Police: Man stabbed while trying to stop attack on woman in Woodland Park

SEATTLE - A man was stabbed in the abdomen Thursday night when he tried to stop an assault on a woman at Woodland Park. The suspect fled on foot but turned himself in hours later, police said.

The incident unfolded at about 9:30 p.m. when officers responded to a disturbance inside Woodland Park, said Detective Mark Jamieson of the Seattle police.

The initial 911 call said a man had been stabbed inside the park but the caller wasn't able give the exact location to dispatchers. A number of officers responded to the park and began searching.

Officers eventually found the 55-year-old victim with a stab wound to his abdomen. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available.

Friends of the victim provided a description of the stabbing suspect and pointed out a car in the parking lot as belonging to him. Officers searched the park along with a K-9 team, but did not find the suspect.

Witnesses told officers that the suspect had been assaulting a woman inside a tent earlier and that the victim tried to intervene when he was stabbed. After the victim was stabbed, the suspect fled the area and the witness was able to call 911.

Evidence was collected at the scene and the suspect’s car was impounded pending a search warrant, Jamieson said.

At about 1:40 a.m. Friday, police were notified by King County Jail staff that the suspect was at the jail wanting to turn himself in. Officers responded and took the 42-year-old suspect into custody and booked him into jail.

Detectives will be handling the follow-up investigation.

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