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Police arrest Capitol Hill security guard after he reportedly stabs man in fight over trespassing

Seattle Police arrested a security guard Monday afternoon after the 57-year-old reportedly fought and stabbed a man he was trying to make leave private property at a Broadway and Pine building.

SPD and Seattle Fire were called just after 2:30 PM to the stabbing reported at the Broadway Building in the 1600-block of the street.

Medics treated a 25-year-old man with a stab wound near his collarbone. He was taken to Harborview in stable condition.

Police say the fight started over an attempt to remove the stabbing victim from private property:

Through their investigation, officers learned the security guard had initially confronted the victim about drinking and trespassing on private property outside a business. Police determined the security guard escalated the confrontation to a physical fight rather than disengaging with the victim, and he then seriously escalated the fight by stabbing the victim.

Police say the security guard denied stabbing the man and told police he did not have a knife. Officers later “found the knife in a break room, hidden under a bag of chips.”

The suspect was taken into custody and booked into King County Jail for assault.

The Broadway Building is a six-story apartment building owned by Hunters Capital. It is also home to offices for various businesses and has street-level commercial tenants on Broadway including FOB Poke Bar, Yo Zushi, Ian’s Pizza, and Blick Art Materials.

 

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Guesty
Guesty
29 days ago

Eh, I’d just as soon not have bums trespassing but that’s just me I guess.

cap_hill_rez
cap_hill_rez
29 days ago
Reply to  Guesty

So you believe the answer to trespassing is to not stop and call the place but to stab a person – possibly seriously injuring or killing them? Maybe we should just have death squads roaming the street and if you’re “a bum” they can “put you down permanently”?

Guesty
Guesty
29 days ago
Reply to  cap_hill_rez

I find it hard to believe the guard just came out stabbing…perhaps a harsh outcome for “trespassing” but if they were fighting, the guard did what he thought he had to do to protect himself I imagine.

cap_hill_rez
cap_hill_rez
28 days ago
Reply to  Guesty

Doesn’t matter what you “believe” as the facts, specifically highlighted in the post (if you’d bother to read it), show the guard escalated the confrontation to him stabbing someone.

He didn’t protect himself – he instigated an incident to the point he thought it was okay to be Mr. Stabby McStabberson. There was no need for the outcome that happened. Hence the reason the guard was arrested.

But keep trying to spin to match your worldview.

Nandor
Nandor
27 days ago
Reply to  cap_hill_rez

Hang on… the report says the “the security guard escalated the confrontation to a physical fight rather than disengaging” soooo, in other words the security guard chose to not stop doing what he was ostensibly hired to do?
I’m not saying he should have or was justified in eventually stabbing the guy, but physically removing him from the property? Sounds like part of the job description. Had he ‘disengaged’ as suggested what use would he be? Another handy witness to just sit back and watch the things that the businesses don’t want happening on their property… Wild guess that’s not what they hired him for.

Pathetic Citizens Watch Group
Pathetic Citizens Watch Group
29 days ago
Reply to  Guesty

Anti-homeless rhetoric like yours gives vigilantes the fuel they need to commit acts of stupidity like this. Makes sense in a society full of narcissistic psychopaths. Private goons please keep our streets clear so I can hover board to my $60 sandwich oh please, oh please.

Nandor
Nandor
29 days ago

I’d say on the contrary it’s pro-do-whatever-you want-to-whilst-we -deny-it’s-really-happening groups that have been working to steadily neuter the criminal justice system here that have caused businesses to hire more private security who likely have neither much training nor accountability that causes incidents like this… I get the feeling you’ll end up liking the alternative less..

Kiddo
Kiddo
27 days ago

So, so many things wrong with this statement.
First, rhetoric did not cause a vigilante to jump out of the woodwork and attack this person. Crime caused a business to hire an employee.
Second, the reason we now have private goons all over the city is because some people, and it sounds like you may be in this camp, wanted to defund the police. You know, the highly flawed, but at least you can sue the city if they attack you and they at least have a tiny amount of training and accountability, police.
Last, and I think you’ll want to listen really closely to this last part: property crime doesn’t hurt the $60 sandwich hoverboard crowd that your so vilify. Property crime (drum roll) hurts poor people. People who drive crappy cars and eat beans can’t afford to fix the car window that’s been busted for the 3rd time this year. Poor people have no way to get to work when the car eventually gets stolen. Poor people have to go work at lovely places like downtown Target and feel fear constantly. But boy oh boy aren’t we the narcissistic sociopaths for thinking about them!

UnapologeticallySEA
UnapologeticallySEA
27 days ago

Sooooo someone takes action and all of the sudden their in the wrong? Look I live on the hill and anyone who does knows people get stupid. I had a guy piss in my walkway as 2 women were trying to enter and I came out and with my dog and damn near fought the guy after cussing him out and telling him to go away when he refused. Point I’m making here is that there’s no excuses we are the ones who are paying our rent following the rules paying these taxes and dollars to keep our businesses open funding the so called “help” for the homeless crisis and when it’s time to defend your property life etc against a possible belligerent threat we’re supposed to lay down? I think not. There’s 2 sides to the story and I feel like something major is missing here we all live on the hill and see it with our own eyes don’t be fooled listen with your own eyes and ears.

cap_hill_rez
cap_hill_rez
27 days ago

Sooooo someone takes action and all of the sudden their in the wrong?

No, someone started a fight with a trespasser instead of calling the police. They then escalated the verbal argument to a physical altercation instead of walking away (and calling the police). That’s when they pulled a knife and stabbed the other person when they themselves weren’t threatened with a weapon. That’s not action; it’s a crime.

“…when it’s time to defend your property life etc against a possible belligerent threat…

Instead of being all testosterone-y and going out with a knife or a dog and getting into a cussing match (that only escalates the issue) here’s what you do – you call the police. You don’t try to take the law into your own hands and physically attack someone when you yourself aren’t being physically attacked.

Especially against public urination. That’s neither a valid threat to your property or your life. And if you think it is, please, tell me how you mitigate your dog peeing on both public and private property when you walk it? Should someone come out and take “action” against you and/or your animal?

To be clear, I’m not condoning behavior like trespassing or public urination. But the answer isn’t weaponry. At minimum, it’s calling the police. It’s also voting (and getting your neighbors to vote) and holding public officials accountable to answering the issue of crime (whether that’s more police or social workers for outreach). These problems aren’t going to be solved overnight but the solution isn’t everyone packing a knife to just stab people who are committing petty crimes.

Guesty
Guesty
27 days ago
Reply to  cap_hill_rez

I mean, a security guard is there for a variety of reasons, I’d think removing a trespasser would be one of them. If not, what’s the point?

Privilege
Privilege
27 days ago
Reply to  Guesty

They are deterrents, not cops.