Ballard Crime Watch: Pellet gunman stings jogger and Seattle Parks vehicle taken for a ride
Jogger shot in buttocks by pellet-gun
On July 13 Seattle Police Department responded to an assault with a pellet gun at the intersection of Northwest 96th Street and 17th Avenue Northwest. The victim told officers that after leaving his house to go for a run, he ran by a black vehicle and as he did he felt a sharp pain in his buttocks. He turned around and was immediately stunned by another pain in his stomach. He saw the black vehicle quickly drive away and saw a pistol being pulled back into the car window. After getting a look at the license plate, he realized he had two red welts on his body. He reported the license plate to SPD and they were able to track the vehicle address. Later, SPD made contact with the owner of the vehicle who told officers that his 17-year-old son had taken the car and possessed a small pellet gun. Officers searched the area but did not find the suspect.
Hooligans take park vehicle for joy ride
On July 9 at the 8300 block of Golden Gardens Drive northwest, SPD responded to a vehicle theft at the park. Seattle Park officials told SPD that upon arriving early that morning they found the padlock and chain that secured the off-road Seattle vehicle, Kubota, had been cut. Apparently suspects had taken the vehicle for a joy ride. The vehicle was found in the middle of the dog park. The Kubota suffered no damage and “started right up.” SPD searched the area but no suspects were found.