Downtown Seattle

'Hostile' suspect arrested after stabbing at Victor Steinbrueck Park

SEATTLE - An agitated, openly hostile suspect was arrested Friday morning after he stabbed a man at Victor Steinbrueck Park then fled the scene, police said.

The incident began just before 9 a.m. when officers received a 911 call saying that the suspect was fighting with a man at the park. Shortly afterward, another report came in that the suspect had stabbed the other man, said Renee Witt of the Seattle police.

Officers quickly responded but were unable to find the suspect. The victim was treated for stab wounds that were not life-threatening.

Witnesses told police that the suspect had been walking up to people in the park with one hand behind his back and asking people to shake his hand. When people shook his hand, he would say, “Thanks for the respect."

Apparently the victim refused to shake the suspect’s hand, which in turn led to the confrontation and stabbing of the victim.

Later a witness called 911 to report that he saw the suspect at Westlake Park. Officers approached him and found he had a freshly washed knife that was exactly as described by the witnesses, Witt said.

She said the suspect became agitated and "hostile" towards officers and blurted out, “I want a lawyer." The suspect’s knife and clothing were taken into evidence.

The 22-year-old suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.