WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Cigarette dispute sends 1 man to hospital, 1 man to jail

We had a request out to Seattle Police this morning for information about an assault of some kind at 42nd/Alaska on Monday afternoon. The response – this post on SPD Blotter:

Officers arrested a man Monday afternoon in West Seattle following an assault that left a man with serious facial injuries.

Witnesses called 911 just after 4 p.m. to report of a fight in the 4200 block of SW Alaska Street. When officers arrived they found a 54-year-old man who was bleeding heavily from his nose. His left eye was swollen shut. The man said he was assaulted by “the local boys” over a cigarette.

Dispatch later received a phone call that said the suspect was inside an apartment in the 4500 block of 42 Avenue SW. Officers went to the apartment and found a 37-year-old man who confirmed he had punched the victim once following a dispute over a cigarette.

Seattle Fire Department Medics treated the victim for his facial injuries and determined he may have also sustained a possible broken rib. A private ambulance took the victim to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment. Officers booked the suspect into King County Jail for investigation of assault as well as an unrelated warrant for assault.

11 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Cigarette dispute sends 1 man to hospital, 1 man to jail"

  • Lane October 24, 2017 (2:42 pm)

    The state Department of Health has free resources to help quit smoking.

    Just sayin’.

  • Chuck October 24, 2017 (3:13 pm)

    Really, really dumb, Lane. Not to mention callous and smug. How’s the view on that high horse?

    Just saying’.

  • Swede. October 24, 2017 (4:59 pm)

    Smoking IS bad for your health. 

  • CHRIS October 24, 2017 (5:55 pm)

    I agree. Lane, come on – you know darn well that insurance plans have to pay for smoke cessation! 

    • Eric in WS October 25, 2017 (5:40 am)

      The smoking cessation industry is a sham. Despite the propaganda from the pharmaceutical industry, most real world smokers quit smoking cold turkey.

      After years of heavy smoking and trying to quit with just about every quit smoking “aid” out there, I was able to finally quit smoking through a FREE website called Whyquit.com.

      That was over 13 years ago and I don’t miss it a bit

  • Erithan October 24, 2017 (6:59 pm)

    I don’t think it was just a ciggerate..my building saw most of it, pretty scary, broad daylight people with kids passing by, one guy was stomping on the other..=\ 


    not questioning WSB”s info, just what we living here saw/are having to deal with on a daily basis.=(

    • Mike October 25, 2017 (10:46 pm)

      What, noooooo, the city council won’t believe you.  Honestly, if you call and tell them it’s becoming a problem area, they’ll tell you it’s ‘not a problem area’ like they did to me about 3rd and Pike…..

  • justme October 24, 2017 (7:01 pm)

    I wonder who the “local boys” are.

  • JVP October 25, 2017 (7:37 am)

    Did this happen at “junkie park” across from QFC on 42nd & Alaska?  That place is sketch.

    • Shark grrrl October 25, 2017 (9:18 am)

      That park IS sketch and SO sad gotta take it back…what about local politicians want my vote, start something we can all see not just “meetings” action! I live close by and do my part on my block picking up trash cleaning out leaves from storm drains etc. not saying I have an answer but I’m trying.

      Hope the smoking man is ok 

    • Erithan October 25, 2017 (9:47 am)

      Yep, the super tiny little park, with the lovely little windmill art piece.

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