Downtown Seattle

Officers rescue man from machete attack

SEATTLE -- A couple officers were in the right place at the right time to rescue a man from a machete-wielding attacker Wednesday night in the International District, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the officers were patrolling around 9 p.m. when they saw a man in a white T-shirt run across 10th Avenue South at South Jackson Street. He was quickly followed by a man in a blue athletic suit.

The officers stopped the car and found the two men reportedly wrestling in a driveway with a machete on the ground beneath them. The officers handcuffed both men until they could figure out why the men were wrestling over a machete.

The man in the blue athletic suit told officers he confronted the man in the T-shirt about stealing some of his belongings several weeks ago. He said the man took of running so he chased him, but he didn't know where the machete came from. His girlfriend gave officers the same story.

The man in the T-shirt told officers the man in the athletic suit confronted him about stealing his property, which he denied doing. After a short argument, the man in the athletic suit pulled out a machete so he took of running, he said.

The man in the T-shirt had cuts on his hands apparently from defending himself from the machete before officers arrived.

Despite the two-against-one story, officers determined the man in the athletic suit had indeed attacked the victim with a machete, according to the report.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault, as well as an outstanding warrant.