Police: Pet store employee attacked by man armed with shoe

SEATTLE -- A Pioneer Square pet store employee was disappointed the man who attacked him with a shoe Tuesday afternoon got away after a 911 dispatcher instructed him to stop following the man, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim was working at Pioneer Pet Feed & Supply shortly after 1:30 p.m. He had the door open because he was expecting a delivery and noticed a disheveled man lingering on the stairway leading to his shop.

The man asked to use the restroom, but the victim told him there was not one available to the public. When the man continued to hang around the stairway, the victim asked him to leave.

According to the report, the man refused to leave and became hostile, eventually spitting at the victim.

The victim followed the man up the stairs to the sidewalk, where he took a picture of him with his cellphone. In response, the man reportedly hit the victim in the face with a shoe he had been carrying and walked off.

According to the report, the victim followed the man while calling 911 and had to be told multiple times by the dispatcher to stop following the man.

When officers responded to the victim's shop, he told them he was disappointed the dispatcher told him to stop following the man because he didn't want the man to get away and be just another anonymous suspect who avoided police contact.

Officers were unable to find the man.