UPDATE: Woman stabbed in robbery at Juneau Street Market; suspect arrested

12:28 PM: Seattle Police and Fire have a “scenes of violence” response right now at California/Juneau. More shortly.

12:33 PM: Per scanner, a suspect is in custody.

12:38 PM: Police say this started as a robbery. We’re told at the scene that a woman has a head injury but is alert and conscious.

12:40 PM: Per radio communication, the victim was stabbed. This is reported to have happened at the Juneau Street Market, which as reported here was hit by a burglar less than a week ago. Avoid the area for a while, as California is blocked southbound by the emergency response (photo added above).

12:52 PM: The suspect was arrested about a block south, on the other side of California, after what police describe as a “brief foot pursuit.”

12:55 PM: Police on the scene confirm the robbery and attack did happen inside the market, with the aftermath visible from the front door:

Again, avoid California/Juneau for a while. Metro has sent an alert that buses are rerouted.

1:39 PM: The street is open again. Police are still at the market.

4:21 PM: SPD has released a little more info via SPD Blotter. The victim is 71. The suspect is 51. From their writeup:

At approximately 12:20 pm, officers responded to an assault call in progress in the 5900 block of California Avenue SW. The call indicated that a male was assaulting a female inside the store and that the woman was screaming for assistance. A delivery driver and another customer happened to walk into the store while the assault was occurring and pulled the victim to safety. The suspect then retreated to the back of the store and ran out the back door just as officers were arriving.

Officers gave chase and took the 51-year-old suspect into custody several blocks away after deploying a Taser.

The victim’s family has posted comments below and says she “is doing well.”

8:18 PM: We stopped by the market earlier this evening to ask if there’s any community help needed. Not at this point; the owner planned to close early to go visit the victim in the hospital.

124 Replies to "UPDATE: Woman stabbed in robbery at Juneau Street Market; suspect arrested"

  • JF December 11, 2018 (12:39 pm)

    Any one know what happened? 

  • Babs December 11, 2018 (12:43 pm)

    9, yes nine cop cars came barreling down Morgan to California.  I was highly concerned as I have never seen such a large callout. So glad the suspect is in custody.

  • Bob Becker December 11, 2018 (12:43 pm)

    Several emergency vehicles westbound on Morgan @ 37SW in the last 30 minutes.

  • Kelley Munro December 11, 2018 (12:48 pm)

    California is blocked northbound at Graham as well. The suspect was taken down outside our window. 

  • Sillygoose December 11, 2018 (12:50 pm)

    This is just horrible!  I hope this woman will be okay.

  • Tadiff December 11, 2018 (12:57 pm)

    This is 1 block from my job.  This is so terrify.  Prayers 🙏🏽to the victim and her family.  

  • cjboffoli December 11, 2018 (12:58 pm)

    Egads!  These business owners just can’t catch a break.

  • Apey December 11, 2018 (12:59 pm)

    Thank you, WSB, for your quick response to everything that goes on around here! I was on my way to work, which is about 2 blocks from the scene, and it was quite a sight to see so many police cars and emergency vehicles. 

  • Kitty December 11, 2018 (1:06 pm)

    They arrested him right outside my apartment building near Seattle Wine Cellars. Looks like the Bud Light delivery guy must have chased him down after the incident. Saw the delivery guy with blood on his vest turning over his clothing for evidence. They just took the suspect away in a police van after bagging a bunch of their clothing for evidence also right in the street.

    • ACG December 11, 2018 (1:55 pm)

      Wow!  If that is the case, that man is a hero. What bravery!  I hope the woman will be okay. My thoughts are with her and the owners of the Market. 

    • Steve December 11, 2018 (3:53 pm)

      DILLY DILLY!!!

      • Kas December 11, 2018 (4:39 pm)

        Omg, this made me snort laugh. Not a funny story but this lightened the mood. 

