Luckily, the Madison Park and Madison Valley neighborhoods saw relatively little crime throughout the latter half of April and into mid-May. In fact, all of the below happened near our neighborhoods, and not in them! Keep reading for a short summary of Madison Valley and Madison Park crime nearby:
- Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested: Two armed robberies took place around 10 p.m. on April 19th. In the first incident, a woman was robbed while walking when two black men stole her purse at gunpoint. She was uninjured. Just minutes later, SPD received another 9-1-1 call came through about two suspicious persons matching the suspects’ descriptions, but when officers responded to the scene they were not found. While they investigated, a second robbery took place when two black men approached a woman and took her wallet and cell phone. She was also uninjured, and noted that one of the men was riding a bicycle. Since the robberies occurred in a northbound direction, SPD thought ahead and began searching near the University District. Two men matching the suspects’ descriptions were stopped, found to be carrying BB guns, and the victims’ stolen property was found and recovered. The two (one 18 years old, the other 16) were arrested and are under investigation.
- Mother Stabbed by Son in Central District: At about 4:30 a.m. on April 23rd, a woman answered her apartment door to be met by her 34-year-old son and his knife. He stabbed her repeatedly in the face before she fell to the floor. As her boyfriend came into the room, the suspect left. SPD responded with an extensive search – including a K-9 team, but could not locate the suspect. He was found the next day at about 3:45 p.m. when someone reported a suspicious person sleeping on a bench at Peppis Park. He was taken into custody without incident.
- SPD Rolls Out Crime Forecasting: The neighborhoods adjoining East Madison should see even less criminal activity, now that SPD has rolled out their new crime forecasting program. Beginning Sunday, May 19th, officers at all five Seattle precincts received maps of their areas, showing red boxes around areas where criminal activity is more likely or anticipated. The maps are created from a software program called PredPol, which analyzes crime patterns derived from 911 calls. Click here to get more info about the program.
Stay safe, Madison Park and Madison Valley!
Featured photo from SPDBlotter.Seattle.gov – an example of the crime reporting maps.
Again, the Madison Park neighborhood saw very little in terms of crime last month, but residents and business owners should stay alert about security – particularly as summer approaches and the annual barrage of visitors to the area arrives.
The Madison Park Blogger reported several burglaries and one or two harassment situations handled by police last month. For a more widespread summary of Madison Park crime and criminal activity in Seattle as a whole, check out the SPD Quarterly Report.
There were two more major items in SPD news that Madison Park and Madison Valley residents should be aware of:
- SPD Chief Diaz Retires: Seattle Police Department Chief John Diaz announced his retirement on Monday, April 8th. He became chief of the department in 2009, and has been at the helm of a number of important investigations and improvements, including an eleven percent drop in major crimes in Seattle, making police information and data more accessible online, and cracking down on sexual exploitation of children by online means. When the retirement is finalized in May, Diaz will be replaced by Assistant Chief Jim Pugel as Interim Chief.
- Repair Scam Stopped: A father-and-son scam team was arrested on April 9th for suspicion of targeting elderly people with a car dent repair scam. The pair has been reported up and down the I-5 corridor from Seattle to Portland. According to victim accounts, the men would approach an intended victim as they were near their car in a store parking lot. Then they would indicate something on the victim’s car that needed repair, apply primer paint or wax, and then tell them the two would buff it off later (giving a fictitious location). Victims report being intimidated to pay for the ‘repair’ and lost between $400-700. SPD tracked the men down through the rental car they were using, and subsequently arrested them on April 9th. An investigation into the full extent of their crimes continues.
Stay safe, Madison Park and Madison Valley!
Featured photo from the SPDblotter.Seattle.gov
Not much happened in the way of crime in Madison Park or Madison Valley over the last month, which is great news. However, there were some robberies and other criminal activities nearby and around our neighborhoods. The following are incidents within the vicinity, which may affect or be helped by participation from the Madison Park community.
