Traversing the urban landscape, it's not unusual to pass by someone suffering from mental illness. Sadly, it's become so common that many of us don't bat an eye at it anymore. However, for a pedestrian simply trying to walk past the Walgreens on Broadway in Seattle Wednesday night, a 35-year-old man police would later describe as "ranting incoherently" was hard to ignore.
Why? Because, according to police, the suspect slashed the victim in the face with a knife he was swinging wildly.
Shortly after 8:00 pm last night East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a man with a knife assaulting and threatening people near Broadway Avenue and East Pine Street. As the first officer arrived in the area, people on the sidewalk began pointing her toward the south east corner, where the suspect was standing. The suspect was holding a knife in his hand. Additional reports coming into 911 also stated that there was a victim inside the Walgreens who had a cut to his face, courtesy of the suspect.
The officer commanded the suspect to drop his knife repeatedly, but each time he ignored her commands. The suspect, still armed with the knife, advanced on the first officer. The officer repositioned to maintain distance between them until another officer arrived. It appeared that the suspect was ranting incoherently. The suspect eventually threw his knife toward the officer, and a Taser was employed to assist in taking the suspect into custody.
Once the suspect was in custody, officers were able to go to the Walgreens and check with the victims. The man inside the store was bleeding from a cut to his cheek. He told officers that he was walking past the store on Pine Street when he noticed the suspect yelling and waving a knife around. The man stated that he tried to walk past the suspect, but that the suspect reached out and struck him. The victim told the man to stay away from him, and then, without warning, the suspect slashed at the man's face with the knife. The victim immediately ran into the store for assistance as the suspect walked away on Pine. Several other people approached officers and stated that the suspect had attempted to attack them as well.
According to police, the victim was treated at the scene by the Seattle Fire Department for his facial laceration. The suspect was treated for being on the wrong end of a Taser deployment - and later booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.