The Morning Blotter: Man Critically Injured In University District Stabbing

One man was taken to Harborview with critical injuries last week after a dispute between a drug dealer and a buyer turned violent.

Around 11:30pm on December 2nd, police received a report of a stabbing in the University District, just south of NE 50th on University Way.

When officers arrived, the victim and suspect had both fled the scene, but witnesses directed officers up to the corner of 50th and University, where police found the victim. When officers approached the man, he “opened up his jacket to reveal a blood soaked t-shirt,” a police report says.

The man sustained at least one stab wound near his ribs, but told police he just wanted to go home.

The victim told officers he was stabbed after he confronted a drug dealer who had apparently sold him some bad product.

The man said he purchased a bag of marijuana from the suspect earlier in the day and “was unhappy with what he was given,” the report says.

Later that night, the victim spotted the suspect on the Ave, and approached him to complain about his weed.

The dispute escalated, and the suspect—described as a black male in his 20s, wearing a white track jacket, jeans with a red bandana in his back pocket and carrying a black jacket—stabbed the victim at least once.

Medics transported the victim to Harborview in critical condition with “blood in and around his lungs,” the report says.

Officers weren’t able to find the suspect or the victim’s blue Schwinn bike, which was apparently taken by someone during the altercation.