Update at 1:49 p.m. | The Seattle University student who was stabbed early Wednesday noticed he was being followed as he walked back to campus, where he lives in student housing, said Tim Marron, the university’s executive director of public safety and transportation. The student was still in the hospital as of Wednesday afternoon, he said.
The three attackers started following the student near the IHOP restaurant on Madison, and attacked him from behind in the “upper mall area” of the 50-acre campus, on 10th Avenue between Madison and Marion Streets, Marron said. Though he didn’t immediately realize he had been stabbed, the student was able to quickly summon help by pushing a button on an emergency safety phone, one of more than 60 scattered across campus, he said.
“To come on campus was a wise decision because he was able to get help quickly,” Marron said of the student. “Out of the options available to him at that moment, I think he chose the best one.”
The first public-safety officer reached the student in less than a minute, while other campus officers, who patrol the university on Segways, spotted the attackers, who took off running after hearing an ambulance siren, Marron said. As Seattle police were responding, the public-safety officers set up containment, ordering the suspects to freeze after they hid in a recycling yard; the two juveniles complied, but a 23-year-old man hopped another fence and hid in a composting bin, where police found him and arrested him, Marron said.
It does not appear that any of the student’s belongings were stolen in the attack, he said.
Update at 12:38 p.m.:| The three suspects are scheduled to make their first court appearances Thursday afternoon, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Original post: | Two teens and a man were arrested early this morning after they stabbed a Seattle University student during an attempted robbery, police said.
The victim, 23, has been hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center with a stab wound to his chest, according to Seattle police.
Police said the victim was walking on campus just after 1 a.m. when he was attacked from behind and knocked to the ground. As the attackers punched him, the victim said he could feel them going through his pockets, according to police.
After the assailants fled, the victim summoned campus security through an emergency kiosk.
As Seattle Fire Department medics were treating the victim they discovered a stab wound in his upper chest. The victim did not realize he had been stabbed in the attack, police said.
Police located two suspects hiding a few blocks away. A third suspect, with the assistance of a K-9 team, was tracked down a few blocks away hiding inside a recycling maintenance yard.
Two of the suspects, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, were booked into the Youth Services Center. A third, a 23-year-old man, was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery.