Men leaving Jazz Walk carjacked at gunpoint

Updated: After a widespread search in Crown Hill, police arrested a man suspected of carjacking a BMW in Old Ballard.

A SWAT team, K9 unit and a small army of police officers helped locate the suspect hiding in a neighbor’s van near 26th and 85th just before midnight. It all began around 11 p.m. on Friday when two men were returning to their car on Shilshole Ave. near 20th after attending the Ballard Jazz Walk.

We happened to be shooting photos of a jazz performance inside the New York Fashion academy just a block away when My Ballard reader Silver tipped us to the story. One of the victims told us they were just getting into their car when a man with a gun ordered them to give up their wallets, cell phones and keys. Police were able to locate the car a short time later, sparking a short-lived pursuit that ended when the suspect rammed a fence and jumped out of the car. Police say the K9 track led officers to several parked vehicles in the driveway of a house nearby, where the suspect was hiding. After ten minutes of negotiation, officers made an arrest. Forunately, neither of the victims was injured.


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Ballard_mayor
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Ballard_mayor

Thanks, again, Geeky Swedes for this update – now we know what we saw. We watched the search unfold from our house on 28th. More than 10 police cars and lots of searchlights illuminating the ravine. We could hear the police ordering the suspects out of a car several minutes ago – and now calm has returned…

Take back our streets
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Take back our streets

Across from that picture is the area that the most hardcore transients, meth heads and criminal live and sleep. I forget the name they have for it, but it's along those train tracks.

Lot's of very dangerous looking new transients have been around today. I mean LOT'S….

I was with another myballard.com reader earlier this afternoon, who was stunned. Groups of men who literally looked like they were just released from prison. Not old wino's. Big, scary looking healthy guys that were obviously transients. Milling around in Bergen Park, Chai House pay phone and up and down Market Street all day. Real shady types.

One stopped and just stared us down on Market Street, for no reason at all. A real creep, for sure. Dangerous and angry look white dude who was all dirty, but looked young and healthy. Why would all these young healthy guys be this filthy? Just released from prison, with no money and nowhere else to go…

NearFerngully
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NearFerngully

We did the same from our house on 26th. Cops flying by at 80 mph and watching that army for 30 minutes. Flipped to the scanner website as we sat watched it unfold. We had no idea what was going on. Pretty freaky when even the non-emergency dispatcher has no clue what is happening 300 feet from your front door.

Dispatcher:”uhhh no one has been dispatched to that location, uhhhh”
Me:” I see 8 squad cars and two more coming up the street!! Is someone on the run?”
Dispatcher:”uhhh might be a warrant search or something…”

Silver
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Wow! Great photos, Geeky ones!

It was pretty exciting to listen to it unfold on the scanner. Now I know what it looked like!

Mondoman
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Mondoman

Great work as always, GS! Hope it wasn't too much work “shooting photos of a jazz performance”. :)

gmer
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gmer

I think that it may be a little early to blame this robbery on our local transient population. I'm not saying the two aren't connected, but so far there aren't any facts to support it. Remember the burglary suspect who assaulted an officer last month near the olympic athletic club? A few commenters on this blog were quick to place blame on our transient problem and the guy ended up being from snohomish county.

For now I would like to comment on the awesome job that the SPD did tonight. I mean the suspect wasn't even able to make it out of ballard. From a 911 call they were able to quickly find the car, chase it down, and apprehend the suspect. Once again, awesome job!

Scott
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Scott

Nice to see that crime is an equal opportunity destroyer around Seattle. As in spreading misery. A guy beaten nearly to death in Greenwood the other day also. Whatever or whoever, this isn't getting any better, and will get worse. We are a reactive city. Except of course when it comes to taking things away from law abiding folks that is. It's time for foot/bike patrols in Ballard. It's time for us to bitch like they did in Belltown for more cops. Where are those 100,000 that Clinton promised? I still miss them. Fact is they were an “unfunded mandate” like so many other things our government does for/to us. Can we “hope” crime away? At least I feel better now. Does hizzoner Nickels ever visit Ballard to really know what's happening here? The big fat loser he is. Time for change there too people

Silver
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SPD did a great job.

There was also some “luck” involved: A number of fights broke out at Golden Gardens last night, causing an influx of police cars from all over North Sector. The all had to go the same route – Market to Shilshole, then on to the park.

The suspect chose the wrong night to carjack in that neighb0rhood! The cops were on him like flies on a stinky euphemism!

Lots of assaults last night, what the heck was up? Full moon?

Silver
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Please do follow up with this story!

From what I could hear, the suspect was finally tracked to a van he was hiding in. No idea if it was his van or just a conveniently unlocked stranger's van.

There was a communications barrier – police were trying to tell him to keep his hands in plain sight. They were looking for a Spanish-speaking officer to help.

An officer asked on air for some non-lethal weapons, and the dispatcher said that there were units (SWAT?) on scene that could provide them. (Tazer? Rubber bullets? Pepper spray?)

