Police: Family fights off possible knife-wielding assassin

SEATTLE -- A Rainier Beach family fought off a knife-wielding man who broke into their home early last Sunday and who one victim believes must have been sent to either kill him or his visiting father, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, one of the victims was watching TV in the 9700 block of 57th Avenue South shortly before 2 a.m. when he heard a sound in the kitchen. Thinking it was his cat, he went to investigate.

The victim was suddenly rushed by a man with a shirt wrapped around his face and yelling, "Where's your dad?" according to the report. The victim didn't know who the man was and fought back.

Meanwhile, the victim's father, who is disabled and uses crutches to get around, was in the living room, struggling to get out of the way of the fight.

According to the report, the suspect grabbed a 12-inch bread knife from the kitchen and tried to stab the victim in the face, narrowly missing.

The victim's brother had been in his bedroom when he heard loud voices and crashes and came to join the fight. Together, the brothers took the knife away from the suspect, who got free and ran off, according to the report.

It appeared the suspect had somehow gotten in through an unlocked balcony door 12 to 15 feet off the ground. According to the report, the suspect had taken his shoes off on the balcony before entering the home and left them behind.

According to the report, a police dog located the suspect hiding under a patio table and plastic tarp on the deck of a nearby house. He was arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault and burglary.

While neither the brothers nor their father recognized the suspect, a fourth man (possibly another brother) who was in the house but had not come out of his room during the fight got a look at the suspect after his arrest and told officers he recognized him.

He said the suspect must have come to either kill him or his father, who was visiting.