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Police Arrest Hate Crime Suspect

Seattle Police responded to a man throwing rocks at an occupied car in the Wallingford neighborhood late Tuesday afternoon.  

Officers arrived in the 4400 block of Woodland Park Avenue North at approximately 04:00 p.m. and located a man who said a stranger threw multiple cement rocks at his car while the 34-year-old victim was seated inside. The suspect also yelled, “Go back to your country,” as he continued to damage the victim’s car.  

A witness in the area overheard the suspect say, “I’m gonna kill that dude,” referring to the victim in the car.  

Police searched the area and located the 51-year-old suspect nearby. The suspect was arrested for suspicion of hate crime and booked into the King County Jail.  

Officers later determined the suspect had been involved in several other cases earlier in the day that occurred near the waterfront in downtown Seattle. In these cases, the suspect was heard saying racially biased hate comments such as “go back to your country” while holding a knife in his hand, threatening to shoot people, and throwing rocks at bystanders.  

*Update 03/01/2023 at 02:16 p.m. Added additional photo.