Felony Assault Suspect Arrested Following Standoff with Police Last Night in International District

An assault suspect was arrested last night after he reportedly beat another man with a wooden or metal pole, sending the victim to the hospital with broken bones.  The suspect, reportedly armed with a handgun, fled to a nearby group of tents where he barricaded himself and refused to follow police commands.

At approximately 7:30 Sunday evening, police responded to a report of an assault involving several people in the 1400 block of South Lane Street.  Officers arrived and located an adult victim who had been assaulted with a pole or a baseball bat, causing serious injuries.  Seattle Fire transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

According to witnesses, the suspect fled to a nearby group of tents in the 800 block of 12th Avenue South where he refused to comply with the officer’s verbal commands.  Witnesses told police that the suspect was armed with a handgun and a metal pipe.  Negotiators and SWAT also responded to assist with the call.

Officers continued to attempt to speak with the suspect and applied for a search warrant from a judge.  While waiting for the search warrant, the suspect came out of the tent and was taken into custody by SWAT officers. No handgun was located, and the 33-year-old suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for felony assault.  A detective will handle the follow up investigation.