One more incident from the Fourth of July. The preliminary police summary says this was reported just before 9:30 pm last night – here’s the narrative:

Officers responded to the 7-11 located on Erskine Way to a report of an assault. Upon arrival, officers contacted the victim, who is an employee. The victim told officers that an unidentified male came into the store acting “crazy” — throwing things around and yelling. When the male left the store, the victim followed him outside. The male turned and retrieved an approx. 2-foot-long axe from his pants pocket. The male swung the axe at the victim — who managed to get out of the way — narrowly missing the victim’s head and neck area with the blade. Another store employee pepper-sprayed the male, who fled the area on foot. The suspect was located by officers a short while later a short distance away — still in possession of the axe.

He was arrested and booked into jail.

35 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Axe arrest"

  • WSCurmudgeon July 5, 2021 (6:05 pm)

    Just when we thought we “had it all,” we find out what we’re “missing:”  an axe murderer,  manqué.   Kudos to the quick, alert employees! 

  • Landon July 5, 2021 (7:03 pm)

    I had a very similar thing happen to me at the Northgate QFC last year. Any info on an identity ? 

    • WSB July 5, 2021 (7:39 pm)

      Not so far. Will be tracking the case when gov’t offices reopen tomorrow.

  • Karen July 5, 2021 (7:17 pm)

    This dangerous situation is becoming a daily reported occurrence. Something has got to be done to recapture safety in our neighborhoods.Glad to hear employee is unhurt

    • Ice July 6, 2021 (8:18 am)

      You know that violent crime has been downtrending since the 90s and Seattle is below the national average for violent crime, right? 

  • Done July 5, 2021 (8:06 pm)

    Put them away for a long (if not forever) time. Enough enough.

  • WSPK July 5, 2021 (8:25 pm)

    Can anyone explain this to me; ” and retrieved an approx. 2-foot-long axe from his pants pocket. ”

    • UberBeth July 5, 2021 (8:42 pm)

      That would be the luxury of men’s pockets in clothing.

    • Bill July 5, 2021 (9:06 pm)

      I’ve heard the term “deep pockets” – but I do not think this may be the case here !

    • Beckyjo July 5, 2021 (10:01 pm)

      Possibly only the head if the ax was in his pocket and the handle was sticking out and maybe under his shirt?

    • Steve July 6, 2021 (6:12 am)

      He has video game character storage.

      • alki_2008 July 7, 2021 (1:31 am)

        >You are carrying an axe, lantern, chest, and blanket.

  • WS resident July 5, 2021 (8:35 pm)

    Lovely family owns this 7-11, I feel for them, this is awful. 

  • Rob July 5, 2021 (9:21 pm)

    These poor 7-11 employees!  Attacked with an ax??!!  I feel like the Junction 7-11 is consistently in the blog for major violent incidents.  Very brave people who work there!

  • ARPigeonPoint July 5, 2021 (9:39 pm)

    What even is happening right now? Has everyone gone feral? 

    • Mel July 6, 2021 (6:42 am)

      What’s happening is the result of all the issues we’ve let fester as a city. No mental health or drug treatment, allowing unstable people to live on the streets and do as they please, and a justice system that doesn’t believe in holding people accountable for their actions. These things have been going on all over Seattle for a while. West Seattle is starting to get more and more of a taste of it. What will it take for people to wake up? These things are happening every day in this city and yet you’ll never hear about them on local news. 

      • Alex S. July 7, 2021 (12:52 pm)

        You forgot to mention our insane civil commitment laws that require these chronic offenders to be maim or kill (or harm themselves gravely) before they are detained & receive treatment.   We have (100% free) excellent mental health and drug treatment services available in Seattle – Harborview has one of the best programs in the country and is expanding in a big way over the next few years.  But all these services are pointless when people can only be held for 72 hours.  You cannot fix years and decades of drug abuse in three days, so the system is built to fail.  Every time. 

