Greenwood-Phinney

Police: Bar fight shows drinking and religion don't mix

SEATTLE -- History's great conflicts played out in boozy miniature last weekend in a Greenwood bar when an argument over religion turned violent, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim spent a good portion of Friday night seated at a bar in the 8500 block of Greenwood Avenue North talking to a man she didn't know.

Around midnight, the conversation shifted toward religion, at which point the victim told the man she didn't think religion should be spoken about in a bar.

The man became angry at that, and the two started fighting. Eventually, the man threw a glass of water on the victim, according to the report.

In response, the victim grabbed the man's empty shot glass from the bar in front of him, and he grabbed the victim's $5 bill from the bar in front of her, according to the report.

When the victim tried to get her money back, the man reportedly punched her in the mouth before being forced out of the bar by a handful of other patrons, one of whom he also reportedly punched. The man was last seen walking off down Greenwood Avenue.

Officers arrived and were unable to find the man in any of the nearby bars. Conveniently enough though, the man left behind a receipt with his name on it.