Machete/chain attack on Good Samaritan Wed. night sends one to hospital


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A brutal assault – with a machete and a chain – took place near the 76 station located on SW 148th Street near 1st Ave South in Burien Wednesday night, April 18.

Police say that at about 7:10 p.m., multiple 911 calls came in about an assault in progress near SW 148th Street and 1st Ave South.

Deputies arrived and located two male suspects – ages 25 and 30 – who were taken into custody and booked into King County Jail.

Here are the events as we know them:

  • A transient male was outside on SW 148th Street when two intoxicated suspects approached him and for no reason pushed over his bike and belongings.
  • A Good Samaritan in the area saw what occurred and tried to get the suspects to stop messing with the transient’s belongings.
  • The suspects turned on the Good Samaritan – one produced a machete and one had a belt like chain – and they began brutally assaulting the victim with (video of the assault is below).
  • At one point the transient tried to help, but the suspects attempted to throw him into traffic driving by.
  • Two cooks at a nearby restaurant were able to chase down the suspect who had the machete and hold him to the ground until Police arrived.
  • Police were able to arrest the second suspect with the chain.
  • The victim is a 39-year old male from Burien, who was treated by Medics and transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

Video from KOMO shows footage of the attack:

Here’s an interview with Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta, courtesy KING5:

Additional details from other sources:

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