This list of crimes was compiled from censored police reports and written by Lydia Sprague.

By the hammer

The cashier at a store in the 300 block of Denny Way called 911 on May 5 after he confronted a shoplifter, who then pulled out a hammer and threatened to kill the cashier.

The cashier reported that the suspect entered the store around 10:30 a.m. and began browsing the aisles. The cashier noticed the suspect stuffing merchandise into his coat and pants. When the suspect exited the store without paying for the merchandise, the cashier confronted him in the parking lot.

The cashier told the shoplifter that he needed to pay for the items that he had taken from store. The suspect pulled a hammer out of an inside coat pocket and held it up in the air. The suspect then yelled, “I’ll kill you!” The cashier went back inside the store and called 911.

The cashier said the suspect is a regular at the store; he will call 911 if he sees him again. 


Police responded to a neighbor dispute at an apartment building in the 3200 block of 14th Avenue West at 8:10 on May 13. One of the involved neighbors had called 911 to report that his neighbor had threatened him.

The caller told dispatch he had a gun and a Concealed-Carry Weapons Permit; police dispatch advised him to put the gun away before contacting officers.

Police spoke with the caller in the parking lot. He said he was listening to music in his apartment when he heard someone pounding on his wall from next door. He said he turned down the music and walked over to his neighbor’s front door and asked him to address him directly rather than banging on the wall.

He said after he started walking back to his apartment, the neighbor stepped out into the hallway and began making threatening gestures. The man said he feared for his safety, and he felt he could not get back into his apartment without being cornered in the hallway. So he drew his handgun from his pocket holster, activated the laser sight and pointed it at his neighbor before reentering his own apartment. He said he couldn’t remember anything else after drawing the pistol because of adrenaline.

When police talked to the neighbor, they got a slightly different story. He said that after he banged on the wall, the music-blaster came over and pounded on his front door. When he opened the door, the man told him, “If you have a problem with me, come confront me directly.” He said he said OK and closed the door.

The neighbor pounded on his door again, and when he opened the door, he saw him walking back toward his apartment. He said he stepped out of his apartment and asked, “What’s your problem?”

The first man ran back toward the stairwell and was reaching his right hand into his pocket. He ducked into the stairwell behind a wall and came back out with something in his hands and was walking toward the neighbor.

The second man didn’t know what his neighbor was holding, but he saw a red laser coming from it and feared it could be a Taser or a handgun. He said he put his hands above his head, turned away from his neighbor and said, “Don’t do it.” He then slowly walked back into his apartment.

The gun-wielding neighbor was arrested. Police took and kept his handgun, pocket holster, concealed-weapon card and magazine with 6 bullets into evidence.

He was booked into King County Jail and charged with unlawful use of a weapon to intimidate another.

Out of town

Police responded to an apartment building in the 3000 block of 14th Avenue West at 4:50 p.m. on May 4 after receiving a 911 call from the owner that one of his units had been broken into.

The owner said she’d received a call from the tenant of the burglarized apartment, stating another tenant had called her after noticing her front door had been kicked in. The tenant noticed the open door at 3:30 that day.

The tenant of the burglarized apartment was out of town. Her parents went to the apartment and spoke with responding police.

The apartment’s front door had been kicked in and was damaged. The tenant’s mother gave police a list of stolen items and said her daughter would be back the following day.

She said her main concern was that her daughter’s car keys had been stolen, but the car was still in the parking lot. She’d tried to have the car towed, but the tow company was unable to tow it because it was locked. Police suggested blocking it with another car until it could be re-keyed. 


Employees at a restaurant in the 700 block of Taylor Avenue North called 911 at 12:30 p.m. on May 5 after a woman ran into the kitchen through the open back door and grabbed an employee’s purse. The woman ran back out the back door.

Employees tried to chase her down but couldn’t catch her. Responding police searched the neighborhood for the woman but couldn’t find her.

The owner of the purse told police she was planning to go to the bank that day and had $2,000 cash in the purse. She also said the purse itself was worth about $1,000. The victim said she doesn’t think anyone knew where the purse was or that it contained so much cash.