Police: Drunk soldiers pick fight with homeless people
SEATTLE -- Soldiers out drinking in downtown Seattle had to buy their way out of a fight they themselves started by hurling insults at a group of homeless people early last Friday, according to the Seattle Police Department.
According to the police report for the incident, the soldiers decided to come up to Seattle from Fort Lewis to do some drinking. Around 12:50 a.m. they noticed a group of homeless people near First Avenue and Marion Street and started yelling insults at them.
Two homeless men became angry and approached the soldiers, and both groups prepared to fight. The homeless men reportedly pulled out "cutting-type instruments," making the soldiers nervous.
According to the report, one of the soldiers pushed one of the homeless men and ran off. Both homeless men chased after him.
The soldier stopped running and told the homeless men he wanted to "make things right." So, he walked to an ATM and gave both men $150 to get them to leave him alone, according to the report.
The soldiers called 911 but originally didn't want to talk to officers because they were very drunk and didn't want to get in trouble since they were in the Army.
Eventually, the soldiers told officers what happened. But, the homeless men were unable to be found.