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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

SPD Offering Reward in UW Assault Case

posted by on January 15 at 10:42 AM

The Seattle Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in an assault on a 22-year-old UW student, who was beaten while parking her car last Tuesday morning.

The police have released a description of the suspect:

A white male, 20 to 30 years old. He has short, possibly brown hair and is 58 to 600 tall and average build. He is possibly clean-shaven. He may have been wearing a dark baggy jacket, dark baggy jeans, and a light colored hat or head cover.

Anyone with information can call SPD at 206-684-5550.

I have to say, I’m a little surprised that this is the case SPD is offering a reward for. Police haven’t announced any arrests in the the murders of Shannon Harps, Allen Joplin or DeChe Morrison. I’ve got a call in to SPD to find out what it takes for them to offer up a reward.

UPDATE: SPD says Crime Stoppers makes the call on offering rewards. However, SPD couldn’t tell me how Crime Stoppers picks their cases, as the person in charge is on vacation.

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While you're at it, why not ask them what it takes to get them to clear some cases other than those of Capitol Hill jay-walkings.

Useless fucking token police force. Jay walking tickets, reactionary racism and always there to laughingly take your report when someone breaks into your car. Occassionally available for shutting down a party in the U.

Seriously, clock milking, shiftless layabouts with a badge.

Just give us Private Security Vouchers and disband this worthless piece of shit department.

Posted by Thin Blue Line Is An Overstatement | January 15, 2008 11:00 AM

Ditto @1. Mia Zapata took only, what, 15 years?

Posted by DOUG. | January 15, 2008 11:04 AM

Maybe SPD offered this reward after reading Bellevue Ave's rants yesterday about how we only care about white people.

Posted by Mahtli69 | January 15, 2008 11:04 AM

Q: What does it take for SPD to offer up a reward?

A: The likelihood that the public will make their lives easier and turn in a viable suspect without them having to do any actual police work.

Posted by COMTE | January 15, 2008 11:06 AM

It's not the Seattle Police Department offering the reward. It's CrimeStoppers of Puget Sound which is an independent organization with no active law enforcement officials on its board.

They do however, have a liason with the SPD:

Detective Chris Gough
Seattle Police Department Regional Coordinator

Detective Chris Gough works with Seattle and federal groups and law enforcement agenies. Since he has been assigned to Crime Stoppers full-time by the Seattle Police Department, he handles a wide range of activities.

That's probably who you should ask.

Posted by HL | January 15, 2008 11:07 AM

Why? Because when people are dead they can pretend they never existed.

If the cops don't know who did it within 72 hours, there is a more than 90 percent chance they never will convict anyone - and if they do, half of the people on death row turn out to later be proven innocent by DNA evidence (which is usually suppressed anyway).

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 15, 2008 11:14 AM

That has to be the most generic, catch-all suspect description I've ever read. Seriously, don't they realize that it describes at least half of the adult males in the entire U-District?

Posted by Hernandez | January 15, 2008 11:33 AM

@7: You beat me to it. Yeah, that description is a joke. I hereby nominate every male student at UW. I guess Dan Savage should shut his damn pie-hole 'cause we can rule out all the fat guys.

Posted by Will | January 15, 2008 11:40 AM

That physical description doesn't really narrow anything down. They just described about 50% of the guys on frat row.

Maybe the reason a reward is offered here and not with the other cases is because the other cases are directed, premeditated attacks towards certain individuals or isolated, random incidents... whereas this attack is a random act of violence in an area that has seen multiple random acts of criminal violence. This is the 3rd violent attack on that block in recent memory.

Posted by Gomez | January 15, 2008 12:06 PM

Where is Bellevue Ave with his claim that the media (and the white public) only care about white girls getting attacked? Hmm?


Posted by Greg | January 15, 2008 12:11 PM

I actually ran into three people who met the description - in Fremont.

The cops really need to grok that we don't all have fros like Charles ... and most of us fit the lame description.

(my guess is Bellevue Ave is still stuck in his car)

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 15, 2008 12:24 PM

Perhaps they felt, for whatever reason, that the guilty party in this particular instance is likely to have acquaintances that would turn him in.

Posted by tsm | January 15, 2008 12:25 PM

(and @8 - you're one of about 10 Wills on here - make up an acronym like Will on Broadway ...)

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 15, 2008 12:26 PM

@12 - Exactly.

Posted by kid icarus | January 15, 2008 12:34 PM

My thoughts exactly.. I doubt the description is of interest. They're wondering if his roomies might notice a bloody hammer, or something. Although given the apparent obliviousness of people in the vicinity during the attack, I don't have much hope.

Posted by poltroon | January 15, 2008 12:38 PM

The victim said that many cars passed by her as she was screaming for help*.
Maybe the police thought money would encourage those witnesses to grow a conscience.
That might explain why they released such a vague description.

*see Seattle Times article

Posted by the bloop | January 15, 2008 1:21 PM

Gomez, it's called GREEK ROW.

Do you call it frat row for the pejorative effect? Because you're jealous? Because they're attractive?

Posted by stunner | January 15, 2008 2:03 PM

If it's pejorative I wanna pat you on the back Gomez.

Posted by Fuck Your Frat, Cracker | January 15, 2008 4:47 PM

Careful you don't lose your hand in his rolls, 18

Posted by stunner | January 15, 2008 5:27 PM

Funny how this coincides with the "State of the State" address this week. I mean the attention to this rather than the murder that happened on 15th. There was a lot of press about it because the governor was announcing the allocation of the budget surplus and any incident that involved the UW is mentioned often.

Hey, I have an idea: Since Crimestoppers is going to pick and choose a reward for an assault rather than a murder, why doesn't the Stranger offer a reward?


Posted by diana | January 15, 2008 11:23 PM

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