Sometimes getting an early start on the day just isn’t worth it. A man was taken to Harborview with serious injuries suffered in a street robbery that began early Sunday morning following a good deed gone wrong.
According to police, the victim in the pre-6a robbery attempt said he was at the Harvard Market QFC when he was approached my an unknown male who asked him to buy a bagel for him. The victim told police he bought the man a bagel and the two went their separate ways. But as he left the store, the man was following him and asking for money, the victim told police. As the victim approached Seattle Central, the suspect suddenly demanded the man’s wallet and pulled out a “floppy” metal bar with a leather handle and began beating the victim in the shins and striking him in the head with an unknown object.
The victim told police he then ran down Pine before stopping at Belmont to turn on this attacker while brandishing a pocket knife. The victim said he told the suspect to put down the metal bar and a stand-off ensued. The suspect said he would put down his weapon if the victim dropped his knife at the same time. As the weapons were dropped, the suspect grabbed his metal bar and the knife and fled the scene westbound on Pine.
The victim then called 911 but the suspect had left the area by the time police arrived. He is described as a white male in his 20s with a slender build. He was reportedly wearing a knit cap and khaki shorts at the time of the incident.
The victim was taken to Harborview for treatment of swelling and bruises to his head and shins.