A man was reported stabbed multiple times in the chest and another was in custody in an attack inside a Broadway apartment Thursday night.
Police and Seattle Fire responded to the Lyric building just before midnight Thursday. East Precinct radio reports described one victim with multiple stab wounds. Another person in the third-floor apartment was in custody but required medical attention for possible excited delirium, according to radio reports.
Police arrived in time to stop the violent attack and help keep the 29-year-old from bleeding to death:
Officers forced entry into the lock-out building and entered the apartment where the located the suspect on top of the victim. The suspect was in the act of stabbing the victim when officers entered the apartment. Officers disarmed the suspect and took him into custody. A 12″ knife was recovered. Officers immediately began life-saving efforts for the victim, applying tourniquets and bandages to the victim’s multiple stab wounds. Seattle Fire medics arrived and took over the medical care, transporting the victim to Harborview Medical Center.
Seattle Fire arrived in the 200 block of 10th Ave E to treat and transport the stabbing victim to the hospital. The suspect was also transported to Harborview for observation and treatment.
Police were first called to the area around 11:40 PM when the victim called 911 from the building and an “out of control” male could be heard yelling in the background. A 12-inch butcher knife was recovered at the scene.
Police described the call from the victim. “A call came into the 911 center, but all dispatchers heard was an open line with someone in the background crying and saying ‘stop,'” according to the SPD report on the incident. “Additional information from the dispatchers informed arriving officers that there were loud screams and that someone was possibly high on narcotics.”
The 30-year-old suspect was later booked into King County Jail for investigation of felony assault. UPDATE: In a bit of procedural trivia, the suspect is currently held in custody in jail but has not been booked because officials are unsure of his identity. Once that component of the investigation is complete utilizing a check of the suspect’s fingerprints and other information, the official booking can occur. Prosecutors could also charge him as a “John Doe.”
UPDATE 1/15/18: The suspect has been identified and is currently held for investigation of assault on $500,000 bail. We have no new updates on the victim’s condition.
UPDATE: The Lyric’s building management has sent a message to residents about the attack:
We want to let you know there was an incident at The Lyric last night. At this time police are investigating what appears to be a domestic violence situation. This incident was isolated to two individuals and police tell us there is no threat to anyone at The Lyric as they have a suspect in custody. We do know that one person was injured and is being treated at the hospital. We will continue to work closely with the Seattle Police Department during this investigation. As you may have noticed, a window was broken in the lobby during this incident and our maintenance team is on the scene working to secure and repair it now.