Drunks getting kicked out of bars are nothing new. It happens every day. But, as Seattle police tell it, a man who'd been drinking and in and out of the Scarlet Tree in North Seattle last night got into an "angry exchange" with the DJ a little after 1 a.m., was soon escorted out by the bar's doorman, and ended up producing a knife that he swung around so wildly it left a nine- or 10-inch laceration on the stomach of an innocent victim.
That, of course, is not something you see every day.
According to the Seattle Police Department's Mark Jamieson, North Precinct officers responded to the Scarlet Tree (in the 800 Block of NE 65th Street) around 1:15 a.m., but the suspect in the slashing had already fled. Witnesses apparently told police they think the suspect took off with his friends in a silver SUV.
According to witnesses, the suspect had been inside the establishment for some time but kept coming and going throughout the evening.
At about 1:10 am, the suspect entered the bar through the back door and had an angry exchange with the DJ.
After that confrontation, the suspect attempted to order another drink at the bar. The staff refused him service because he was showing signs of intoxication.
The doorman then attempted to escort the man out of the premises. As they were attempting this, the suspect began pushing other customers and throwing punches. The fight continued toward the back door, where the suspect opened the door and yelled for several of his friends to come in and help him.
As the doorman tried to keep the suspect's friends from entering, the suspect produced a knife and began swinging it around. A 28 year old man was sliced across his stomach, resulting in a nine or ten inch laceration. It does not appear that the victim had anything to do with the disturbance.
Police say the victim of the suspect's wild knife swinging was transported to Harborview with non-life-threatening injuries.