Police and medics responded to Cal Anderson Park Sunday night in an apparent stabbing near Nagle Place.
Seattle Fire responded to the basketball courts in the park for a report of a person stabbed in the abdomen just after 9:45 PM. Fire says it has transported a male in his 20s in serious condition to Harborview.
Police had at least one person in custody following the stabbing. Units have released containment around the park, according to SPD radio reports. UPDATE: Police have arrested a suspect in the incident which is believed to have stemmed from an altercation between the two men over the suspect’s dog. The full SPD report on the arrest is below.
The reported stabbing comes amid heightened concern about crime on Capitol Hill following a daylight knifepoint robbery last week. Spring has also brought what has become an annual jump in assaults and incidents around the busy park.
Officers apprehended a male suspect responsible for stabbing another man during an altercation in Cal Anderson Park this evening.
At approximately 9:50 p.m. officers responded to 911 calls of a stabbing in Cal Anderson Park located in the 1600 block of 11th Avenue. Upon arrival officers located the victim, a male in his 20′s, who had been stabbed and slashed in the stomach area. Fire department medics were called to the scene and transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the altercation started over the suspect’s unleashed dog that was acting aggressively toward the victim. The dog charged at the victim at least twice. The victim defended himself against the second charge by striking the dog with his foot. A physical altercation then ensued between the suspect and victim. At some point in the altercation the suspect produced a knife and stabbed and slashed the victim on the front of his torso. The suspect then fled the scene on foot.
The victim and witnesses provided officers with a suspect description. Officers searched the park on foot and located the suspect, a male in his 20′s, walking northbound through the park. Officers took the suspect into custody without further incident.
Officers recovered two knives, one of which they believe the suspect used in the stabbing. It is unknown if the suspect and victim knew each other.
The suspect was transported to the East Precinct where he was interviewed and processed. He will be booked into the King County Jail for Felony Assault.
UPDATE: The suspect plead guilty to transporting heroin in Redmond in 2012 and was sentenced to nine months in detention — the last months of which he served in King County Jail after violating a release by consuming alcohol, according to court documents. The 38-year-old has a criminal recorded dotted with minor drug and assault arrests. He is currently held in jail for investigation of assault.
There are no updates on the victim’s condition.