      • Dodie Nelson December 12, 2018 (1:20 am)

        That waa brilliant 😐my mother almost dies and you post this? People like you are why ws isnt ws anymore. I hope to god this never happens to your mother

        • Dale Anderson December 12, 2018 (3:15 pm)

          Dodie I’m terribly sorry for what happened to your mother. I hope she gets well real soon and and your family has a wonderful Christmas. You’re right West Seattle isn’t  West Seattle anymore. I’m 75 and my dad was born here in 1906 in West Seattle. We used to go to bed at night in the hot summer nights and leave our doors open leave your keys in the car and people used to talk to people. Then the transplants started moving in and that’s when West Seattle starting to go down the hill.It drovethe good people out of here. I like to meet the guy that made that comment  what happened to your mother was funny.I would be in jail right now.It amazes me how insensitive people are.Your mom looks like a tough strong woman and I bet she will be alright.So inspite of what happened I hope u have a wonderful holiday 

  • Beach Creep December 11, 2018 (1:06 pm)

    I’ve been in there before, does the owner still open-carry his firearm?

    • Janna December 11, 2018 (6:39 pm)

      That open carry guy was an employee. Was… 

      • savoirfaire December 11, 2018 (7:14 pm)

        Yeah, I haven’t seen him there for a while. The owner is a really nice guy; he does not deserve this run of bad luck.

  • delridge72 December 11, 2018 (1:11 pm)

    City Hall doesn’t take crime seriously when they take over four years to approve a new contract with our men and women in blue. #7Upin2019

    • Gorcone December 11, 2018 (10:25 pm)

      C’mon, that’s not fair. It’s a GROSS oversimplification.

  • wsgal December 11, 2018 (1:32 pm)

    This is just awful, I hope the woman is alright. Would appreciate any kind of update if possible. Great little shop, friendly owner and workers. Thankful for the delivery guy who went above and beyond and chased down the guy…. wow. Tough last few days for this shop, unbelievable.

    • Dorothy Nelson December 12, 2018 (1:26 am)

      Thank you this is her daughter. She will be fine and we appreciate your concern

  • Mike December 11, 2018 (1:50 pm)

    If he stabbed her, hang em.

    • Mitch December 11, 2018 (11:28 pm)

      Whoa, Pardner. That ain’t the way we do things around here anymore. Not since the wild west days anyway. 

  • Nikki December 11, 2018 (2:09 pm)

    This is horrible. I don’t really feel our police force is doing much to keep the neighborhood safe. Between this and other home robberies … feel the drug problem in this city is escalating faster than police can handle. 

    • Steve December 11, 2018 (6:19 pm)

       Talk to any police officer and you’ll learn the crime issue starts with City Hall. Can’t do their job if they aren’t allowed to. 

      • DB Coop December 11, 2018 (10:01 pm)

        I have talked to quite a few officers and you are 100% correct. I’m glad this didn’t turn out worsee than it could’ve but I lived in this neighborhood for 17 years and this kind of crime should not even happen.

      • Gorcone December 11, 2018 (10:27 pm)

        Please stop. Wake up. Too many cops have systemically and historically abused power and still do. THAT is why we are treading so carefully with regard to negotiations with the police. How could you NOT know this?!

    • savoirfaire December 11, 2018 (7:17 pm)

      There’s not much the police can do to prevent or treat addiction. That’s another area that’s consistently underfunded. I also wish the police were given more training and support in dealing with people in crisis. A cop who gave a presentation at my workplace was pretty clear about the fact that more often than not, the people they encounter are in crisis in one way or another.

  • Beto December 11, 2018 (2:18 pm)

    Is there a webpage where we can see the face photos of those criminals?  At least if we see them on the street we can keep an eye on them.

    • Dodie Nelson December 12, 2018 (2:49 am)

      Hello this is her daughter. Shes a litte “beat up” and has some stitches but she will be fine. Thank you very much for your kind words

      • Angela December 12, 2018 (1:13 pm)

        That is so good to hear. Thanks for letting us know.

