Greenwood-Phinney

Victims nearly stabbed after complimenting man's umbrella

SEATTLE -- A kind word nearly got two people stabbed Monday afternoon at a Greenwood bus stop, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The victims were waiting at a bus stop in the 8700 block of Greenwood Avenue North around 12:35 p.m. when they complimented a man sitting at the bus stop on his umbrella.

According to the police report for the incident, the suspect immediately jumped up off the bench and started yelling at the victims.

The victims later told officers they thought the suspect was kidding until he pulled a 12-inch knife out of his backpack and started swinging it at them.

According to the report, the suspect said, "Greenwood is my neighborhood, and I could kill you both," before swinging the knife close enough to slice a hole in a plastic water bottle one of the victims was holding, narrowly missing her hand.

The suspect walked off, but officers were able to catch up with him about six blocks away. He was arrested and both his knife and umbrella were placed into evidence.

Maybe he was just embarrassed someone drew attention to him carrying an umbrella in Seattle?