensive damage, with several large trenches and holes dug into the hillside and surrounding the makeshift structure. Parks department employees estimated the cost of repairs to exceed $10,000. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

#2024-XXXXXX/East Precinct/Third Watch:

On 2/6/2024 at approximately 2325, hours a male suspect was driving at a high rate of speed and collided into another vehicle in the 500 block of 16 Ave. The victim pulled to the side of the road and was immediately confronted by the driver of the suspect vehicle. After a brief argument the suspect produced a firearm and demanded the victim’s property. The suspect reentered his vehicle and left the scene at a high rate of speed. On 2/28/2024 Robbery detectives developed PC for the suspect and with the assistance of King County SWAT he was arrested while driving to his place of employment. Robbery detectives served a warrant at his residence and recovered the firearm used during the incident. CRT officers assisted with obtaining an ERPO for an additional firearm located inside the residence.

#2024-056807/South Precinct/First Watch:

At 0738 hours, in a coordinated effort between ART Team officers, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), a cleanup operation was conducted on Denver Ave S to address unauthorized encampments. The collaborative initiative aimed to ensure public safety, uphold community standards, and maintain the integrity of public spaces. Upon arrival at the site, it was evident that the encampments had proliferated, with a total of 34 RVs, 5 vehicles, and 3 structures occupying the area. These unauthorized dwellings posed various challenges, including sanitation concerns, fire hazards, and potential environmental impact. Despite the complexity of the task, the operation proceeded without incident, thanks to the seamless coordination and teamwork among the participating agencies and contracted cleaning crews.