Seattle businesses forced to close in ‘a criminal and humanitarian emergency,’

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Seattle is in the midst of “a criminal and humanitarian emergency,” a bakery owner who indefinitely closed her business over safety concerns told Fox News.

Olga Sagan said she shuttered one of her three Piroshky Piroshky locations in February after a surge in shootings and drug use outside her Pike Place store created a dangerous environment for her employees. The Russian-born baker has been offering hand-crafted traditional Russian pastries in the Seattle area since 1992.

“We have a criminal and humanitarian emergency in the city,” Sagan told Fox News.

Violent crime has plagued the downtown Seattle area for months. The Seattle Police Department’s 2021 year-end crime report showed a 20% rise in violent crime, reaching the highest levels in 14 years. Aggravated assaults rose 24%, and robberies rose 18%.


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