Police: Man just trying to exercise threatened with sword

SEATTLE -- It's hard enough to get regular exercise during Seattle's rainy fall months. The last thing we need is someone armed with a sword threatening us mid-workout.

But, that's exactly what happened to one South Park resident last week, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim has been walking the same route for several weeks as part of his exercise routine. While walking through the intersection of 12th Avenue South and South Henderson Street around 7:20 p.m. Sept. 18, he was confronted by an unknown man in his early 20s.

The victim later told officers the man walked up to him and said, "Hey, I want to know why you're walking up and down the street in front of my family's house all the time. I almost slotted your [expletive]."

According to the report, the man then pulled a sword, or possibly a machete, from his waistband and threatened the victim with it, perhaps providing a context clue for the meaning of the word "slotted" in the process.

The victim told officers he backed off, and the suspect walked away.

According to the report, the victim walked back home and called 911.