Man stabbed during dispute over drugs

A man bleeding from his hand said he was involved in a knife fight in Victor Steinbrueck Park. Today, just shortly after 2:00 p.m. officers responded to 1999 Western Ave to investigate a disturbance. Officers arrived on scene with Seattle Fire (SFD) and found the victim sitting in the north end of the park.

Officers saw that the victim had a deep laceration to his right hand.  He told officers that he had been stabbed.  He elaborated further, saying that he had been in a dispute over a marijuana transaction and gave a description of the suspect to officers as a light skin black male, in his 50-60’s, thin build with graying dreadlocks down to his waist.  The interviewing officers immediately recognized the description as matching a man they were familiar with. 

As the victim was being loaded onto an AMR gurney for transport to the hospital, SFD and officers noticed a tear in his jacked about chest level.  They discovered that the victim had a large stab wound to his chest.  SFD personnel immediately called for a paramedic unit and the victim was transported to HMC by SFD Medics.

Once at HMC, the victim was stabilized and taken to the O.R. for internal injuries caused by the stab wound to his chest and another one in his lower back.

Officers were unable to locate a crime scene.  Officers canvassed the park and determined that the incident did not occur there.  There were reports that the incident occurred in the area of 1st Av/Pike St but officers scoured the area and were unable to locate a scene.

About 2-3 hours after the initial stabbing, the 56-year-old suspect was located and arrested by officers.  He was transported to the Homicide office. He was processed and booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Assault.