  • Cleo Subido December 11, 2018 (2:37 pm)

    Our police force is understaffed and this happened during shift change so these officers were probably coming from a roll call or something. West Seattle residents – seriously – we honestly need to do something about the decrease in the number of officer SPD is able to retain. If we cannot keep officers they cannot respond to calls. It’s that simple. Officers want to protect their districts, but their districts are too large to protect.  

    • Brenda December 11, 2018 (5:53 pm)

      Here Here!!

    • Bobby December 11, 2018 (8:39 pm)

      I was one block away and there was a gigantic police response. There were about 10 cars that locked the area down. It could’ve been under manned but it definitely was not. Not sure where you’re getting your info because I was right there. The response was quick and strong.

      • Cleo Subido December 12, 2018 (7:51 am)

        That’s excellent. These officers do everything they can. But before this SPD crisis we actually had cops assign to be PROACTIVE and not just responsive. Thank you for posting the reality of the response too. Sometimes people expect the officers to prevent these crimes and until we get back to the.abiry to staff proactive u it’s we will never prevent only react. 

    • Dodie Nelson December 12, 2018 (1:05 am)

      this is her daughter and I was there. Our police response was amazing. We had every office in west seattle and the were fast and efficient. They even caught the man 2 blocks away. The way people downtrodden them is pathetic they were amazing as well as the medics.

  • Mindy December 11, 2018 (2:47 pm)

    So we know the lady working there (we have known her for years). Any updates on her???  I am not saying her name out of privacy… Thanks for the info

    • WSB December 11, 2018 (3:20 pm)

      Hi – her injuries were not described as life-threatening, but aside from that, without a full name, I can’t get info from the hospital. We are going to go back down to the store a bit later to ask – police were still there as of our last pass about half an hour ago.

    • Unknown December 11, 2018 (6:43 pm)

      I know her. My friend says she’s in the hospital. My friend is horrified that what she heard. The women was a really great lady. I can’t believe something like this has happened to her.

    • Dodie Nelson December 12, 2018 (1:34 am)

      Thank you Mindy this is her daughter. She is still at the hospital but thats just so they can watch her for the night. Otherwise she is doing very well. Again thank you for your concern and respect.

  • Me December 11, 2018 (2:47 pm)

    It’s very true they need more Money /funds for officers. 

  • Sad December 11, 2018 (3:00 pm)

    Crime in WS has just gotten worse.  What is going on??!?  Guess we’re in the “big city” now.  

  • bolo December 11, 2018 (3:11 pm)

    Heard on the radio this morning that there is an impending nationwide police force shortage.

    • WS Guy December 11, 2018 (9:08 pm)

      Now that the police are treated like the bad guys, I’m not surprised.  Why would you want to face danger from criminals every day, knowing that you ALSO face personal liability, public anger, and jail time?

      • high on what December 11, 2018 (9:56 pm)

        Why would we ever treat police like the bad guys?  Oh…  Wait…  Yes, that would do it.  

  • Elijah Gray December 11, 2018 (3:13 pm)

    The beer Delivery guy was my father. Police caught the suspect and my father Identified him. Incredibly proud of him for going inside to help the poor lady to get her out of harm’s way.

    • Betsy December 11, 2018 (4:00 pm)

      Please give your dad a big thank you! He sounds like quite a guy! 

    • ACG December 11, 2018 (4:32 pm)

      Please tell your dad thank you. It is wonderful to be reminded that there are amazing people in this world, especially those who show such bravery during a terrible event. 

    • savoirfaire December 11, 2018 (7:18 pm)

      Your dad is a mensch!

    • Dodie Nelson December 12, 2018 (1:39 am)

      This is her daughter. Please tell your dad I am so thankful. He saved my mothers life. I dont know how we can ever repay him

  • Me December 11, 2018 (3:35 pm)

    Your  dad should get an award! 

  • Neal f Ratliff December 11, 2018 (4:03 pm)

    Her name is Penny Ratliff my wife

    • WSB December 11, 2018 (4:04 pm)

      How is she doing?

    • A December 11, 2018 (4:18 pm)

      I hope she makes a swift recovery! 

