A 19-year-old man was arrested Saturday for allegedly attacking another man who refused to comply with demands to relinquish his backpack, Seattle police said.
At least five people participated in the beating, which occurred at about 6:40 a.m. at Third Avenue and Yesler Way, according to police.
The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with what police said was a “possible life-threatening head injury.” Neither the suspect nor the victim was identified by police.
Police said officers arrived on the scene within a minute of being called, and found the victim lying partially in the road. A witness told police the suspect struck the victim with a stick, hitting him on the face and head and knocking him to the ground. At least four — and possibly more — suspects kicked the victim when he was down, police said.
Several attackers headed south on a Metro bus. Police nabbed two of them near where they disembarked from the bus, and were able to quickly identify the primary attacker. He was booked into the King County Jail for felony assault and robbery. The other suspects remain at large.
Police are asking anyone with information to about the attack or the remaining suspects to call 911 or Seattle Police.