Maybe you saw it on the SPD Blotter – a bizarre rampage of sorts on Wednesday that started in West Seattle and moved into other parts of the city before the suspect was arrested. We followed up today in search of specifics which were missing in that overall summary but were contained in the partial report we obtained. The 37-year-old suspect, shown in public databases with a West Seattle address, was reported to have started by showing up outside Providence Mount St. Vincent, ranting and yelling first about the facility and then, “about North Korea,” in a manner described by one witness as “almost mad or crazy.”
A woman working at the reception desk said she was typing around 3 pm Wednesday when she looked up to see “a tall man, white, with dark hair, pushing a three-pronged cane across (the desk). The cane hit the computer, making it fall into (the victim), striking her and then falling onto the floor. Several other items that were on the desk were also scattered as the male swung the cane. (The victim) stated that while he was swinging the cane, he was yelling but she was unable to make out any legible words.” The computer was damaged but she said she was not hurt, and declined an offer of medical treatment. After that encounter, another witness said, the man turned around and stormed out, getting into his car, a green Subaru Outback, and driving away. One of the witnesses got the plate and gave it to police, who compared its owner’s driver-license photo to a surveillance camera image and deduced they likely knew their suspect’s identity. The report says he’s also suspected in hit and run incidents in the West Precinct and an attempted carjacking in the South Precinct. He was booked into jail early Thursday morning and remains held without bail.