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Seattle Police Respond to Man Building Housing in Woods with Stolen Excavator

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Only in Seattle

This is one of those “Only in Seattle” stories. Saturday night, volunteers with homeless outreach group We Heart Seattle (@weheartseattle) called 911 after spotting a guy driving a stolen excavator down a hill in Jose Rizal Park. Cops showed up and arrested the guy. He was building a massive structure in the deep woods. More insanity in Councilmember Tammy Morales’ (@CMTammyMorales, @TammyMoralesSEA) District 2. Neighbors say she remains MIA and is not returning constituent calls for these types of complaints. I found dozens of other encampments hidden in this wooded area. Neighbors are concerned more homeless people are feeling emboldened to set up nearby. I’m working on a FULL RECAP coming up.

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We Heart Seattle also found a stolen forklift in the East Duwamish Greenbelt near a homeless encampment. It was eventually returned to the owner.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.