Abduction and rape suspect arrested in Ballard

A very observant bar employee led police to a suspect in last week’s Greenwood abduction and rape incident.

Surveillance photos of the suspect released by Seattle Police

Here are details from Seattle Police:

On June 28th, at approximately 10:15 PM, North Precinct officers responded to a 911 call from an employee at a bar in the 8500 Block of 15th Avenue NW. The caller stated that he believed one of the patrons inside the bar looked very similar to the suspect depicted in surveillance photos released to the media last week from the Greenwood abduction and rape incident. Officers arrived and contacted the suspect. The officers asked the suspect to step outside so they could talk. One of the responding officers had responded to the original incident last week, so had detailed knowledge of the investigation. The suspect professed to not knowing much English, so the officer pulled up a picture of the suspect from a media site on his cellphone and asked, “Is this you?” to which the suspect replied “yes.” The officers quickly took the suspect into custody and during a patdown of the suspect recovered a loaded handgun in the suspect’s waistband.

A second suspect was with the first suspect inside the bar, but it was determined that the individual did not match the description. That second individual was interviewed and released from the North Precinct. Officers located the suspect’s car nearby and it does match the description of the suspect vehicle used in the abduction/rape. The car was impounded for processing. Detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit responded and interviewed the suspect at the precinct.

The 24 year old suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Rape. The second suspect in this case is still outstanding. Anyone with information on that suspect is asked to contact the Seattle Police Department Sexual Assualt Unit at (206) 684-5575.

‘Ask the Mayor’ what’s on your mind

Tonight is the monthly “Ask The Mayor” show on the Seattle Channel hosted by C.R. Douglas. If you’ve never seen the show, Mayor Mike McGinn answers questions from the public on a range of topics.

The show airs live from 7 to 8 p.m. If you have an issue, concern, or question you’d like answered, you can call 206-684-8821, email askthemayor@seattle.gov or Tweet to @SeattleChannel using #askthemayor. The show airs on cable channel 21 or online here.

Radio Shack closing Market Street location

After decades on Market Street, Radio Shack is closing this location.

According to employee David Dewey, they will be reopening somewhere in Ballard in the next few months. The manager and employees haven’t been given anything more specific from Radio Shack, other than the new location will be within a few blocks of their current space.

If you’re in need of a Radio Shack, here are the closest locations:

  • Crown Hill: 8701-15th Ave NW
  • Uptown/Lower Queen Anne: 115 West Mercer
  • University District: 4223 University Way
  • (Thank you David & Kerri for the tip!)

    Artist(s) wanted for Burke Gilman Trail installation

    The city is looking to add a little creativity to the Burke Gilman Trail with the help of Washington artists.

    The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Seattle Department of Transportation are looking for an artist or a team of artists to create art for the multi-purpose trail. All artists must live in the state of Washington.

    The art will be permanent installations on two to five select points along the trail, which have not been selected. “Each part of the installation will enliven its location on the trail and collectively create a larger cohesive artwork,” according to a release by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. “The artwork will identify the trail as a connector through the city and add an element of discovery to peoples’ experience on the trail.”

    The budget for the project is $80,000 which includes all costs to design, fabricate and install artwork. The application deadline is 11 p.m. on Monday, August 1. More information can be found here, or apply here.

    Sign up for next month’s Crown Hill Garage Sale

    The fifth annual Crown Hill Garage Sale is coming up next month and sign ups are now open to get your sale on the map. It should be a busy weekend – last year more than 50 households participated.

    The sale will be on July 23rd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have stuff to get rid of, sign up for the sale here. Want to see where the sales are? Check this up-to-date map

    More information is on the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association blog.

    Slippery crossing to be fixed for a safer Burke Gilman Trail

    A rubber mat that was intended to keep bicycle tires from getting stuck in the railroad tracks is being removed to make the trail safer for cyclists. After hearing complaints from bicyclists that the crossing is dangerous, the Seattle Department of Transportation is working with the Ballard Terminal Railroad to make some changes.

    Photo courtesy Michael Snyder

    “The Burke-Gilman Trail intersects railroad tracks belonging to the Ballard Terminal Railroad at a crossing to the north and east of 6th Avenue NW and NW 40th Street. The trail bends towards 6th Avenue NW at this point and meets the train tracks at a 45 degree angle,” according to the SDOT blog.

    Bicyclist Michael Snyder says that removing the mat and changing the crossing is a good idea. “The rubber on this crossing is pretty slick when there is any moisture,” he says, “The current angle of the crossing encourages cyclists to cross the railroad tracks at an acute angle instead of the 90 degree angle that is normally recommended when bicycles are ridden across railroad tracks. The SDOT reconfiguration looks like it will encourage cyclists to cross at a 90 degree angle.”

    Red flags indicate crashes, yellow flag indicates hazard.
    Snyder says that Bikewise.org has been collecting hazard and crash reports from the public for the last year and this area shows a distinct cluster of crashes.

    Charles Bookman, Director of Traffic Management for the SDOT says,“The Ballard Terminal Railroad (BTRR) operates under a City of Seattle franchise agreement, which holds them responsible for maintenance within their franchise area, which includes trail crossings of their track. In realigning this crossing, the BTRR will remove the rubber mats and will reimburse SDOT for replacing the crossing in asphalt. SDOT is covering the remainder of the work, which includes project design and coordination, traffic control, realigning portions of the trail outside the immediate crossing area, and moving some signs.”

    Work is expected to be completed next month.

    Free summer meal program for children

    The Seattle Human Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program will provide free meals and snacks for children 1-18 at about 90 sites across the city, including one in Greenwood and one in Bitter Lake.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the program, also known as “Summer Sack Lunch,” which runs from today through Aug. 26. The meals are served at sites where at least half the children are eligible for free or reduced price school lunches.

    Thanks to a $225,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, the 2011 program includes several enhancements:

    • Books! The Seattle Public Library will provide fun and educational programming, such as story times in five different languages. Free books will also be given to children at story time sites;
    • Fresh produce: The Puget Sound Food Network will help provide bags of fresh produce from local farms for families to take home for the weekend; and
    • Saturday sites: Several meal sites will offer lunch on Saturdays as a pilot project

    Some of the meal sites offer the food program to children enrolled in specific activity programs, but the majority offer meals to all children 18 years old.

    Summer Sack Lunch will be provided at Sandel Park Playground, 9053 1st Ave. NW, from 12-1 p.m. Monday through Friday; and at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N., from 12-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    Click here to find the program site nearest you; and here for links to a calendar listing menus for every breakfast, lunch and snack.

    Guerrilla art appears in ‘vacant lot’

    A piece of guerrilla art has appeared in the “vacant lot” (in quotation marks because it’s less of a lot, more of a lake) just east of the Ballard Bridge and south of Ballard Blocks, where the Ballard Blocks II development is slated to be built.

    We believe this pink cardboard seaplane with a red, white and blue propeller, showed up at some point in the last few days.

    This isn’t the first water feature for an undeveloped piece of land in Ballard. More than two years ago, a ‘Seagle’ appeared in a pond on NW Market Street. (Thank you Charlie and Doug for the tip!)