'Come out here, quick': 3 men stabbed in N. Seattle
SEATTLE -- Robert Aguigui was fast asleep Monday night when he heard the screams for help.
Just a few hours earlier Aguigui and his roommates inside the United State Mission group home off Aurora Avenue North were feasting on turkey and ham and watching football.
“I went to bed and all of a sudden I was waking up to all these commotion,” he said, standing outside the house Tuesday morning. “I heard yelling, ‘Come out here, quick, quick, quick,’ and I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ There’s been stabbings, and I’m like ‘Oh, no' "
Seattle police arrested a 48-year-old man for investigation of assault. Police say he stabbed three other men just before midnight Tuesday – leaving at least one with life-threatening injuries.
“I really don’t know what happened. You know we were all doing fine. We had our Christmas dinner,” Aguigui said. ““Then a few hours later this whole scenario came upon us. We’re still traumatized. “
The victims are recovering at Harborview Medical Center. Aguigui says he has heard they are in serious condition.
The suspect is expected to be in King County District Court on Wednesday for a probable cause hearing.
Agugui said the suspect had only lived in the house a few days. He said the man had a bad temper, something he had witnessed first-hand.
“Personally, I don’t know his background at all,” Aguigui said. “He did pretty good the first few days then when he started acting weird.”
Officials with the United State Mission declined to comment Tuesday. A lawyer for the organization said the home near Northgate is itsr only group home in Seattle. The lawyer said the organization offers clean and sober housing, as well as work, to the homeless.
Aguigui, who has lived in the home for two months, said there are 15 men in the house. Drug and alcohol use or the possession of weapons are barred from the property he said.
"It’s a friendly environment. Everybody got along with each other and we all went our own separate ways. No bumping heads and all that,” Aguigui said.