Man Seriously Injured In University District Beating

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee May 26, 2010

Seattle police are investigating a brutal assault in the University District after a man was hospitalized following a brawl outside a restaurant last week.

Shortly before 2:00am on May 21st, the victim was standing with a woman on the corner of NE 50th and University Way NE when a red vehicle pulled up next to them, and "two large black males" began yelling at the victim.

The report says one of the men in the car shouted "why you gotta knock over my brother's sign," referring to a sandwich board for a nearby restaurant, which way lying on the ground.

The victim shouted back at the men and told them he wasn't responsible for knocking over the sign. The report says the argument became "heated," and the victim walked over to the suspects' car and kicked it.

Both men jumped out of the car and began punching the victim, the report says, and one of the suspects "picked up the victim and slammed him head first into the pavement," knocking the victim unconscious. The suspects then sped away.

Medics arrived on scene and found that the victim had "sustained severe head trauma and would be going into surgery immediately."

Police contacted the owner of nearby restaurant advertised on the sandwich board—which is not named in the report—but he said none of his employees drove a red car or had recently gotten off shift. "The owner was not very forthcoming with information and gave the impression that he knew more about the suspects then what he was telling police," Officer Sarah Conley wrote in her report.

According to Officer Conley's report, "had bleeding in his brain" but was expected to survive. We'll see if we can get an update on the man's condition or find out whether police have made any arrests.

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