Police: Knife-wielding woman throws coffee on Starbucks worker

      SEATTLE - A woman was arrested Friday afternoon in downtown Seattle after she threw a cup of coffee on a Starbucks employee and pulled a kitchen knife on officers.

      The incident began at around noon, when the woman was inside the Starbucks outlet at 5th Avenue and Pine Street. She threw a cup of coffee on one of the employees there, then ran out of the store and down the street, said Jonah Spangenthal-Lee of the Seattle police.

      A security guard chased after the suspect and called police, who located the woman near 7th Avenue and Stewart Street.

      When officers approached the woman, she pulled out a large kitchen knife and brandished it.

      Police got the knife away from the woman, then discovered she had a small knife wound to her abdomen that appeared to be self-inflicted.

      She was taken into custody, then wheeled to a waiting ambulance on a gurney.

      The Starbucks employee who was hit by the coffee was not seriously hurt.


      This is a developing news story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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