The Morning Blotter: Restaurant Employee Injured In Hammer Attack

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee April 28, 2010

An employee at a restaurant near the University District was left bruised and battered last week after a man he had kicked out earlier in the evening returned with a hammer and tried to bust out the business's window.

At about 3:00am on April 22nd, police received a call from the employee, who said "he was holding down a suspect that had just hit him in the head with a hammer" outside his restaurant at 53rd and Roosevelt.

Police arrived on scene and took the hammer-wielding suspect in to custody.

According to the police report, the employee told police that earlier in the evening, staff had kicked the suspect out of restaurant for causing a disturbance and walking into the restaurant's kitchen.

As the employee was closing up shop just before 3:00am, he saw the suspect standing out in front of the business. The victim left and drove around the block, and spotted the suspect standing in front of the business's front window, holding a hammer. The employee also saw a "large hole" in the window, right next to the suspect.

The employee jumped out of his car and confronted the man, who swung his hammer at the employee, leaving a "severe laceration" on his head, the report says.

The employee tackled the suspect, called 911,  andheld the man on the ground until police arrived.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him into the King County Jail for assault and property damage.

The report says the victim sustained injuries to his face and knee in the attack.

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