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Early Saturday morning fight near Beth’s Cafe leads to police chase through north Green Lake

What do you think? (1 Comment) June 21, 2011 at 8:00AM

A large police presence woke up several residents in north Green Lake early Saturday morning (June 18, 2011).

According to a resident of the area who asked to remain anonymous, there were at least six police vehicles at Wallingford Ave N & N 80th St around 3 a.m.:

The police set up a permitter and were searching with canine units up and down the block, looking in backyards, bushes, under vehicles, etc.

I saw them arrest one suspect, and the cops in my backyard told me there were 4 suspects, 3 of which they have found.  Not sure if they ever found the fourth.  Any idea what was going on?

Police reports from Saturday night are now available. According to this report, a fight broke out on the 7300 block of Aurora Ave N shortly before 3 a.m.

Beth’s Cafe, the Kangaroo & Kiwi Pub, and Duck Island Ale House are all located on this block.

The fight started when a witness who was standing outside was approached by a 15- or 16-year-old young man whom he did not know. The young man started yelling at the witness “for an unknown reason,” the report reads, and the witness yelled back. The young man yelled again before leaving.  He then returned several minutes later with several more men in their late teens. One had a black eye, and one had tattoos on both arms.

A person the police report describes as the victim then came outside. According to witnesses, it appeared at this point as though “the altercation was resolved,” and the young men began shaking hands. Then, without any warning, the man with tattoos on his arms punched the victim in the face with a closed fist.

At this point, “all of the suspects began assaulting” the victim, according to the police report, and he fell to the ground, striking his head on the concrete.  He was repeatedly kicked while he was on the ground, including at least one kick to the face. He lost consciousness momentarily.

Two people jumped into the fight in an attempt to break it up and to help the victim. The fight continued. According to the police report, a couple of people were struck by ash trays.

Eventually, the fight broke up, and four or five young men ran eastbound toward Green Lake Park.

Police arrived and got descriptions of the men from witnesses. The Seattle Fire Department treated the victim, who may have had a broken nose. He reported that his cell phone was missing.

Meanwhile, Officer Malloy located four young men walking on N 80th St. They turned, looked in the direction of the patrol car, and began running northeast, “through the houses,” according to the police report. Officer Malloy pursued them and apprehended one of them in the 8000 block of Burke Ave N. She found another hiding in a bush in the 1800 block of N 80th St. This man was in possession of a cell phone matching the description the victim gave of his missing phone.

A third young man was found in the 8000 block of Wallingford Ave N by Officer Wong, with the help of a police dog.

After being positively identified by witnesses to the fight, the three suspects were booked for investigation and transported to King County Jail. The police report makes no mention of the fourth suspect.

One Response to “Early Saturday morning fight near Beth’s Cafe leads to police chase through north Green Lake”

  1. Cktaylor023 says:

    Something similar to the way this began happened to a co-worker of mine downtown. She was walking down what is usually a crowded street and she was surrounded by three teenagers, one of which began yelling random things at her for no apparent reason. When she would move to get away from them, them would move with her. She didn’t have anything with her so it is hard to say what they wanted. Not knowing what to do, she started making small talk with them without acknowledging what they were doing. They suddenly took off quickly and luckily she walked away from this situation just a little shaken up. Makes you wonder if this is some sort of trend for kids this summer.