10th/Pike fracas: Thursday’s X-Files version of the blotter had an item about a disturbance outside of the clubs and restaurants at 10th and Pike Wednesday night involving a lot of police cars, an ambulance and some kind of fracas. Police originally told us the event was cleared without a suspect or a victim being found but after seeing more pictures from the scene (thanks, Oleg!), we dug around and found we’d directed SPD to look at the wrong case.
We’ve now learned that SPD is about to release information on the case which is being investigated as a hate crime involving four males arrested for assault after witnesses reported they were violently beating on a black male with their fists and a skateboard while shouting “nigger” and “faggot.”
According to the preliminary information on the situation, police came to the scene at 10th and Pike after a caller reported a group harassing people in the area had violently turned on a black male and were beating him. Police arrived to find five males on E Pike matching the group’s description. As they spoke to the suspects, the victim showed up, still bleeding, and told police he had been beaten by the males.
As the two arriving officers made the suspects lie face down while they waited for back-up, one of the suspects jumped up and ran. One officer gave chase and captured the suspect in an alley in the 1500 block of Broadway.
A search of the suspects revealed one was carrying a fixed-blade knife while the one who ran had a fixed-blade knife and what appeared to be a meth pipe, according to the report.
The victim told police he didn’t know the males who were arrested or why they beat him but he did reveal to officers that he had punched a female who had called him a “snitch” earlier in the day near the Harvard Market QFC.
The suspects were booked for investigation of malicious harassment. The victim was taken to Harborview for further treatment.
UPDATE: We’ve added the full SPD narrative report with redactions by SPD (black) and CHS (red, suspect names) from the incident, below. You’ll note that each of the suspects is in his 20s. There have been no charges yet in the case as prosecutors weight the possible hate crime.
UPDATE — Monday, June 3 — 11:25 AM: The King County Prosecutor’s office tells us it will have updates on its decision regarding charges Monday afternoon.
Truck set on fire
In other news from the East Precinct, police are investigating a truck fire believe to have been set intentionally Friday morning at 24th and E Thomas. Seattle Fire responded to the blaze to the tucked away intersection a block from the main drags of E Madison and 23rd just before 4 AM. A subsequent investigation revealed signs of arson.