SPD posted a couple items from around the neighborhood, including this tale of a carjacking near 24rd and Cherry July 28. No suspects were located, but the stolen truck was found and returned to the victim.
On July 28th, at approximately 11:40 PM, East Precinct officers responded to a reported carjacking near 23rd Avenue and Cherry Street. The officers contacted the victim, who was bleeding from the head. He explained that he had been parked near 24th and Cherry when he was approached by a group of young black males who asked him if he had some change. The vicitm told them he did not. He stated that he got out of his truck to talk to the youth who had approached him, but another suspect came up from behind and put something up against his head, implying that it was a gun. The victim ran, but one of the suspects threw a rock at him, striking him in the head. At that point, the suspects got into the truck, which still had the keys in the ignition, and drove off.
While the officers were speaking with the victim, his friend came to the scene to report that he too had been robbed by the same suspects. The friend stated that he had recovered the victim’s truck from 12th and East Jefferson, where he found it parked with the keys still in it. He decided to bring it back to the owner. The friend stated that he believed the suspects were still in a bar near where he located the truck.
Officers responded to 12th and Jefferson and conducted an area search but did not locate the suspects. The suspects were described as two black males, in their twenties, both approximately 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, and light skin complexion. One suspect was described as wearing a gray shirt, the other a white shirt. The victim’s truck was impounded with an investigative hold for Robbery detectives. The victim declined any medical attention.
Also noted in the SPD Blotter: Four people were robbed near Seattle U July 29.
On July 29th, at approximately 12:20 AM, East Precinct officers responded to the 1100 Block of 11th Avenue to investigate an armed robbery. The four victims, three men and one woman, explained to officers that they were walking through the campus when they were surrounded by four black male suspects. One of the suspects reached towards his waistband, indicating that he had a gun, although no gun was actually displayed during the incident.
The suspects assaulted the male victims in the group and took the female’s purse. The suspects fled on foot, running northbound through the campus. The victim’s ID and debit card were later located on the sidewalk nearby. Two of the victims suffered minor injuries during the assault, but none of them required medical attention.
A good follow-up story would be what is Seattle U doing to make it’s campus and vicintity safer. I wonder what they report as their crime stats? .
I wonder how long before one of these many many muggings over hte last 2-3 yrs turn into a shooting or worse?
Do they have any thing in the works for more security? They have ambitious plans for building new facilities, hope they can help drive out the criminal thug element.
Since most violent crime ‘victims’ are criminally associated with the assailents we should at some point try to understand and publicize how these crimes really come to being. Not that we want to reduce reporting. We do want to understand the nature of crime. Whether these crimes are applicable to the ustanding citizen, or, occure mostly in a parallel universe chosen by thugs.