This list of crimes was compiled from censored police reports and written by Lydia Sprague.
Several people called 911 at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 after witnessing a man assault a disabled man on the street after almost hitting him in a crosswalk.
The incident began while the disabled man was walking with his service dog westbound on West Dravus Street at 20th Avenue West. According to the victim and all the witnesses, the light was green for the victim to cross the street. The suspect’s vehicle was making a left turn, southbound onto 20th Avenue West. The suspect took the left turn while the victim was in the crosswalk, almost striking him and his dog. The victim yelled at the driver and slapped the driver’s side door.
The victim continued across the street and started walking southbound on 20th Avenue. The suspect stopped on the east side of the street, and the driver exited his car.
A witness who had been driving behind the suspect’s car saw the suspect approach the victim and punch him several times, causing him to fall to the pavement. The witness stopped and got out of his car, and by the time he got there, the suspect had left and was driving southbound on 20th Avenue to Thorndyke Avenue West.
A second bystander said he witnessed the suspect punching the victim, taking him to the ground and slamming the back of his head into the pavement.
According to both witnesses, the suspect was the primary aggressor.
Responding officers conducted an area search but did not find the car. They were able to track the address the vehicle is registered to; however, the car was not at that address.
The victim had a 3-inch laceration on the back of his head and possible concussion. He was treated by Seattle Fire at the scene and transported to the hospital for treatment.
Employees at a drugstore in the 600 block of First Avenue North called 911 at 1:12 a.m. on Dec. 23 to report a shoplifter who was struggling with staff. Several police officers arrived and arrested the shoplifter for strong-armed robbery.
The drugstore staff told police the suspect entered the store at 1 a.m. and approached the cashier, asking where the fungal cream was.
An employee watched the man and observed him take several items and conceal them inside his zipped jacket. The employee approached the man and told him to remove the items from his jacket, telling him to grab a basket if he needed one. The man said he didn’t have any items and began to walk toward the front of the store.
The employee told the shoplifter he’d seen him concealing merchandise in his jacket. The shoplifter took one box of fungal cream out from inside his jacket and handed it to the employee, stating it was the only thing he had taken.
The employee and shoplifter continued arguing, as the shoplifter had multiple items visibly concealed under his jacket. A struggle ensued, involving several employees, and the shoplifter continued to fight as items were falling out of his jacket onto the floor.
When police arrived, the shoplifter was still fighting with store employees, so they took over and handcuffed him. They removed all of the fungal cream boxes from the shoplifter’s jacket.
The shoplifter gave police his name, but he later admitted that he’d lied about his name because he was scared and upset. He said his mother was dying, and he was trying to steal the items because his mother needed them. He said he did not have a job and couldn’t pay for the items, and with Christmas coming, he did not have any money.
He also claimed that he didn’t struggle with store staff, and he would have given the items back had they given him a chance to.
The shoplifter was transported to the West Precinct and later booked into King County Jail for charges of theft, assault and false reporting. He also had two warrants out of Seattle and King County.
On Dec. 22 at 5:45 p.m., police responded to a burglary report at a home in the 2400 block of Ninth Avenue West. The homeowner said, sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., the padlock on his detached garage was cut and two bikes were taken from inside.
Police responded to a similar case in the 200 block of 14th Avenue West, a few hours later. The burglar, again, cut the padlock on the victim’s detached garage and stole a street bike that was inside.
On Dec. 23, police were dispatched to a business on 24th Avenue West to investigate a burglary that occurred over the weekend.
The victim said that the last employee left on Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. and that when he showed up the day of the report, at 7 a.m., he saw that the padlock on the back door was open.
When the victim went inside the building, which is under construction, he discovered that door to the room holding most of the construction crew’s tools had the window broken out. Several large tools were taken, leading the victim to believe the burglar had a vehicle to haul the large items away in.
The victim told police that this is the second consecutive weekend that the business had been broken into.