Seattle Police Report on Interlaken Attack

policeIf you have not heard there was an attack last Thursday in broad daylight on a woman jogger on the section of Interlaken that is closed to traffic.  The news has shocked Capitol Hill residents as well as others in Seattle.  The first reports did not give a huge amount of information on the motive of the attack and unfortunately there are still unanswered questions.  Here is the police report:

15 INITIAL INCIDENT DESCRIPTION / NARRATIVE:     {On 10/9/2014 I responded to an assault at Interlaken Park.  I arrived and contacted V/ at 21 Ave E & E Interlaken Blvd.  stated she was jogging on the roadway that runs through Interlake Park. The roadway is closed of to vehicular traffic.   was jogging eastbound through the park when an unknown black male attacked her from behind.  The suspect grabbed  in a carotid choke hold from behind.  struggled with the suspect and they both fell to the ground.  continued to struggle.   and the suspect rolled down an embankment. was still in the suspect chokehold and went unconscious. said she was unconscious for a few seconds.  regained consciousness and the suspect was gone.   climbed up the embankment to the roadway.  observed a black male walking very fast westbound on the SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT GENERAL OFFENSE HARDCOPY WEB RELEASE – SOME REDACTIONS PER RCW 42.56.240 GO# 2014-338190 INACTIVE 1306-0 ASSLT-AGG-BODYFORCE For: 5306      Printed On: Oct-13-2014  (Mon.) Page 4 of 5 roadway.  believed it was the suspect that choked her out. described the suspect and a black male, 5’10” tall, medium muscular build, wearing an maroon hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. also stated there was a black male standing on the other side of the roadway starring at her.   did not know if the second person was involved in the attack.  described the second person and a light skin black male, 5’8′ tall, thin build wearing a orange hooded sweatshirt.   ran westbound on the roadway yelling for assistance. came to the corner of 21st Av E & Interlaken Blvd, flagged down a passerby and used his cell phone to call 911.                said the suspect did not make any statements during the attack. did not know the suspects motivation.   did not have any property on her person at the time of the attack.  I asked  if she thought the attack had a sexual motivated.  said she did not think it was sexual.  had punched and grabbed the suspect’s genitalia during the altercation.  said the suspect did not appear to be sexually aroused.  clothing was intact.  skin and clothing was soiled with dirt from the struggle.   had no visible signs of injury.  I requested SFD respond to the scene.  SFD E6 responded and rendered aid to                Officer Laina, Officer Williams and Officer Bolton checked the area for the suspect(s) with negative results.   took me to the area the assault occurred.  could not pinpoint the exact area but she was able to point out the general location. I scoured the area for evidence.  I found nothing in the area of evidentiary value.               Sgt Visaya responded to the scene.               I gave  my business card with SPD case number and SFD run Officer Bolton transported  to her residence. –>} I hereby declare (certify) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of Washington that this report is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief (RCW 9A.72.085) Electronically signed: KNOX, KURT E         Date: Oct-09-2014       Place: Seattle, WA

SDOT Wants Your Input On The Central Area Greenway Project

greenwayAs one of the main arterials for car traffic that runs the length of the eastern edge of Capitol Hill and through the Central District, 23rd Avenue is not the most welcoming street for pedestrians or cyclists. But the Seattle Department of Transportation is hoping to give residents and commuters a calmer, safer north-south route by creating a greenway parallel to 23rd that will stretch from Roanoke Park at the north end to Rainier Avenue at the south end. The 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project will bring a redesign of the street, but it will not include a dedicated bike lane, so the greenway will provide a much-needed lower speed limit alternative to the heavily trafficked 23rd. The final route will most likely follow both 21st and 25th avenues, and could include features such as new pavement markings; improved pedestrian and cyclist crossings; new signage; and traffic features such as flashing beacons, islands and speed bumps.

The project is being carried out in three phases, with phase 1 covering East John to South Jackson, phase 2 covering South Jackson to Rainier Avenue South, and phase 3 covering East Roanoke to East John. The design for phase 1 has been finalized, but SDOT is looking for neighbors’ input on the proposed routes for phases 2 and 3, and is hosting two drop-in planning sessions next week. The session for phase 2 will be held on Tuesday, July 15 at the St. Mary’s Church school house (611 20th Ave. S) from 4:30-7:00 p.m., and the session for phase 3 will take place on Thursday, July 17 at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E) from 4:00-6:30 p.m.

There are six existing greenways in the city, six more set for implementation in 2014, and eight in the planning stages that will add up to 17.9 miles toward the city’s ultimate goal of 250 miles of connected greenways. When it is complete, the 23rd Avenue greenway will be one of the longest in the city at 3.9 miles. Visit the Seattle greenways site for more info on all of the projects, and don’t forget to attend one or both of the meetings next week to give SDOT your feedback!

 

Tour Capitol Hill’s Remodeled Fire Station This Saturday

We can’t promise you’ll get to slide down the fireman’s pole, but you will get a chance to see how the firemen live at this Saturday’s open house for the newly completed remodel of Capitol Hill’s Station 25.

