Two men accused of blinding a 65-year-old Georgetown gas station attendant in a vicious robbery and stabbing on New Year’s Day were charged Tuesday with first-degree assault and first-degree robbery, with each charge carrying a deadly-weapon enhancement, according to King County prosecutors.
Craig Jackson, 58, and Harold Lang Sr., 47, both remain in the King County Jail, with Jackson’s bail set at $1 million and Lang’s bail set at $500,000, jail and court records show.
Both men have extensive criminal histories, though Jackson has not previously been convicted in Washington. He has felony convictions in Georgia, California and Texas, while Lang has served prison time here for assault, drug crimes and theft, charging papers say.
Jackson is accused of vaulting over the counter of the 76 gas station at 551 S. Michigan St. around 9 p.m. on Jan. 1 and attacking Kashmir Sangha with a knife, repeatedly stabbing him while Lang wrestled the cash drawer from the register before both men fled.
A customer called 911 after finding Sangha covered in blood, the papers say. A fingerprint found on the cash register was later matched to Lang, and both men were arrested Jan. 7, the charges say.
Lang received $36 and some crack cocaine for his part in the robbery, say the charges. Seattle police detectives recovered the knife used in the attack from the motel room where Jackson was apparently staying on Aurora Avenue North, according to the charges.
“The victim was so severely stabbed in the eyes that he is now blind, having lost one eye completely and having lost all sight in his other eye. … The savage nature of this attack displays a motivation far beyond just robbery,” the charging papers say.