Police: Man armed with pen repeatedly stabs officer

SEATTLE -- A man armed with a pen repeatedly stabbed a bicycle officer Monday in the University District, according to the Seattle Police Department. Fortunately for the officer, his bulletproof vest proved more than effective against the writing implement.

According to the police report for the incident, the officer entered a restaurant near University Way Northeast and Northeast 50th Street around 4:15 p.m. and saw a man sitting in a booth with grocery-store food spread out on the table.

A restaurant employee told the officer the man had been loitering in the restaurant, not ordering any food, and she wanted him out.

The officer went over and introduced himself to the man, who was writing in a journal. The man reportedly told the officer he was eating but admitted he hadn't ordered any food from the restaurant.

After the officer told him the restaurant wanted him to leave, the man suddenly sprung up and rushed at the officer, stabbing him in the chest with a pen, according to the report.

In the report, the officer writes he made the tactical decision to evade a violent man armed with a potentially deadly weapon and wait for backup. This amounted to the officer running out the door with the man hot on his heels.

According to the report, the man ignored the officer's orders to get back and repeatedly stabbed him in the back with his pen, leaving holes in the officer's uniform but not making it past his bulletproof vest.

The man eventually ran back into the restaurant, and the officer called for backup. Once backup arrived, the man was found in the same booth and arrested for investigation of assault.

According to the report, he was placed in a holding cell in the North Precinct, where he defecated, urinated, vomited and then masturbated on himself.