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Entries from February 2013

Robber armed with knife in custody after new attack

February 26th, 2013 by Support Staff

Police arrested an armed robber this afternoon after he attacked a woman on Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 71st Street.

Update: From a Seattle Police news release:

Police arrested a man armed with a knife in Roosevelt Tuesday afternoon after he stole a woman’s purse. The arrest comes after a string of similar robberies in nearby North Seattle neighborhoods, and detectives are investigating whether the cases may be connected.

At about 2:20 p.m. today, police received a report that a man in a windbreaker had cut the purse off the woman’s arm and ran through the yards of several homes near Northeast 71st Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast. Officers caught up to the man and arrested him.

Detectives were already working five similar robberies reported earlier this month.

The first robbery was reported on February 2nd, by a 91-year-old woman, who said a man armed with a knife had stolen her purse as she was walking up the steps to her home near Northeast 75th Street and 39th Avenue Northeast.

Almost two weeks later, on February 14th, a robber armed with a knife cut open the back pocket of a 77-year-old man and stole his wallet near Northeast 60th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast. After stealing the man’s wallet, the robber shoved the man to the ground and fled.

On February 20th, a robber cut the strap off a woman’s purse near Northeast 72nd Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast—just a block from the scene of today’s robbery.

A half-hour after that incident, a robber armed with a box cutter sliced the strap on a woman’s purse near Northeast 65th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast, cutting the woman’s hand in the process.

Finally, on February 25th, a man grabbed a woman’s purse right off her shoulder as she was walking near Northeast 75th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast, as she was on her way home from the grocery store.

All the robberies, including today’s incident, took place between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Robbery detectives are now transporting the man arrested today back to police headquarters, where they will interview him. Again, detectives haven’t yet determined whether these cases are connected, but we’ll post any additional details about these robberies as we get them.

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NEST – the virtual village for seniors – celebrates anniversary with Nancy Pearl public event

February 24th, 2013 by Support Staff

The year-old senior “village” that supports seniors in their own homes  is celebrating its anniversary next month with an evening with librarian Nancy Pearl.

In its first year providing services, 55 people between the ages of 60-98 have become members of North East Seattle Together (NEST) .

Esther, a 77-year-old Ravenna resident said, “I feel so relieved since joining NEST. Over the past year, I have gained confidence in asking for help. Now I am developing a list of things that I am not going to do on my own. I feel confident in calling and asking NEST for help.”

Transportation, social connections, technology assistance and household maintenance are members’ top requests. To date, more than 100 volunteers have been trained to support NEST members with errands, household tasks, and rides to medical appointments, the hairdresser, or the grocery store.

Volunteer Sharon Greenberg says, “NEST members do not sit around watching TV all day.”

NEST, a 501(c)3 non-profit, serves seniors in the area roughly from Northgate Way south to the ship canal, and from Interstate 5 east to Lake Washington.

NEST is celebrating its first anniversary with “An Evening with Nancy Pearl” held on Sunday, March 24th.  For more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at, 206.525.6378, or visit

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also a NEST board member.

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Third armed robbery at knife-point reported nearby

February 23rd, 2013 by Support Staff

A purse-snatcher armed with a silver knife attacked a woman walking on Roosevelt Way Northeast on Friday afternoon, police report. It was the third such incident reported nearby so far this month.

We reported earlier on the previous two attacks.

About Friday’s armed robbery, police report:

On February 22nd at approximately 2:15 p.m. officers responded to the 7200 block of Roosevelt Way NE for the report of an armed street robbery involving a knife. Preliminary investigation indicates that the 50-year-old female victim was walking southbound in the 7200 block of Roosevelt Way NE on the east side of the street. She was carrying her purse strapped diagonally across her chest when she felt tugging on it from behind. As she began to shout the purse came away from her body. She grabbed it and pulled it back toward her.

