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Doorman beaten by Westlake mob files $450k claim against Seattle

Doorman beaten by Westlake mob files $450k claim against Seattle
SEATTLE -- A doorman bloodied and beaten by a mob in Westlake Park last summer insists his attack could have been prevented.

The doorman, who works at the Seaboard Building condos, just slapped the city with a $450,000 claim, which he says would be used to pay for his medical bills. But more than anything, he wants to see more police presence in Westlake Park.

"I did everything I possibly could, I exhausted every option, and I got beat up -- that's incredible!" said Joey Crudo.

Crudo's attorney says the city has given his client no choice but to threaten a lawsuit, alleging the brutal attack that left him bloodied and bruised could have been prevented.

"He met with Seattle police just a few weeks before and begged the city to do something to address these issues," said Patrick Reddy. "Nothing was done."

Two weeks later, Crudo was assaulted while working in Westlake Park. The doorman saw a group stealing out of a man's backpack and yelled to warn him. The group then turned on Crudo.

"The 13-year-old boy tried to steal my wallet and I turned to him saw his face and I was knocked out -- that was the last thing I saw," Crudo said. "From what I hear, kids from all over the park just came over and beat me up."

Seattle police won't comment on possible litigation, but pointed us to crime stats on their website. Officers are assigned to the park everyday, but Crudo says they need to work Westlake 24-7.

Philip Craft, one of two Westlake Park Concierges assigned to the park full time, insists Westlake is a safety priority, but stresses people need to be smart.

"We are becoming a big city," Craft said. "We have to be a little more safe and conscious of our environment, aware of what's going on. All big cities have problems, we just have to be prudent."

Crudo's attorney also alleges that the 13-year-old involved in Crudo's case has been involved in other crimes, and thinks police need to focus more on smaller crimes to prevent and deter bigger crimes.