The Seattle Police Department report on Monday’s fatal hatchet attack at the corner of 15th and Union details a chilling account of a man’s death by “at least ten blows to the head.” You can view the report, below.
Joe LaMagno, 58, died quickly at the scene of the attack and did not appear to have had any time to defend himself, according to the report. A memorial for LaMagno was held at the corner where he died Tuesday night.
26-year-old Michael LaRosa was captured in a nearby alley and arrested for the crime within minutes of the attack. The document says LaRosa is homeless and stays at downtown shelters. He recently had an address on Summit Ave, according to county records. In the report, LaRosa tells police he had been “diagnosed as being schizophrenic and Bi-Polar.”
It also recounts the minutes before the attack from LaRosa’s statements to police:
“I gave your sister herpes, without having it!” La-Rosa stated the victim then “smacked” him and stated, “What are you going to do about that!”. La-. Rosa told detectives he usually carries his axe in his backpack but on this morning he was walking with it in his hand. La-Rosa told detectives;”] don’t know what came over me because I’ve never done murder you know.”