We’re not sure any of the proposals before the City Council to curb aggressive panhandling were designed for a situation like this. A man who says he was attacked in the Dick’s Drive-In parking lot by a panhandler who had asked him for $5 ended up with a 3-inch laceration on his abdomen but was able to drive away, according to a Seattle Police Department report.
According to the report, the man pulled into Dick’s parking lot late last Sunday afternoon and walked down the street to use a nearby ATM. On his way back to his car, the man said another man approached him and started asking him for a handout and trying to block his path. The man said, “I don’t got nothing for you,” he told police.
As the man pushed by and opened his car door, he said he heard what sounded like the click of a folding knife opening. “I’ll take all your money then,” the man told police he heard the panhandler say. According to the report, the man told police the suspect then attacked him and tried to stab him 5-6 times with the knife but was not able to penetrate the man’s jacket. The man said he then kicked the suspect who stumbled and slashed at the man’s abdomen causing the wound. The man said the suspect then fled on foot down the alley behind Dick’s. He was so upset after the attack, the man told police, he drove home before calling 911.
The man described the suspect as “a transient-looking W/M/early 20’s, possibly named XXXX with a prominent nose. He was wearing a dark baseball hat, large black coat with lots of pockets, dark blue jeans and possibly orange on his shoes. Additionally, the suspect was carrying a black backpack described as being full.” According to the report, a search of the area did not turn up anybody fitting the description.
The responding officer reported that the victim had a 3-inch wound described as a “transferred injury” caused by a hard object like a knife blade striking a person but not penetrating fabric.