Man Shoots Friend, Jogger Attacked, and a UW Pickpocket

Today in Fuzz: Jogger attacked in Carkeek Park, man accidentally shoots friend in SoDo, UW student robbed

1) Seattle police say a man attacked a woman, grabbing her by the neck, as she jogged through Carkeek Park this morning.

According to police, around 8:30 am, the woman jogged past a man sitting on a park bench. The man grabbed the woman around the neck, which led to a “serious struggle.”

Police say the woman was able to fight the man off and call 911.

She sustained scrapes on her neck, chin and lower legs in the attack.

According to SPD, the suspect is a “Native American male in his 20’s, approximately 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 250 pounds, with long black hair that goes down his back.  He was last seen wearing a brown long sleeve shirt with a black short sleeve shirt over it, dark pants, and carrying a lime green water bottle”

Police are asking anyone with tips about the case to call (206) 233-5000.

2)  A man accidentally shot his friend after leaving a SoDo club early Friday morning.

Around 2:00 am, the victim and friends left the club and headed to 4th Ave S. and S. Walker in SoDo.

The victim was sitting in the front passenger seat, when a man behind him began  messing with a handgun,” and accidentally fired one round through the seat, striking the 22-year-old victim in his lower back.

The driver pulled over at Airport Way S. and S. Plum St and called for medics, who took the victim to Harborview in critical condition.

Police arrested 23-year-old shooter for assault and booked him into jail.

At a meeting in the Rainier Valley last week, South Precinct Captain Mike Nolan told neighbors some SoDO clubs are frequently attended by “hardcore gang members.”

Police haven’t said whether any of the people involved in Friday’s incident were affiliated with gangs.

 3) The University of Washington sent out an ever-so-timely warning to students today about an attempted pickpocketing this weekend.

The UW alert says the male student was walking home near NE. 47th St. and 16th Ave. NE. around 9:00 pm Saturday night when a man walked up to him and tried to grab the victim’s wallet out of his pocket.

The victim ran away from the suspect and called police, who weren’t able to find the suspected pickpocket.