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November 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM
As a result of an alternative law-enforcement initiative in Seattle’s Chinatown International District, two low-level drug dealers will get counseling, housing and treatment after agreeing to stop selling drugs, police said.
Ten others, who apparently are not hot on the idea of cleaning up their act, will face prosecution.
The alternative program, called a Drug Market Initiative (DMI), is aimed at getting low-risk, petty dealers out of the cycle of street selling and short jail stints and into permanent recovery and stability. Seattle’s efforts at the more holistic law-enforcement option is based on successful programs in other cities, according to police.
Seattle police, in a news release, said today that those in the International District asked them to “take back city streets and parks from low-level drug dealers and their customers, but challenged police to do so without simply making arrests.”
November 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM
The man who allegedly stabbed three men in Seattle’s City Hall Park Monday night assaulted a man in a wheelchair exactly a year ago in an attack that started the same way.
Witnesses of both Nov. 11 attacks said Adan Yusuf, 35, was argumentative and asking for cigarettes before he began his assaults, according to police and court documents.
All three men stabbed around 9:45 p.m. Monday night were lucky the weapon Yusuf allegedly used was only a small folding knife, said Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Renee Witt. All three were taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses told police that Yusuf had been walking around the park asking people for a cigarette. When one man didn’t offer him a cigarette, Yusuf allegedly started stabbing him.
Two others who tried to subdue Yusuf were also stabbed, one of them several times before he was sent to Harborview in serious condition. Others jumped in to restrain Yusuf until police arrived and arrested him.
“Luckily, people stepped forward and subdued him,” said Witt.
Yusuf also suffered minor cuts to his hands and was treated at the scene, Witt said. He was booked into jail for investigation of assault.
Court records show that a King County District Court Judge found probable cause to hold Yusuf in custody on $300,000 bail in connection with the Monday night attacks.
Yusuf pleaded guilty earlier this year to third-degree assault for the Nov. 11, 2012, attack. In that case, he beat two men including a disabled man in the International District outside of Jones Bar & Grill at 500 South King Street, according to court documents.
The man who uses a wheelchair told police that after Yusuf asked another man for a cigarette and that man refused, Yusuf argued with him and knocked the man to the ground. The man in the wheelchair then tried to position himself between them to stop the fight, but Yusuf ended up dumping him out of the chair into the street, where he kicked him in the head and knocked his teeth loose.
A King County judge ordered that Yusuf pay restitution and issued a five-year restraining order to keep Yusuf away from the two victims. Less than a month after sentencing and his Feb. 25 release from jail, Yusuf was also charged with malicious mischief and possession of stolen property in Lynnwood.
August 26, 2013 at 5:17 PM
A 52-year-old woman walked into a restaurant in the Chinatown International District Monday afternoon and sprayed a baby and a few other patrons with soy sauce and chocolate milk.
Upon entering the restaurant, she told everyone to “go back to China,” and flipped plates, spat on a man and squirted soy sauce on him and his baby, according to a Seattle police report on the incident.
The release said the woman had ruined “what had undoubtedly been a perfectly delightful afternoon Dim Sum.”
Responding officers found several people standing outside, covered in food. When police contacted the angry woman, she slapped one of them in the arm and was arrested and booked for harassment and assault on an officer, the release said.
July 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM
Seattle police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted and robbed an elderly woman at knife point in Seattle’s Chinatown International District this afternoon.
The woman, in her 80s, was attacked after entering an apartment complex on the 200 block of Sixth Avenue South just before 2 p.m., according to the Seattle Police Department.
The suspect followed her through the building’s back door, punched her in the head and knocked her to the ground and sexually assaulted her, police said. He took the woman’s money and some personal possessions.
Detectives have not determined the man’s race, but believe he is about 6 feet, 165 pounds, and has dark hair. He was wearing a light-colored tank top, black pants, a large necklace and carried a black backpack.
The victim was being treated at Harborview Medical Center for her injuries Wednesday night, according the Seattle Police Department blotter.
A spokeswoman for the Seattle Housing Authority, which runs the residential complex, said on Thursday morning that additional employees will be posted and enhanced security measures will be added to the building.
Staff members will also be working with interpreters to ensure that residents know what happened and learn what they can do to protect themselves and their neighbors, she said.
The complex is among the housing authority’s most sought-after residence and is among its safest, she said.
Anyone who may know the identity of the suspect is asked to call 911.
December 19, 2012 at 2:41 PM
A homeless Seattle man who was charged with killing two strangers with a hatchet two years ago has been found not guilty by reason of insanity and ordered to remain at Western State Hospital.
Michael LaRosa, 28, has been treated at the mental hospital following his arrest for the slayings of Joseph LaMagno, 58, and Dale Richard Holme, 64, in November 2010. The ruling last week by King County Superior Court Judge Bill Bowman followed a bench trial that relied on psychiatric evaluations from at least four Western State physicians, court documents show.
LaRosa’s family has said he had a long struggle with mental illnesses before the unprovoked slayings of the two men, who were attacked one day apart.
According to charging documents, LaRosa claimed he was hearing voices when he killed LaMagno outside a Capitol Hill grocery on Nov. 22, 2010. The slaying happened in full view of schoolchildren, people on the street and a Metro bus full of passengers, prosecutors said.
LaRosa told police that he believed that LaMagno told him, “I gave your sister herpes, without having it,” according to the criminal charges.
Three months after LaRosa was arrested for LaMagna’s death, prosecutors charged him with the Nov. 21 slaying of Holmes in the Chinatown International District.
Holme had been found slumped at the base of a loading dock at Fifth Avenue South and South Weller Street with head injuries that were initially investigated as possibly related to a fall. Police did not connect the cases until after an autopsy was performed.
When homicide investigators talked to LaRosa about Holme’s slaying, LaRosa said he thought that Holme had given him a cigarette poisoned with gasoline, according to charging papers.
LaRosa said that he “felt like I had to defend myself” against Holme, so he pulled out the hatchet and struck the man “up to five times” in the head, charges said. After the attack, LaRosa put the weapon in his backpack and “casually walked away,” charging paperwork said.
Prosecutors said DNA from LaMagno and Holme was found on the hatchet in LaRosa’s backpack.
LaRosa was diagnosed more than 10 years ago with paranoid schizophrenia and placed on medication, his half-brother, Paul Umland, told The Times. Since moving to Seattle nearly five years ago, LaRosa had become a patient at Sound Mental Health on Capitol Hill and enrolled in Seattle Mental Health Court, a program designed to get mentally ill defendants treatment while their criminal case is working through the system.
July 13, 2012 at 9:58 PM
A Sound Transit bus driver was cited for inattentive driving after a woman was struck by a bus in the International District Friday, Seattle Police reported.
A woman in her 50s was crossing 5th Avenue South in the 700 block in a crosswalk at about 5:30 p.m . when the incident occurred, police said.
The articulated bus was southbound on 5th Avenue South and had maneuvered around a Metro bus that was stopped at the curb near the crosswalk.
The woman was knocked to the ground.
She was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-theatening injuries, police said.
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