When he was removed from the van, police on the scene asked for medics. They said that the suspect was unconscious and had facial bruises. Was it from rubber bullets? I don't even know if Seattle cops use those.

Pretty exciting stuff. I was awake long past when I should have been. ;-) I'd love to know what else you can find out about it!

Keep Seattle Sleazy
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Keep Seattle Sleazy

Not connected? Have you ever seen a neighborhood filled with transients that didn't have a crime problem? It's a quality of life issue, once you start getting too many transients, it's much easier for the criminal element to mix in, saying nothing of the high percentage of vagrants who have criminal records and/or drug and alcohol problems. Sorry, you can't simply allow hundreds of vagrants to move into an area and not think crime problems are not connected.

More cops in Ballard = less crime AND fewer vagrants. Win-win.

Keep Seattle Sleazy
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Keep Seattle Sleazy

Unfortunately, some of our wacky, far left neighbors won't be happy until Ballard becomes ground zero to the ridiculous 'End Homeless Now!' campaign. They're probably dreaming now of opening a few Casa Latino day laborer centers, methadone clinics, a free needle park, a few more soup kitchens and a permanent Nicklesville and these fools will finally create the kind of s**tty neighborhood they dream of.

great idea
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great idea

Thanks for the great ideas, sleazy!

great idea
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great idea

by the way, I'm pretty sure you can say 'snotty' on here.

the brother of the guy who got beat on greenwood had no trouble throwing the 'f' word around without being censored.

Take back our streets
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Take back our streets

I never said it was a transient, though I would not be surprised. What I said, was we have one openly using the panhandling line

“I am not going to lie to you. I just got out of prison and really need a beer.”

Many many of these transients are just released from prison or wanted on felony warrants.The come here for the free food.

Ask them your selves. They are up and down Market Street ALL DAY and will gladly tell you if you happen to speak to them. (Usually when you're giving them some spare change)

We also have Mexican illegal aliens working in all sorts of places in Ballard. Many of these sell crack around the neighborhood as well. This is fact. Live in la la land if you like. But, these things are reality in life and not that far fetched.

SPG
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SPG

After the things you insinuated about his brother while on life support, I think he's entitled to more than a couple of F bombs.

Vagrant
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Vagrant

Hey, don't diss the illegals They, at least, are willing to work hard to better their lives. In fact, I'd rather let them stay and send our native-born bums to Mexico.

great idea
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great idea

if my brother was beaten within an inch of his life, I would probably actually get on a plane and be there with him.

probably the last thing I would do would be to read what local bloggers are saying about the attack.

Audrey Lyle
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Audrey Lyle

I once heard that there was a large prison in southern Cal that was right near the tracks, and that newly released convicts would board there, and jump off when trains made some routine halt near Golden Gardens. If this is so, they probably don't know about the food bank….

Take back our streets
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Take back our streets

One of those train transients murdered a woman in her house on Sunset Hill with a pocket knife. Look it up. It's a story the local Pro Transient/Free food crowd would like us not to talk about. It was a frount page story a few years back in Ballard.

Do you fathom the simple fact, that Ballard puts far more effort into attracting transients, than it does attracting tourists? A beautiful historic neighborhood on the bay?

This seems strange to me. But, what do I know. Maybe transients are great for the local economy, who knows.

Does this strike you as odd? Where is the Ballard Chamber of Commerce? They are unusually silent these days.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Thanks Swedes.
Not much for me to say except, the Jazz walk was great this year.
And, yes, at least another dozen unfamiliar blokes, carrying what they own, and looking well traveled have shown up this week, again. Wish I could say where they are all from, and why they want to be here.
It's hard not to tie an influx of these characters, and the increase in problems here, together in a tight little bow. We really need to step it up.
By the way, komo am 1000, has been reporting that a couple of guys are out fundraising in Ballard for the UW baseball program…problem, the UW says, “no, we aren't doing that”, so, call 911 if you see them at your door…
I'm glad that this one was collected, and I find it interesting that it was in a known transient rich location…thanks SPD, keep it up!

AMJRAL
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AMJRAL

Do you think he might have stared you down because you were staring at them like they were homeless meth heads? Do you know who they were? Seen any construction in the area? Hmmm…..

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Yeah, everybody here knows what you would/wouldn't do…give it a rest already.
btw, Lazy seems like the perfect handle…

Take back our streets
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Take back our streets

You call em blokes, and I call em drug addicts, killers and hardcore felons, hiding from the police and parole officers.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

…yeah, trying to tread lightly….
We each have our own take, even tho, we see the same things. I can't dispute your take, nor give up mine ;-)

gmer
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gmer

If you weren't referring to this particular robbery suspect as a transient, why did you post an anti-transient rant in this story? The only part of your original post that seems relevant is your claim of some massive transient camp across the street of the scene. You may have not directly made the link, but it was inferred.