Tues., Nov. 25, 2:57 p.m., 900 block Main St.
Officers were dispatched to Department of Transportation (DOT) property known as "The Jungle" at 10th Ave on reports of transients in and out of the bushes in suspected narcotics activity. Upon arrival officer located a shelter constructed out of bed sheets and branches. He approached the site and saw subject, a transient Black male aged 50, attempting to hide behind a tree, and recognized him from a previous contact. As the subject came out from behind the tree the officer saw someone inside the shelter, and contacted another subject, a transient white female aged 35. She was re-arranging her clothes, and came out of the tent and stated she had only been there for an hour. A third subject had been contacted walking by, and stated he had not been staying at the campsite, but had seen the sheets and came to investigate. Officers ran the names of all three subjects, and all came back clear, however the first two subjects were on active Department of Corrections (DOC) supervision. Officers contacted the DOC unit who requested that they place the first suspect under arrest. He was trespassed from the area, and was taken into custody without incident. The other suspects were trespassed from the area and released.
Mon., Dec. 1, Lakeview Boulevard E.
An officer was dispatched to a report of a deceased person located in the woods behind Lakeview Blvd. He contacted the witness/complainant who stated he is a transient and has been friends with the victim, a transient white male aged 37 for about 12 years. He stated he knew the victim was using illegal drugs, but had no idea about his medical history. Witness stated he met with the victim at around 12 p.m. on Broadway Ave. Victim stated he was not feeling good, and witness attempted to get him to go to Harborview, but he refused. Witness stated that he was told by another transient that victim took some cotton from an unknown male, and that the cotton had some kind of drug on it. Witness saw the victim at around 3 p.m. in his tent, and victim said he was having stomach cramps. He did not want to go to the hospital, and witness left for the day. At around 8 a.m. the next day he returned to visit the victim in his tent and found his friend had no pulse. He flagged down a construction worker to call 911. Seattle Fire responded to the scene and found the victim dead on arrival. Officers saw no visible signs of foul play. The Medical Examiner's Office took control of the scene, and transported the victim there.
Wed., Dec. 3, 9:08 p.m., University Way NE.
Victim, a transient white male aged 20, stated to officers that he had just left the ROOTS shelter and was walking northbound on University Way. The suspect started yelling at him for no reason, and followed him down the street. Victim stated he responded by putting his hands up in a non-threatening manner, telling suspect he did not want to fight him. Suspect responded by punching victim in the head several times before fleeing northbound. An area check was negative. Victim was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire Department.