Police: 2 injured in random attacks at Cal Anderson Park
SEATTLE -- Two people were injured in random attacks in Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson Park over a two-day period last week, according to the Seattle Police Department.
On Tuesday, a woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a severe head injury after another woman attacked her with a "smiley," a heavy object attacked to a rope or rag for swinging, according to the police report for the incident.
According to the report, the victim was standing near the pump house with a group of people around 9:30 p.m. when an unknown woman walked up and asked her for a cigarette.
Before the victim could answer, the woman snatched the cigarette out of the victim's mouth, according to the report.
When the victim asked for the cigarette back, the woman hit her in the side of the head with a steel padlock tied to a handkerchief, according to the report.
The victim's boyfriend called 911, and officers arrived to see the suspect running across the park.
Officers gave chase and caught up with the woman on the Seattle Community College Campus, where she was arrested.
A day earlier, a man from Tukwila was walking through the park around 2 p.m. when a few people he didn't know started yelling at him, according to the police report for the incident.
The victim later told officers he ignored them and kept walking when suddenly he was punched multiple times in the face by a man wearing a tan top hat and a black leather coat.
According to the report, the suspect ran off through the park, and officers were unable to find him.
The victim, a homeless man from Tukwila in Seattle for the day, told officers he has no idea why the suspect attacked him.
He was treated for a bloody nose.