U-District

Police: Old man attacked for telling people to stop blocking sidewalk

SEATTLE -- A young, apparently homeless woman allegedly attacked an elderly man after he told a group of people to stop sitting around and blocking the sidewalk in the University District, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim was walking on the Ave near Northeast 45th Street around 7:15 p.m. June 8 when he came across a group of people sitting on the sidewalk.

He told the group to move out of the way so people could use the sidewalk for its intended purpose. Moments later, he was pushed to the ground, according to the report.

When officers arrived, the victim said it happened so fast he didn't see who did it. While talking with police, he had to lean against a pole to keep from falling over and was obviously in a great deal of pain, according to the report.

A witness told officers he saw a ratty-haired woman with a calico cat and a small dog run up to the victim and push him down. The witness said the woman stood over the victim and berated him before running off.

Officers were unable to find the woman or any surveillance video of the attack.

The victim was taken to the VA Hospital for treatment.