We’re waiting to hear back from SPD for an update of what group was behind a series of assaults on the Hill Saturday night that left at least one person battered and bruised and put cops on the hunt for the roving gang into early Sunday morning.
UPDATE 9:50 AM:
According to spokesperson Mark Jamieson, SPD does believe the incidents are related and involve the same group of suspects believed to be as many as six to eight black males in their late teens. Note: We are calling the group of men a ‘gang’ but Jamieson could not confirm SPD is investigating this with its gang unit.
Jamieson confirmed the details of the three incidents reported here and the details from one of the victim’s friends — though Jamieson didn’t have the umbrella info in his reports. More details from SPD added to the post below.
Jamieson said anybody who encountered the group or with additional information should contact SPD at (206) 625-5011.
According to police radio reports broadcast the night of the assaults, the suspects were described as five black males wearing hoodies and dark clothing. UPDATE: SPD says that as many as eight suspects may have been involved and that they were all wearing dark raincoats.
In the most brutal attack we’ve received information about, a man was jumped by a group of
four to five six to eight men near 15th Ave and Madison around midnight. According to a friend of the victim, the group began following the man after he left a building not far from the attack. As he noticed the group following him, he headed toward CC Attle’s and moved to the middle of the street. The men attacked and tackled the man to the pavement as they kicked and punched. The force of the blow busted the man’s umbrella which we’re told he then wielded to scare off his attackers and thwarted the robbery.
UPDATE: The man was treated for a two-inch laceration on his forehead.
In that attack, a woman was hit in the head with an unknown object. UPDATE: SPD says the woman was jumped as she got out of her car and was about to go inside her home. One of the men ran at her shouting “Here I come” and struck her in the head with a broomstick. She was taken to the hospital and treated for a 1-inch cut on her head.
There was also a report of an incident that caused damage to a car at 21st and Jefferson possibly involving the same group. UPDATE: SPD confirms that this was likely the work of the same group. A woman reported that a group of males busted out the windshield and back window of a car with a heavy rock or brick.