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At 11am on Monday, May 16th, I heard a call requesting SPD assistance to the parking garage at 506 3rd Avenue. Dozens of such requests for help go out on a daily basis, but this one struck me as particularly amusing because of the reason I have in my notes:

“Attorney accuses Sheriff of trying to trip him in the 2nd floor parking garage of 506 Third Avenue”

I laughed about it, then quickly forgot that it had taken place.  After all, what kind of blog post is “Sheriff Allegedly Trips Attorney in Parking Garage”?

This week, however, my interest in the call was renewed when the following story broke:

An attorney is accused of keying and leaving notes on cars that were not parked properly at a downtown Seattle parking garage.

Ronald Clarke Mattson, 63, is charged with malicious mischief after security officials at Columbia Center allegedly caught him keying a car during a sting operation.

According to a probable cause document, the first incident happened March 9 when Susan Wassell, who is also an attorney, parked her car with the wheels over the lines designating her parking spot. When she returned, she found a note stating “Take some parking lessons you idiot!” She later discovered her car had been keyed. Wassell says she does not know Mattson.

“One line all the way down, deep down to the metal,” says Wassell. It cost her more than $1300 to repair her car. “He definitely didn’t like the way I parked my vehicle.”

I looked into the particulars of both incidents and can say with relative certainty that this was not the attorney that called the SPD last month, but Seattle is clearly experiencing issues with lawyers in Downtown parking garages.

While on the topic of interesting police calls, I will relay one more from 6:20pm yesterday.

According to a caller, an Asian man in a Land Rover and a Caucasian male in a Lexus stopped in front of a Downtown Seattle dumpster.  They got out of their respective vehicles, put on rubber gloves, and began digging through the trash.  The caller requested an SPD response because the two men looked “out of place”.  By the time the police responded, the men had already driven off.  The caller did relay a license plate number to police.

It is not known if either men were eventually arrested for looking out of place.


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