Downtown Seattle

'Pretty lit' Good Samaritan tries to stop Christmas beating

SEATTLE -- Despite being "pretty lit," a Good Samaritan said he couldn't stand by and do nothing when he saw a woman being beaten early Christmas morning and ended up with three broken ribs and a punctured lung for his gallantry, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the approximately 60-year-old victim was leaving a bar near Second Avenue and Battery Street around 1:30 a.m. Dec. 25. He told officers he had drank a lot of alcohol and was "pretty lit."

While walking the few blocks back to his apartment, the victim reportedly saw a man repeatedly hitting a woman. He told officers he couldn't stand by and watch it, but he also couldn't call 911 because he had left his cellphone at home.

The victim approached the man and said, "It's Christmas; why don't you lay off?" According to the report, the man turned around and said, "Oh, you want some of this, too?" and punched the victim in the face.

As the victim stumbled backward, the man kicked him in the chest, knocking him to the ground, according to the report. When the victim tried to get back up, he was reportedly hit from behind, possibly by another person.

The victim told officers he curled into a ball and was repeatedly punched and kicked until he passed out. He was woken up by two passersby asking if he needed help. There was no sign of the woman or her attacker.

After the passersby helped the victim back to his apartment, he fell asleep in the doorway. The next day, he called an ambulance and was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he was treated for three broken ribs and a punctured lung.

The victim didn't report the incident until Jan. 5, when he was informed he needed a police report for hospital payment purposes.