Car prowler in baseball flag cape gets arrested

Police have arrested a man suspected in a string of car prowls throughout Ballard.

As per the SPD Blotter, on Monday morning, a 29-year-old woman called police after discovering her Honda Accord had been broken into while parked in a garage in the 2400 block of NW Market St. She said her back window had been smashed and her hairdressing tools for work had been stolen, and that a tire iron had been left behind. Police say the garage surveillance video show that the suspect had draped himself in a San Francisco Giants flag during the break-in.

Based on descriptions of the suspect from other officers who knew him from past contacts, they were able to find the man in the Ballard Commons area later in the day and take him into custody. He is now booked in King County jail for car prowl, and officers will continue to work with prosecutors to determine if any additional charges will be filed.

Celebrity Fisherman arrested after altercation with Ride Share driver

Television fisherman Sigurd Hansen was arrested early last Thursday morning by Seattle police following an altercation with a ride-share driver.

Read more from the SPD North Precinct Blotter post below:

The driver told police he had picked up two men and two women, who had requested a ride from the 2200 block of NW Market St to an address outside of Seattle in Shoreline, WA.

According to the driver, the Shoreline trip was cancelled in the ride-share app, which led to a dispute with the passengers over the fare.

The driver told police that during the dispute, the older male passenger—later identified as Hansen—kicked a dent in the rear passenger side of the ride-share vehicle and reportedly spit at the driver.

The driver contacted police following the incident, leading officers to contact Hansen at his residence in Shoreline.

Hansen told officers he’d been celebrating Norwegian Independence Day, but disputed any altercation with the ride-share driver. Officers arrested Hansen and booked him into the King County Jail for assault and property destruction.

Due to significant media interest in the incident, the department has made a redacted copy of the report available here.

2017 Seattle Night Out registration now open

The 2017 Seattle Night Out Against Crime is set for Tuesday, August 1, from 5 p.m. to midnight! Last year, over 1,400 events were registered to participate in the annual event.

The annual collective of neighborhood street parties is a national Crime Prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities.

“While celebrating your community and spending time with your neighbors, Night Out is a great chance to build stronger police-community partnerships,” say representatives from Seattle Night Out.

Locals can now register their block for the party or take part in another event that is listed.

Seattle Police are encouraging locals to remember the following tips when setting up their Night Out events:

  • Remember to never block the intersection!
  • Please do not use a vehicle as a barricade to close your street. Any barricade should be easy to move.
  • Your neighbors vehicles need to be allowed access to their homes and emergency vehicles need to be allowed access to your block.
  • Keep tables and other set up to one side of the street to keep the street open for vehicles to pass through if necessary.

Registration will be open through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, for locals to register their event.

If you are already registered materials and street closure signs are available to print out from the official Night Out website.

Breaking: Two SPD officers shot in downtown Seattle

According to SPD Twitter reports, two officers were shot following police response to robbery near Madison/Western Ave downtown.

SPD is asking for people to please stay out of the area as they investigate. See the area marked in red below:

Downtown commuters, please be aware of this incident when making commute plans to return home.

The My Ballard team will update the post with more information when it is known.

Guns seized, teen arrested for Pot Shop hold up near Carkeek Park

SPD SWAT officers seized a cache of rifles, handguns, and pot still in its retail packaging, and arrested a 16-year-old robbery suspect at an Everett apartment who was wanted for an armed hold up in late February at a marijuana dispensary near Carkeek Park.

Read the full details in the SPD Blotter post below:

Back on February 21st, four suspects walked into a pot shop in the 300 block of North 105th St, held employees up at gunpoint and stole various marijuana products.

Police had previously identified and arrested two other suspects in the case–one man was arrested last month in Snohomish County in an unrelated investigation and a second man, who turned himself in to police. Detectives are still seeking a fourth suspect.

After serving the warrant in Everett and arresting the 16-year-old, officers seized three handguns, a rifle, a shotgun, ammunition and 17 different vials and packages of marijuana products from his home before booking him into the King County Youth Service Center for robbery.

The same day, SPD’s law enforcement partners in Snohomish County also served a warrant at a home in Monroe and recovered firearms and large amounts of marijuana as part of a related investigation.

SPD officers arrest car prowlers in Frelard

A call about a group of people prowling cars and stealing license plates led SPD officers to arrest a man and a woman early last Thursday in Frelard.

