Police chased down the suspect as Seattle Fire units converged on Pike/Pine early Sunday morning to a reported assault with weapons incident that left a man bleeding on the sidewalk along 10th Ave after being pistol whipped.
The 2:10 AM incident was originally reported to emergency units as a shooting but arriving officers found the man in his 20s down with facial injuries after being smacked by a person with a handgun.
— Phoenix Jones (@ThePhoenixJones) September 20, 2015
UPDATE: Here’s Phoenix Jones’s account of the incident including his claim that he stopped the beating and chased down the suspect:
Seattle Fire arrived to find the victim alert and conscious following the attack.
Officers spotted a man matching the pistol-whipping suspect description and took him into custody nearby at Broadway Ct and Seneca after a short chase.
UPDATE x2: Now here’s SPD account of the incident including the suspect’s weak attempt at convincing police he wasn’t carrying a gun:
Officers arrested three men and seized a handgun after a fight at bar closing early Sunday on Capitol Hill.
Police received a report of an assault around 2 AM Sunday in the 1400 block of 10th Avenue, where they found a bloodied man on the ground and three suspects attempting to climb into a car parked nearby.
When officers tried to contact the trio of suspects, the three men took off running. Police caught up to two of the suspects–two men, 21 and 29 years old–at 12th and Madison, and arrested a third 30-year-old man at Broadway and Seneca St..
During a pat down of the 30-year-old suspect, Officer Nic Abts-Olsen felt something very gun-like in the man’s pocket. First, the suspect–who had spots of blood on his clothing–claimed officers had simply felt his wallet. When they removed a handgun from the man’s pants, he claimed it wasn’t his firearm.
The bloodied victim in the incident wouldn’t provide officers with much information about the fight, but a witness–Seattle’s (in)famous masked adventurer, Phoenix Jones–told police he had seen the suspects pistol-whip and kick the victim after knocking him to the ground.
The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Officers booked the 21 and 29 year-old suspects into the King County Jail for assault. The 30-year-old man, who is a convicted felon, was booked for assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. Police also impounded their vehicle for further investigation.
Meanwhile, earlier in the evening, police took at least two suspects into custody in a car, foot, and K9 pursuit following a 12:30 AM purse snatch near 10th and Union.
According to police radio dispatches, a witness description following the mugging provided police with license plate info of the vehicle the group of suspects used to flee the scene.
The Ford Taurus was spotted carrying a group of male near Boren and Main. Police began to pursue the car for about a mile before the suspects fled the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot near Sam Smith Park. One suspect was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. A second person was taken into custody nearly an hour later following a K9 search of yards in the area.
UPDATE 9/21/2015 10:35 AM: Here’s more malfeasance from the weekend in the form of what SPD is calling a drunken wedding brawl in the stairwell of the Odd Fellows building at 10th and Pine:
Police arrested one man for assault on Capitol Hill Friday night after a things got a bit rowdy at a wedding reception.
Officers were walking an emphasis patrol beat around 10 PM on Capitol Hill when they spotted a group of apparently intoxicated people fighting in a stairwell at the Century Ballroom near 10th Avenue and East Pine Street.
Police saw a 31-year-old man trying to grab another man by the throat, and stepped in to break up the fight. When police intervened, the suspect shoved an officer and was quickly taken into custody.
Officers learned everyone involved in the incident had attended a wedding event at the Century Ballroom just before the brawl. Police booked the intoxicated suspect into the King County Jail for assault.