Teen Arrested For Brutal Assault Outside Birthday Party In Eastlake

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee April 23, 2010

Seattle police arrested a 16-year-old boy earlier this week for allegedly assaulting a man with a 2x4 outside of a birthday party in Eastlake.

According to police records, the incident began in the evening hours of April 10th when a group of uninvited guests showed up to a birthday at the Pocock Rowing Club in Eastlake.

The group was denied entry but, police records say, they hung around in the club's parking lot, drinking and "shout[ing] insulting and demeaning things" at partygoers outside the club.

The victim of the assault and another man left the party at about 11:30pm and were walking to their car when, records say, the group began harassing the men and tried to start a fight.

As the two men got into their car, the passenger shouted something at the group, and a 16-year-old member of the group ran up the vehicle, punched the driver through an open window, and hit him in the face with a 2x4, breaking the man's nose.

Members of the group tried to pull the driver out of the car, but were unsuccessful, so one of the group members grabbed a black Mariners baseball cap out of the victim's car and fled.

Police arrived and witnesses gave officers information about the 16-year-old suspect.

On April 20th, police searched the teen's North Seattle home and found drug paraphernalia, ammunition, 20 grams of marijuana, and a "hash brownie."

Officers arrested the boy the next day and booked him in to the Youth Service Center for assault and robbery—because the teen allegedly stole the victim's hat.

SPD spokesman Mark Jamieson says the case has been referred to prosecutors.

Police documents say it will take "several surgeries to correct damage" to the victim's nose and face.

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