SPD and Seattle Fire units responded to the 200 block of Broadway E Sunday afternoon to a report of a security guard stabbed in an altercation with a male suspect who fled the area. UPDATE: Seattle Fire says the initial report indicated the security guard had been stabbed but arriving units found the guard had thankfully only suffered a “puncture wound” to the head from a box cutter. UPDATE: SPD’s report on the incident has been added below.
Police fanned our around the busy area on Broadway to a report that the suspect had been seen headed toward Cal Anderson Park. Another witness said the suspect was last seen on 10th Ave between Denny and John. UPDATE: Police apprehended a man near a house in the 100 block of 10th Ave E and took him into custody after a witness identified him as the assailant in the Broadway attack. An ambulance was also called to the 10th Ave E scene where the suspect was arrested.
The incident was first reported just before 4 PM at the Rite Aid near Broadway and E Olive Way. Police say a knife was left at the scene as the suspect fled.
The condition and the extent of injuries to the guard are not known at this time. In what is hopefully a good sign, most of the Seattle Fire units were quickly turned loose.
The incident is being investigated by police as a robbery according to SPD dispatch logs.
UPDATE: Here is SPD’s update on the incident:
A loss prevention officer remains in the hospital tonight after being assaulted and stabbed by a man stealing a Seahawks sweatshirt.
On January 26th at approximately 3:45 p.m. officers responded to the 200 block of Broadway Avenue East for the report of a robbery and stabbing. Preliminary investigation indicates that the male victim, a loss prevention officer for Rite Aid, observed the suspect conceal a Seahawks sweatshirt inside his backpack. The suspect walked past all the checkout stands and made no attempt to pay for the merchandise. The victim contacted the suspect outside the store and identified himself as store security. A physical altercation immediately ensued.
The suspect produced a large serrated kitchen knife, with an estimated 10-inch long blade wrapped in a white cloth, and stabbed the victim on the top of the head and cut him on the hand, back and side.
The suspect fled the scene on foot, running east on John, then south on 11th Avenue.
Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
During an area search officers located the suspect hiding in a lower stairwell in the 100 block of 11th Avenue East and detained him. Witnesses positively identified the suspect and he was placed under arrest.
The suspect’s steps were re-traced and officers recovered the knife used in the attack as well as the white cloth and the Seahawks sweatshirt.
Robbery Unit detectives responded to investigate further and interview the suspect.
The 30-year-old male suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.
This remains an active and on-going investigation.
Money Mart hold-up arrest
SPD also made a quick arrest following a failed getaway in an incident Saturday at the Denny and E Olive Way Money Mart. According to police radio dispatches, the suspect may not have been hard to spot and is a known entity to local police. She reportedly sported a pink covering her face during the hold-up attempt and also had distinctive tattoos on her face. One East Precinct officer responded with the suspect’s name immediately upon hearing details of her MO and physical description.
A woman who unsuccessfully attempted to rob a Money Mart on East Olive Way was quickly captured by responding officers.
On January 25th at 2:00 p.m. officers responded to the 1500 block of East Olive Way for the report of a robbery. Preliminary investigation indicates that a female suspect entered the Money Mart and passed a note to the teller demanding all the money. The suspect kept her hand inside her purse implying that she had a weapon. The teller was inside a secure area so he went into the back room and called 911. The suspect fled the scene on foot.
Responding officers located the suspect at Summit Avenue and East Howell Street. The suspect was positively identified by the victim and placed under arrest.
The 42-year-old female suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.
18th/Howell stop related to Pioneer Square Shooting
Police believe a vehicle stopped early Monday morning near 18th and Howell is related to this morning’s shootings in Pioneer Square:
**The following information is preliminary and subject to change**
A female shooting victim sustained life-threatening injuries during a disturbance near 2nd Avenue Extension South and South Main Street early this morning.
At approximately 1:10 a.m. an officer on patrol in the vicinity of 2nd Avenue and Cherry Street heard gunshots to the south and headed toward the gunfire. A woman driving a beige sedan was fleeing the scene driving northbound on southbound-only 2nd Avenue Extension South. She struck a fully-marked police car traveling southbound on 2nd Avenue Extension South that was responding to the shots fired. After striking the police car the woman lost control of her vehicle and struck a parked car on the west side of the street. Neither the woman nor the officer were injured in the collision. She is currently being detained for further investigation.
As additional officers came into the area they discovered a woman who had been shot in the head near the northwest corner of 2nd Avenue Extension South and South Main Street.
Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) with life-threatening injuries.
At approximately 1:27 a.m. a male was dropped off at HMC’s emergency room with a gunshot wound to the foot. The vehicle that dropped that male off then left the scene. That vehicle has been located and stopped on MLK Jr. Way South and the occupants detained for further investigation.
Anti-Crime Team officers stopped a vehicle possibly connected to the disturbance at 2nd Avenue South and South King Street. The occupants of the vehicle have been detained for further investigation.
At approximately 1:52 a.m. officers stopped a vehicle at 18th Avenue and East Howell Street possibly connected to the shooting. The occupants of the vehicle have been detained for further investigation.
Homicide and CSI detectives have responded to the scene at 2nd Avenue Extension South and South Main Street and continue to actively investigate.