Special Needs Man Severely Beaten In Burien Thurs. Night; Police Seeking Help
The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a 21-year old man was severely beaten as he walked home from downtown Burien Thursday night (Nov. 17) around 9 p.m.
Police say that Joshua Sheen, a special needs adult, arrived home around 9 p.m. bloodied, and had to crawl to get into the house. He had “pretty much everything in his face fractured” said his sister Brianna Davey. Sheen also had teeth knocked out and according to Davey had “internal bleeding and had to have his spleen removed.”
Sheen was missing his cell phone, shoes and possibly his wallet, and apparently had no recollection of how he was injured.
King County Sheriff Deputies searched several blocks attempting to locate where the incident occurred but was unable to locate any evidence.
Sheen is 5’7” tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He was wearing a black jacket and dark jeans.
“We are hoping that someone saw something and will come forward,” said his sister Davey.
We also received the following email Friday morning:
“My nephew, who is a special needs adult, was the victim of a hate crime.
He is currently at Harborview Medical Center, in ICU on life support. There is a chance he may not recover.
I’m asking residents in the area to please contact local media and ask them for help in gathering information and public support to assist in the capture and prosecution of the person or persons responsible.
Any help or information is greatly appreciated.
It happened in Burien, near his home. Around 7:30 pm or so.”
UPDATE 11/18/11 2 p.m.: Cindi West of the KCSO said that while police don’t know exactly where the beating happened, Sheen’s home is in the 12400 block of 22 Ave South (map below).
If you have any information about this crime, please call the King County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 206-296-7530 or email [email protected].