Seattle residents got neighborly last night at the 30th annual Night Out Against Crime. This event is a national event promoted in the city by Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention. Night Out is designed to raise crime prevention awareness, rally neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite Seattle communities.

There were many participating neighborhoods in the Madison Valley and surrounding area. Check out how neighbors throughout the city celebrated their communities during yesterday’s Night Out!

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Night Out Seattle

  1. Come outside & meet your neighbors at one of hundreds of Night Out block parties throughout Seattle tonight! 
  2. It’s night out in Seattle again. Go out and talk to your neighbors!
  3. getting ready for Seattle Night Out tonight! This is a great time to get to know your Beach Drive neighbors. No… 
  4. More than 1400 registered National Night Out against crime events happening today all over Seattle.
    More than 1400 registered National Night Out against crime events happening today all over Seattle.
  5. Went way out of my way to find the sound of the pipes after work tonight!  Have a safe Night Out, Seattle!
    Went way out of my way to find the sound of the pipes after work tonight! Have a safe Night Out, Seattle!
  6. 2night is Seattle’s Night Out Against Crime! Join us @ Bitter Lake, Rainier and South Park community cent h7VV4


A fatal boat collision, naked intruder and door-to-door conman make up this month’s Madison Park crime recap.

July 16th – A motorboat and sailboat collided on Lake Washington, killing one woman. Two other boaters involved sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. The man driving the motorboat has been booked into King County Jail under investigation of homicide by motor craft. The investigation is ongoing, and alcohol is thought to be involved in the incident.

July 16th – Police arrived to the International House of Pancakes on 14th Avenue and E. Pike Street after being notified of a gunman. The suspect fired three shots at a victim with whom he was arguing with in the parking lot. Witnesses saw the gunman toss the pistol in his car and speed away as the victim frantically ran into IHOP. Police officers caught the vehicle and arrested the driver, who was booked into King County Jail.

July 8th – A naked man broke into a home at 2:00 a.m. where the family was inside sleeping. The woman resident called police and protected her children as her husband armed himself with a baseball bat. The intruder was loudly reciting scripture. When police arrived, the suspect ran off along Lake Washington Blvd. and was soon caught in a foot chase. The suspect admitted to taking drugs and was treated at Harborview Medical Center before being booked into King County Jail.

June 9th – The Seattle Tennis Club and residents of the Madison Park neighborhood have warned of a scammer going door-to-door asking for money. The man has been reportedly knocking on doors claiming to be locked out of his car and is asking for funds to pay the locksmith. Multiple reports of this con artist have been brought to the attention of residents through Seattle blogs and reader reports.

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In addition to an uptick in burglaries this month, Madison Valley and Madison Park crime activity included several more violent crimes. Read on for summaries of the criminal activity in our neighborhoods this last month…

  • Graffiti Crime Wave Hits Madison Park: Several buildings were tagged with graffiti paint sometime during the early morning of April 10th. Police do not think the graffiti was gang-related, since none of the taggings referenced specific gangs or gang symbols, as they typically do.
  • Kegs Stolen from The Attic: The Attic Alehouse & Eatery was robbed of four empty kegs on April 22nd, by a male suspect who was seen driving off with them in the back of his large truck.
  • SPD Searches for Suspects in Central District Murder: At approximately 6:45 p.m. on April 24th, police received reports of shots fired and a victim down in the Central District. Other witnesses called in to report a car speeding off and an additional man running away from the scene in opposite directions. Police arrived at the crime scene in the 500 block of 28th Avenue South to find a male victim lying in the street. He had multiple gunshot wounds and was unresponsive despite officers’ immediate attempts at CPR. When medics arrived shortly thereafter, they pronounced the victim deceased. SPD was unable to acquire more information about the suspects, and continue to investigate. If you have any information, please call the Homicide Tip Line: 206-233-5000.
  • Homicide Detectives Search for Details on 2nd CD Shooting: In a second tragic event, SPD received 9-1-1 calls about shots fired near 28th Avenue and S. Charles Street on April 26th at about 11 p.m. They arrived on scene to find a man lying in the street with gunshot wounds. SPD officers administered CPR until SFD medics arrived and transported the victim to Harborview, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Like the incident on April 24th, SPD has very little information on suspects in this incident, and welcome any information.
  • Leschi Man Stabbed by Girlfriend: SPD responded to a call about an assault involving a deadly weapon on May 14th at 6:30 a.m. in the 100 block of 29th Avenue in Leschi. When they arrived on the scene, officers could not locate the female suspect. The victim told SPD that his girlfriend had stabbed him in the head with a knife before fleeing in her 2000 Ford Taurus 4-door. He refused to cooperate further with the investigation. SFD treated the victim for his two 3-inch lacerations to the head. The suspect is a 53-year-old woman.
  • Burglaries, Car Prowls, and Break-Ins: The Madison Park Blogger reported on several burglaries and break-ins that occurred over the last month – click here for those summaries.

