Man Says He Was Stabbed in Library Bathroom; Burglaries on the Rise

1) We’ve heard that police have identified several people of interest in their investigation into the robbery and murder of Danny Vega. We’re told Seattle police may release surveillance photos this afternoon, hours before the  department meets with neighbors in South Seattle about the status of the case.

2) A man told police he was stabbed in a first floor bathoom at the Seattle Public Library Wednesday afternoon.

When medics arrived at the scene at 4th Ave. and Spring St., they found the 39-year-old man with an x-acto knife sticking out of his abdomen, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.

Police did not immediately have further details about the incident.

3) The Seattle Police Department’s Vice/High Risk Victims unit arrested six johns in a sting on Backpage.com just before Thanksgiving.

According to police, detectives set up at a motel in Seattle and posted an ad on Backpage.com. A half-dozen johns called the number in the Backpage ad and showed up to the motel, where police arrested them.

4) A woman in a wheelchair was robbed at knife point by two men on First Hill last week.

The woman called police on November 25 and said she was outside of her apartment on 8th Ave. and Madison St. when two men approached her and put a knife to her neck.

The woman said the men stole two bags hanging from the back of her wheelchair, and took her keys, which they used to open the door to her apartment building.

It’s unclear from a report whether the men stole anything from the woman’s apartment building.

5) We’ve heard from police that home burglaries are up all around the city, just in time for the holiday season.

Burglars are making off with small items that will fit in bags—like cash, electronics, and jewelry, rather than big flatscreen TVs.

SPD hasn’t released any recent statistics on burglaries, but they were starting to climb  as of the last department data release in September, showing an uptick of two percent over last year.

An anecdotal look at SPD’s reports shows 13 burglaries were reported on November 29th, with the South and Southwest Precincts being the hardest hit.