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December 9, 2013 at 3:17 PM
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is seeking two men in connection with the attack and robbery of a taxi cab driver last week.
Around midnight last Tuesday, the driver was beaten by the two men and robbed of cash and credit cards near the 16600 block of Sixth Avenue West near Lynnwood, the sheriff’s office said. The two men then forced the cab driver, a 51 year-old man, to walk with them to a convenience store in the 200 block of 164th Street Southwest.
After unsuccessfully trying to force the cabbie to withdraw cash from an ATM, the two men fled.Detectives believe that one of the suspects is Eric T. Johnson, 27, who is known to frequent South Everett, Lynnwood and North Seattle, especially public transportation facilities and homeless shelters, the sheriff’s office said.
Detectives are also hoping to identify the other assailant (pictured below), described as a white man, approximately 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds. He wore glasses when the attack occurred.
Anyone with information about either suspect is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office’s Anonymous Tip Line at 425-388-3845.
December 8, 2013 at 9:13 AM
Robbery suspect killed: An armed man was killed by gunfire after Tukwila police responded to a call of a robbery in progress and surrounded a convenience store at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. An employee of the Cash & Carry store called 911 to report that a masked man armed with a pistol was inside attempting to rob the store. Officers arrived quickly and surrounded the store. As the man came out, still armed with a gun, shots were fired. The suspect was hit by gunfire; no officers or bystanders were injured. Medics declared the man dead at the scene. Involved officers will be on administrative leave until cleared to return to duty.
Snow Monday? The National Weather Service says there is a chance of snow in the Seattle area on Monday night. Whether it comes as snow or rain, it looks like a wet week ahead as the area emerges from several days of temperatures hovering around freezing for daytime highs. Expect highs in the low 40s and nighttime lows in the mid to high 30s throughout the week.
Pot NIMBY: The Redmond Ridge community is rallying this morning at 11 a.m. against plans for a marijuana processing facility on 231st Way Northeast. The gathering will be at the Goddard School, 10611 Redmond Ridge Drive NE, near the county’s large baseball park at the center of a controversial buffer-zone dispute. The group maintains that the pot processor would not meet minimum requirements set by the Washington State Liquor Control Board and would be in a densely populated area dominated by children and seniors. The Redmond council is expected to decide on the facility Monday night.
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December 5, 2013 at 8:14 AM
An 83-year-old Seattle woman was attacked and robbed by three armed men who broke into her home last night, police said.
The woman was on her computer at her home in the 4900 block of 28th Avenue South just before 8 p.m. when the three men, armed with handguns and wearing ski masks, forced their way inside, according to Seattle police. The men held guns to the woman’s head and chest and dragged her around the home, demanding money.
The woman handed over a small amount of cash; the robbers took jewelry as well, police said.
After the attack, the woman ran to a neighbor’s house and called for help.
The woman later told police that a gunshot was fired inside her home, but officers have not determined whether a bullet was actually fired.
Police have not released descriptions of the suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911, or the Seattle Police Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535.
December 2, 2013 at 6:11 PM
A King County District Court judge set bail at $250,000 Monday for a 25-year-old South Seattle man accused of stealing a car and crashing it into another vehicle on Thanksgiving Day, injuring three children.
Judge Arthur Chapman agreed to the state’s bail request, finding that Abdinjib Ibraham is a danger to the community and is likely to commit a violent offense if released.
Probable cause was found on Saturday to hold Ibraham on investigation of robbery, but the King County Prosecutor’s Office also plans to add three counts of vehicular assault and one count of eluding police to the charges, along with a firearms charge, Deputy Prosecutor Allison Bannerman told the judge. One child suffered a broken nose, a second child suffered a broken femur and the third child suffered a broken pelvis in the crash, Bannerman said.
Just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the owner of a white Infiniti G35 left his car running to warm it up while he went to order a cup of tea from a restaurant near Rainier Avenue South and South Othello Street, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against Ibraham. The owner apparently confronted Ibraham, who brandished a firearm at the other man before taking off north on Rainier Avenue South, the statement says.
After receiving the 911 report of a stolen vehicle, a Seattle police officer pulled behind the Infiniti and attempted to stop it, but Ibraham allegedly turned east on South Grand Street and slammed into a purple Chevrolet Monte Carlo that had been driving south on 23rd Avenue South, the statement says. The Monte Carlo rolled onto its side from the impact. Ibraham was seated in the driver’s seat of the Infiniti when he was arrested by police, according to the statement.
Police found a semi-automatic handgun on the floor of the car, the statement says.
Bannerman said in court Monday that Ibraham is barred from possessing a firearm due to his criminal history. Prosecutors plan to rush-file charges against him, she said.
December 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM
Robbery charges were filed today against the 19-year-old Seattle man accused of robbing passengers at gunpoint aboard a King County Metro bus last Monday night.
Trevonnte Brown is charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree attempted robbery for allegedly robbing two passengers and attempting to rob a third, according to the King County prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Brown is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $350,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 16.
According to Seattle police, Brown boarded the RapidRide C Line bus at Third Avenue and Pike Street around 6 p.m. with a ski mask partially covering his face. When the bus reached West Seattle he approached two passengers and demanded their phones at gunpoint.
