LETTER: Concern Over Severe Beating of White Center Alcoholic ‘Fast Freddy’
Someone needs to say something about Fred Webster and what happened to him recently in White Center.
I found out Wednesday (April 4) that he was so severely beaten he is in ICU at Highline Hospital and most likely will die.
Fred is one of our local resident alcoholics and is basically harmless, he was not always that way and at one point we worked together at Malo’s Autobody and he was a very good body man.
I am still trying to find out what happened to him other than being beaten to a pulp. Irritating as he may have been, I still considered him a friend, and he was useful to many people. He would help many people fix their cars for free most of the time, and had a soft spot for a woman in need and would give the shirt off his back to help them with nothing in return.
When Fred was not drunk he was always helping people and the thought of him lying in a hospital dying and nothing being done or said about it really is sad.
Fred was not an angry drunk and many people knew him all over the state, he served in the Army as a Ranger and at one time had his life together before the booze took him over.
If anything, maybe something good can come of this for the other local alcoholics in the White Center – Burien area or maybe serve as an example of how that lifestyle can ruin your life.
Can you please urge some sort of investigation or at least write something about this in the crime blotter, we are hoping someone will come forward with some sort of information as to what happened to Fast Freddy.
Thanks for your time.
– Brad Truesdell
Malos Autobody, White Center
UPDATE: Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office adds:
Victim appeared to be severely intoxicated and could not tell us exactly what happened. All he could say was that he was trying to get in his mobile home that was parked at this location when he was attacked from behind by two unknown males. He could not describe the males at all. He had no race, age, height, or clothing description. He said that after the attack they took his wallet and ran off in an unknown direction. Victim said that he never lost consciousness during the attack. He also said that there were no weapons used in the attack.
Victim was treated at the scene by aid personnel and later transported to Highline Medical for further treatment. We were not able to locate any independent witnesses. There is no suspect information in this case at this time.
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