Police Searching for Suspect in CID Assault, Stabbing

Police are investigating after a woman was pushed down a flight of stairs at a light rail station in the CID on Wednesday morning, and believe the suspect may have stabbed a second victim a short time later.

At 11:36 a.m., a Sound Transit security guard called 911 to report a woman had just been assaulted at the Chinatown-International District light rail station at 5th Avenue South and South Jackson Street. Police arrived and spoke with the victim, a 62-year-old woman who was being treated at the scene by Seattle Fire Department medics.

The victim said she was walking up the concrete stairs out of the station, when a man grabbed her and threw her back down the flight of stairs. He followed her down the stairs and then kicked and punched her. She fought back, and eventually the man went back up the stairs and left.

The woman described the suspect as a Black male, approximately 30 years old, 6 feet tall, thin build, wearing a grey sweatshirt, grey sweatpants, dirty white tennis shoes, and a dark grey or green puffy jacket. He also had a distinctive cross tattoo on his left cheek.

The woman was transported to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment of a possible broken bone.

Police reviewed security footage of the attack and learned the suspect took a bus up to the intersection of 12th Avenue South and South Jackson Street.

Shortly thereafter, a stabbing happened at a bus stop at that intersection. The description of the stabbing suspect was similar to the suspect in the assault, and both descriptions included the cross tattoo on his left cheek. King County Sherriff’s Office is conducting the investigation of the stabbing.

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