- Redheaded Robber At-Large: Although this happened in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, it seemed fitting to mention on our blog, since this bank robber is still at large. On February 27 at just after 6 p.m., a white male between 30-40 years of age and about 6’2” tall, with orange skin, long red hair, and tear drop tattoos under both eyes robbed the Chase Bank in the 300 block of Broadway Ave. E. He had a handgun, and remains at large after fleeing the scene. Any information or knowledge as to this man’s identity or whereabouts is requested by the SPD – please call 911 or contact the Seattle Police.
- Attempted Car-Side Armed Robbery: Just after midnight on February 28th, a man sitting in his car near the intersection of 11th Avenue and East Harrison Street was nearly the victim of an armed robbery. The suspect knocked on the driver’s side window as the man was sitting in his car just after parking, and pointed a silver handgun at the driver. He demanded money and insisted that the intended victim roll down his window. When the victim pretended he didn’t understand the suspect’s demands, the suspect proceeded to attempt to smash the driver’s window with the butt of the handgun. When he was unsuccessful, the suspect yelled at the victim and walked away. The victim then drove to the East Precinct station to report to police. The suspect remains at large, and is described as being a black male in his late thirties, about 6’3” tall, with slight facial hair and a round face. He was wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt and baggy clothes at the time of the incident, and was armed with a semi-automatic handgun in silver. If you have any information, please contact police.
- Ongoing Investigation into University Bridge Collision: Two cars, a Volkswagen Passat and Toyota MR2 collided at about 6:45 p.m. on March 12th as they were crossing in opposite directions on the University Bridge. The accident occurred when the Toyota, which was traveling northbound, crossed the centerline and hit the Passat, which was traveling southbound. Both drivers were transported to Harborview for injuries, and investigation continues to discover whether the accident was related to drug use. The University Bridge was closed for several hours after the accident.
- Cop-Impersonator With Porn Arrested: As of February 26th, SPD was still looking for 46-year-old Ryan James Purdy (aka Tracy Byers), who on multiple occasions since December robbed victims in various Seattle parks by flashing a fake police badge. This happened several times at nearby Volunteer Park. Purdy has since been arrested, when he mentioned to a fellow bus passenger while in Auburn that police were looking for him for impersonating a cop. The passenger called police as soon as he got off the bus. They arrived and arrested Purdy.
As always, please email us if you see or are a victim of Madison Park crime – after you have sufficiently reported the incident to the police – so that we can increase awareness and keep Madison Park and Madison Valley safe.
Featured photo by Joshua Trujillo for the SeattlePI.com.
The Madison Park neighborhood is pretty consistently low on crime, with more activity south in Madison Valley. January and early February were no exception. Read on for our monthly summary of the Madison Park crime and criminal activity in Madison Valley as well:
- Hit-And-Run With a Whole Lot Going On: It was probably the most talked-about crime in the past few months at least. We’re talking about, of course, the hit-and-run incident involving a Broadmoor woman and the three parked cars she hit between 42nd and E. Madison Street early in the morning on January 20th. The incident culminated with her arrest after her story didn’t check out. Read more about it over on the Madison Park Blogger site.
- A Nasty Mugging: A bit southeast of Madison Valley, there was a pretty violent mugging incident early in the morning of February 10th. While walking home at about 2:30 a.m., the victim was hit in the back of the head by a blunt object which knocked him to the ground. He found two perpetrators standing above him, with a shotgun in his face. After hitting the victim in the face with the gun and stealing his wallet and cell phone, the suspects left the scene. The SPD is looking for tips on these suspects. If you hear about or know anything, you’re requested to call 911.
- Tips on Taggers, Please: In the morning of February 10th, SPD responded to a property damage incident where perpetrators tagged the Mt. Calvary Church, Mediterranean Express, and a home a few blocks east of E. Madison Street. Graffiti was found on all three buildings. The three tagging incidents are suspected to be the responsibility of the same suspect(s), and are believed to have occurred during the night or early that morning. If you have any information about this crime or the suspect(s), please call 911.
Stay safe, Madison Park and Madison Valley!
Featured photo from the Madison Park Blogger website.