Police arrested a panhandler near the Ave on Christmas Eve after the man allegedly pulled a knife on a couple and busted out the taillight of their car after they refused to give him money.
At about 1:30pm, a man called police and said he was following a man who had just pulled a knife on him in a University District parking lot.
The victim told police he and his girlfriend were driving out of the parking lot when the panhandler stepped in front of their car and made “hand gestures indicating that he was requesting money,” a police report says.
When the couple told the man they didn’t have any money, the suspect allegedly walked around to the back of their car and kicked it twice.
The man then get out of the car and tackled the suspect, who got up, pulled a folding knife on the victim, and charged at him, the report says.
The suspect then stabbed the back of the victim’s car, busting out a tail light, and fled south on University Way.
The victim followed the suspect for several blocks as he called 911.
Police found the suspect at 42nd and Brooklyn, where they handcuffed him and searched him, but they didn’t find a knife
The suspect told police that “all he did was ask [the couple] for money and was then assaulted” by the victim.
Two witnesses apparently corroborated the victim’s version of events, and police booked the suspect into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery.