Northwest NEWS

April 17, 2000

Local News

Woodinville resident attacked at ballfield

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   BOTHELL--A 20-year-old Seattle resident was arrested for investigation of an April 12 assault on a 29-year-old Woodinville man that left the victim in critical condition in Seattle's Harborview Hospital.

   Several witnesses saw the suspect pull his car into a ballfield lot in the 19200 block of 120th NE, where people were watching a baseball game. Witnesses said they saw the suspect and victim jump out of the black VW Jetta arguing, then saw the suspect knock the victim down and hit and kicked him repeatedly in the head and face, according to Bothell Police spokesman Officer Elmer Brown.

   When several people ran to intervene, the suspect jumped in his car and drove away. Bothell officers traced the suspect's address and went to his home, according to police reports. There they found Seattle police officers had just arrived, responding to a domestic violence call at the home. The Seattle officers turned over the still-angry suspect to the Bothell officers, who took him to Bothell for questioning.

   Brown said the suspect told detectives he was driving the victim home from their mutual workplace, when an argument started over some damage he said the victim caused to his car's interior.

   At press time, the suspect had not yet been arraigned and was being held in King County Jail, according to King County Deputy Prosecutor Dan Donohoe.