    • Melinda December 11, 2018 (4:29 pm)

      We are so sad to hear about Penny. We know her from back at Rite Aid (and my son and Lily go to school together). We hope she has a speedy recovery. Please keep us updated. Please tell her we said hi..

    • ACG December 11, 2018 (4:34 pm)

      We are keeping her in our thoughts, as well as your entire family. 

    • savoirfaire December 11, 2018 (7:13 pm)

      I didn’t know her name but she has always seemed like such a nice person. Keeping her in our thoughts and hoping she’ll be okay.

    • Rick December 11, 2018 (8:30 pm)

      Neal and Penny, I’ve known you both for a long time and am so very sorry for this. The arrest occurred just a few doors down from my shop. Glad they caught the guy. Wishes for a speedy recovery. Rick the Barber.

    • Tami and joe December 11, 2018 (8:48 pm)

      I’m so sorry this is happening to your family. Our thoughts are with you, let us know if you need anything. Joe and I are regulars and would love to give you help or food. Sammy knows us and Joe is a Chef. You are in our thoughts, all of you. 

  • flimflam December 11, 2018 (4:12 pm)

    this is terrible.it seems obvious the city is in need of more officers – an understatement, really. why the council is so against such an idea is insane, as is the bogging down of the new n precinct because the building will be racist somehow is beyond belief.

  • D December 11, 2018 (4:15 pm)

    The woman attacked is my mother. She does have injuries but is doing well. Thank you so much to the beer man you saved my mothers life.  Thank you to all bloggers for their caring and kind thoughts

    • Elijah Gray December 11, 2018 (4:38 pm)

      This is his son. I will make sure he sees this. Extremely proud of him, he is an honest working man and it makes me grateful for a father like him.

    • Glenn Gray jr December 11, 2018 (6:17 pm)

      This is the bud guy I’m glad she is gonna be ok I’ve been wondering how she was doing 

      • M December 11, 2018 (6:57 pm)

        Thank you for saving my mom, we may not of still had a mom if not for your quick action and bravery. I am her youngest daughter. Thank you sir sincerely.

      • Dorothy Nelson December 12, 2018 (1:54 am)

        Omg Bud guy I can never thank you enough. You saved my mothers life. I will forever be greatful

    • M December 11, 2018 (8:10 pm)

      My prayers and thoughts to our friendly Penny! D, please give your mom a hug for me!

  • Curate December 11, 2018 (4:22 pm)

    Neal, I’m so very sorry. Our thoughts are with you. Was she working there at the time? Your community will support you!

  • Highfather December 11, 2018 (4:22 pm)

    If more people got their CC license and used it, there would be a lot less of this kind of thing.

    • high on what December 11, 2018 (5:11 pm)

      Nope.  Guns versus knives at close quarters and you think a concealed gun is going to help you?  You’re a fool.

      • Andy December 12, 2018 (6:14 pm)

        You pick a fight with her partner, Slim, and you’ll be dead. He’s a quick draw expert. Too bad he wasn’t there to protect. I would have testified in his behalf if he shot this perp in the back.

    • Nolan December 11, 2018 (5:26 pm)

      Calm down there, Rambo. Bringing a gun to a knife fight only guarantees that it becomes more lethal for everyone involved. The “good guy with a gun” myth is just that, and not a lick more. See also https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/i-m-army-veteran-gun-owner-good-guy-gun-theory-ncna821976

      • Winston Smith December 11, 2018 (6:15 pm)

        Didn’t a CC citizen stop a murderous knife wielding attacker at the downtown MOD pizza recently?

        • Nolan December 11, 2018 (6:41 pm)

          People win lotteries on a regular basis, but most people know not to rely on the Powerball for their retirement.

          • Winston Smith December 11, 2018 (7:05 pm)

            Just wanted to correct your statement that it is a “myth.” Is it rare, absolutely, but not mythical.  There are very few  absolutes in life. Thank you to the delivery man and hope Penny has a quick recovery.

