Man with long arrest record claims he was pistol-whipped

SEATTLE - A man with a long record of prior arrests claims he was the victim of a pistol-whipping attack Saturday night at Golden Gardens park by an acquaintance who owed him money, Seattle police reported.

The incident unfolded shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday, when the victim says a known acquaintance lured him into Golden Gardens to discuss the money he owed to the victim. The acquaintance brought two other people with him, and they all ended up in the most remote part of the park, said Renee Witt of the Seattle police.

Once there, the acquaintance and the two others pulled out a revolver and demanded that the victim "give them everything." The victim was then pistol whipped before the three others fled with the victim's necklace and his vehicle, he told police.

The victim also reported that the suspect holding the gun accidentally fired it when he pistol whipped him in the face. This reportedly seemed to scare all three suspects and motivated them to flee.

Even though the victim stated that he was pistol whipped and punched in the face, his only injury was a small scratch and minor bruising. Medics cleaned his injury and determined that he did not need any further treatment - not even a bandage.

When directly asked, the victim would not rule out the possibility that drugs were involved in this incident, Witt said.

A later check of the victim's criminal history revealed that he has over 50 prior arrests. All of his most recent arrests were for narcotics violations.

A statement was taken from the victim and the investigation continues.