Rash of violent crime sweeps through Queen Anne Hill

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Queen anneSEATTLE — For a long time, it has been considered one of Seattle’s safest neighborhoods.

But recent violent crime around Kerry Park in Queen Anne Hill have put local residents on alert.

At least three people have been robbed and beaten near Highland Park Drive and 2nd Avenue West in recent months. One victim, Terry Joh, was with his girlfriend in the park on Oct. 26. when a group of young men asked to borrow his cell phone.

“Immediately he pocketed it, put it in his pocket,” Joh said. “I tried getting it back and we got into a scuffle. Me and one of his friends started brawling and next thing I know it was like five on one and I got my head bashed in.”

The wound was so bad, it took 18 staples to close it up, Joh said.

According to the Queen Anne View blog,  two similar incidents have been reported by police. There have also been murmurings of  several unconfirmed muggings on Facebook.

Pete Daderko, a resident living near the park, said the recent uptick in violence comes as a surprise.

“It’s kind of shocking actually,” Daderko said. “It seems like such a quaint, nice neighborhood. It’s probably the last neighborhood I would expect something like that.”

Myrle Carner, the Executive Director of Crime Stoppers Puget Sounds, said many people get lulled into a false sense of security and let their guards down around their homes. He said it’s important to stay vigilant and aware of surroundings, even when you think you live somewhere safe.

“You just have to be careful where you walk,” Carner said. “Plan your steps, know what you’re doing, be assertive. Be aware of what’s going on in the street and if you can avoid it don’t go out alone at night.”

An accurate description of the attackers was not immediately available.

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  • jeefray

    Seattle is a big city and criminals frequently migrate from spot to spot. It isn't that remarkable that some lowlifes decided Queen Anne was ripe for the picking. It's hard to be rude but chances are that if someone asks for something unreasonable, you are going to get ripped off. Decline all requests and keep moving.

  • Citizen98107

    Yeah, every neighborhood has the same problem and I don' t care what the SPD stats say, it's getting worse. Sodo, Belltown, So Lake Union, U District and the Rainier Valley…every week it's getting more violent.

  • anonymous 2

    FACT – if you don’t report it to the police it cannot be investigated. Reported to the Queen Anne Blog is not the same as reporting to the police.