Man attacks women's fitness class in park, claims to be robot

SEATTLE -- A number of women in a fitness class in Seward Park were attacked Saturday morning by a man armed with a stick and later claiming to be a robot, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the women were exercising in one of the park's picnic shelters around 10:30 a.m. when a shirtless man in his 50s approached from a trail and yelled, "You better get the [expletive] out of here. You have 30 minutes. I have this shelter. Get your skanky [expletive] out of here."

One of the women later told an officer they checked the schedule for the picnic shelter, and no one had it reserved. But, the suspect reportedly came back about 15 minutes later armed with a sharp stick and started yelling at the group again.

As the class members were moving their belongings to a grassy area away from the shelter, the suspect pushed one of the women to the ground, cutting her lip, and then punched another woman in the face, knocking her to the ground, according to the report. The woman who was punched in the face later complained of a swollen forehead and sore shoulder.

The group retreated to one of the women's cars and called police while, according to a witness who had been walking nearby, the suspect continued to yell at them.

Officers arrived and found the suspect near the park's bathrooms. Officers noted the man, who was reportedly rambling about being a robot while being handcuffed, appeared to be suffering from a mental illness.

He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.