Police: Driver beats man over lawnmower-tossed rock hitting car

SEATTLE -- Two men sent a Delridge resident to the hospital with some serious injuries after accusing him of dinging their car with a rock thrown by his lawnmower, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim was mowing his lawn and parking strip in the 8100 block of 27th Avenue Southwest shortly before 3 p.m. last Saturday when a black Mercedes pulled up in front of his house.

The victim later told officers the driver of the car has a history of parking on the street in the middle of the night, playing loud music and just generally being disruptive to the neighborhood.

According to the report, the driver got out and confronted the victim, saying his lawnmower tossed a rock that hit his car. The victim denied it, and the two men got in a verbal argument.

The driver told a man in the passenger seat of the Mercedes to get out, and the two men attacked the victim, punching him in the face then stomping on his head when he fell to the ground, according to the report.

The men drove off following the attack, and officers arrived to find the victim bleeding heavily from the mouth. According to the report, the victim suffered possible head injuries and a broken jaw and was transported to Harborview Medical Center.

Officers were unable to find the men but spoke to a neighbor who said she had dated the owner of the Mercedes for a number months and remained good friends with him. She said the man would stop by her house randomly to hang out.

Despite this, the neighbor told officers she didn't know the man's real name (only his street name), his address or much of anything about him, according to the report.