October 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM
Suspect arrested in fatal beating of South Seattle man a month ago
Police have arrested a suspect in the fatal beating of a South Seattle man last month.
The victim was attacked in the 5100 block of South Henderson Street just after 11 p.m. on Sept. 2, police said. Witnesses told detectives that they saw a man choking the victim and banging his head repeatedly against the glass walls of a bus shelter.
The victim was then punched in the face and he fell to the ground, striking the back of his head, police said.
When witnesses tried to come to the aid to the injured man, the attacker yelled at them to mind their own business, according to police.
The victim went home, but within 48 hours of the attack was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. About a week later he slipped into a coma and eventually died of his injuries on Sept. 19, police said.
Police located and arrested a suspect on Thursday. A search of the man turned up a loaded handgun reported stolen by the King County Sheriff’s Office, according to police.
The suspect is a convicted felon and cannot lawfully possess a firearm, police said.
Officers also found he had 70 Vicodin pills and five baggies of suspected marijuana.
Police booked him into the King County Jail for investigation of homicide.
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