Tag Archives: Queen Anne Crime

Concerning School Violence Threats Near Queen Anne

Violence in schools is always appalling, horrible, and ultimately heartbreaking. After the terrible tragedy of the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, the more recent instances of school violence at schools near Queen Anne are especially distressing.

Last Monday, October 27th, a 16-year-old student at the Seattle Center’s Center School was arrested for bringing Molotov cocktail to school. Police had received a tip that the student brought the device, and promptly arrived on the scene to take the student into custody. As a precaution, the school was evacuated. No one was injured in the incident. The Center School officials cancelled classes for the day after the arrest, and Seattle Center Armory was re-opened just before 11 a.m. While SPD detectives continue to investigate this incident of school violence, they do plan to book the student into the Youth Service Center of King County for possession of an incendiary device.

After the June 5th shooting at Seattle Pacific University earlier this year, where one student was killed and two others were wounded, it is horrific that the local private university should experience another threat of school violence. But the campus was put on lockdown on Friday, October 31st after one of its students received a threatening text message. Reportedly, the text message came from the student’s ex-girlfriend, stating that she was going to kill the student and his friends on the SPU campus. The student reported the text to school officials and police, who responded quickly. SPD determined that the woman was no where near the campus, and she was located and arrested at a home near Burlington by Skagit County deputies. The suspect has been booked into King County Jail for an investigation into harassment.

Queen Anne parents, please continue to encourage your students to report any suspicious or concerning events to school authorities and police. The safety of our schools and our community is of utmost importance.

Featured photo source – Marysville-Pilchuk High School.

August – September Monthly Queen Anne Crime Recap

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.

Featured photo source King5.com.

Gunman Shot and Killed by Police in Queen Anne Home

Just before 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night (August 30th), at least one resident on the 300 block of West Prospect Street on Queen Anne called police to report gunshots. Seattle Police responding to the scene were met with the sound of gunfire coming from near a Queen Anne home on the street.

According to an SPD statement reported by KIRO 7 TV, “The adult male suspect was still outside brandishing his firearm, before quickly retreating into his residence via the front door. A short time later, the suspect came out again and opened fire on the officers.”

The suspect allegedly fired an AK-47 at police, which initiated return fire from two SPD officers on the scene. One of the officers’ rifle shots struck the man and fatally wounded him. He was not immediately killed however, and reportedly crawled into the home and out of the officers’ view.

SPD brought SWAT to the Queen Anne home to investigate the scene and potentially make contact with the suspect. SWAT sent a robot into the house ahead of officers, which found that the suspect had died.

Upon entering the home, officers found several additional firearms (including shotguns and semi-automatic rifles) and body armor. Aside from the suspect, there were no additional fatalities or injuries in this incident.

KING 5 News reported that neighbors were shaken after the incident. “It’s never happened before,” said neighbor Joe Brown. “Occasionally it gets rowdy on Kerry Park, but usually not even a raised voice in the street out here.”

According to neighbor testimony, most of the residents who lived nearby did not know much about the suspect (and owner of the West Prospect Street home), since he had only recently moved into the Queen Anne home. One neighbor mentioned that the man regularly walked his dog, and another stated that he had given money toward animal welfare in a neighbor child’s efforts. The suspect also had allegedly been angry about how people parked on the street.

The two officers involved in this incident have been placed on paid administrative leave, as is SPD’s policy. This remains an open investigation.

Featured photo credit Marcus Yam for the Seattle Times.

July – August Monthly Queen Anne Crime Recap

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.

Featured photo credit KomoNews.com.