It’s been a few months since we last updated our audience on the status of the neighborhood crime scene, so we thought it was due. In addition to the (unfortunate) consistent car prowls, Queen Anne crime in the last month included some robberies and other activity.
Two Queen Anne Businesses Burglarized: A window at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt was broken by burglars, and there was forced entry at the Pizza Hut down the street on Monday, November 24th. It is unknown if the two burglaries are connected, but the two businesses were hit within an hour of one another, and are less than two blocks apart.
Car Prowler Arrested with Help from K-9 Team: The owner of a vehicle parked in lower Queen Anne called SPD at 3:20 a.m. on Monday, December 1st to report that his truck had been broken into, and the suspect had taken his pistol. SPD and K-9 units responded to the scene in the 1000 block of 3rd Avenue N, and began searching for the suspect. Ziva, a K-9 unit, tracked the suspect to a car parked in a garage near 2nd Avenue N and Aloha Street. He was arrested without further incident, and the stolen gun as well as a second loaded handgun and two additional stolen vehicle titles were recovered.
Man Robbed at Gunpoint After Getting off the Bus: At about 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2nd, a man was robbed at gunpoint on upper Queen Anne hill. He had gotten off the bus near 4th Avenue W and W Crockett Street, when he was approached by a teenage male who pulled out a handgun and demanded the man’s wallet and iPad. After calling 9-1-1, the victim helped police to track the iPad to north Seattle, although police were initially unable to find the suspect or stolen items. Luckily, a good Samaritan contacted police after they found the stolen iPad in the street in Ballard. However, police are still looking for the suspect, pictured here. Please contact SPD detectives at 206-684-5535 if you have any information.
Child Pornography Suspect Arrested: Homeland Security is investigating a Seattle man who lived in Queen Anne for child pornography. Greg Weldon Phillips was arrested on December 12th for investigation into his participation in child pornography. Cameras and computers found in his home contained thousands of pornographic images of children. His U.S. District Court hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, December 16th.
Car Crashes into Teriyaki Shop, Starts Fire: Around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17th, a Chrysler PT Cruiser crashed into the wall of Yummy Teriyaki at 622 First Avenue North. The crash caused a gas line break of two-inches, which proceeded to start a small fire in the wall of the restaurant. Responding SFD units shut off gas to the surrounding block and put out the fire. The driver was uninjured, and one employee suffered minor injuries in the accident. A SeattlePI.com report notes that the driver was possibly an elderly person.
Tomorrow is the first day of fall, and the tourist season is dwindling. Hopefully, this will mean a reduction in criminal activity across the city, and particularly in our neighborhood’s tourist-attracting spots such as the Seattle Center. In the past month, the following Queen Anne crime events were noted on the SPD blotter…
Police Arrest Queen Anne Resident on Child Pornography Charges: Police went to the home of Queen Anne resident Joel Peyton Glenn in the early morning of August 19th, and detained him on allegations that he collected child pornography. SPD seized his computers and recovered photos of young children being sexually abused. This remains an open investigation.
Suspected Car Thief Drowns Near Nickerson Street Marina: At about 11:30 p.m. on August 27th, police were notified that a Nissan Sentra had driven off of a pier near the Nickerson Street Marina. They arrived on scene and attempted to rescue a man in the water, who was calling for help. However, the man refused to grab the rope police were throwing to him, and pushed away from an officer who was trying to help him out of the water before he went under the surface. SPD and SFD divers searched the ship canal for over an hour without finding the man. Police recovered a man’s body from the water later that morning at 11:45 a.m. Further investigation revealed that the car driven into the canal was likely stolen from the Phinney Ridge neighborhood on Monday.
Gunman Fatally Wounded by Police in his Queen Anne Home: We reported more detail on this story earlier this month. Officers responded to the 300 block of West Prospect Street on August 30th just before 10:30 p.m., where they had reports of gunshots. A single suspect was standing outside the home brandishing a gun, and when police arrived, he quickly went into the home. He came out again shortly, and opened fire on the SPD officers on-scene. Two officers equipped with rifles returned fire and fatally wounded the gunman. He crawled back inside his home. After unsuccessfully attempting to contact the man, SWAT sent in a robot that found the man dead inside. Officers recovered multiple firearms and body armor in the home.
After relative quiet in Queen Anne crime activity in previous summer months, July and August seemed to have increased in criminal activity and dangerous incidents.
