A strange dispute over the price cigarettes led to a violent attack in downtown Seattle late last month, according to charging documents filed last week against a 49-year-old man accused in a near-fatal stabbing.
Around 6:15pm on October 30th, prosecutors say Bee Thow Saykao, 49, had just gotten off a bus near 3rd and University when a man on the street made a comment about “someone selling cigarettes at a high price on the street,” according to charging documents. Saykao then “made a comment about it being a free country, and the victim [in the stabbing] punched him hard in the eye.”
Prosecutors say Saykao then pulled out a knife and “repeatedly” stabbed the victim before fleeing the scene.
The victim in the stabbing sustained “life-threatening” injuries and was transported to Harborview.
Officers found Saykao nearby and took him into custody. Police recovered a knife from Saykao, who apparently had blood on his jacket at the time of his arrest.
Saykao admitted to police that he punched the victim, but did not say how the victim sustained life-threatening stab wounds.
Court records indicate Saykao has a criminal history in five states. Court records say Saykao has convictions for malicious mischief, burglary, trespassing, disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia, multiple assault and thefts, obstruction, property destruction. He also has cases for DUI, Burglary, Obstruction, assaults and several minor crimes in Minnesota, Nevada, and California.
He is currently being held in the King County Jail on $100,000 bail.