Busy weekend for police at the northern Ravenna/Roosevelt boundary (Update of Saturday incidents)

UPDATE (Tuesday, September 20): The word on those three incidents on Saturday, September 17, from North Precinct Officer Thomas (via email; emphasis mine):

The first two incidents you mention are the same looking at the event #. In this incident a male was almost home when he was approached by three subjects. One pointed what looked like a gun at the victim and asked him “what he had.” The others told him to put the “heater” away. They were not located. The other incident was a [domestic violence] assault with an arrest. Incident #2011-307248.


It’s been a busy couple of days for police officers in the area just north of the NE 65th St and 15th Ave NE intersection.

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Here are three FOUR police-related incidents we’re currently working on.


Ravenna and Roosevelt residents in the area of 15th Avenue NE between NE 65th St and NE 75th St may have woken up a bit on the early side on Friday morning, September 16.

Two residents reported hearing two loud bangs/explosions just after 5 AM that morning. Several others remarked about a hovering helicopter in the area. Metro bus routes 72 and 73 (northbound only) were rerouted around the area during this time, “due to an incident.”

Local resident Sue went so far as to call the Seattle Police Department (at, we assume, their public information number) and was told (per her email to us), “[T]he helicopters might be related to a Bellevue police search for someone on an arrest warrant.”


ADDED Saturday, 10:24 PM: The editor over at Roosiehood emailed over the following from area resident Kelly (written on Roosiehood’s Facebook page):

I called the police Friday AM and they told me the explosions were some sort of compression bombs that were launched by the Bellevue police to flush someone they had a search warrant for out of one of the Sisley properties. Seattle police were aware of the situation. It really frightened me!

Reminder: At this time, I do not have confirmation of an address or block that the Bellevue Police were targeting that morning.


We were able to confirm through SPD Officer Brian Thomas (the Community Police Team member for the area) that the Bellevue Police had been in the area, but he had no further information on the activity.

Our call to the Bellevue Police Department Public Information Officer on Friday has gone unanswered, thus far.

If/When we learn more information about this activity, we will update this post.


[Recent update for this section is at the top of this post.]

There have been two three events in the area so far today:

  1. This morning at 1:12 AM, an armed robbery took place on the 6800 block of 16th Ave NE.
  2. This morning at 4 AM, an armed burglary (with a gun) was reported in the 1500 block of 68th Avenue NE.
  3. At approximately 10 AM, Ravenna resident Sarah reported (via text) “Cops all over 65 n 15th now!” and, when asked about which kind of police (Seattle or Bellevue), she said, “Spd they were arresting[.]”

We will get in touch with Officer Thomas tomorrow (Sunday) and see if he can provide any more information on these two three incidents. Updates will be posted below.

Now, let’s all have a quiet Sunday, shall we?

Early morning crash into Ravenna business sends police on a manhunt through the neighborhood (UPDATE)

UPDATE (5:32PM): Katie on twitter (@9livesimages) alerted me to this posting about last night’s police activity on the Seattle Police Department Blotter:

Reckless driving, hit and run, stolen gun in Lake City

On March 7th, at approximately 2:30 AM, a North Precinct officer was on routine patrol when she observed a white 2000 Cadillac driving at a high rate of speed westbound on NE 75th Street.  The officer broadcast the information about the vehicle, and approximately one minute later officers located that vehicle crashed into the side of a house in the 6500 Block of 16th Avenue NE.  Officers quickly contained the area and a K-9 responded to the scene.  The K-9 was able to track and locate three of the five suspects from the vehicle.  They were taken into custody.  A fourth suspect was located walking away from the scene on NE 65th and was also taken into custody.  A fifth suspect is still at large. Officers recovered a stolen handgun inside the vehicle.  One of the suspects, a 23 year old male, was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of VUFA and Hit and Run.  The other two suspects, both 21 year old females, were interviewed and released from the precinct.  The fourth suspect, a 19 year old female, was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained during the K-9 track.


Lucille Mroczek had finally gotten to sleep…when a car hit her building.

