News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods


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 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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Police say local burglary suspect also wanted for robbery, questioning in other burglaries

October 27th, 2011 by Support Staff

The 15-year-old burglary suspect arrested here Wednesday after a witness chased him down is also a suspect in a robbery, and could be linked to numerous local burglaries, Seattle Police said this afternoon.

“You’ve had quite a flurry of residential burglaries down there,” said Terrie Johnson, police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct. “Many of them involve people coming around the back of a house, looting portable electronic equipment from the home. Juveniles are often seen.”

Officers hope they made a dent in the problem with the arrest shorty before noon Wednesday of a 15-year-old who had already been tackled by a neighbor. “Detectives will be trying to link up and charge the suspect with other crimes, residential burglaries being one of them,” Johnson said.

According to the police report, the suspect is a student at South Lake High School on Rainier Avenue South, which our news partners at The Seattle Times described as “the city’s only alternative-high school for at-risk teens.” The report states he is also wanted for investigation of a robbery, which Johnson said occurred in south Seattle.

According to the police report, a neighbor in the 1900 block of Northeast 80th Street heard the sound of glass breaking , “looked out his window and observed a black male looking through the open rear kitchen window of his neighbor’s residence.”

The window was broken and the suspect was standing on a bench he had pushed under the window, the report states. When the suspect saw the neighbor, he ran westbound on Northeast 80th, chased by the neighbor, according to the report. The neighbor won at Northeast 80th and 16th Avenue Northeast, it states. Police arrived and made an arrest.

The report also says a black female was seen standing at the bus stop at Northeast 80 and 19th Avenue Northeast, and a witness said she seemed to be a lookout. She goes to the same high school as the suspect, the report states, adding that she was handcuffed at the scene, but then released.

Details from neighbors who observed the arrest are in our earlier post.

Johnson said nearby home burglaries during the month of October occurred:

  • On Northeast 80th in the 300, 1800, 1900 and 2000 blocks.
  • On 17th Avenue Northeast in the 7700 block.
  • On 15th Avenue Northeast in the 7700 block.
  • On 18th Avenue Northeast in the 7700 block.
  • On 20th Avenue Northeast in the 7000 block.
  • On 24th Avenue Northeast in the 7300 block.
  • On Fifth Avenue Northeast in the 8300 block.
  • On Ravenna Avenue Northeast in the 8500 block.

The police report on Wednesday’s burglary arrest also mentions a second burglary that occurred an hour earlier and approximately five blocks to the south.

“That arrest was the result of watchful (neighborhood) eyes and great 911 calls,” Johnson said.

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