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Lake Union crime over the course of the last month has seen some unfortunate choices for ringing in the New Year, stellar police work by the SPD, and justice prevailing in a previous Lake Union crime.

  • Evidently not only was Santa’s behavior naughty on 12/23/13, but he was missing his reindeer and sleigh, as well. While passengers was unloading the Ride the Ducks tour at 4th Ave. and Pine, a drunken Santa climbed on board.  After being ordered off the vessel for lack of a ticket, Santa initially refused to leave, then did so and then tried to climb up the side and tore down Christmas lights. Officers called to the scene and were successful in determining the man’s true identity and sending him on his way. It is believed that the true Santa was still at work in the North Pole during the incident
  • SPD Officers were successful in keeping the Space Needle New Year’s Eve fireworks display to just the planned fireworks. Just before midnight on 12/31/13, an individual reported seeing a man with a handgun in his waistband. Back up officers were called to assist in taking the suspect into custody. A loaded handgun was found on him as well as the discovery that the 22 yr. old individual is a convicted felon. The suspect was booked into King County jail pending investigation of a weapons violation.
  • A New Year procurement of cell phones has resulted in the arrest of two adult females and one juvenile female, all of whom participated in jumping and robbing unsuspecting victims of their phones. The first robbery occurred in the 500 block of Broad Street just after midnight on 1/1/14. Here’s to New Years’ resolutions for more appropriate cell phone acquisition in the future for the three individuals.
  • A very lucky skateboarder lived to roll another day earlier this month in a collision with a shuttle bus on Denny Way. Apparently while travelling swiftly downhill on the sidewalk adjacent to the street, the skateboarder was riding feet first on his back. The van which was travelling in the same direction, made a right turn running over the skateboarder with his front right tire.  Once the driver realized he hit someone, he immediately stopped. Amazingly, the skateboarder only sustained a broken arm and bumps and scrapes.  It is not know at this time if he has continued with such riding practices.
  • Following up on a Jan 2012 crime in South Lake Union, Kevin Hubbard was sentenced 1/10/14 in King County Superior Court for three accounts of attempted first-degree murder. Judge Ken Schubert stated this was “an almost assassin-like” attack on the three men for whom Hubbard had been laying in wait. The shooting ensued outside the Citrus Lounge in SLU after an earlier fight had occurred inside. During his sentencing, Hubbard acted against his attorney’s advice and spoke before the Judge claiming prosecutors and witnesses lied about his involvement in the triple shooting. At one point shouting “You ain’t got (****) on me!”  One of the victims suffered an amputated leg just above the knee, and another had his colon removed as a result of their injuries from the shooting. Citing Hubbard’s history of violence with guns, Judge Schubert handed down a top-range sentence of 76 years for Hubbard’s crimes.
  • An accident in South Lake Union resulted in the facial injury of a construction worker on 1/7/14 at 101 Taylor Avenue North. Evidently, a four-inch grinder blade struck the victim in the cheek while working at The Century apartment building site.  The injuries sustained were not life-threatening. A construction worker fell to his death 1/5/14 from a 50 foot fall at the same site.

Earlier this month saw the culmination of months of excellent teamwork and diligence on the parts of Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s Office. 31 individuals have been arrested on drug and weapons charges. Although not specifically occurring in the SLU neighborhood, crimes of this reach affect all Seattle neighborhoods with proximity to the 3rd Ave. corridor and Westlake where the operation occurred.

In September, after receiving many reports of gang activity and drug deals, operation “Happy Holidays” began. Representatives involved were from SPD’s Gang Unit, Narcotics, West Precinct Bikes Anti-Crime Teams and deputies from KC Sheriff’s Office Metro and Patrol Units. The operation specifically targeted dealers and gang members.  Police assembled enough evidence to develop cases against 40 individuals, recover a handgun and gathered evidence of crack cocaine manufacturing occurring at a Georgetown motel.

Here are summaries of last month’s Lake Union crime…

  • A team tag burglary was foiled early in the morning of 11/25. Two suspects were located and arrested after a break-in was reported at a local Mexican restaurant in the 1800 block of Eastlake Avenue East. Many times prior, burglars had entered this same building through a broken window stealing alcohol.  This occasion resulted in the first suspect found and caught, and arrested, but unknown to officers at the scene an accomplice had managed to hide well within the crawl space of the building.  When he attempted to leave at 2:45am, the alarm was tripped and the police K9 unit responded and apprehended the suspect.
  • In the last year, undercover stings have taken down four pimps near SLU in Westlake Park. Seattle police officers from the High Risk Victims Unit have been hard at work in their fight against child sex trafficking with arrests of 41 men for hiring or attempting to hire teenage prostitutes. 29 underage girls have been rescued this year.  Seattle police have identified methods used by pimps and also an understanding of the profile of young girls targeted. Read the Q13 Fox news 3 part series to gain a deeper understanding into the dark world of the sex slave industry and how young girls find themselves victims with seemingly no way out.
  • An update to an October murder on the Burke-Gilman Trail: The Nov 26 arrest of suspect Deshawn Boyd resulted second-degree murder charges in the death of Jowanna Gooden.  The police report confirms Boyd’s confession of shooting Gooden when he pulled a gun to scare her. He claims it just went off. Gooden’s family called Boyd a coward when on Nov. 27; Boyd waived his right to a court appearance.