At that moment the suspect circled around her and she saw that he was holding a silver-colored knife in his hand. Seeing the knife, the victim let go of her purse and the suspect ran off with it eastbound on NE 72nd Street and remains at large. The victim was not injured.

There is no suspect description available at this time.

Police patrols in north Seattle have already been increased after a series of four sexual assaults nearby.

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Two assaults reported nearby, both involving a knife

February 21st, 2013 by Support Staff

Police are searching for an armed robbery suspect who cut a woman’s hand with a knife and stole her purse Wednesday about 3 p.m.

The attack, on 36th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 65th Steet, was similar to one that occurred on Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day – at 32nd Avenue Northeast and Northeast 60th Street, according to a police report.

Wednesday’s attack involved a 65-year-old woman who had gotten off the bus and was walking north on 36th Avenue shortly before 3 p.m., police say.

“She was attacked from behind by an unknown male suspect wearing a black mask, black hoodie and jeans. The suspect forcefully grabbed the victim’s purse in an attempt to steal it. As the victim attempted to retain her purse the suspect pulled out a knife and cut the purse straps and in doing so cut the victim’s hand. The suspect fled the scene on foot with the victim’s purse, running northbound on 36th Avenue and then westbound on Northeast 68th Street,” according to a police release.

The release said it’s unclear what race the attacker is, but that he appeared to be in his 20s, 5-foot-9, and 150 pounds, with a thin build.

In the earlier report on Feb. 14th, a neighbor was out for a walk at about 2 p.m. when he noticed a suspicious man near the ally in the 3400 block of Northeast 62nd Street, according to a police report.

A few blocks later the man walked up behind him and used a knife to cut his wallet pocket, the report states. The victim was thrown against a concrete retaining wall, with scratches to his arm, and the attacker ran down the alley.

That suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, 5-foot-10 and 130 pounds.

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Wedgwood history includes lumber mill, airport, more

February 19th, 2013 by Support Staff

“Did you know that Northeast Seattle was once the home of a ghost town, a lumber mill, a college (not the University of Washington!), an airport, a railroad, a mosquito fleet, a saint, a dairy farm and the city’s first p-patch?”

That’s what The Seattle Library has to say about an exhibit currently showing at its Northeast branch. Through the end of the month you can view historic photos, maps and articles about the development of Wedgwood, View Ridge, Laurelhurst, Meadowbrook and Ravenna.

The exhibit is on loan from Valarie Bunn, who runs the blog Wedgwood in Seattle History.

For more information on this exhibit, call the Northeast Branch at 206-684-7539.

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Where are all the homes for sale? (sponsored story)

February 19th, 2013 by Support Staff

(This is a sponsored story written by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate).

“A house, a house, my kingdom for a house”. If you are in the market for a new home you can probably empathize with Shakespeare’s King Richard III.  Single-family homes, townhomes, and even condos are all in short supply throughout most the city.

For Northeast Seattle (including Maple Leaf, University, Wedgwood, View Ridge, and Laurelhurst) there is now less than a 1 month supply of single-family home inventory which is definitely favoring home sellers with the result that homes are really hard to come by.  We will continue to see more pre-inspections, multiple offers, and bidding wars on the fewer listings hitting the market.

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Wedgwood Key Bank robbed this morning

February 7th, 2013 by Support Staff

Police say the Key Bank in Wedgwood was robbed about a half-hour ago.

Here’s their report:

A lone male robbed the Key Bank in the 7300 Block of 35th Avenue NE on Thursday morning, around 10:45 am.

The suspect is described as an unknown race male, approximately 5’09, 140, wearing a black hooded jacket,blue jeans, and a partial black mask covering the lower part of his face. He was also carrying a black backpack.

The suspect entered the bank, pointed a gun at the teller, and then jumped over the counter and took money out of the teller drawer. He then fled out of the bank on foot, last seen running south.

Officers arrived quickly after receiving the 911 call and are currently searching the area. Several area schools have been notified and are taking the necessary precautions.

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