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Officers Arrest Man Following West Seattle Assault

Officers arrested a man Monday afternoon in West Seattle following an assault that left a man with serious facial injuries.

Witnesses called 911 just after 4 p.m. to report of a fight in the 4200 block of Southwest Alaska Street.  When officers arrived they found a 54-year-old man who was bleeding heavily from his nose. His left eye was swollen shut. The man said he was assaulted by “the local boys” over a cigarette.

Dispatch later received a phone call that said the suspect was inside an apartment in the 4500 block of 42 Avenue Southwest. Officers went to the apartment and found a 37-year-old man who confirmed he had punched the victim once following a dispute over a cigarette.

Seattle Fire Department Medics treated the victim for his facial injuries and determined he may have also sustained a possible broken rib. A private ambulance took the victim to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment.

Officers booked the suspect into King County Jail for investigation of assault as well as an unrelated warrant for assault.