Thursday, Jan. 28, 10:50 p.m., 22nd Avenue Northwest. Victim was walking along the 5400 block of 22nd Ave. N.W. and flagged down a passing police car. Officer reports he struggled with his speech, but was able to communicate that he had been hit in the head, and showed cuts on his hands. A witness reported that he saw the victim confronting two men who acted in self defense by hitting the victim in the head. Victim then fell to the ground and the suspects left on foot, running northbound. Victim stated he was panhandling when the suspects approached. They grabbed his hat filled with change and then hit him in the head before fleeing. Victim was intoxicated, and was checked over by Seattle Fire Department before being sent to the hospital by ambulance.
Friday, Jan. 29, 6:43 p.m. Airport Way South/South Holgate Street. Officer was dispatched to a report of a man being threatened by another man with a knife. He arrived and interviewed the victim who stated that he had recently arrived here from Florida. He was homeless, but he had permission from the manager of the Puget Sound Credit Union to sleep under the covered drive-through teller area, and said he had been sleeping there for about a week. During that time the suspect has repeatedly emerged from the nearby wooded area known as "The Jungle" to beg for cigarettes. Victim stated he has declined this request numerous times, and the suspect usually walks away. Today the suspect arrived with another male and female. The male was holding a three inch pocket knife. Suspect began demanding, "Where's the money you owe me?" As victim was denying he owed the suspect money the man with the knife kept stepping closer. The second suspect took the opportunity to rifle through victim's belongings. Victim called 911 from his cell phone, but the suspects did not leave until they heard sirens approaching. Victim stated he was not injured, and had not lost any of his property, and he would be able to identify all three suspects if he saw them again.
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1:40 a.m. Downtown Emergency Service Center, Third Avenue. Officer responded to a report of an assault that occurred in the bunk room of the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) on Third Ave. He met with the victim in the lobby of the DESC, where he was being treated by Seattle Fire Department. Victim stated he was in his bunk trying to sleep, and the suspect was in the next bunk making noise. Victim asked him to be quiet, and words were exchanged. Suspect got out of his bunk and confronted the victim, then suddenly swung a closed right fist and struck the victim on the mouth, causing a deep cut requiring stitches. DESC staff were able to provide a photograph of the suspect, however he had already left the building and an area check was negative. Victim positively identified the suspect from the photo. He was then transported to Harborview Medical Center for follow up treatment.