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Stepped-up patrols on Capitol Hill that were ordered to address a recent spike in crime are already yielding dividends, the Seattle Police Department says.

On Saturday night, cops arrested a juvenile for reportedly threatening to kill a security guard and, in a separate incident, nabbed a man for indecent liberties after seeing him grab a woman from behind and begin to rub himself against her, SPD wrote on its news blog.

Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, who met Friday with Capitol Hill business owners, residents and activists, had promised to bolster SPD’s presence in the neighborhood over the weekend.

East Precinct Captain Pierre Davis assigned officers to walk patrols and put additional officers on bikes on Capitol Hill, according to the department’s blog post.

The officers were asked to focus on the nightlife-centric intersection of Broadway and East Pike Street and on the area surrounding Cal Anderson Park.

SPD’s Criminal Investigations and Special Operations bureaus are lending gang-unit and traffic-unit officers to work as reinforcements on Capitol Hill, the post said.

There were also two arrests in the neighborhood Friday night.

SPD brass plan to check back with community members after two weeks to discuss the increased policing.

Department commanders will use bi-weekly CompStat policing data to determine whether the extra patrols are successful, the blog post said.

Matt Barnes, a bartender at Purr Cocktail Lounge on 11th Avenue near East Pike Street, said he noticed a difference when he left work at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

“I saw a lot more patrolling,” said Barnes, 24. “I felt safer.”

The security staff at The Lobby Bar on East Pike Street appreciated seeing officers on foot rather than in patrol cars, said Anthony Greer, 27, a bartender there.

“People respond more to cops walking the street,” Greer said.

The juvenile arrested Saturday night in the 1000 block of East Pine Street had been arrested in the past for violent crimes, according to SPD, which didn’t identify the suspect.

He was booked into the Youth Service Center.

It was the same part of Capitol Hill later Saturday night where anti-crime team officers walking a foot beat saw the adult suspect grab the woman from behind.

The woman kicked back at the suspect, who refused to stop, and the officers intervened.

They searched the man and found what they believed to be four stolen cellphones and a stolen credit card linked to a separate criminal investigation, SPD said. The man was booked into King County Jail.

O’Toole heard Friday from people complaining about beatings and muggings, as well as threats and slurs directed at gays and lesbians.

Earlier last week, police said two or three groups of people were responsible for 22 robberies since about Aug. 9 near Broadway and East Pike Street and around Cal Anderson Park.

There were 84 aggravated assaults and 89 robberies on Capitol Hill between January and August, increases over the 77 aggravated assaults and 81 robberies reported there during the same period last year, according to SPD.

Daniel Beekman: or 206-464-2164