Police Say Capitol Hill Assault Was Gang Related

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee March 4, 2010

A police report released yesterday by SPD provides a few more details about an assault in front of Madison Market we wrote about last week. Most notably, the report says the assault was the work of a "street gang."

As we previously reported, at about 9:30 p.m. on February 22nd, police received several calls about a group of four people assaulting a man in front of the Madison Market on 14th and Madison.

The police report says witnesses at the scene provided police with conflicting descriptions of the suspects. describing them as white male teens, asian females in their twenties, black females in their twenties, and black males in their twenties.

Police found the victim several blocks away, running east on 20th and E Madison, and officers had to chase him on foot for a half-block before they could stop him and question him about the incident.

According to the report, the man was "scared and confused" and had "suffered a head wound, with several lacerations, and contusions to the chin, lips and eyes," and showed possible signs of a concussion.

The man told police "he was jumped by several acquaintances he used to associate with two to three years ago" and described the suspects as "four black males in their early twenties wearing red and black clothing."

The man was backboarded and transported to Harborview.

Police are still investigating a series of assaults committed by a mob of young men on Capitol Hill last month, but this report does not indicate any possible connection between the two incidents.

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