3 suspects arrested after stabbing at Seattle University
Three suspects were arrested after a Seattle University student was stabbed early Wednesday during an attempted robbery on the campus.
Seattle Times staff
A Seattle University student was stabbed early Wednesday morning during an attempted robbery on the campus, Seattle police said.
The 24-year-old victim has been hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center with a wound to his chest, according to police.
Three suspects — a 15-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a 23-year-old man — were arrested a short time later, police said.
The student noticed he was being followed around 1 a.m. as he was walking back to campus, where he lives in student housing, said Tim Marron, the university’s executive director of public safety and transportation. Once the student reached the upper mall area of the 50-acre First Hill campus, the three attacked him from behind and knocked him to the ground, Marron said.
As the attackers punched him, the victim said, he could feel them going through his pockets, police said. The attackers then fled.
Though he didn’t immediately realize he had been stabbed, the student was able to quickly summon help by pushing a button on an emergency-safety phone, one of more than 60 scattered across campus, Marron said.
“To come on campus was a wise decision because he was able to get help quickly,” Marron said of the student. “Out of the options available to him at that moment, I think he chose the best one.”
The first public-safety officer reached the student in less than a minute, while other campus officers, who patrol the university on Segways, spotted the attackers, who took off running after hearing an ambulance siren, Marron said.
As Seattle police were responding, the public-safety officers set up containment, ordering the suspects to freeze after they hid in a recycling yard, Marron said. He said the two juveniles complied, but the 23-year-old man hopped a fence and hid in a composting bin, where police found him and arrested him, Marron said.
It does not appear that any of the student’s belongings were stolen in the attack, he said.
The juvenile suspects were booked into the Youth Services Center. The adult was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery, according to police.
The three suspects are scheduled to make their first court appearances Thursday afternoon, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said.
Seattle Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green contributed to this report