        • Nolan December 11, 2018 (10:39 pm)

          You haven’t “corrected” anything. “Good guy with a gun” — the idea that everyone is a firearm and some cursory training away from handling dangerous situations with minimal deaths — is thoroughly a myth, and an exceedingly dangerous one that cannot go unchallenged. It feeds the worst sort of egotism in people who want an excuse to wield power over others.Is this the story you’re referring to? It pretty clearly looks like a domestic dispute, and this man would have had plenty of time to stab other people if that’s what he wanted to do. You can’t seriously believe a gun-wielding bystander changed anything about it: https://www.seattlepi.com/local/crime/article/Man-killed-girlfriend-at-Seattle-Center-Armory-13364552.php

          • Dodie Nelson December 12, 2018 (2:41 am)

            This is her daughter. Your “assumptions” are clearly incorrect. This WAS NOT a domestic dispute. This was a drugged out customer. Please check your facts before posting. Thank you

        • G December 12, 2018 (4:35 am)

          No, he didn’t stop anything. The guy had already murdered his girlfriend and was outside walking away…

      • Bradley December 11, 2018 (11:49 pm)

        You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. I survived a violent carjacking by 4 felons in 1994 on 35th Avenue because I was armed with a handgun. The attackers were impersonating police officers and had police lights and siren on their car. 24 years later my pistol saved 3 of us when we were assaulted by 3 teenagers with rocks. A knife is no match for a large-caliber handgun.

      • WestSeattleCCer December 12, 2018 (5:23 pm)

        Nolan, please read this before regurgitating one mans opinion as fact for all. Guns have saved lives, and guns have taken lives, no doubt. But to discount gun ownership because you don’t feel comfortable around them is selfish at best, and ignorant at worst. I bet you would be surprised at the number of people you pass by every day that have a concealed weapon on them, and not for a power trip or “egotism” as you put it, but as a way to deter crime and keep themselves and their families safe.  Guns don’t have to be fired  to deter criminals, guns can just be presented to deter criminals. Most concealed carry citizens hope to never need to fire them. Like wearing your seat belt, you hope you never need it, but you wear it just in case. https://www.forbes.com/sites/paulhsieh/2018/03/20/any-study-of-gun-violence-should-include-how-guns-save-lives/#44fc60445edc

        • high on what December 12, 2018 (6:50 pm)

          To get back to basics, and more or less the topic: guns won’t stop someone from walking up to you and stabbing you.  I cannot be any clearer.  And if you don’t see the numerous reasons why this is true…  Then probably nobody can help you.  But one more time:  it is absurd and illogical to think that having a CC license will stop someone from stabbing you.  What are you gonna do?  Brandish your gun to anyone who comes within arms-length of you?  HA!  This crime was awful, people can be terrible, guns are not the answer.  Deal with it.

          • Bradley December 13, 2018 (12:20 am)

            Presenting a gun stopped 3 violent young men from throwing baseball-size rocks at us from less than a few feet away less than a year ago. 

  • Junction Lady December 11, 2018 (4:24 pm)

    So an employee of the store was stabbed by a “customer”??My hat goes off to the Bud Light delivery man!!I hope Penny heals up quick and doesn’t suffer from this traumatic incident.

    • Dodie Nelson December 12, 2018 (1:22 am)

      Thank you but she would appreciate it if her name was not used at this time

  • JScottphotographer December 11, 2018 (4:43 pm)

    It’s getting weird in the Junctions lately. Clean the area up!

  • Fauntleroy neighbor December 11, 2018 (5:01 pm)

    Does anyone have information on the perp? I walked to rite aid last week and noticed a disturbed man in the store. The staff they was going to call the police but then he left..i walked home on the opposite side of the street and he was yielding a stick. Was curious if this is the same guy, same area.