        • Pessoa July 7, 2021 (10:47 pm)

          As someone who has had the task of interfacing with this state’s mental health system (including visits to Western State) to care for a brilliant, but mentally ill, relative, my experience is that it is little better than what is portrayed in the film “One flew over Cuckoo’s Nest.”  Caretakers are not treated as partners in treatment, but as interlopers intruding into the “fiefdom” of the so-called mental healthcare professional.  The mental healthcare system is the reason so many severely mentally ill rotate between hospital psych units and homeless shelters.  We are still in the Dark Ages of mental healthcare. 

  • Axe or Glock? July 5, 2021 (11:11 pm)

    At least the suspect did not have a firearm. 
    Imagine if he did?

    • Terry July 6, 2021 (7:40 am)

      No problem.  A good guy with a gun would have saved the day. Because that happens all the time 😀

    • Pessoa July 6, 2021 (9:14 am)

      Your comment is an absurd hypothetical unless you believe that an axe-wielding person is as likely to own, and use, a gun situation such as this.  

    • StopCuttingDownTrees July 6, 2021 (10:54 am)

      9mm hole vs Grand Canyon slash? I’d rather be shot with a Glock than hacked with an axe, any day. Gunshot wounds are survivable, hatchet wounds, not so much.

      • MeltDownGuns July 7, 2021 (6:37 am)

        “Gunshot wounds are survivable, hatch wounds, not so much?”StopCuttingDownTees must be here referring to trees, which do indeed survive target plinking better than axe chopping.  Yes, George Washington and the cherry tree.I guess that throws into doubt the whole history of war from the introduction of firearms?  There is little data on the frequency of axe attacks in America, but the combined carnage from all knives and cutting instruments is a small fraction (1/5) of deaths by firearms.  I could find. no data on suicides by axe, but I am confident the rate is lower and less successful than the most effective means of death by suicide – the handgun. 

        • alki_2008 July 7, 2021 (1:09 pm)

          The amount of tissue damage done by bullet shots is considerably less than if the same victim had a sharp force injury from an axe or hatchet. Many people have been shot and survived. One man in Tukwila was recently shot 11 times and survived. If those same injuries were from an axe than it’s more likely he would’ve suffered more major blood loss and succumbed to those injuries.This article is about violent crimes, not suicides.

  • Skeptic July 6, 2021 (6:41 am)


  • Noelle July 6, 2021 (8:45 am)

    Someone just running around with an ax in his pants? Wow! Probably had the ax in his waistband with the handle down his leg to conceal it maybe? Craziness. 

  • bradley July 6, 2021 (12:32 pm)

    Well I guess things could be worse.

    CHICAGO (AP) — One hundred people — including two police officers — were shot in Chicago over the long Fourth of July weekend, including 18 homicides, the city’s police department said Tuesday.Among those injured were at least a dozen children. None of them had died as of Tuesday morning, but at least three of the minors were in critical condition.The bloodshed was comparable to the long Fourth of July weekend last year, when 17 people were fatally shot and 70 more were wounded. A 7-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy were among the dead that weekend.

  • Also John July 6, 2021 (4:03 pm)

    I hope the City of seattle doesn’t let him back on the streets the following morning.

    • WSB July 6, 2021 (5:17 pm)

      The “city of Seattle” doesn’t let anyone out “the following morning.” Probable cause/bail hearings at the courthouse are presided over by county judges. As for this person, SPD has yet to answer my request for his name, so I have no way of knowing whether he’s in or out. All I can do is renew my request tomorrow.

  • 1994 July 6, 2021 (10:11 pm)

    Was it Stanley Red? The an axe holding suspect who entered an apartment on Capitol Hill but was released from jail because he was determined mentally incompetent? Kiro 7 has that on their web site which includes video from the apartment building he entered. Very scary guy!! 

    • WSB July 6, 2021 (10:24 pm)

      Nope. Jail roster shows that guy was held June 16th through yesterday morning, so he would have still been in jail when this incident happened,

  • WSB July 6, 2021 (11:18 pm)

    FINALLY just got info on the suspect’s status, thanks to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Still in jail. Looking up some background and will likely write a separate followup.

  • WSREZ July 7, 2021 (12:25 pm)

    Interesting. We caught a man on our ring camera with what appeared to be a hammer (could have been small axe though) walking in the alley next to the 711 on charlestown. This was on the 3rd. Wonder if it is the same man.

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