The defendant was also charges with possession of an unlawful firearm and cocaine with bail set at one million dollars.

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It appears that middle school soccer games have too much in common with typical South Lake Union crimes. However, South Lake Union residents and businesses have seen resolution to a South Lake Union crime committed over a year ago, as you’ll learn in our neighborhood crime recap:

  • Woman Shot and Killed on Burke-Gilman Trail: Early in the morning on Friday, October 4th, the body of a woman was found on the Burke-Gilman Trail near N Northlake Way (this report did not make it on last month’s Lake Union crime recap). She had been shot in the head. A resident near the crime scene said he had heard a gunshot around midnight, and the body was found at about 4:30 a.m. by a passer-by. Investigators do not believe the woman was randomly targeted, and would appreciate any more information about the crime. Please contact SPD’s Homicide Unit at 206-684-5550 or the SPD tip line: 206-233-5000.
  • Parent Threatens to Kill Girls Soccer Referee: Police were called after a soccer game on November 4th in Memorial Stadium. It appears refereeing girls’ middle school soccer games can became a potentially life threatening situation for referees who neglect to call games according to one parent’s preference. Immediately after a game winning penalty kick occurred, one of the parents in the stands (presumably from the losing team) began to shout insults at the referees, threatening to kill one of the refs when he exited the stadium. No further contact was made.
  • Neighborhood Shooting Case Concluded: A January 2012 shooting that occurred in the South Lake Union neighborhood was brought to conclusion in court November 6th. Kevin Hubbard was found guilty in King County Superior Court on three counts of attempted first degree murder with an assault rifle. He had laid in wait outside the Citrus Lounge for three men with whom he had been involved earlier that evening at Citrus. After the men exited the lounge, Hubbard fired off 25 rounds resulting later in the amputation of one victim’s leg and another victim losing his colon from injuries sustained. Sentencing will occur at a later date.

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The onset of the season shows a fall in crime in the Lake Union area for October and September. A flipped vessel, fast acting officers, and falling plants seem to be the highlights of Lake Union crime this past month.

  • SPD Rescues Three from Capsized Boat: Although no crime was committed, Seattle Harbor Police displayed good form on September 17th in the aid of local citizens. Three people were rescued at approximately 7:00 p.m. from an overturned 14-foot vessel in the South Lake Union area.  The capsized craft was righted and everyone was accounted for with no injuries reported.
  • Hotel Guest Saved From Near Drowning: Seattle Police responded quickly to save the life of a 32-year old male guest of the Holiday Inn Express at 211 Dexter Ave N.  On September 18th just before 3:00 a.m., three adult guests of the Inn were reported to have been drinking prior to taking a swim in the hotel pool. One of the three had sunk to the pool bottom and was pulled onto the pool deck by his companions. Two fast acting West Precinct offers who were already in the area, arrived in minutes, immediately administered CPR until the Seattle Fire Department arrived and took over. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center and reported in stable condition.
  • Man Attacked with Racial Slurs and Potted Plants: Lake Union crime took a turn to hate crime when a man was bombarded by potted plants and called racial slurs while parking his car on Friday, Sept 20th in South Lake Union, according to the Seattle Police Department. The police reported the incident occurred in the 900 block of Eighth Avenue North. Just before 10:15 p.m., the African American victim heard racial slurs yelled at him and soon after a plant was thrown from a top floor balcony of an apartment building, just missing him and striking his car. More plants and debris were thrown immediately after. Officers called to the scene found evidence of the attack, but were unable to make contact with the alleged perpetrators.

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Of the Lake Union crime reported in the media and by SPD last month, we had a unique mixture of strange events. Read on for more details about criminal activity in our neighborhood from mid-August until now.

