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Home invasion robbery reported in View Ridge this morning

April 12th, 2013 by Support Staff

Update 2 p.m.: Seattle police have updated information here. Among the items stolen were marijuana plants.

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Three masked men forced their way into a View Ridge residence earlier this morning, clubbing one resident with the butt of a rifle and ordering both residents to the floor.

The robbery occurred about 6 a.m. in the 7500 block of 44th Avenue Northeast, near the Sand Point Country Club.

Seattle Police issued this press release:

Both victims were tied up.

One suspect held both victims at gun point while the other two searched the home.  Several items were taken including the resident’s vehicle.  After the suspects left the home both victims were able to free themselves and run to a nearby residence to call 911.  The victims drove themselves to the hospital where officers met with them.

Additional officers responded to the residence along with SPD Robbery detectives.

This is an open and active investigation. Anyone with information about this incident and or the suspects is asked to call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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Key Bank robber arrested 18 minutes later

April 3rd, 2013 by Support Staff

From Seattle Police just before noon:

A man suspected of robbing a Wedgwood bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning wasn’t on the lam for long.

Just after 11:15 a.m., a masked man walked into the Key Bank at 73rd Avenue Northeast and Northeast 35th Street demanded money, and fled the bank.

Eighteen minutes later, police had tracked the suspect to the University District (using high-tech gadgets AND old-fashioned sleuthing!) and arrested him near Northeast 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue Northeast after a brief foot chase.

Officers will likely be around the Wedgwood and University District scenes for some time as they search for evidence.

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Medical and memorial funds created for Wedgwood victims

March 27th, 2013 by Support Staff

Both medical and memorial funds have been created for the victims and survivors of Monday’s tragic event near Eckstein Middle School.

And memorial flowers are being placed one block east of the school on Northeast 75th Street, at the intersection where two people were killed in a car accident that left two others – a mother and her 10-day-old child – in critical condition.

The memorial funds – three in call – were established by the Wedgwood Community Council and friends of the family.

The Wedgwood Community Council has established two funds at the Homestreet Bank – Wedgwood Branch office. Thanks to a crowd-sourcing guru from the neighborhood, we’ve created an easier venue for those looking to contribute to the Schulte family. Please, please, please help us spread the word about this so that we can really contribute to the grieving family. Also, friends of Karina’s have also set up a fund through FundRavr and have agreed to let us spread the word about their fund too. The need is great. Needless to say that everything raised will be given to the family. You can now click on the links below to access the giving page for each fund, deposit checks personally, or transfer money to the funds using the account information below.

For more information on making a deposit call this branch of Homestreet Bank directly at 206-525-2840.

For more information on the funds go to the community’s council’s website.

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Suspect in six attacks has record, remains jailed

March 1st, 2013 by Support Staff

The 27-year-old suspect in a string of six attacks near here remains jailed on $250,000 bail, the King County Prosecutor’s office says.

The man, arrested Tuesday afternoon after he attacked a woman at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 71st Street, was identified in court charging papers today as Robin P. McDougall-Treacy, whose last known address was near Ravenna Park but who told investigators he now keeps his belongings in a rented storage unit at Roosevelt and Northeast 70th Street.

McDougall-Treacy was charged with second-degree robbery for the last of the six attacks, according to the charging papers, which also note he has a prior drug conviction and a conviction of fourth-degree assault for an attack on a juvenile in 2000, an attack that was originally charged as third-degree child rape.

His next court appearance is March 14.

The attacks began Feb. 2nd, and occurred through the Wedgwood, Roosevelt and Ravenna neighborhoods.

“This series is being investigated as a pattern crime, including six robbery cases to date,” police write in court documents. “In each case a lone older victim is confronted from behind by the lone white male as the victim is walking down the sidewalk.

“The suspect then slices a purse strap, or clothing in one case involving an elderly male victim, using what has been described as a knife and steals the victim’s purse/wallet,” the documents state.

On Tuesday afternoon police received several 911 calls from civilians reporting they saw, and in some cases were chasing, a robber carrying a knife and running through backyards near Roosevelt, the documents state.

Officers caught the man hiding in a backyard near Northeast 71st and 10th Avenue Northeast at about 1:38, the documents state. He or his clothing were identified by the robbery victim and several witnesses.

The victim told officers she was walking on the sidewalk at Roosevelt and Northeast 71st when she felt a slight tug on her purse strap, turned and saw the suspect with a knife. She wound up on the ground in the struggle, the court documents state.

Her stolen purse contained, among other things, her cell phone. When a detective called the number of that cell phone, “a phone could be heard ringing inside McDougall-Treacy’s backpack, that was recovered with him at the time of arrest,” according to the documents.

A search of the storage unit turned up two folding knives, one resembling the weapon in a previous attack, and a purse, the documents state.

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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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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 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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Man stabbed in View Ridge this morning – he's OK

December 7th, 2012 by Support Staff

Seattle police report that a robbery victim was left with a minor stab wound after he got off a bus nearNortheast  65th Street and 36th Avenue Northeast just after 1 a.m. today.

The victim was walking southbound when three suspects jumped out of some bushes and attacked him.

“The suspects hit the victim in his head, knocked him to the ground and apparently stabbed him in his back, leaving him with a half-inch wound. The suspects then fled with the victim’s bag,” police said.

The victim was able to run home and called 911. Officers tried searching for the suspects with the help of a K9 unit, but weren’t able to find them.

The victim was then taken to University of Washington Medical Center by a private ambulance.

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Repeat bank robber pulls gun on woman, son in Wedgwood

November 29th, 2012 by Support Staff

Seattle Police this afternoon said a repeat bank robbery suspect pulled a handgun on a mother and her 11-year-old son at the U.S. Bank in Wedgwood.

“He told the woman to hand over her wallet. The suspect then walked up to a bank teller, demanded money, and fled the the bank,” police said.

The armed robbery occurred just before 6 p.m. Wednesday at the bank, N.E. 87th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast, police said, adding the man is also a suspect in several recent robberies at banks in Seattle and Bellevue.

He is described as a white male, 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, wearing a black rain jacket, black hood and a ski mask.

“If you recognize the suspect, or have any information that might help police catch him, please contact the Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5540.”

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