Police Open Homicide Investigation After Man Found Injured In Chinatown Dies

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee November 29, 2010

Seattle police have opened a homicide investigation into the death of a 64-year-old man, who was found unconscious and bleeding from his head on a street in the International District last week.

According to SPD, when officers and medics found the man next to a loading dock at 5th and Weller at about 8:40pm on November 21st, he had a large wound on his head and was covered in blood.

At the scene, police found blood on a metal pipe attached to a building, and thought the man might have fallen and hit his head, causing the injury.

Initially, the man did not have a pulse, but medics were able to revive him and transport him to Harborview.

The man died from his injuries at HMC on November 26th, and an autopsy by the Medical Examiner's office revealed that the man had apparently been assaulted.

The case is now being investigated by SPD's homicide unit.

A police report for the incident says officers found a Metro buss pass, $5 bill, and several pieces of blank paper—but no identification—in the man's wallet. Police have since identified the man.

The report also notes that "bottles and debris" were found near the scene, possibly indicating had been in the area around the time of the incident.

More on this as it develops.

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