Five suspects were arrested for viciously attacking a man on Capitol Hill. On 5/29/13, just shortly before 10:00 p.m., a witness flagged down an officer to report that he saw 6 or 7 men assaulting an unknown black male. The witness went on to say that while the group was assaulting the man they were yelling racial and sexual orientation epithets at the victim. The witness saw the group beating the man with their fist and kicking him. They were also striking the victim with their skateboards.
The witness also saw the group harassing passers by and yelling racial and sexual orientation epithets. The witness pointed to a group of males that were sitting on the sidewalk in the 900 block of E. Pike St. He identified the group as the suspects who he saw beating the unknown black male. The officers contacted the group.
While officers were interviewing the suspects, a man (later identified as the victim) walked up to the scene, bleeding from a laceration to the mouth. He pointed to the group and told the officers that the suspects had assaulted him and called him names associated with his ethnic background and sexual orientation.
Officers placed all of the suspects under arrest. One of the suspects broke away from the group and ran off. One officer gave chase and caught the suspect a few blocks way in the 1500 block of Broadway.
Search incident to arrest officers located a 6 inch fixed blade knife concealed in one of the suspect’s waistband. They also found a 4 inch fixed blade knife and a glass pipe consistent with Methamphetamine use on one of the other suspects.
The victim stated that he did not know the suspects or why they attacked him.
The 20-year-old victim was bleeding heavily from a lacerated lip. He was transported to HMC for further treatment of his injuries.
Five suspects were booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Malicious Harassment.
Additional charges of Obstructing a Public Officer and Unlawful Use of Weapon was requested on two of the suspects.