    • Dodie Nelson December 12, 2018 (2:44 am)

      Thank you neighbor :) this is her daughter. The police caught the man 2 blocks from our store. No need to worry sbout him anymore :)

  • Monet December 11, 2018 (5:12 pm)

    High father, your mindset is part of the problem.  I’m as afraid of “cc” folks as I am of the crime in this city which I do not think is any better or worse than it’s been the 14 years I’ve lived in West Seattle. More Guns are not the answer .  It’s a reckless non solution!

    • Kevin December 11, 2018 (7:38 pm)

      Monet, I contend that your mindset is the problem. Your opinions are clearly not based on facts if you believe that crime hasn’t changed in Seattle over the last 14 years. 

    • Gorcone December 11, 2018 (10:29 pm)

      Amen Monet. Clearly, there are some out-of-touch, misinformed curmudgeons on this site who allow their conservative and ignorant bent to shape their opinions about lots.

    • Bradley December 11, 2018 (11:55 pm)

      There are almost 700,000 concealed carry license holders in Washington. Seattle has the lowest number of license holders, yet leads the State, by far, in violent crime. The counties that issue the most CCW licenses have the lowest violent crime. Your paranoia, bigotry, and misinformation are dangerous.

      • Jethro Marx December 12, 2018 (3:21 pm)

        Whoa, Bradley that is some awesome statistics manipulation.  Seattle is the biggest city in the state and it would be pretty strange if we didn’t have the highest crime rate.  Which makes me wonder, are you even talking rates here, or are you just looking at like, Asotin county where they have about 35 people and 33 of them carry guns?  What’s the point of concealed carry anyway? It wouldn’t have stopped the attack on this clerk but only provided for some kind of retributive street justice- it seems like unconcealed carry would have been more effective here, like the dude who used to pack a single action revolver behind the counter.  But seriously, if you want to contend that carrying guns saves lives, please incorporate the number of suicides/accidental shootings/errant bullets fired by good-guys-with-guns/friendly fire/domestic violence/geez I could go on and on– that you find in the data.  Because for all your dramatic posturing and dreams of grand crime-stopping, the key point in the data is that when you own a gun, that gun is far more likely to shoot you or a friend or family member who is not committing a crime than a “bad guy.”  But yeah, misinformation can be dangerous too!

        • Bradley December 12, 2018 (5:28 pm)

          Your misinformation is hysterically inaccurate. I’ve saved my life twice in West Seattle with a legally-carried firearm. Almost without exception, every murder, assault, battery, and robbery victim anywhere was unarmed. You can refuse to take responsibility for your own personal protection if you want, but our State Constitution expressly lists that we have the right to protect ourselves with a firearm anywhere we conduct ourselves.

          • Jethro Marx December 13, 2018 (12:34 am)

            Listen, Bradley, it’s great that you saved your life, and I’m not going to get into the wacky anecdotes you shared about your armed hijinks as comically enterprising and well-equipped criminals and sometimes kids attacked you, except to say, “wow, kids throwing rocks, sounds like your life was really on the line!” but we’re really talking about statistics, rather than wacky anecdotes, and also misinformation, I suppose, so tell me this: I got a gun that I own; if that gun shoots someone, is it more likely to be a “bad guy” in the act of committing a crime or, say, myself/a family member/a friend/some random dude who ain’t driving around in a faux cop car trying to jack people? Because that data is out there, it ain’t hard to find, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the state constitution.

  • TJ December 11, 2018 (5:20 pm)

    I don’t know if the police force is understaffed in the city or not, but if it is it’s not a taxpayer problem. The number one job of government is protection, and the city has seen record revenues. This is on them for not adding officers as the population has grown. All that being said, my last two interactions with the police (neighboring business in SODO vandalized and homeless living in a van down the street from my house) haven’t left a good taste in my mouth due to non caring attitudes and not doing anything. It has led me to now have my concealed weapons license, even though I have owned weapons for years. It seems the only way to reduce the crime in Seattle is to look out for ourselves and each other.  Kudos to the driver for stepping in. 

  • Nate December 11, 2018 (6:00 pm)

    HOW ABOUT THANK YOU POLICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I see the police everyday around here going from one thing to the next. Whomever said they aren’t doing enough has mental issues. 

