Poor parallel parking escalates to brawl, drawn gun

SEATTLE -- As if parallel parking wasn't fraught enough as it is -- Is the space big enough? Am I too far from the curb? Am I going to look stupid in front of a girl? -- now you apparently have to worry about getting a gun pulled on you if you bump another car.

A woman was parallel parking her car near Kerry Park in Queen Anne shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday when she accidentally hit a parked car.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, several young men approached the woman from the park, saying the car she bumped belonged to them.

The woman didn't see any damage to either car but offered to provide her insurance information to the men regardless. Instead, one of the men angrily demanded cash for the damage, according to the report.

When the woman's boyfriend, who had been standing nearby with his motorcycle, tried to mediate, two of the men attacked him, stealing the keys to his motorcycle in the process, according to the report.

The fight broke up when a third man reportedly pulled out a handgun and racked the slide. The group of men got into two cars and drove off still in possession of the boyfriend's motorcycle keys.

The couple were able to give officers the license plate number to one of the cars, and officers stopped it near Western Avenue and Broad Street. But, while the men may have been present during the fight none of them matched the description of the two men who attacked the woman's boyfriend or the third man who pulled a gun, according to the report.

Officers let the men go and advised the woman's boyfriend to move his motorcycle to a safe location so the men could not come back and steal it.