With the craziness of July 4th celebrations passed, and lots of fun summer festivals in Lake Union over the last month, it seems crime has slowed relatively. As reported by the SPD West Precinct’s postings on the SPD blotter, Lake Union crime in July and August was minimal.

As a reminder, this crime recap does not list each and every occurrence of criminal activity in the Lake Union neighborhood.

  • Convenience Store Customer Holds Would-Be Shoplifter for Arrest: At about 3:30 p.m. on July 22nd, a man walked into a convenience store on Denny Way, took a soda and started to leave. The store clerk, who was working in the cooler area, noticed the man and confronted him. The suspect said he was exchanging the drink, but he didn’t have a receipt and the clerk had not seen him before. When the clerk blocked the suspect’s access to the exit, the suspect attempted (unsuccessfully) to punch him in the head. Another customer noticed the exchange and told the suspect to stop, which gave way to a verbal assault from the suspect. The customer was concerned for his safety, so he forced the suspect to the ground and held him there until officers arrived.
  • Subaru Hits Cyclist: Drivers, make sure you look before you turn! On July 25th at about 4 p.m., a Subaru Forrester hit a cyclist as he was traveling northbound on Dexter Avenue N. The Subaru driver attempted to turn eastbound onto Harrison Street and turned in front of the cyclist, who subsequently struck the front passenger door and was thrown from his bike. The cyclist, a 34-year-old man, was transported to Harborview with life-threatening injuries. The DRE unit evaluated the driver of the Subaru, and did not find any signs of impairment. She is a 67-year-old female and was the only occupant of the vehicle. This remains an open investigation. Click here for an update on the victim’s condition.
  • Drunk Man Rescued From Drowning: Seattle Police received a 9-1-1 call on August 3rd at about 1 p.m. from a witness who reported that an intoxicated man was trespassing on a boat in the Chandler’s Cove Marina behind Daniel’s Broiler on Lake Union. A little over an hour later, more calls came in to report that the suspect was drowning at the same location, and another man was trying to help him. Harbor Officers with the SPD responded to the scene and divers got the suspect out of the water and performed CPR. He was transported to Harborview with life-threatening issues.

Stay safe, Lake Union!

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