Zombie/Pioneer Square/Sun May 27/1:56 pm: Officer Griesheimer reports: "I was in full SPD uniform, in a fully marked patrol car assigned as 3K1. I was sitting in my patrol car facing east at Yesler Way and First Avenue. I observed suspect [white, male, 40] crossing the street in front of my patrol car. I noticed he was walking as if he were intoxicated; he was staggering and could not place one foot in front of the other without almost falling over. As he tried to step up to the curb, he fell backward, landing on the ground on his backside. I went to help him up and immediately noticed he had a syringe in his right hand. I told him several times to drop the syringe on the ground. As I helped him up, I felt the pistol grip of a gun on his left hip area. I reached under the shirt and pulled out the gun. It turned out to be a .357 revolver... The suspect was arrested and booked."

The only reason I selected this report is because the incident took place not far from the tower that rises from King Street Station. This tower is a replica of the campanile in Piazza San Marco in Venice. Another replica of this tower can be found in Denver: the D&F Tower.

Dead Time/Pioneer Square/Sat May 26/5 pm: Officer Bernal reports: "At approximately 5:00 p.m., victim was about to board a bus when the suspect [Asian, male] came up behind her and ripped the necklace from her neck and then ran away. I provided her with a case number."

The reason I selected this particular report is because the officer mentions the approximate time, 5:00 p.m., of an incident that took place just under the dead clocks at the top of the tower that rises from King Street Station. Will these clocks, four in all, ever tell the time again? Maybe if they were working, the victim in this report might have seen the exact time (5:06 p.m.?) that the crime against her happened.

Terminal Station/Pioneer Square/Fri May 25/11 pm: Officer Barrm reports: "An unknown person stole complainant's purse while her back was turned. She was getting her luggage after she arrived in Seattle on Amtrak. She will be going back to Wisconsin on Tuesday, so will need to come in on Monday to pick up a copy of this report."

Of all the places to have something stolen from you, none can be uglier than the inside of this century-old train station. Its exterior still looks fine—the bricks seem healthy enough and its four dead clocks glow pleasantly at night—but the inside of the station is a complete mess. A poorly funded project to remove the imposed modernist fixtures and restore the station's ornate glory has entirely stopped. The rusty wires that suspend the false ceiling from the real one are exposed. And the false ceiling is as dirty as the floor, and the old ceiling needs fresh paint, and the chairs are uninviting—all of it is so hard on the eyes. Having something stolen in King Street Station is doubly depressing: Your personal items are gone, and the place in which the theft happened is ugly. recommended