Welcome to the Jungle

A homeless man was almost stabbed and robbed last Friday by several residents of the Jungle.

At about 6:45 p.m. on January 29th, police received a call about a disturbance between two men, one of whom was armed with a knife, at Airport Way S and S. Holgate St.

According to a police report, the victim—who recently moved from Florida to Seattle looking for work —told police he has been sleeping under the covered drive-through of a nearby credit union for the last week, with permission from the business owner. During the week, one man repeatedly walked down out of the Jungle—a wooded area along the northwest side of Beacon Hill filled with homeless encampments—and begged him for cigarettes. The victim refused the man’s request several times.

Last Friday, the man returned, along with another man and a woman, and pulled a knife with a “3-inch blade and a black handle with decorative holes in the grip for in decoration” on the victim. The group members then demanded money, which they claimed the victim owed them.

The victim told the men he did not owe them any money, but the man with the knife forced the victim back and rifled through his things.

As the suspects went through his things, the victim called 911 from his cell phone. When the suspects heard sirens, they fled back into the woods.

Police did not follow the suspects into the Jungle.