East Precinct Captain Helps Catch Cal Anderson Park Assailant

East Precinct Captain Paul McDonagh helped catch an assault suspect during a weekend nightlife patrol on Capitol Hill.

Just before midnight, Captain McDonagh was walking through Cal Anderson Park when he spotted the 17-year-old suspect punching a 34-year-old man.

The suspect knocked the victim to the ground in the attack, and continued to punch him and he lay unconscious on the ground. The suspect looked up and saw Chief McDonagh and a civilian SPD employee racing toward him, and took off running.

Captain McDonagh, accompanied by the fleet-footed SPD civilian employee, chased after the suspect as he ran toward Broadway. There, East Precinct officers spotted the suspect and took him into custody.

Medics treated the victim at the scene and police booked the 17-year-old suspect into King County’s Youth Services Center for investigation of assault.