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Police are looking for public assistance in locating two masked men from a Madison Valley armed robbery at a local shop, which occurred at about 10:30 p.m. last Friday, May 6th.

According to the police report, the masked men entered the Village Market, which is in the 2800 block of East Madison Street, and demanded money from the store clerk. In the security video footage, one of the suspects can be seen hurriedly gathering cash from the floor after overturning the opened cash drawer, while the other holds the clerk at gunpoint and forces him out of the camera shot.

Next, according to SPD, they pistol-whipped the clerk in the mouth and knocked him to the floor. One of the men fired a round into the floor, before the two men fled on foot.

Seattle Police arrived and enacted an extensive search for the suspects, but were unable to find them. Firefighters treated the clerk for his non-life-threatening injuries at the scene.

This remains an open investigation as police continue to hunt for the suspects, who are described as two black men. Both were wearing masks and gloves, so additional distinguishing features were unavailable.

If you have any information about the suspects, please call the SPD’s Robbery Unit: (206) 684-5535.

Breathe easy! Cigarettes will have to stay on the streets this summer. As of July 6th, all public parks in Seattle are completely non-smoking.

“Smoke-free parks further Seattle Parks and Recreation’s mission by creating a safe, welcoming environment for all park users, promoting healthy lifestyles for youth and reducing litter.” – Smoking Ban press release.

The existing Seattle Parks rule banned smoking within 25 feet of another park visitor, and will now extend that rule to any publically accessible park land. The new smoking ban was implemented in May after a unanimous decision by the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners, a proposal fronted by mayor Ed Murray’s administration.

Smoking is still allowed outside of parks in public areas such as sidewalks. The ban will be enforced by park staff who can issue a verbal or written warning, but they will not have the authority to kick smokers out of the park nor give fines. Park visitors who receive a written trespass warning for smoking in a park can dispute the claim by calling (206) 684-4075 or emailing right2dispute@seattle.gov. To report someone smoking, park visitors can call the SPD non-emergency line at (206) 625-5011.

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Nightlife robberies, a stuck semi truck, and unwanted trespasser make up this month’s Madison Park crime recap.

September 2: There has been a string of robberies along Pike/Pine in the Capitol Hill bar area. Police believe two to three groups of suspects have been working together to target nightlife patrons in the area, stealing mainly cell phones and wallets. SPD Robbery Detectives continue to investigate the incidents.

August 28: The eastbound off-ramp on state route 520 towards Montlake closed down after a semi truck hit the barrier. Drivers heading east were re-routed to find alternative routes to the Montlake neighborhood. The semi truck was reportedly driving too fast on the off ramp when it slid up onto the barrier and got stuck. No one was injured and no other vehicles were thought to be involved.

August 16: Two women were walking home when a male approached them from behind and drew a gun. He reportedly said something they couldn’t understand while pointing the weapon. The two women ran away from the man and arrived at their home. Police were unable to find the suspect when they responded to the scene.

August 16: Police responded to a call from a resident who reported that a man had entered her home. She said the suspect broke into her bedroom and made a crude remark. She ran outside to call police, and the intruder apparently left without taking anything. Police were unable to find the suspect after searching the area.

A suspicious letter, boat collision, and pedestrian-vehicle collision are a few incidents in this month’s Madison Park crime recap.

August 15: Two teenagers were transported to Harborview Medical Center after being hit by a car in the Madison Park neighborhood on East McGilvra Street. The teenage girl is in stable condition and the male teen sustained minor injuries. The Seattle Police Department is investigating the incident.

August 13: A woman was robbed at gunpoint by two men at Prentis Frazier Park at night. The woman was reportedly sitting on a park bench when the two suspects approached her and aimed what appeared to be a revolver in her face. The woman surrendered her backpack and phone and was not injured. Police are looking for the suspect.

August 5: Two powerboats collided as they passed each other on Lake Washington but sustained minor damaged. A 50-year old woman was transported to the hospital for minor injuries to her ribs and back. The boats were near the 520 floating bridge. Harbor Patrol officers are investigating the incident, which may be due to choppy water conditions and reflection from the sun.

August 1: A suspicious letter appeared at a bank on 1224 Madison Street. The Hazardous Materials team and Seattle Police arrived at the scene. They found that the letter was not dangerous. No injuries were reported.

July 27: Police responded to a report of shots fired early in the morning between the Madison Park and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. When officers arrived, they found a victim who had been grazed by gunshots who was treated at the scene by medics. Bicycle officers tracked the suspect and took him into custody. Police located and searched a car that was also believed to be involved in the shooting, where a stolen gun was located and two people arrested under investigation of felony with possession of a firearm.