The Morning Blotter: “Gang Members” Beat, Run Over Man In the U-District

A man found bleeding on a University District street last week told police he was attacked by a group of gang members, according to a police report.

Officers were dispatched to Swedish Hospital on First Hill on January 14th to talk to the victim.

The man was undergoing a CAT scan when police arrived, so officers spoke with the victim’s friend.

The friend told police the victim was hanging out and drinking with a group of friends at a house in the University District near NE 50th and 17th Ave NE, when he wandered off and left the house by himself.

The group of friends later found the victim laying in the street, bleeding, and assumed he’d been hit by a car.

The man’s friends then took him to the hospital.

Police spoke with the victim, who offered up a slightly different version of the story.

The man told police he was walking with his friends when “a car load of Asian males drove up and began ‘talking shit’ to them.”

Four men got out of the car, attacked the victim, and jumped back in their vehicle.

As the suspects’ car sped off, the driver swerved into the victim, slamming him into the front of the car and onto the road.

The victim’s friends then took him to Swedish.

The victim told police that he believed the suspects are members of a South Seattle gang—which isn’t named in the report—and said he’d previously been attacked by the same the suspects at a club at 1st and Blanchard on December 9th.

The police report notes that as officers were talking to the victim, all of the man’s friends fled the hospital.

A security guard at the hospital told police the victim’s friends “all left as soon as they saw [officers] come in.