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DOT worker stabbed by man at South Seattle homeless camp

DOT worker stabbed by man at South Seattle homeless camp
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SEATTLE -- A WSDOT worker was assaulted by a knife-wielding man while at a homeless camp in South Seattle Friday.

Officials say this is the first time an employee has been attacked while posting clean up notices at a homeless camp, and they're taking steps to make sure it's the last.

Two workers had been sent to the camp just off Meyers Way to post a 72 hour evacuation notice for cleanup when one of the workers was attacked.

"He blocked the knife, he grabbed a branch," said Chris Johnson with the WSDOT. "The guy was still coming at him -- (the worker) managed to fend him off as he was getting out and the guy lunged and made contact with him."

The worker suffered a stab wound to the chest but luckily it wasn't very deep. His coworker called 911 and the victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Seattle police officers arrested the alleged attacker at the camp and booked him into the King County Jail.

WSDOT officials say they are looking into having police escorts for workers in the future.
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