A woman planting flowers along a sidewalk in Seattle was hospitalized with serious injuries after a suspect viciously kicked her in the face in an ambush similar to ‘knockout game’ attacks.
Police say they have arrested a 19-year-old whom they believe may have carried out a similar assault on another woman aboard a local bus.
“On Thursday, January 7 around 5 pm, a 56-year-old woman was planting flowers at the base of a tree on the sidewalk at 4th and Blanchard Street. A man approached her from behind and kicked her on the side of her head. He then continued walking southbound on 4th Ave,” the Seattle Police Department (SPD) announced in a statement.
The woman was hospitalized with injuries that included “approximately ten fractures to her cheekbone, nose, sinuses, and eye socket.”
SPD has released surveillance footage from the incident.
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King County authorities believe the suspect may have been the perpetrator in a similar assault the day before and have released footage of that attack, as well.
“The man became upset about a woman talking on the phone and then kicked her in the head. The woman sustained a concussion in the assault,” SPD said.
The suspect was interviewed and was slated to be booked into King County Jail as of Wednesday.
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