A 22-year-old man was arrested this morning for assault. This morning just shortly before 9:00 a.m., a 911 call came in that a male was in a fight with someone at Victor Steinbrueck Park. It was then reported that the suspect had stabbed the person he was fighting with. Officers quickly responded but were unable to find the suspect.
Seattle Fire medics said that the stab wounds were non-life threatening. From witness accounts the suspect was walking up to people in the park with one hand behind his back and asking people to shake his hand. When people shook his hand, he would say “Thanks for the respect”. Apparently the victim refused to shake the suspect’s hand. This in turn led to the confrontation preceding the assault and stabbing of the victim.
Later a witness called 911 to report that he saw the suspect in Westlake park. The suspect was contacted. The suspect had a freshly washed knife on his person that was exactly as described by the witnesses. The suspect was agitated and hostile towards Officers and blurted out “I want a Lawyer” on the ICV. The suspect’s knife and clothing was taken into evidence.
The 22-year-old suspect was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Assault.