This list of crimes was compiled from censored police reports and written by Lydia Sprague.

Random assault

At 2 a.m. on Oct. 27, police responded to an assault that happened in the 3400 block of 21st Avenue West. When officers arrived, they were flagged down at Gilman Avenue West and West Ruffner Street by a woman who said a stranger assaulted her husband. 

The woman said she and her husband had been walking home from a party when a group of people approached them. One of the men came up to the woman and said, “This is your fault.” He then turned to her husband and punched him in the face several times, while his friends watched. Then the group went into a nearby building. 

The victim sustained a cut on his chin, a bloody lip and a black eye. Seattle Fire responded to treat the victim’s injuries, and eventually, he was taken by ambulance to a hospital. 

Police checked the neighborhood for the suspects but didn’t find them. 

Garage visitor

A woman on 14th Avenue West called 911 to report her detached garage was broken into between 10 a.m. Oct. 26 and 1 p.m. Oct. 27. 

She said she heard her dog barking at midnight. She looked outside but didn’t see anyone at the time. 

Later that day, she found the chain link that was on the inside of the garage door cut.

Two motorcycles inside the garage were tampered with but were still there. Nothing else in the garage was damaged or rummaged through. 

The homeowner was able to re-secure the door with the chain link again. 

The responding police officer gave the victim advice on better securing her garage for the future.

Register recovered

On Oct. 22 at 10:50 a.m., police responded to a burglary call at a business in the 500 block of First Avenue West. The owners checked the building, but no suspects were found inside.

Police spoke with one of the owners, who said her camera equipment had been stolen during the burglary. She was not sure which equipment was missing at this time but was going to take an inventory. Nothing else was missing from the business.

While police were still investigating, another officer responded to a report of a suspicious item in the 1500 block of Eighth Avenue West. Somebody had found a cash register belonging to the business; it still had receipts inside. The cash register was returned and was in good working order.

The business was entered through a window on the side of the building. The window was shattered with bricks that were apparently taken from a construction site near by.

No fingerprints were located, and nothing of evidence was located. The business does have an alarm, but it was not armed that night. 


A man called 911 on Oct. 25 to report that, sometime between 10 a.m. Oct. 23 and noon Oct. 25, a burglar broke into his home in the 2500 block of 28th Avenue West via a basement window and stole several items.

The basement door was locked, so the burglars never accessed the upstairs portion of the home. The resident, who was in the process of moving out, had some property locked in the basement. When he went to move some of those items, he discovered that someone had entered through a window.

The victim also pointed out a cigarette butt on the floor of his basement, near a bedroom door. He said he does not smoke, and he believes that the burglar dropped it. Police took it, along with a plastic container that was moved by the burglar for evidence. 


The owner of a business in the 2200 block of Queen Anne Avenue North called 911 on Oct. 25 to report that she thought someone had tried to break into the business. 

The business owner said she locked up the business at 7 p.m. Oct. 23. When she returned at 10 a.m. Oct. 24, she saw a shoeprint on the back door. Also, the locking mechanism was not working properly, and there were some marks on the knob as if someone had tried to force it open. 

No entry was made, but the business owner will likely replace the door and the locks. 

Car-prowl bonus

Residents of a house on Willard Avenue West left their vehicle parked on the street while they were on vacation from Oct. 20 to 26. The vehicle was broken into, and the garage door opener, the owner’s manual and registration were taken. The car was not damaged.

The burglar used the garage door opener to enter the garage. Once inside, the burglar removed and took the garage security-camera system. The tool chest and cabinet were rummaged through, but nothing was taken from inside. An earthquake kit was taken from a shelf inside the garage.

Another vehicle, which was parked and unlocked in the garage, was also rummaged through. A phone charger and garage-door remote were removed from this vehicle. The car was not damaged, and no prints were located.

There were no signs that the burglar attempted to enter the house. 

Occupied break-in

On Oct. 26 at 4:45 p.m., a man was in his home office in the 2100 block of Fourth Avenue West when he heard what he thought was the sound of someone opening the unlocked door to the backyard. 

When he exited his office, he saw a man starting to enter his home through the back door. The stranger had the door partially open, and he was continuing to open the door. This door has a large window on it, so the man saw the homeowner rather quickly. 

The burglar fled into the front yard and ran out into the street. The homeowner didn’t know what direction the man ran.

Police note that there were many lights on in the home, and it was quite apparent that someone was home when the suspect tried to enter.