Man Shot in Bar Fight on Westlake: Officers arrived at a bar in the 700 block of Westlake Avenue North at about 2 a.m. on July 12th following reports of a bar fight and shots fired. They arrived on the scene, recovered five shell casings and talked with witnesses, who said a car had driven away carrying people who were involved in the fight. The witnesses weren’t sure where the gunshots had come from. SPD patrolled the area and made contact with the vehicle, and an occupant said they had heard the shots but didn’t see anything. Later in the day, a man arrived at the Harborview with gunshot wounds to leg and buttocks. The victim said he had seen a disturbance, then heard and felt the shots.
Fire Causes Uptown Power Outage: A fire broke out at about 10:05 a.m. at the Broad Street substation of Seattle City Light on July 23rd. It caused a power outage in residences and businesses around the Seattle Center, with 325 customers affected.
Drone Buzzes Space Needle: At about 8:30 p.m. on July 22nd, tourists in the top of the Space Needle saw a small drone buzzing nearby, and reported to Needle security that it had crashed into a window. Witnesses then saw the drone fly to a hotel near the Space Needle and land in a room on the fifth floor. Police responded to the scene, but found no evidence that the object had hit the Space Needle, and there was no damage. SPD then contacted the owner of the drone in his nearby hotel room, where he showed them the video footage of the drone’s flight. Police asked the man not to fly the drone in public, and he agreed.
Shotgun Blasts Stun Queen Anne Neighborhood: SPD responded to reports of a dispute between neighbors in the 1000 block of 6th Avenue North on August 13th at about 9:30 p.m. The fight had spilled into the street, and officers found a man carrying a shotgun. He shot at least one round from the gun before police called for backup. The man was taken into police custody without injury to anyone.
Queen Anne and the greater Seattle community was rocked in the last month by the KOMO News helicopter crash. Here is a Queen Anne crime recap of that incident as well as other criminal activity this month…
KOMO News Helicopter Crashes in Seattle Center: Just after 7:30 a.m. on March 18th, a KOMO News helicopter failed to successfully land atop the media building’s headquarters in the Seattle Center. The helicopter fell to the ground, damaging three vehicles in the crash and ensuing fire. The cameraman and pilot inside the helicopter were both killed in the accident, and police arrived on the scene to find the occupant of one of the cars on fire. The flames were quickly extinguished, and medics transported the victim to Harborview with critical injuries. The drivers of the other two cars were not injured seriously. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.
Senior Citizen Hit by Car While Walking: On the evening of March 18th, a 65-year-old man was walking near 6th Avenue West and West Nickerson Street when he was hit by a passing car. The incident occurred just after 9 p.m., when the man was crossing West Nickerson Street at 6th Avenue West. He was hit by a red Honda Civic that was traveling westbound on Nickerson. Seattle Police and Fire responded to the scene, and the victim was transported to Harborview with serious, life-threatening injuries. A Drug Recognition Expert Officer evaluated the male driver of the car, and determined that he was not impaired by drugs or alcohol. Traffic Collision Investigators continue to investigate this incident.
Uptown Nightclub is Alleged Front for Meth Money Laundering: Federal prosecutors allege that the owner of the Ice Nightclub in lower Queen Anne conspired to deal meth and launder money for meth and other drug dealers. Steven Asir Thomas was arrested on Friday, March 28th. His club never really got off the ground, since informants and undercover officers informed police of his activities. Thomas is now awaiting conviction for the charges against him in U.S. District Court. The Ice Nightclub was intended to open at 332 5th Avenue North in lower Queen Anne. Of course, now that probably will not happen.
Fire At Marijuana Growing Facility Jams Aurora Traffic: We reported on this incident last week, but here is a brief summary of this Queen Anne crime incident… A witness alerted Seattle Fire to a blaze in a home on the 2100 block of Aurora Avenue North at about 8:30 a.m. on April 7th. The home was actually a marijuana growing facility, and many of the windows and rooms were boarded up – making it difficult for SFD to extinguish the flames. SPD was forced to close the southbound lanes of Aurora Avenue North for more than an hour to allow SFD plenty of space to fight the fire, which caused a traffic backup for several blocks in the heat of rush hour. There was no one inside the building at the time, and no one was injured in the fire. This incident remains under investigation for its cause, although SFD suspects it was initiated by overheated electrical wiring.