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Most of the neighborhood heard about the Madison Park bank robbery and subsequent fatal shooting of the suspect that occurred last week.

In summary – if you haven’t heard about it – a man dressed as a woman robbed the Wells Fargo bank near East Madison Street and McGilvra Blvd. in Madison Park on Thursday, April 3rd at about 9:15 a.m. He fled on foot with a rolling suitcase, before he was seen getting into a silver sedan. Approximately 10 minutes later, SPD received word that a silver Hyundai had crashed and flipped in the Denny-Blaine neighborhood, and the driver was seen leaving the scene with a suitcase. After a couple of hours spent tracking down the suspect, they found him in the 100 block of 39th Avenue East. He pulled a knife on the detective attempting to apprehend him, and refused to put it down. The detective fired his gun on the suspect when the man charged him (officers are required to use deadly force when an individual is an imminent threat to police or citizens), killing him on the scene. Click here for the full KING 5 report from the day of the incident.

We later learned that the suspect was Cody Spafford, a sous chef at the Walrus and the Carpenter.

Since the incident, more details have come out. After the car accident and the following couple of hours when police could not find Spafford, an officer spotted him running between two buildings close to the intersection of 39th Avenue E. and E. John Street at about 11:40 a.m.; a little more than two hours after the bank robbery.

A detective made contact with the Spafford, who was on top of a garage, holding a large knife. The detective repeatedly ordered him to drop the knife, as a lieutenant called officers with stun guns to their location. Before the officers could arrive, Spafford ran toward the detective with knife in hand. The detective fired multiple rounds from a rifle, after Spafford was within 15 feet. Spafford was hit and medics attempted CPR, but he died on scene.

According to an SPD news release, “Although officers armed with less-lethal tools were responding to the incident at the time of the shooting, police are trained to use deadly force when facing a threat from a deadly weapon, like a gun or knife.”

SPD recovered the rolling suitcase nearby in a garage, still filled with cash. They also recovered an Airsoft gun that realistically resembled a handgun (possibly the one used in the robbery) from Spafford’s crashed car, which is still being processed. The detective who fired on Spafford is Jim Rodgers, a 15-year veteran of the SPD. He is now on paid administrative leave as the Department investigates the incident.

Police did not identify Cody Spafford as the deceased suspect, but his boss at the Walrus and the Carpenter did. He said that Spafford seemed to be doing well, was about to take a job in New York, and had not shown any signs of money problems or mental illness. This incident comes as a complete shock to the restaurant and Cody’s friends, who spoke with The Stranger about their perspective.

“Looking back at things, there were a lot of signs that none of us knew how to read,” The Walrus and The Carpenter’s Chef de Cuisine, Eli Dahlin, told The Stranger’s Ansel Herz. “He stopped wearing short-sleeved shirts. He started disappearing into the bathroom more than seemed normal. He started coming in late more often, which was strange for him. The quality of his work diminished. We thought, ‘He’s moving in a few weeks. He’s over it.’ It was one of those things like ‘Why make a fuss about it?'” Monica Mason, Spafford’s housemate and friend, found drug paraphernalia in his room, and believes he had been using heroin.

The Walrus and The Carpenter was closed for three days (Friday through Sunday) for employees to mourn Cody’s death, and through April 13th all proceeds from the restaurant will be donated to Recovery Café, which helps people recovering from addiction or trauma.

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