One passenger, John Briggs, told police he initially refused the gunman’s demand, but the armed man then pushed the handgun harder into his head and said, “Don’t make this harder.” Briggs then handed over his phone, according to a police report.
With Briggs’ phone in hand, the armed man walked away. It was then that Briggs and other passengers tackled the man and held him down for police while the bus was in West Seattle, the report said.
November 26, 2013 at 7:00 AM
The Metro bus robbery: About that 19-year-old guy who was arrested for allegedly robbing people on a Metro bus last night … It appears he got on the bus at Third Avenue and Pike Street wearing a nylon stocking over part of his face. He rode the bus all the way to California Avenue Southwest in West Seattle before he allegedly started robbing people at gunpoint. Kudos to the passengers who wrestled the guy to the ground until police arrived. But didn’t anyone think it was strange that a guy got on the bus wearing a nylon stocking over part of his face and rode the bus for several miles and then started robbing?
Seahawks and pot: Marijuana may be legal in our state, but two Seahawks have been suspended or reportedly face suspension for lighting up. State law is one thing, pro sports league rules are a horse of a different color. Sources say Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner faces a second suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, reportedly for smoking pot, and cornerback Walter Thurmond is being suspended for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, also reported to be for marijuana use. Should pro football players be suspended for smoking marijuana? Vote in our poll.
Remember that Bellingham party that got out of control back in October? … Well, 30 people have been cited for their role in a party up there this past weekend. Five people who lived in the house where the weekend party began were arrested on suspicion of furnishing liquor to minors, disorderly conduct and obstructing law enforcement. All five are students at Western Washington University. The other 25 were cited for drinking or having alcohol. The Bellingham Herald has the story.
The prosecutor in Amanda Knox case argued today that the appeals court that overturned her conviction in the slaying of Knox’s British roommate made mistakes and those mistakes should not be repeated in the re-trial now being heard in a court in Florence, Italy. Knox’s defense said the prosecution offered nothing new in its arguments.
Weather: Sunny today, partly sunny tomorrow, but what’s this, clouds on Thanksgiving? Pshaw. Let’s just hope it doesn’t rain. National Weather Service forecast
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Correction: In an earlier version of this story, the item on the party that got out of control in Bellingham this past weekend was mistaken for the party that also got out of control in Bellingham in October.
November 25, 2013 at 8:19 PM
Metro bus riders tackled a 19-year-old man who had been robbing passengers at gunpoint and held him down until police could take him into custody Monday evening.
A man boarded a Metro bus at Third Avenue and Pike Street wearing a nylon stocking covering part of his face and kept to himself until the bus reached the 6000 block of California Avenue Southwest around 6 p.m, according to Seattle police. That’s when he allegedly stood up, brandished a gun and started pointing it at people’s heads.
After the man had taken personal property from at least three people, a group of men on the bus wrestled the man down until officers arrived at 6:12 p.m.
A man the West Seattle Blog interviewed said one man started taking down the suspect before others including himself jumped in.
“First thing he did was grab the arm holding the revolver and managed to get his finger in (the trigger hole),” the man told the West Seattle blog. “We were sitting on (the armed man) trying to restrain him.”
Even after being taken into custody, the suspect continued to be violent and kicked out the plexiglass partition in the patrol car.
Officers gained control of him without being injured and transferred him to a prisoner van to be taken to King County Jail, where he was booked for investigation of three counts of armed robbery.
November 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM
A man in a checkered hoodie robbed an Alaska Credit Union branch in broad daylight today after handing a teller a note in which he demanded cash and claimed to possess a gun, according to Edmonds police.
The suspect made off with an undetermined amount of cash from the bank branch, located inside a Safeway store in the 23000 block of Highway 99, police said.
The robbery occurred at about 1:22 p.m., and the suspect was still at large as of this evening, according to police.
Witnesses told police the suspect was an Hispanic man in his early 20s, about 5’7″ tall, with a slight build, brown hair, a scruffy beard and a slight mustache. He was wearing a hoodie with large squares, a white tee-shirt, and white and gray tennis shoes, police said.
After leaving the bank, the man fled south on foot through the grocery store parking lot.
Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to call their tip line at (425) 771-0212.
November 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM
A man in a white mask with a large knife robbed a Plaid Pantry store at Northeast 50th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast on Friday night.
The suspect was not apprehended, according to the Seattle Police Department.
Witnesses said the suspect entered the University District store around 10 p.m., approached the clerk, showed a large knife and demanded money from the cash register, according to police. He left after taking the money. No one was injured, police said.
Despite searches with a K-9 team and King County Sheriff’s helicopter, no suspect was found. The robber was described as white, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing about 200 pounds.
November 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM
A man wearing a Halloween mask robbed the office of Seattle’s Underground Tour on Halloween night, Seattle police say.
The victim had been standing outside the business in the Pioneer Building at 608 1st Ave. when he re-entered the building and felt someone press an object against his back, police said. The victim was forced into the building and was shoved into a wall.
The robber then forced the victim to take him to the business office and forced him to open a safe and place money into a bag.
The robber then tried to zip-tie the victim’s hands behind his back, but for unknown reasons was unable to do it, police said. He then took the cash and fled, possibly in a vehicle.
The victim eventually left the office and called 911.
The robber may have been wearing a T-shirt and jeans.
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