A 33-year-old developmentally delayed man named William has been found safe and unharmed after the car he was in was carjacked in the International District Friday night.
At approximately 6:45 pm, a carjacking occurred at Maynard Avenue South and South King Street. William’s mother had parked the car and got out to pay for parking while William remained in the passenger seat. While she was out of the car, the unknown male suspect got into the driver’s seat and drove off eastbound. 911 was called and officers responded quickly to the scene. Officers conducted an area search for the vehicle, described as a silver, 2012 BMW 328i hardtop convertible, Washington license plate AXL6052. Information about the stolen vehicle and William’s description and photograph were sent out to the public via the SPD Twitter feed.
At approximately 7:45 pm, a Seattle Police officer believed he observed the stolen vehicle travelling southbound on Interstate 5 near Interurban Avenue South. The officer was involved in a roll0ver collision with another vehicle on the freeway. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries sustained, but the officer was transported the hospital for minor injuries and as a precaution. The Washington State Patrol is handling that collision investigation on I-5.
Shortly after 9:00 pm, William was observed in Pioneer Square by an alert individual who recognized him from the SPD tweet. 911 was contacted and officers confirmed that William was unharmed. He was reunited with his family. Detectives are attempting to determine when and how William got out of the vehicle. The BMW is still listed as a stolen vehicle at this time.
This remains an active and on-going investigation.
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In a series of three swearing in ceremonies throughout Seattle, Chief Best and Mayor Durkan reaffirm their commitment to moving the Department forward for a safer Seattle, with equitable police services for everyone.
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Officers revived a man suffering from an overdose after they found him unconscious on the sidewalk on 5th Avenue, encircled by concerned bystanders.
West Precinct bike officers James Kellett, Jason Drummond and Joshua Goodwin were riding through the 1400 block of 5th Avenue shortly after noon on Tuesday when they were flagged down by a group of people, who were standing around the man.
The man’s skin and lips had turned blue, his breathing was shallow, and he was unresponsive.
Officers found a likely injection site on his arm and gave him a dose of nasal naloxone.
About 12 minutes later, the man regained consciousness.
As EMTs loaded the man into an ambulance, he apologized to officers for overdosing and said he had been clean for 50 days, but relapsed earlier that day after some troubling events in his life.
Seattle Police have successfully used Naloxone more than 20 times since they began carrying it in mid-March 2016. This case will become part of the ongoing study conducted by the University of Washington into SPD’s use of Naloxone for a possible department-wide deployment.
As a reminder, Washington law provides immunity from criminal drug possession charges for anyone seeking medical aid for themselves or someone else experiencing an overdose.
Investigators seized more than two kilos of heroin, more than a pound of methamphetamine and large amounts of cocaine in investigations into two groups of drug dealers in the north and west precincts who, detectives say, were making upwards of 200 deals a day.
In the first arrest, last Friday, investigators stopped a dealer in the parking lot of a Ballard auto parts store and found 129 grams of methamphetamine, 227 grams of cocaine, 39 grams of crack cocaine, 74 grams of heroin and 25 MDMA pills in his vehicle. Detectives then searched his apartment in the 600 block of Comstock Street and found 58 additional grams of cocaine, 156 grams of crack, 43 grams of methamphetamine, 49 grams of heroin and $19,000 cash.
The man was booked into the King County Jail.
Several days later, North and West Precinct Anti-Crime Teams arrested four people at a Magnolia Apartment, in the 4000 block of Gilman Avenue West.
At the scene, police found 2 1/4 kilos of heroin, 443 grams of methamphetamine, 61 grams of crack cocaine, two stolen handguns, and $111,000 in cash.
Three suspects arrested at the apartment were booked into jail, and one was taken to Harborview Medical Center after he injured himself jumping from a third-floor balcony in an attempt to flee from police.