According to the Seattle Police Department, shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday night they received a call from a man claiming to be the victim of a robbery and pistol whipping in Golden Gardens Park. The man told police he was "lured" to the park by an acquaintance who wanted to talk money - specifically money the victim was owed.
But, according to the man who made the report, the conversation was anything but cordial. And judging by the ensuing post on the SPD Blotter blog, many questions remain.
As SPD' Detective Renee Witt tells it, the reported victim told police that his acquaintance brought two "associates" along for the chat, and before long the four conversationalists were in the "most remote" part of the park. That's when things got dicey.
As Witt writes:
Once there, the acquaintance and two associates produced a revolver style handgun and demanded that the victim "give them everything". The victim was then "pistol whipped" prior to the suspect's fleeing with the victim's necklace and his vehicle.
Sounds like your run-of-the-mill assault and robbery, right?
More from the Blotter blog:
The victim also reported that the suspect holding the gun had an accidental discharge when he pistol whipped him in the face. This reportedly seemed to scare all three suspects and motivated them to flee.
OK, OK ... I know what you're probably thinking. Because I was thinking something similar. But before you dive too deep into the gutter contemplating what the assailant's "accidental discharge" might have looked like, keep in mind there's a high probability we're talking about the gun here.
Still, that's not to say this wasn't a weird one.
Even more from the Blotter blog:
Even though the victim stated that he was pistol whipped and punched in the face, the only injury he sustained was a small scratch and minor bruising. Seattle Fire Department responded to the scene, cleaned his injury and determined that he did not need any further treatment, not even a bandage.
When directly asked, the victim would not rule out the possibility that drugs were involved in this incident.
A later check of the victim's criminal history revealed that he has over 50 prior arrests. All of his most recent arrests were for narcotics violations.
As you can see, the incident raises many questions -- the most glaring being: What the hell actually happened here?
While we may not have an answer to that question, we do know police took a statement from the victim and a signed vehicle report was obtained. According to SPD, as of Sunday the investigation was ongoing.