Sunday, November 27, 2011

Knife-wielding, iPhone robber seen fleeing to 'Occupy Seattle camp'; Seattle bank vandalized in the name of 'Occupy Oakland'

From KOMO News:
Seattle Police are investigating an armed robbery on Broadway Ave early [Sunday] morning.

Police say around 4:20 a.m. one of their officers was flagged down by a man near 1700Broadway who said he’d been robbed of his iPhone at knifepoint.

The man reportedly told police he knew the other man with the knife and after robbing him that man fled into the Occupy Seattle camp at Seattle Central Community College...

Last week Seattle Central Community College's board of trustees voted unanimously for an emergency camping ban on campus. The ban effectively means the Occupy Seattle campers will need to vacate the campus where they pitched their tents after leaving Westlake Park several weeks ago.

SCCC said they would work with the Occupy Seattle campers as they look for another site and would not ask them to leave the campus property immediately.

Some students, SCCC employees and neighbors have complained that the Occupy Seattle camp has become a health and safety concern. Some parents who's children attend a daycare at SCCC have raised concerns about reported drug use and criminal activity at the camp.
In a related development:
A Seattle U.S. Bank branch was vandalized early Saturday morning, causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage.

Seattle police reported Saturday that vandals broke out nearly all the windows and the ATM screen of the North Seattle bank branch located on Northeast 63rd Street.

"Revenge for Occupy Oakland" was spray painted on the building's southwest wall.

On October 25, hundreds of police raided the Occupy Oakland encampment, arresting dozens. In mid-November, police evicted protesters from Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza...

Since the protests began in mid-September, over 4,000 have been arrested nationwide for a variety of crimes including rape, assault, vandalism and arson.

According to a PDF file at OWS Exposed, Occupy Wall Street has caused over $10 million in property damage.

Nevertheless, Democratic lawmakers [and President Obama] continue to support the Communist Party-backed movement.

No doubt, Occupy Wall Street protesters will say the vandals were just exercising their First Amendment right of free speech.
Related News item - From November 2, 2011: Oakland Occupy smashes windows, throws rocks, attacks Whole Foods, defaces property

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