  • Ajwren December 11, 2018 (6:54 pm)

    Penny worked there and was a gracious employee each time I went into the store. My thoughts and prayers are with her for a speedy recovery. And a big thank you to Glenn, who selflessly came to her aid and then pursued this dirtbag. No bail for him, I hope!

  • My two cents ... December 11, 2018 (7:42 pm)

    Would like to see Councilmember Herbold pay half as much attention to the crime in West Seattle as the other “causes” that are advocated from her.

    • Honorable December 11, 2018 (10:07 pm)

      Agreed !

    • Bradley December 11, 2018 (11:51 pm)

      Absolutely agree!

    • Curtis December 12, 2018 (5:07 pm)

      I third that!  Herbold probably doesn’t even know this happened.  Understandable, as she is partially to blame.

  • Nickolaus Hendel December 11, 2018 (10:40 pm)

    I am shocked that something like this had happen and I am lost for words, emotions, and spiritual guidance.  An elder women who was beaten and stabbed 7 times and kick is not of this world but the person who did this is demon possess!  Or at least I feel that way.  The store was robbed and my friend was left for dead.  How do you say anything to her or her daughter.  I am lost and confused bythis cowardly act of desperation.  Sam showed the video to people who want to help this woman who was used and abused by someone who happens to be out of his mind.  I just wanted to know what can I and anyone do to help my friend out in recovery and her health situation.  Who is going to help her paid for rent and her family.  Please tell me the Government can help.  I can’t but sure want to.  I can only prayed that her recovery will come soon.  Any Ideals.Need reassuring help for her and myself.Thanks.Nickoluas

    • Dorothy Nelson December 12, 2018 (1:10 am)

      Hi Nick its Dodie. Mom is ok considering. No life threatening injuries. She was not stabbed but does have several injuries. Im starting a go fund me page so we can try and make sure our bills are covered. Again thank you so much. Your kindness at this time is most appreciated 💜

      • newnative December 12, 2018 (3:39 pm)

        I’m a little confused by the “daughters” posting (Dodie, Dorothy and D) conflicting information. WSB interviewed the store owners to see if community help is wanted and they said no. Here a Dorothy Nelson states she is starting a go fund me page.  Also, a man, “Neal Ratliff” names the victim as his wife, Penny Ratliff. But the “daughters” are asking that her name not be used. Really weird and sends up all sorts of red flags. 

        • WSB December 12, 2018 (4:40 pm)

          I believe the D’s are the same person. Someone also called us very early this morning regarding the name situation and we explained that it was used by a family member, not by us, but I’m not sure how the family dynamics work. Keep in mind this is traumatic for the family as well as the victim herself – we see this sometimes in comments on stories we’ve covered, in the day or two after the incident itself. By the way the suspect did have a hearing this afternoon; followup to come.

        • D December 14, 2018 (10:14 am)

          Yes I am her oldest daughter. Just becaise the store and not my mom said our family didnt need help doesnt make it correct. She was beayem half to death. Only conflicting information is what’s being posted here.( She WAS NOT stabbed).  No she didnt wamt her name posted and she is currently seperated. They live in different states. So it would probably benefit people to read all of my comments before “assuming” thank you. Speak with the victim or our family for correct information :)

      • CanDo December 13, 2018 (11:58 am)

        Hi….  would you post the gofundme link on one of these articles about your Mom so we can donate.  I used to talk with Penny a lot at Rite Aid and am horrified this happened to her.  Would like to do something to let her know we are thinking about her.

  • D December 12, 2018 (3:01 am)

    .I am her oldest daughter and just wanted to say thank ypu to all the kind people who have posted their thoughts and prayers. Also wanted to ask ypu all as a request from my mom that her name.not be posted anymore until she is ready. I get it it’s the internet but this is her only request. Thank you again for everything

  • Realist December 12, 2018 (4:57 am)

    Winston Smith. The guy with the gun DIDN’T stop the knife attack at the Center. AFTER THE STABBING he pulled out his gun. If you watch the video he’s pointing his gun at the guy but he never drop’s it. He wasn’t stopped until the police tased him. 

