Police arrest felon in connection with South Seattle beating death

SEATTLE -- Seattle Police Department detectives arrested a convicted felon Thursday in connection with the beating death of a man in South Seattle last month.

According to police, witnesses saw the suspect attacking the victim during a verbal confrontation shortly after 11 p.m. Sept. 2 in the 5100 block of South Henderson Street.

Witnesses said the suspect choked the victim, banged his head repeatedly against the wall of a bus shelter and punched him at least once. After the attack, the victim fell to the ground, hitting his head on the concrete.

According to police, the witnesses tried to help the victim but were told to mind their own business by the suspect.

The victim went home following the attack and went to the hospital for treatment a day or two later. According to police, he went into a coma a week after that a died Sept. 19.

An autopsy revealed the victim had a broken leg and a subdural hematoma.

Detectives found and arrested the suspect Oct. 3. According to police, the suspect, a convicted felon, had a stolen gun on him at the time.

In addition to the gun, the suspect was reportedly in possession of 70 vicodin pills, five baggies of marijuana and miscellaneous narcotic packing material, according to police.

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