City charges firefighters in attack on sleeping homeless man

City charges firefighters in attack on sleeping homeless man
Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Seattle, Wash. March 15, 2014.

SEATTLE -- The Seattle City Attorney's Office has charged three people, including two Seattle firefighters, in an attack on a homeless man sleeping in Pioneer Square three months after the King County Prosecutor's Office declined to file felony charges citing a lack of evidence.

Mia Jarvinen and off-duty firefighters Roger Howell and Scott Bullene were charged with assault and malicious harassment Tuesday and face up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanors.

According to the City Attorney's Office, the three were walking through Occidental Park following a Seattle Sounders game March 15 when they saw a homeless man sleeping on the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial. The defendants reportedly were upset by this, verbally and physically attacking the victim.

The City Attorney's Office believes the defendants targeted the victim because he was homeless, qualifying the attack as malicious harassment.

Reports from the night of the incident depict a chaotic scene involving multiple scuffles between the defendants and a number of victims.

The King County Prosecutor's Office cited a lack of evidence when it declined the file felony charges against the defendants back in April.