UPDATE: What the ‘stabbing’ reported in Morgan Junction turned out to be

8:59 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a “scenes of violence” response to California SW in the Zeeks/Whisky West/Beveridge Place Pub area for a report of a stabbing. Police have already detained two people and recovered a knife. More to come.

9:04 PM: Police have told dispatch that the victim’s injuries are minor. We are headed to the scene to try to find out more.

9:19 PM: SPD and SFD at the scene tell us they’re still trying to sort out what did, and didn’t, happen.

9:23 PM: So far, here’s what police tell us they have: A man saw two juveniles tagging in The Junction. They followed him to Morgan Junction (by bus) and a confrontation ensued outside Whisky West. “Somebody” pulled a knife, apparently one of the two teenagers are who police detained, at least one of whom is being taken to the precinct. The reported victim has left the scene, and SFD told us they didn’t wind up treating anyone.

ADDED 1:59 PM: Commenters who were there have added much to the story. As for police, here’s the summary they provided us today:

-Police responded to reports of a stabbing in the 6400 block of California Ave SW yesterday at approximately 8:53 pm. The incident began some time earlier when a witness saw the two suspects vandalizing a mural several blocks away. The suspects saw the witness watching them and then proceeded to board the same bus as the witness. The suspects verbally engaged with the witness on the bus and attempted to spit on him. The witness disembarked from the bus and the suspects followed him, throwing beer bottles toward him.

The suspects followed the witness (now a victim) into a bar, entered the bar and started a verbal altercation with staff. The altercation quickly escalated to a physical fight. One suspect used brass knuckles and a knife to assault two people and was arrested for those crimes. The second suspect was arrested for misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor harassment (making threats).

SPD said someone WAS treated for non-life-threatening injuries, which hadn’t happened while we were at the scene, so we’re circling back with them.

19 Replies to "UPDATE: What the 'stabbing' reported in Morgan Junction turned out to be"

  • AT September 27, 2023 (9:54 pm)

    Phew, glad it wasn’t worse.  Thanks for the fast and excellent reporting as usual!

  • Morgan September 27, 2023 (11:51 pm)

    I saw it from across the street. The two were attacking and fighting people on the bus. They were throwing things at the one guy who ran into whiskey west. Then the two men tried to come into the bar, bar manager met them at the door. They confronted her, and someone pushed the person out of the door. A fight broke loose, other patrons came out and held one down. The other one showed a knife and was trying to stab everyone. The bartender had to use the attackers own skateboard as protection. It is crazy, cops showed up and took the attackers away. 

    • Mike September 28, 2023 (7:24 am)

      assault with a deadly weapon, hopefully they’ll be charged, held in jail pending their jury date, convicted and then thrown in prison for a very long time, I won’t hold my breath though.

    • Gatewood88 September 28, 2023 (10:55 am)

      Did you make a police report? If not, please do. The report above seems very much downplayed from what you saw happen. these kids need intervention but won’t happen if their offenses are downplayed …

      • WSB September 28, 2023 (1:49 pm)

        I have some additional info from police that we’re adding. We went to the scene very early on, and that’s all they could tell us at the time.

  • Lp September 28, 2023 (12:48 am)

    Thank you, WSB! 

    • Anonymous September 28, 2023 (3:04 am)

      I was a patron at the bar; a man walked in saying he was being attacked then 2  teenagers with a knife and knuckles tried to come in and the woman manager asked them to leave: They threatened her and she yelled for help and the other bartender ran and pushed them out away from her. The guy who was being threatened ran out and held one  down until the police came. I think the bartender was injured with the brass knuckles or was stabbed because  his head was bleeding. One of them was waiving a knife the whole time at all 3 of them. The manager called 911 and the police arrived within minutes! Thank you SPD.  

  • Denden September 28, 2023 (6:33 am)

    Thank you SPD. 

  • Alki Jack September 28, 2023 (6:52 am)

    9 o’clock on a Wednesday night. What about school the next day? You would think parents would make sure school aged kids were home studying on a Wednesday night or at least home watching TV etc. This is a parent issue, the kids are out roaming the streets late tagging. Maybe they should arrest the parents. 

    • Eric October 4, 2023 (8:54 pm)

      I concur. Minors are the parents responsibility. Jail the parents, both of them, right along with the kid. But then what!?! What are we doing with the people that have gone so far off the beaten path? They’re symptoms of some larger ill. I mean, why would a young person tag on the Chris Cornell mural on the side of East Street. Then overtly confront the person who saw them, follow them on the bus, harass them, assault them and others…why aren’t these kids PUBLICLY held accountable? Forget “court”. Have them oublically account for what they did. 

  • 2 Much Whine September 28, 2023 (8:10 am)

    If I read this correctly the victim confronted a couple taggers and ended up in a fight over it.  On the surface this person sounds like a hero to me. 

    • Eric October 4, 2023 (8:59 pm)

      I just met the victim at Beer Junc (randomly). He didn’t even confront them. They saw him witness their vandalism. They confronted, followed, harassed and assaulted HIM (and others). Dude…my mom was carjacked in West Seattle last year (at 3pm), this guy was overtly assaulted at 9pm, where we at Seattle!?! Is this the new norm? I can think of 10 ways to combat this, and it’s not “more cops”.  Am I the only one!?

  • Teachyourkidsbetter September 28, 2023 (8:10 am)

    For acts like these they should release photos or mugshots of the youths involved. You do the crime you do the time. We should know and be able to recognize these derelicts that need better parenting. They will only grow up to become more dangerous and a future lost.

  • LPM September 28, 2023 (8:12 am)

    Future leaders of America right there.  

    • Terry October 1, 2023 (12:21 pm)

      Just stupid.

  • Patron September 28, 2023 (8:18 am)

    I was a patron when this happened. A guy came into the bar and said he was being threatened and attacked.  Shortly after  the two people that were threatening that person tried to come in to the bar and the manager told them they could not come in and they started threatening her and they had a knife, and what appeared to be brass  knuckles. She then asked for help, and the other bartender ran and push them away from her. The person that was being threatened originally went out and held one of the people down. The bartender that went out and helped appeared to either get hit on the head or stabbed bc his was bleeding. One of the attackers that had the knife was threatening the three of them the whole time. The manager called the cops and they were there within minutes. Thank you, SPD.! 

  • RT September 28, 2023 (4:24 pm)

    It’s time to charge and sentence violent juveniles as adults.  Glad the group defensive effort and speedy SPD response contained some of the injuries and damage but this was traumatic for all.

  • Charles September 29, 2023 (12:29 pm)

    @MayorHarrell whats being done to prevent this from happening again?

  • Jennifer Hall October 4, 2023 (9:33 pm)

    Targeting and physically attacking people is not normal teen behavior.   I hope that some person or institution is figuring out why these young people are acting out so violently.  There are many possible reasons, and more than one teen was involved in this attack.  What caused the teens’ behavior?  

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