Downtown Seattle

Police: Suspect caught urinating in public threatens man with hatchet

SEATTLE -- A man in a motorized wheelchair threatened a Belltown business owner with a hatchet after he was caught urinating in public last Tuesday evening, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the business owner saw the man in the wheelchair urinating near Second Avenue and Lenora Street shortly after 7:30 p.m. and yelled at him to stop peeing.

In response, the man took a hatchet out of his bag, stood up and motioned like he was going to assault the business owner, according to the report.

The business owner called 911 as the man left in his wheelchair.

Officers were able to find the man, who calmly explained his side of the story.

According to the report, he told officers the business owner came at him in an aggressive manner. Feeling threatened and afraid for his safety, he said he pulled out his hatchet.

Officers confiscated the man's hatchet and released him from the scene. The incident was referred to the City Attorney's Office.

According to the report, the man, who admitted to urinating in public, had told officers he needed the hatchet because it's a bad neighborhood.