  • Butter Bludgeoning Results from Food Fight: Two residents of a shelter in the 1800 block of Eastlake Avenue got into an altercation on August 21st. According to a KOMO News article on an SPD report, the cause of the fight was that one of the residents said the other’s TV was too loud. The suspect who complained then hit the victim (who is wheelchair-bound) on the head multiple times with a 16 oz. tub of ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter’. When SPD arrived, the victim was covered in the stuff. When he was being arrested, the suspect told officers that he had dumped the butter on the victim, but he hadn’t hit him with the tub.
  • Two Rounds of CPR Saved Drowning Victim: While swimming in Lake Union on the night of August 24th, a man in his fifties nearly drowned. He was swimming off the side of a boat when he disappeared, and when he was seen a couple minutes later, he was face-down in the water. His friends and people from another vessel pulled him aboard and began giving him CPR. They then took him to a dock off of Fairview Ave E, where medics resuscitated him. He was taken into Harborview with active but concerning vitals. Watch the KIRO TV report below:
  • Body Found in Portage Bay: After receiving a call on Thursday, August 29th about the sighting of a body under the University Bridge, SPD responded to the scene and recovered human remains. The SPD’s Harbor Unit found the body floating under the University Bridge as witnessed. It was taken into the custody of the medical examiner’s office, and is being investigated. No other details on this incident have been released.
  • Naked, Drugged Man Wreaks Havoc at Yacht Club: Just before 11 p.m. on September 15th, SPD Patrol and Harbor officers arrested a naked suspect in Portage Bay at the Queen City Yacht Club for boat theft and property damage. The early report said that the 22-year-old man stole a 35-foot yacht from the Club and proceeded to ram nearby boats and docks. An armed bystander feared for his and other bystanders’ lives and safety, so he fired at the suspect and struck him on the head and hand. The suspect was stopped, and exited the stolen boat before police took him into custody. He was treated on the scene and then transported to Harborview with non-life-threatening injuries. He was completely naked from the waist down, and was suspected of being high on narcotics. No one else was injured in this incident, but there was extensive damage to the boats and docks nearby. This remains an open investigation.

Featured photo from KIROTV.com.

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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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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With the 4th of July dry dock marina fire, the Eastlake homicide early yesterday morning, and other goings on, last month was pretty active for Lake Union crime. While this is only a summary snapshot of criminal activity in our neighborhood, and does not include every instance, we hope it gives you a good picture of what’s going on in Lake Union.

  • Bullet Shot Through Hotel Room Wall: Just after 2 a.m. on June 24th, a family sleeping in a South Lake Union hotel was startled awake by a loud bang. Upon investigation, the father found a bullet on the floor and contacted the hotel manager and police. Officers searched the room and determined that the bullet had been fired from the room next door, which was rented to a group of teenagers. No one answered when SPD knocked on that door, but when the officers went down to the lobby, they found two of the four teen suspects. Through murky details and uncorroborated stories, SPD learned that four teens had been in the room – three males and one female, and one of the (not present) males had possession of a gun, which had discharged into the wall of the adjoining hotel room. The gun holder and female suspect fled the scene and were not apprehended by SPD, but officers did find a bloody washcloth in the teens’ room.
  • Boats Destroyed in 4th of July Fire: A thick cloud of black smoke could be seen floating above Lake Union on the 4th of July for hours after the Seafair fireworks show. Just before 10 p.m., a fire started at the Lake Union Skylaunch Marina, resulting in the destruction of 14 boats and damage of four others, not to mention considerable damage to the marina itself (total estimated at $1.5 million). The marina believes that illegal fireworks launched from the hill nearby was the cause of the fire, which was difficult for firefighters to put out. Other than a minor knee injury sustained by a firefighter, there were no other reports of injury. This remains an open SFD investigation.
  • Vehicular Assault Leads to Arrest: Around 8 p.m. on July 19th, a cyclist heading north on Westlake Avenue N was thrown from her bike after hitting a southbound truck when the driver turned into his path. The cyclist was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire, and then transported to Harborview. A DRE unit arrived and tested the driver in a routine evaluation, which resulted in a legal blood draw since the man showed signs of impairment. The man also had a prior DUI, so he was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Vehicular Assault.
  • Sex Offender Assaults Woman in Church During Service: While participating in a church service on July 21st, a woman was sexually assaulted by a registered sex offender. The suspect initially lifted her skirt from behind without her knowledge, and after he was caught by her relatives and taken out of the church, he returned and sat next to her before lifting up her skirt and assaulting her. The victim’s relatives held the man for police after that second incident, and SPD arrived and arrested the suspect who has mental health problems and is taking medications. He is also a registered sex offender.
  • One Dead, Another Injured in Eastlake Homicide: SPD got a flurry of calls early Monday morning reporting shots fired near Eastlake Ave E and E Lynn Street, which resulted in the homicide death of one man, and the injury of another. Upon investigation and witness reports, three people decided to stop their car at a market near the location, and after one of the occupants got out of the car and left the other two waiting, a suspect approached and fired several shots. Witnesses saw a car leaving the scene, and information provided to police as well as SPD investigation resulted in the arrest of two suspects who are being investigated for murder. This is an on-going investigation.

