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Man Arrested for Assault, Hate Crime Offenses

Seattle Police arrested a man at a Ballard restaurant Sunday evening after he assaulted several co-workers and a food delivery driver apparently because of their race.

Around 7:30 p.m., police were called to a disturbance in the 5300 block of 15th Avenue NW. When they arrived, officers were immediately contacted by employees and directed to a man walking away from the scene who they identified as the suspect.

Once the suspect was detained, employees told police the man, who worked with them at the restaurant, tried to assault the food delivery driver through the drive-thru window because he did not speak English. When the employees tried to intervene, the suspect turned and assaulted them with his hands while shouting obscenities about their race. The suspect also threw chairs from the dining room which struck two employees, then assaulted two other co-workers before he left.

Seattle Fire was called to the scene to evaluate the victims for injuries.

Police booked the 56-year-old man into the King County Jail for investigation of felony assault and hate crime offenses.