Seattle Police Department investigators contend Faustino Arce III provoked a fight with the seriously injured man before slashing his face and head with a belt. Arce, a 27-year-old Crown Hill resident, has since been charged with second-degree assault in the July 15 incident.
According to charging papers, the victim was walking in the 1500 block of Seventh Avenue when Arce called out to him.
"Do they pay you to dress like a (expletive)?" Arce asked derisively, according to charging papers.
The other man then cursed at Arce, who threw a beer can at him, missing, a Seattle detective told the court. The alleged victim then gave Arce the finger.
Arce asked the man if he wanted to fight. As the man set down his briefcase to take him up on the offer, Arce is alleged to have punched him in the face.
A tussle ensued and Arce eventually began whipping the man with a belt which had several large metal rings attached to it, the detective told the court. Police arrived as the attack was ongoing and arrested Arce after dousing the kicking, spitting man with pepper spray.
The cuts to the other man's head and face required stitches. A bone in his face was also broken during the fight.
Arce is alleged to have admitted to the assault while being driven to jail.
"I kicked the (expletive) out of that guy," Arce told the officer, according to charging papers.
Jail records show Arce was released the day after the alleged attack. A $25,000 warrant for Arce's arrest has been issued.