Homeless man assaulted in Ballard

On September 26th, North Precinct officers were dispatched to the Safeway store in Ballard on an assault call.  Upon arriving they learned eight juveniles had assaulted a homeless person.  The victim used a shopping cart as a shield between himself and the suspects but some of them were able to get around the cart striking him in his face with punches.  The victim made his way to the front of the store where the suspects threw plastic shopping baskets at him. When the suspects saw that store employees were witnessing the last part of this assault the suspects fled.  The victim believes he was assaulted because he is homeless, the suspects used phrases such as ” #%&! you, you homeless bastard”.  Officers responding to the area were unable to locate the suspects.