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April 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Mistaken identity, joking remark trigger fight and arrests

A case of mistaken identity left one person pepper sprayed, another punched in the face and a third with a chipped tooth, Seattle police said in a Web posting Sunday.

Officers responded about 5:53 a.m. Saturday to a report of an assault near Airport Way South and South Snoqualmie Street.

A preliminary investigation indicated that a man and a woman were in their tent and thought that a friend of theirs was walking by, police said.

The two jokingly yelled out: “Be quiet.”

A man confronted the 29-year-old man who had yelled from the tent, tackled him and punched him in the face with a closed fist, police said.

The man from the tent returned to it and told the woman what occurred.  She decided to try to resolve the misunderstanding by talking to the man who allegedly threw the punch and a woman who was with him.

When those two charged the woman who had confronted them, she gave the other woman a dose of pepper spray, police said.

The man then tackled her and hit her on the face with a rock at least twice, police said. The woman with him joined in the assault before both took off, heading north on Airport Way South.

Officers searched the area and found both suspects, a 32-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman, in the 1900 block of Airport Way South. The victims positively identified both suspects, who were arrested and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of felony assault, police said.

Fire-department medics treated the woman from the tent, who suffered a chipped tooth, cuts, scrapes, a bloodied face and significant swelling around both of her eyes, police said. Medics treated the man with her for swelling and abrasions on his face.

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