Capitol Hill

Man beaten up in violent high-school reunion of sorts

SEATTLE -- A man told officers he has no idea why a former schoolmate he hasn't seen in years led a group attack on him early Saturday in Capitol Hill.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, officers were called to the 1800 block of Harvard Avenue for a large disturbance and found the victim bleeding from the arms and face.

A group of people were yelling and pointing at the suspect and saying he was the one who jumped the victim. Officers asked the suspect what happened, and he said he didn't have anything to say to them, according to the report.

Witnesses told officers the suspect and two other men approached the victim and attacked him from behind. According to the report, the men chased the victim down the block, punching and kicking him every time he fell to the ground.

One of the witnesses said he heard the suspect yelling that the victim owed him money and was a snitch.

When witnesses said they were calling 911, two of the attackers ran off, but the suspect stayed behind, according to the report.

The victim told officers he went to high school with the suspect more than a decade ago and hasn't seen him in a long time. He said he doesn't know why he was attacked and doesn't owe the suspect money.

The suspect, who refused to speak to officers without a lawyer, was arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.

Officers were unable to find the other two attackers.

The victim was treated for several scrapes and cuts to his arms and legs and a swollen jaw.