The remodel was begun in spring 2013 as part of the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy passed in 2003, and included seismic upgrades and some reconfiguration of spaces inside the station, which houses an engine company, a ladder unit, an aid unit and a battallion chief unit.

Fire Chief Joel Andrus invites neighbors to come and tour the station, located at 14th Avenue East and East Pine Street, this Saturday, May 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bring your kids for a unique rainy day activity, check out the refurbished station and meet the firemen and women who keep Capitol Hill residents safe!

Seattle Second Safest City For Cyclists and Pedestrians

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While riding a bike or walking around Seattle can sometimes feel like a navigating a defensive obstacle course, a new benchmarking report by the Alliance on Biking and Walking has found that our city ranks among the very safest cities for cyclists and pedestrians, with 1.7 cyclist fatalities and 2.7 pedestrian fatalities for every 10,000 commuters. We rank only behind Boston, which records 2.5 cyclist fatalities and 0.9 pedestrian fatalities.

The Alliance found that, in general, the number of fatalities drops in cities where cyclists and pedestrians make up a larger percentage of daily commuters. In Seattle, 12 percent of commuters walk or bike to work, whereas in Jacksonville, Fla., the city with the highest number of fatalities (33.1), only 1.7 percent do. The Alliance’s reasoning is that vehicle drivers who are used to sharing the roads with cyclists and routinely have to navigate around a large number of pedestrians are more likely to be aware of them and drive more carefully. With the cycle track having recently been installed on Broadway and the ever-increasing number of bike lanes all over the city, this trend suggests that the larger and more visible our biking population is, the safer its members will be.

 

OutWatch Group To Conduct Late-Night Patrols of Capitol Hill Streets

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In response to a recent duo of violent attacks in the neighborhood – a rape and an attack on a drag performer – Jennifer Dietrich, who runs Capitol Hill’s Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty, is spearheading the formation a new public safety group called OutWatch, in an effort to make people feel safer walking around Capitol Hill at night.

The patrols, which will will be made up of groups of four, including two people trained in self defense, would operate from about 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday, and would be available to escort people to their cars or to other safe places. According to an article about the meeting in The Seattle Times, Dietrich said, “Whoever lives and works up here should be able to get from point A to point B without being afraid or without being attacked.”

OutWatch hearkens back to an early-1990s group called Q Patrol, whose members were trained in self defense and patrolled the streets in response to gay-bashing incidents in the neighborhood.

Cab Driver Robbed at Gun Point

policeA cab driver was flagged down by a potential fare around 3:00am this morning near the intersection of 12th Avenue South and South Main Street. The 21 year old suspect got in the car and as he and the driver began talking two more suspects entered the cab, pulled out hand guns and demanded money from the driver. They pistol whipped the driver in the head but he was able to jump out of the car, run away and call 911. The suspects stole the driver’s cell phone and GPS unit before getting out of the cab and into two separate waiting vehicles.

Officers arrived within minutes of the driver calling 911. Police stopped a Chevy Caprice a few blocks away with five men in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle gave officers permission to search the car. Officers found two hand guns, one reported stolen, and the GPS unit from the cab. The cab driver was able to positively identify the main 21 year old suspect despite suffering cuts and bruises to his head. The other men were identified and released.

The 21 year old suspect was arrested and transported to the East Precinct where while in a holding cell he attempted to dispose of a baggie containing methamphetamines. He was later booked into the King County Jail for robbery and felony drugs.

Robbery detectives are following up on the investigation and attempting to locate the other suspects. Please contact the Seattle Police Department if you have any information regarding the incident.

Man Assaulted in Cal Anderson Park

A 21-year old homeless man was beaten and hospitalized on Sunday in Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill.  The man was with a group of people, one of whom knocked him to the ground and beat him after a verbal argument.  Mayor McGinn is currently working to increase the safety of the park with more rangers and patrols to monitor for disruptive and/or illegal activities in the park.  In addition, he hopes to connect more of the homeless population that frequents Cal Anderson Park to human-service programs.

The victim was last reported in stable condition at Harborview.

 For more information, please visit the Seattle Times article.

Chase Bank Windows Shattered in Thursday Night Vandalism

A Chase Bank in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood suffered some vandalism last week when 7 windows were smashed around 9 p.m. by a group of disguised people, according to witnesses and reported by The Seattle Times.   Apparently, the bank has endured vandalism before.  A riot earlier this year included leftover flyers connected to a Greek anarchist, and police reported the flyers found at last week’s scene had a similar style.  Police have yet to identify the perpetrators, but are looking into an anonymous website post of Thursday’s incident.

Hit-and-Run Suspect Has Several Past Charges

Last week, Dante Piggee, crashed his BWM in North Capitol Hill while driving drunk and fled the scene with his two young children in his arms.  He was eventually arrested and is being charged with drunken driving, hit-and-run, reckless endagerment and driving with a suspended license.  This isn’t the first time Dante Piggee has had a run in with the cops and according to court records he has been charged 50 times since he was 10. Please click on the following link for the Seattle Times article, to learn more.