Crime Roundup: Shoplifter pepper sprays Safeway guard

We know it’s not exactly full of holiday cheer, but here’s a roundup of some recent crime reports around the neighborhood.

Man tells police he was robbed at 18th and Fir

A man told police he was robbed in the 1800 block of E Fir Thursday night by a group of four who came up from behind and attacked. Details of the report have not been confirmed with SPD.

According to dispatch radio, police fanned around the area but did not have a good description of the assailants as the man said he didn’t get a good look at the group before they jumped him. The man complained of injuries to both eyes. Seattle Fire responded to the scene with a medic unit.

We have not heard any reports of suspects associated with the incident being taken into custody. We will update when we learn more.

Alleged Madison Safeway shoplifter pepper sprays security guard.

Capitol Hill Seattle reports that a security guard at the Madison Safeway was pepper sprayed by an apparent shoplifter:

SPD responded to the 23rd and Madison Safeway last Sunday night after a security guard was pepper sprayed by a shoplifting suspect known to police and witnesses as a serial thief who was attempting to flee with a ripped-off box of laundry detergent.

According to a witness, the transgender suspect is a regular at the grocery store that serves southeast Capitol Hill and the Central District. Police were able to track down the suspect at a nearby apartment where they attempted contact but were yelled at and had a door slammed on them by the suspect and the alleged thief’s mother.

According to the report on the late night incident, the security guard was hit in the face with the spray in a scramble that followed his attempt to stop the suspect from leaving the store with the $14.99 box of detergent.

The report says officers decided not to attempt further contact with the suspect and mother that night and forwarded the case to the robbery unit for follow-up.

The security guard went to the hospital “due to the effects of the pepper spray,” according to the SPD report.

Man slashed in face with knife at 14th and Yesler

From SPD:

On December 21st at approximately 10:10 p.m. a 52-year-old male victim was gathering his property behind an abandoned apartment complex in the 100 block of 14th Avenue when two unknown male suspects attacked him.  Preliminary investigation indicates that the assault was unprovoked and no hostile words were exchanged prior to the assault.  During the assault, one of the suspects cut the victim across his face with a sharp object.  The suspects then fled the scene and remain at large.

SFD medics were called to the scene to treat the victim’s non-life-threatening injury. 

The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect #1: black male, 6’4” tall with a scar across his chin, last seen wearing a black sweatshirt with a yellow stripe.

Suspect# 2: black male, 5’8” to 5’10” tall, last seen wearing a red sweat suit.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identities or whereabouts of either of the suspects is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident.

Woman robbed waiting for bus at 27th and Yesler

A woman waiting for a bus at 27th and Yesler around 9:15 p.m. December 13. According to the police report, she was checking her phone to see when the bus would arrive when she was attacked:

Attempted robbery at MLK and Pike

A man was pushed to the ground and threatened by two people who tried to steal his bag around 5:45 p.m. December 16 near MLK and Pike. From the police report:

Tires slashed on Spring

We received reports that car tires were slashed on almost every vehicle parked on Spring between 24th and 25th December 20.

One thought on “Crime Roundup: Shoplifter pepper sprays Safeway guard

  1. …that was a thoroughly depressing post-Christmas read. I see these posts, I read the details, the police reports, and still I can’t believe these thing are happening mere blocks from my home, from your home – from all of us.

    I keep wondering how much of this we are going to take.

    Be safe, and please look out for one another.