Suspected Pioneer Square Attacker Told Police He’s Schizophrenic

According to police reports provided to Seattle Weekly by the King County Prosecutor’s Office, the 44-year-old man arrested Friday night for the horrific, unprovoked fatal stabbing in Pioneer Square told detectives that he’s schizophrenic and that “the victim was a member of a group that was trying to kill him.” According to the documents the statements came after the suspect’s Miranda rights had been read.

The police report also classifies the suspected attacker as a “total stranger” to the two victims, who were heading to the light rail station after Friday’s Sounders game when the fatal assault occurred.

The police report lists the suspect’s last known address as 77 S. Washington Street in Seattle - which is the address of the Compass Housing Alliance, an agency that provides shelter services, transitional housing and permanent low-income housing for qualifying recipients. Compass Housing also offers mail services for the homeless. As of this post it’s unclear what services the suspected attacker received from Compass. A spokesperson for Compass tells Seattle Weekly the agency can’t comment on what services a person receives.

As has been reported, Beacon Hill’s Troy Wolff, the chair of the English department at Shoreline Community College, died from multiple stab wounds suffered during the attack, while his partner, Kristin Ito, was also stabbed repeatedly. As of this morning, according to the Seattle PI, Ito’s condition had been updated to stable at Harborview Medical Center.

According to the King County Prosecutor’s Office the suspected attacker will make his first court appearance today at 2:30 pm, with a charging decision expected by the middle of the week.

 
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