  • Lisa Marie Alki December 12, 2018 (7:11 am)

    This is so disturbing and ended so very filled with Blessings. Wishing this woman all the recovery for mind as well. This is traumatic! The man that walked in at the right time..you are a blessing..her angel!!.I had to call 911 last week at a 5pm hour in the Admiral Junction. A man wielding his arms..punching car windows…walking in front of ongoing traffic! Just last night we were eating at Luna Park and a shady man walked in asking to use a phone! The server was upset! Immediately I thought of the days events. My guard is up definitely.There was also a guy across from our apt at Tullys for awhile. He scared me a few times…yelling and hittiing the street signs!!They are definitely drug induced possessed!!

  • CanDo December 12, 2018 (7:12 am)

    Thank you Bud Light man.  Your efforts are much appreciated!  As a caring community we send warmth and healing to these small business people who are struggling to deal with senseless violence and crime in their lives.  

  • Grateful December 12, 2018 (8:00 am)

    Can we as a community celebrate Bud delivery guy?  Maybe give him gift cards or some special nights out?  

  • wsgal December 12, 2018 (8:11 am)

    Kiro7 posted the surveillance video, goodness – it is absolutely terrifying, I can’t believe this happened.  Poor woman, if any type of community fund is started for this woman, please be sure to post it on here. 

  • Chris December 12, 2018 (1:43 pm)

    We also know her and she was always kind and thoughtful when we had dealings with her.   Our heart goes out to her even more so after watching the story on the news where she shows the damage to her face, and seeing the video.    Thank goodness for the customer and the Bud delivery person for saving her life.   It looked like this guy in video meant to kill her.   We thank you for helping her, plus wishing her a speedy recovery both physically and emotionally.

  • KD December 12, 2018 (2:04 pm)

    WSBlog.. if a photo ever comes up of the caught perp, it would be interesting to see if it’s the same punk who broke in last weeks smash burglary. I would hate that there is a different one still on the loose that attacked the business. Take Care to all involved.

    • HelperMonkey December 13, 2018 (12:04 pm)

      Komo had a surveillance video of the attack on the news last night. Not the same guy. 

  • Mike Mailway December 12, 2018 (2:11 pm)

    This is the old 50-50 store I used to go to in the 1960’s.  It saddens me that the druggies are moving to our region  due to legalized drug laws and weak leadership and then attacking people that work in these historic little places.

  • Mj December 12, 2018 (5:21 pm)

    The attack was brutal, the attacker deserves zero mercy and needs to go to prison for the rest of his life.

  • J.S. December 12, 2018 (10:28 pm)

    I grew up 3 blocks from the Juneau Street Market, formerly “50/50,” beginning in 1978 on 46th and Juneau.  I presently live off of Genesee and 47th…a lifelong West Seattleite. I am new to this thread, and give my condolences to the current owners.  I haven’t been there in several years.  Is the owner still S….l?  Unfortunately, all any of us can do is live life to the fullest, hope for the best, wish that our vote counts, and understand that time and space combined to create this sad occurrence.  It will never stop.  Facts and law of averages which govern reality say so.  Hold your loved ones tight, and say your prayers at night, because no place will ever be as safe as we’d like.

    • Jordan December 15, 2018 (6:32 pm)

      Beautiful. Those last few lines honestly hit me deep and I’ve written them down so I can remember. The law of averages makes it so. I personally find this encouraging and a mantra to keep my spirits up and focused on doing what I can control to make life better for others. Thank you for sharing. 

  • CanDo December 13, 2018 (11:25 am)

    How about someone who knows how to work go fund me… start a gofundme account for Penny and touch bases with her daughter to see if they need anything else.  Note the link on the Blog when the account is set up so the community can donate.  I also saw the video on the news and it’s horrifying.   She was attacked from behind while stocking a shelf.  I think this wonderful community would like very much to help out.

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