Possibly three armed robberies in Ballard

Updated: There have been at least two armed robberies in Ballard in the last week, and possibly three. The first robbery occurred at Sunset Hill Park just after midnight on Saturday night (see below), the second was on the 2800 block of NW 65th St early February 14th. Someone also posted in the forum that he was a victim of an armed robbery on Saturday night.

New: Early Monday morning, just after 1:30 a.m. a woman was robbed at gun point as she was walking along NW 65th St. The police report states that two males approached the woman from behind. When she turned to address them, one pulled out a black semi-automatic hand gun and pointed it at her. The second suspect demanded that she drop her handbag, which she did. The men picked up her bag as she ran toward her residence. The men also fled, she believes southbound on 28th Ave NW, although she wasn’t sure.

The woman told police that the both suspects are white males, about 20-years-old and were wearing baggy dark clothing. Police canvassed the area but couldn’t find the suspects. The victim, who wasn’t injured, told police that she could identify the suspects if she saw them again.

Also: “Unbelievable” says he was a victim of an armed robbery, although we couldn’t locate the police report. He writes in the MyBallard forum, “I was walking on Mary Ave on Saturday night at around 9pm. I was walking to the Waterwheel to meet up with some buddies of mine. All of a sudden, what I believed to be 2 white males quickly ran up behind me, screaming at me to get down and to give them my wallet. One male had what appeared to be a small black shotgun and the other had a big silver revolver. I handed over everything while they pointed these guns at my head. Then they took off running down the street and around the corner. They did not physically touch me. I was stunned, obviously, and maybe in shock. The whole incident lasted maybe 10 seconds but felt like a dream.

The people that robbed me appeared to be young – around 16 (maybe younger) and white, though they did have bandannas over their faces. They were short as one of the kids had to hold his arm up high to point the gun at my head. I’m 6 foot 2.

I sort of stumbled over to the Waterwheel and met up with my friends, still in disbelief and the police were called. What really struck me was that about 30 seconds after the incident, I was walking up the street and saw a woman just walking her dog and a couple of other people out for a stroll with absolutely no idea what had just happened to me. I felt bad for them and felt that they are potentially in danger every time they step out of their house for an innocent walk.”

Earlier:Just after midnight Saturday night (Sunday morning) a man was robbed at gunpoint at Sunset Hill Park (7500 block of 34th Ave NW.)

According to the police report released today, the victim went to the park to enjoy the view. He told police that he saw three males in the bushes who then approached him from behind, demanding his wallet. When the victim turned around he told police that two of them appeared to be armed – one with a shotgun, one with a handgun.

From the police report:

The victim’s initial reaction was that of disbelief, and he thought they were kidding at first. He said the suspects sounded unsure of themselves, “Almost more scared than I was.” The victim complied and gave the suspects his wallet, which contained his driver license and credit card, as well as $70 cash, which was kept seperate in a different pocket. One of the suspects then began to feel around the victim’s pockets, checking for other items. At this point they found the Zune MP3 player in his jacket pocket, and demanded that, as well as his wristwatch and AT&T HTC Pure cell phone.

The three appeared to be about 20 years old but had bandanas over their faces and hoodies pulled up over their head so only their eyes were showing, according to the police report. The victim could not give police a good description of the suspects.


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Bamm314
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Bamm314

Sounds like the story posted on the forum about an attack near the Waterwheel. Shotgun and handgun and bandanna over the faces at the very least.

NewBallardSucks
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NewBallardSucks

Yep – my thoughts, too. EXACT same MO and description.

Ain’t the New Ballard great?

ballardMike
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ballardMike

Sounds like the same shits that got another guy near Mary St.

Justsaying
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Justsaying

because there was no crime at all in the “old” ballard

great idea
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great idea

I’m glad the swedes looked into this. I didn’t believe the story on the forum for some reason.

I think these were kids with fake guns taking advantage of the inebriated.

trgdr
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trgdr

If so, I hope they’re willing to deal with any potential consequences, like say, a situationally aware ccw permit holder.

YourNeighbor
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YourNeighbor

Note to the little sh*tbags who are doing this: you meet me late at night, and you’re either going to have to show me your little toy guns are real by shooting me, or else I’m going to kick your little snotty asses. Bring it, punk.

NewBallardSucks
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NewBallardSucks

Not like there is now.

If you hadn’t just moved here, you would know that.

Kirk
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Kirk

OK, guys in this neighborhood, what about doing patrols, neighborhood watch stuff? Walking the streets, etc? This kind of crap is only going to keep happening as the economy worsens. Any word about the police stepping up patrols in the area?