Read more details from the SPD North Precinct Blotter below:

Officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of 6th Avenue NW just before 7 a.m. to investigate after a neighbor called in to report three people possibly stealing from cars parked in the area.

When officers arrived they found three people standing by a stolen car with the hood up.  When officers ordered the three to the ground the 40-year-old woman and the 50-year-old man, but the 48-year-old man refused.

The uncooperative suspect backed away, yelled “[fudge] that!”, and ran.

Officers chased the man, but temporarily lost the him until a neighbor pointed out the suspect laying in their side yard. Officers took the man into custody without further incident.

Officers released the 50-year-old man from the scene after determining that he had nothing to do with the stolen vehicle. Officers took the woman to the North Precinct where she was interviewed by detectives and later released pending further investigation. The 48-year-old man was booked into King County Jail on a felony warrant and drug charges.

TCIS Detectives investigate Holman Road collision

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are investigating the circumstances leading up to the two-car collision that occurred Monday evening on Holman Road NW.

Read more details from the SPD Blotter Post below:

At about 7:50 p.m., a 2007 Nissan X-Terra, driven by a 60-year-old male ride-share employee and his 40-year-old female passenger were travelling northbound on Holman Road NW when the Nissan struck a 1997 Honda Accord, also travelling northbound on Holman.

The impact caused the Honda to slide sideways into a tree on a planting strip with enough force to cut the Honda in half, trapping the 35-year-old male driver (and only occupant) inside the car.  The Nissan continued northbound for approximately another two blocks on Holman before it crashed into a gas station pump at 4th Avenue NW, shearing it off and resulting in a small explosion and fire.

Seattle Fire responded and extinguished the fire very quickly.  Firefighters got the Honda driver out of his car and medics transported him to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.  The female passenger in the Nissan was transported to the hospital with possible minor injuries, and the Nissan driver was not injured.

TCIS detectives responded to the scene to begin their investigation.  As is routine, the Nissan driver was evaluated at the scene by officers for any sign of impairment.  The driver was taken to a hospital where a sample of his blood was taken after a warrant was obtained.  The driver was interviewed and released from the scene pending the results of the blood lab results.

The collision left one man with serious injuries and a small explosion and fire when one of the vehicles struck a gas station gas pump.

This remains an active and on-going collision investigation.

Sex offender accused of attacking woman in Golden Gardens restroom

Update March 8:

According to a second report by The Seattle Times, SPD police say that Steiner hid in one of the women’s restroom stalls at Golden Gardens Park with the intention of raping a woman.

According to statements from the detective who interviewed Steiner, he confirmed that two other women had come into the restroom but he didn’t attack them. When a third woman (the 36-year-old alleged victim) turned on the hand-dryer, he approached her from behind.

Steiner has been charged with attempted second-degree rape and second-degree assault with sexual motivation. He remains jailed in lieu of $750,000 bail.

He is to be arraigned on March 22.

Original Report:

According to a report by our news partners, The Seattle Times, a 40-year-old homeless sex offender is accused of attacking a woman in the women’s restroom at Golden Gardens Park on Sunday, March 5.

The Seattle Times reports that the suspect, Gary Steiner, refused to attend his first court appearance on Monday, March 6. Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, says that a King County District Court judge found probable cause to hold him on investigation of second-degree assault and attempted second-degree rape. A bond hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

According to the report, officers responded to the Golden Gardens just before 1 p.m. on Sunday after receiving a report that a woman had been attacked in the restroom.

The woman’s statement to police states that a man punched her twice in the face, took her to the floor and wrestled with her while attempting to flip her on her stomach as he pulled on her pants. The woman then reportedly scratched the suspect’s face and he punched her three more times in the head before she escaped. The woman suffered a cut to the face as well as bruising on her face and wrists.

According to The Seattle Times, the woman then ran to get help and passers-by locked her attacker in the restroom until police arrived. SPD officers arrived to find Steiner in the middle stall with the stall door broken and stuck closed.

Police say his clothing matched the victim’s description and he had scratches on his face.

When Steiner walked out of the restroom, the woman then positively identified him as the man who had attacked her. He was subsequently booked into jail, and jail records confirm that he has been charged with failing to register as a sex offender in Clark County.

According to the sex-offender registry maintained by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Steiner is listed as a transient Level 3 sex offender. He was convicted in Maricopa, Arizona, of sexually assaulting several women in 1999 and of indecent exposure in 2008.