Featured photo by Bettina Hansen for The Seattle Times.

With all of the growth in our neighborhood, we’re lucky to be as crime-light as we are. If you’re curious about Lake Union crime from the last month, keep reading for a brief summary of activity.

  • Undetermined Suspect/Cause for Knife-Wound Victim: SPD responded to 6th Avenue and Olive way just before 8 p.m. on May 18th to investigate a report of a man who was reportedly cut and bleeding. Officers located the man, who was in his thirties, nearby and learned that he had been in a fight and was cut on his hand and stabbed in the chest. He was under the influence of drugs and was uncooperative with responding SPD officers. The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
  • SLU Whole Foods Evacuated for Suspicious Smelly Packages: The Whole Foods store at Westlake Avenue and Denny Way in South Lake Union was evacuated on May 25th just before 1 p.m. SPD had received reports of suspicious envelopes that smelled of rotten eggs and were leaking an unknown fluid. Store security had noticed an envelope in the produce section and brought it outside – they also found a second envelope in the beverage section of the store and left it there. Both envelopes had the same odor, were leaking fluid, and had handwritten notes on the outside of the packaging. SPD called the Seattle Fire Department and their HazMat unit to the store, evacuated the building and cordoned off surrounding areas for investigation. SFD determined the packages did not contain hazardous materials and turned them back over to SPD for investigation and evidence. The store was then re-opened. This remains an open investigation. Please call 9-1-1 if you have any information.
  • SPD Recovers Kidnapped Child: Police retrieved an abducted child only 28 minutes after receiving the 9-1-1 call about the child’s disappearance. Officers responded to a 9-1-1 report at about 2:55 p.m. on May 29th. A mother and child were in the common area of the Mary’s Place shelter in the 1800 block of 9th avenue. When the mother turned away for a moment, an adult female suspect took the 2 ½ year old child and left in an unknown direction. Several SPD officers as well as the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officers responded to assist, and they located the child and suspect at 7th Avenue and Olive Way – less than half an hour after the first 9-1-1 call. Mother and child were reunited at the scene. The suspect, a 33-year-old woman, was arrested and booked for investigation of Kidnapping.
  • Woman Whistling Provokes Pepper-Spray Attack: While walking and whistling in the 1800 block of Yale Avenue at about 10 p.m. on June 4th, a woman was attacked by a man with pepper spray. According to the report, the man ran out of an alley and screamed at the woman before spraying her in the face with pepper spray and leaving the scene. The victim got to the 24 Hour Fitness nearby and staff there called police. The suspect was not located.

Stay safe, Lake Union residents and businesses!

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With the May Day riots and recent events in SPD planning, the last month had some changes citywide. This Lake Union crime recap includes neighborhood-specific criminal reports as well as what is happening all over Seattle with the police department planning or investigation.

  • Subway Shop Struggle: A suspect armed with a knife entered the Subway on 4th Avenue N and Denny Way just before 9 a.m. on April 18th. He began throwing things around the sandwich shop, and when the store employee told him to stop, the suspect began destroying the food items. When the employee called security, the suspect pulled out a knife and hit the employee’s arm with the knife (not producing an injury), and the employee defended himself with a punch. The suspect began taunting the employee for a fight, at which time the employee fled the Subway shop to await security. Officers arrived shortly thereafter and took the suspect into custody without incident, after the Subway employee positively identified him.
  • Help ID May Day Rioters: SPD Detectives are looking for help identifying several suspects from May Day 2013 riot damage. They are wanted for a variety of charges, including assault, property damage and rioting. Click here to look through the gallery of images and a few videos of the incidents. If you recognize any of them, please contact mayday2013@seattle.gov or call 206-233-2666.
  • Assault Arrest off of Denny Way: At around 9 a.m. on May 9th, an individual wandered into a marked off construction site on the corner of 4th Avenue N and Denny Way. A construction worker onsite told the suspect to leave, at which point they picked up a traffic cone and put it on their head like a hat. A police officer responded to the scene and instructed the individual to leave and as he began to escort them away, the suspect fell on the ground and punched the officer in the face as he tried to help the suspect up. Finally, the individual ran away as the officer called for backup, but was apprehended and arrested for felony assault.
  • SPD Rolls Out Crime Forecasting: Hopefully we’ll see even less crime, since SPD rolled out their new crime forecasting program yesterday, May 19th. Officers at precincts all over the city now have maps of their precincts, which show red boxes around areas where criminal activity is more likely. They’re using a software program called PredPol, which analyzes crime patterns. Click here to learn more about the program, and their efforts to use it in Seattle to prevent or stop crime.

Stay safe, Lake Union! We hope this Lake Union crime recap has filled you in on the last month’s criminal activity!

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