Today in Fuzz: Teens smash cars in the Central District; police say motorcycle club involved in drug dealing in Seattle; and a Backpage protest.
1) Seattle police say a group of teens went on a rampage in the Central District late last month, causing thousands of dollars in damage to at least nine cars in the neighborhood.
Around 6:30 pm on October 21st, police received multiple reports that a group of boys were driving around in a white Mercury, swinging a baseball bat at parked cars.
Police say the boys smashed the mirrors off at least nine vehicles, causing about $500 in damage to each car.
Officers located the boys—two of whom are 17—at a gas station at 23rd Ave and E Cherry St. that night and detained them. Police eventually released two of the boys to their parents, and were working to identify a third teen. One of the boys later told his mother he and his friends had done the damage because they “wanted to have ‘some fun’,” police records report.
Prosecutors have not yet filed charges in the case.
2) Members of a South Seattle motorcycle club were caught up in an SPD drug sting last month, according to police records. In October, police began investigating a “prolific narcotics trafficker” nicknamed “Gator,” who allegedly sold two ounces of crack cocaine to police informants. Police began tailing “Gator,” and apparently spotted him meeting with two “patched members” of the Drama Boyz motorcycle club. The “Drama Boyz motorcycle club is involved in the sale of narcotics in the greater Seattle area,” a police search warrant affidavit says.
The group’s website is no longer operational, and their clubhouse does not appear to have a listed phone number, and so PubliCola was unable to contact them for comment.
3) Occupy Backpage.com!
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, a bunch of other people, and Alicia Keyes are planning to protest at the Manhattan offices of Backpage.com’s parent company Village Voice Media later this month.
The group released a statement earlier this week—accompanied by an online petition—announcing the protest, scheduled for November 16th.