SEATTLE – Seattle Police are asking for your help in identifying the suspect behind a brutal attack in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood.
Police believe the attack was completely random and fear the suspect is targeting another victim. The video is difficult to watch, but the police are asking you to pay close attention to the red and yellow shirt the suspect is wearing and to remind you if you have seen this man.
The incident happened on July 28. A photographer from Los Angeles was on vacation in Seattle when the attack occurred in broad daylight at 6 p.m. in the 2800 block of Rainier Ave South, near Rainier and South Forest Street.
For those familiar with the area, the attack took place behind pawnshop Cash America, across from the Mount Baker transit hub.
âIt’s brutal. It’s vicious. It happened really quickly, âsaid Detective Sergeant Ben Morrison of the Seattle Police Department’s thefts unit.
âThe suspect hit his head several times. Once the victim was unconscious, the suspect rummaged in his pockets, took some money, a cell phone and a few other items and walked away, âMorrison said.
He said detectives were working on the case, but ran into walls identifying the suspect.
âIt absolutely bothers me,â Morrison said.
The suspect is described as a black male weighing 170 to 180 pounds and 5 feet 10 inches tall. But most notably, the forward wore a red and yellow short-sleeved shirt with a distinct pattern. He also wore a red baseball cap and black athletic pants with a white stripe down the sides.
Police are asking you to remember if you saw this shirt in a friend’s social media post. They also ask people who work in the area to remember that day and try to remember if they saw the man anywhere before or after the attack.
âWe’re not going to give in, we’ll keep looking for clues, and we’ll keep looking for help and catch up with him,â Morrison said.
KIRO7 spoke to the victim after being released from the hospital. He’s a Los Angeles-based photographer called Caliber Visuals.
âThe guy came up to me and tried to ask me what time it was, I told him I didn’t know,â Visuals said. âHe grabbed my hand so I couldn’t get away from him,â he said.
âThat’s when he went into full attack mode,â Visuals said.
Seattle Police are concerned the suspect is targeting someone else.
âWe are very worried that he will do it. That’s why we need the community’s help to identify him and get him off the streets, âMorrison said.
You can call the SPD flight unit with any information at 206-684-5535.
Crime Stoppers is also offering a $ 2,000 reward – call (800) 222-8477.
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