The man who allegedly stabbed three men in Seattle’s City Hall Park Monday night assaulted a man in a wheelchair exactly a year ago in an attack that started the same way.
Witnesses of both Nov. 11 attacks said Adan Yusuf, 35, was argumentative and asking for cigarettes before he began his assaults, according to police and court documents.
All three men stabbed around 9:45 p.m. Monday night were lucky the weapon Yusuf allegedly used was only a small folding knife, said Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Renee Witt. All three were taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses told police that Yusuf had been walking around the park asking people for a cigarette. When one man didn’t offer him a cigarette, Yusuf allegedly started stabbing him.
Two others who tried to subdue Yusuf were also stabbed, one of them several times before he was sent to Harborview in serious condition. Others jumped in to restrain Yusuf until police arrived and arrested him.
“Luckily, people stepped forward and subdued him,” said Witt.
Yusuf also suffered minor cuts to his hands and was treated at the scene, Witt said. He was booked into jail for investigation of assault.
Court records show that a King County District Court Judge found probable cause to hold Yusuf in custody on $300,000 bail in connection with the Monday night attacks.
Yusuf pleaded guilty earlier this year to third-degree assault for the Nov. 11, 2012, attack. In that case, he beat two men including a disabled man in the International District outside of Jones Bar & Grill at 500 South King Street, according to court documents.
The man who uses a wheelchair told police that after Yusuf asked another man for a cigarette and that man refused, Yusuf argued with him and knocked the man to the ground. The man in the wheelchair then tried to position himself between them to stop the fight, but Yusuf ended up dumping him out of the chair into the street, where he kicked him in the head and knocked his teeth loose.
A King County judge ordered that Yusuf pay restitution and issued a five-year restraining order to keep Yusuf away from the two victims. Less than a month after sentencing and his Feb. 25 release from jail, Yusuf was also charged with malicious mischief and possession of stolen property in Lynnwood.