Kirk
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Kirk

Also, might be time to petition the city to install lightposts. If I remember correctly SHP is pretty dark at night.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I thought the park was closed at night? At any rate, Ian Burke may be looking for a job soon. I suggest we hire him as neighborhood watch captain.

great idea
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great idea

I think the park is bright enough. More light would just ruin the atmosphere IMOH.

I think the ‘patrols’ should include girls, too.

Kirk
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Kirk

Oops! Sorry stillrare, the more the merrier.

Scott
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Scott

How can they “close the park”? There aren’t fences big enough. Also, this doesn’t address the real issue(s) of crime and the excrement committing ’em. And why did the new LED program end @ 65th? What with SPD’s cavalier attitude towards shoplifters why would we expect ’em to now do anything about this and other crimes in our hood?

great idea
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great idea

the sign there says the park is closed at 11:30pm I believe other than special events. you don’t need a fence to close it, just a legit reason for cops to kick people out.
what does the LED program have to do with this? those old lights still work, don’t they?
I don’t know what shoplifting crime you’re referring to, but why should the spd waste resources on those petty crimes? I’d rather they focus on armed robbery myself.

BallardPilot
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BallardPilot

Yes, the park is “closed” late nights.

I live just a few blocks from there. A couple years ago, I went up there to watch one of the annual meteor showers (IIRC, the Perseids, in August) . It was probably around 1 am, a nice, warm summer evening, with a reasonably clear sky. My wife and I had to work the next day, so we couldn’t drive for hours to get away from the city lights, and decided to just go lay in the park and watch the sky for a little while. We spread out a blanket and laid down. 5 minutes later, an SPD car pulled up to the curb, put their spotlight on us, and blurted over their PA system “the park is closed, leave now or you will be cited”. I walked over and explained to the officer that I lived nearby, we weren’t bothering anyone and just wanted to watch the sky for a while. He repeated that the park was closed and we had to leave or get a ticket. We gathered our stuff and went home grumbling.

KB7-SVQ
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KB7-SVQ

The old lights (which we still endure on NW 32nd, south of 65th) might still “work”, but they aren’t as bright as the new ones. I know some people say they have a smaller focus so there are more shadows, but I can see much, much better under those new lights.

But while that might help me when I look out the window to check on a strange noise, it wouldn’t have made a difference at the park. Like someone said previously, those kids are going to be very sorry when they try to rob the wrong person.

Scott
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Scott

Yes those “old lights” work. I was responding to another comment about SHP being “dark at night” and the fact the LED streetlight program stopped @ 65th. As in being progressive. The fact a cop hassled somebody there 1 night is anecdotal. Do you not see all the shreds of human debris drinking, hanging, defecating in our yards/allies every day then stillrare? This IS real. I was also speaking about the recent story in where the SPD talked about not arresting shoplifters. I can’t make this bleep up.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

sr – ignoring more minor crimes such as shoplifting, aggressive panhandling, and graffiti leads to an increase in more serious crime as well, as people interpret the lack of enforcement as evidence of a more crime-tolerant community. This is often referred to as the “broken windows” theory — a famous example is the 1990s clean-up of New York City.

Bal-gal
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Bal-gal

What do I always tell my kids? “Nothing good happens after midnight.”

guest
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guest

The LED streetlight conversion didn’t stop at 65th, it’s just that south of 65th is Zone 3 and was scheduled to get converted in 2010; north of 65th is Zone 4 and is scheduled for conversion this year. Or did you expect SCL to magically convert the entire city in one night? The conversion is a five-year project with 5,000 lights converted in 2010 and another 35,000 to be converted over the next five years.

The whining here is especially precious since Ballard is getting LED lights long before most of the rest of the City, despite our almost certainly having a street-crime and collision rate lower than most of the city. South Seattle won’t get them until 2012; Downtown, Cap Hill and the CD not until 2013; between Denny and the ship canal aren’t scheduled to be converted until 2014.

Steph M
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Steph M

It’s not too bright to be hanging out in a city part anywhere after it has closed. These little punks will eventually get what they deserve…but we all have to look out for ourselves regardless of the crime in a particular neighborhood. It’s called common sense!

KB7SVQ
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KB7SVQ

Is there a reason why they didn’t upgrade 32nd avenue, but fixed the lighting on the streets surrounding it? I don’t mean to be “precious”, but it seems like it would be a good idea to upgrade busy streets with bus routes.

Webster
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Webster

Kirk et all, I think a neighborhood patrol on weekend nights at least would be a great idea. I live by the Nordic Heritage Museum and cars pull up around that area (that are not from this neighborhood), drop beer cans out the window, people shuffle back and forth between said parked cars, sometimes peeing on sidewalk verges, all the while lighting up in the back of these cars. These people look about as questionable as it gets.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Call the police.

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