Employees of a store in the 1000 block of East Pike Street called 911 at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, to report a suspect had just attempted to assault them with an umbrella.
The employees told police they know the suspect, as he frequently comes into the store and harasses employees and customers. When he entered the store this day, two employees approached him and told him he needed to leave. This enraged the suspect, and he yelled derogatory comments to the employees and began swinging the umbrella at them. When one of the employees narrowly avoided being hit with the umbrella, the suspect turned around and spit in her face.
While officers were en route to the store, another 911 call came in reporting the same suspect was walking down the street and hitting things with his umbrella.
Responding officers could not locate the suspect.
Random park assault
Police responded at 10:36 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, to a 911 call from Lake Washington Boulevard East and Arboretum Drive East reporting an assault in progress.
The 911 dispatcher heard a man’s voice yelling something about a hammer and a woman screaming.
Officers responded to the north end of the Arboretum, but were later informed that the incident took place at the south end of the park. As they made their way to the south end, officers came upon some witnesses who stated they saw a man hit another man in the back of the head with a pipe.
Police found two victims in the bathroom cleaning their injuries. Both had red watery eyes. The male victim had a 1 1/2 inch laceration on the top of his head. He had a towel on his head and his hair was wet. The victims said they’d been sitting in the park when an unknown suspect approached and mistook the man for somebody else. He pepper sprayed the victims and then hit the male victim over the head with a blunt instrument. The victim audio-recorded part of the incident with his phone.
The victims were transported to a hospital by ambulance. Police set up a canine containment, trying to locate the suspect in the wooded area, but didn’t find him.
A man called 911 at 8:31 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, to report a man pointed a gun at him in the 700 block of East Pine Street. He said the suspect had walked off down the hill.
He described the suspect as having a mustache, and carrying a large pizza box. He’d pointed a silver revolver at the victim.
Police searched the neighborhood for the suspect but didn’t find him. The victim said he and his girlfriend had been walking on East Pine Street when the suspect walked past them and said something in Spanish to the girlfriend. The male victim turned and asked the suspect, “What did you say?” The suspect stopped, but said nothing.
When the victim again asked him what he’d said, the suspect pulled a gun out of his waistband and pointed it directly at the victim. After a moment, the suspect walked away westbound on Pine Street.
Police responded at 3:29 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, to an assault at a gas station in the 1500 block of Broadway Avenue East.
A group of victims had been pepper sprayed in the gas station parking lot. They told police they were standing in the parking lot talking when the victim approached and asked them for a cigarette. They told him they didn’t have any, and he began walking away.
Suddenly the suspect turned around and started approaching them again. From about four feet away, the suspect sprayed the whole group with pepper spray.
While the victims were still talking to police, the suspect walked by complaining about having pepper spray in his eye. The victims pointed the suspect out to police. The suspect was arrested, and he cooperated with police.
He asked what level of assault pepper spraying somebody qualified as, and then said he’d done it because he knew the group was talking trash about him.
Later, when the suspect was patted down, officers found a bag of meth and three individual baggies of marijuana on the suspect.
He was booked into King County Jail on one charge of assault and two charges of narcotic possession.
A woman living in the 900 block of East Aloha Street called 911 at 10:36 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, to report her bike was stolen from her building’s lobby sometime between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
She said she left her bike unlocked in the lobby of the secured-entry building. It was a red Fuji Traverse mountain bike valued at around $450.