KIRO 7's story on last night's Ravenna car crash and ensuing manhunt (image links to the story on kirotv.com - CLICK TO READ)

Early Monday morning, around 3AM, a white Cadillac struck the side of Silhouette Antiques & Gifts (1516 NE 65th Street) before coming to a stop in the parking strip. Five people in the car then ran from the scene into the surrounding neighborhood. At least two people are in custody at this time, according to the KIRO 7 article above.

The car managed to take out the stop sign at the corner completely, and left a dent in a wooden wall at the base of the building. A down spout was also destroyed, but has since been replaced.

Silhouette's Lucille Mroczek (in red) talks with neighbors about last night's crash and police activity.

MyNorthwest.com has a similar story about the crash and manhunt, but incorrectly identifies the neighborhood as “Lake City” and gives an address of “5600 block of 16th Avenue.”

Ravenna Blog will be watching for the official police report and will update this post with any new information.


Neighbors in the area: Did you hear any of the ruckus this morning? Tell us about it in the comments.

Female suspect now in custody after armed standoff in Roosevelt

House on the 900 block of NE 65th St which police currently have surrounded. Picture by Balanced Mama via twitter.

7:07 pm: The Seattle Police Department’s Blotter blog has been updated with a post about the “SWAT call out in North Seattle,” which includes the following good news:

“No shots were fired throughout the incident and nobody was injured.

“The suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Domestic Violence Threats.”

5:00 pm: Balanced Mama witnesses and KIRO 7 confirms that the female suspect is now in custody.

4:36 pm: Traffic update – NE 65th Street is closed from 9th Ave NE east, though to Roosevelt Way. Not sure of eastern closure point at this time. Roosevelt Way itself backed up. Avoid the area.

4:28 pm: Balanced Mama reports that the man who left the home earlier in the standoff is back and talking via bull horn to the female suspect inside.

3:40 pm: Amy at My Green Lake has a good picture of the house that the police have surrounded.

3:24 pm: Metro says “Blockage at NE 65 St and 9 Av NE in Ravenna [should read “Roosevelt”] is rerouting Metro Rts 48, 64, 73 & 76″ (via twitter)

3:20 pm: Amy of My Green Lake is on the scene and is updating a post on her site.

Roosiehood is also following the action and is posting updates here.

2:51 pm: A second Another SWAT team vehicle has arrived on scene.

2:12 pm: Balanced Mama reports hearing the police telling the woman barricaded in the house, “”We will listen to the letters. We will listen to the whole story. But we can’t do that if you don’t come out. We are not going to leave.”

School bus attempting to bypass policed-blocked NE 65th Street

1:50 pm: Balanced Mama takes a picture from her window of a school bus trying to get around a police car which has blocked off eastbound NE 65th Street.

1:45 pm: Seattle Crime reports that police have shut down NE 65th St between 9th Ave NE and Roosevelt Way. Negotiators and a SWAT team have been called in to deal with an apparent standoff situation.

A post on the Seattle Police Department’s Blotter blog is quoted, saying, in part:

“The suspect, reportedly an ex-girlfriend of the male victim, was tearing up the victim’s residence.  At some point the suspect threatened to kill the victim.  After the arrival of responding officers, the male victim came outside and is believed to be uninjured.

“The female suspect remains inside the residence and is believed to have access to firearms.  The residence is surrounded and officers are negotiating with the suspect in an attempt to gain her peaceful surrender.”

About 1:20 pm: I am driving eastbound on NE 65th Street when I notice a SPD car, lights on, blocking the turn from Roosevelt Way NE to westbound NE 65th St on the 900 block of NE 65th St.


Police have a residence on the 900 block of NE 65th Street surrounded after a domestic disturbance call came in at approximately 12:51 pm.

At this time, an armed female suspect is still in the residence. Police are attempting negotiations.

For more information on this activity, check the following links:

NE 65th Street across Roosevelt is CLOSED to traffic at this time. More roads in the area are sure to be affected.