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Man Arrested After Assaulting Three People With Baseball Bat

Officers arrested a 38-year-old man Wednesday in downtown Seattle after he attacked three people with a baseball bat.

Around 10 AM, the suspect approached a 39-year-old man at Westlake Park and asked for a cigarette. When the man declined, the suspect brandished his bat and struck the victim in the arm.

The suspect then walked down the street to 5th Avenue and Pine Street and attacked a man and a woman, both 65. The suspect fled, dropping his weapon as he walked off.

SPD bike officers were able to locate suspect and arrest him within seven minutes of the first 911 call about the incident.

The 65-year-old couple were transported to Harborview by private ambulance. The third victim declined medical attention at the scene.

Officers booked the suspect–who has had numerous previous contacts with police and appears to have mental health issues–into the King County Jail for assault.