UW student beaten with socket wrench over girl

SEATTLE -- A University of Washington student was beaten with a chrome socket wrench Tuesday afternoon by a man who told a witness, "He touched my girl," according to the Seattle Police Department.

Officers were called to the 4200 block of Brooklyn Avenue Northeast around 3:10 p.m. by a witness who said two men, one of whom was armed with a wrench, were attacking a third man.

According to the police report for the incident, the two attackers left before officers arrived and could not be found. But, a witness was able to convince the victim to wait for officers.

The victim refused to answer most of the officer's questions, only saying that he and the man with the wrench, who is a visiting student from Michigan, knew the same girl, according to the report.

Since the victim was not forthcoming with any additional information, the officer simply told him not to seek revenge for the attack.

Witnesses to the attack told officers the two men followed the victim into an alley following an argument in a nearby parking lot.

The men threw the victim onto the hood of a parked car, and one of the men started hitting the victim in the head with the wrench, according to the witnesses.

When one of the witnesses said he was calling police, the main attacker walked toward him with the wrench in his hand, saying something like, "He touched my girl," according to the report.

The witness backed away but stayed on the phone with 911, and the two attackers walked off.

The owner of the car the victim was thrown onto heard a commotion and came outside to find his car dented and scratched and with a malfunctioning door.

Later, a friend of the victim called from the hospital where the victim was being examined to provide police with the wrench-wielder's name and phone number. But, the friend did not want to provide any more information about the incident.