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Rider released from jail, says Broadway bikeway stabbing victim’s push caused crash

The 40-year-old Beacon Hill bicyclist arrested for stabbing a man in a quarrel after a crash in the Broadway bikeway last weekend has been released from jail on his own recognizance. Meanwhile, details of the early Sunday, May 31st incident at Broadway and Pine have emerged including a witness report of the man who was stabbed purposefully causing his assailant to crash in the lead-up to the bloody attack.

Prosecutors say a charging decision has not yet been made in the case. We are not identifying the rider or the 31-year-old man who was stabbed in the incident.

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According to police, the suspect and a witness both described an incident that began with the victim purposefully elbowing the rider — who had “a green bike light at the intersection,” the report notes — causing the crash.

Here is what the police say the rider told the responding officer about the fight:Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 3.50.28 PM

A witness corroborated the suspect’s account and said the elbowing was “an obvious attempt” to knock the suspect on his bike:Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 3.50.40 PM

The victim in the attack was taken to the hospital in serious condition with multiple stab wounds. CHS does not have an update on his recovery.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of the assault but released Monday night. As a condition of his release, he is barred from contact with the victim.

According to records, the suspect’s criminal history in the state is limited to one case: a 2007 citation for driving without insurance and a freeway HOV lane violation.

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Bob Knudson
Bob Knudson
5 years ago

If the witness is correct, and the victim initiated the incident, that in no way justifies the suspect pulling out a knife and stabbing him.

Jim98122x
Jim98122x
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob Knudson

The rider told police the ‘victim’ was repeatedly punching him while he was on the ground and another witness said the ‘victim’ was punching him. Sounds like self-defense to me at that point.

CrayB
CrayB
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob Knudson

Yes it does.

Wes
Wes
5 years ago

Falling off a bike that’s going downhill at a high speed can be fatal, so I can easily see how this could be considered self defense.

etaoin shrdlu
etaoin shrdlu
5 years ago

Riding at night: wear white. And pack a knife.

Morgan
Morgan
5 years ago

Nowadays, with everyone thinking they are a UFC fighter, or have actually taken a little MMA training – every physical altercation is dangerous, especially when the aggressor shows signs that he or she is looking to cause some damage – they aren’t satisfied with a couple punches, etc. The videos they have online, they routinely knock someone out and repeatedly kick them the head and one-punch homicides are much more common than you think. No one should put their hands on another person anyway, but when someone loses their temper, and they don’t show any sign of calming down, time to defend yourself. I would prefer pepper spray, the loss of site has a way of calming one down.

Morgan
Morgan
5 years ago
Reply to  Morgan

I forgot to add ESPECIALLY if the person instigates the fight with no cause, like this gentleman did. He was trying to start trouble and those people are looking to hurt someone. When they irrationally try and start trouble with you, don’t even wait – juice ’em.

Jim98122x
Jim98122x
5 years ago

I started carrying pepper spray several years ago, which surprised my friends because they thought I don’t look like somebody anybody would mess with. But the clusterfuck Capitol Hill has become on weekends now (or anytime really) practically demands it anymore.

bb
bb
5 years ago

It’s a friggin’ zoo out there. Everybody stay safe and watch your back.