Seatte: Man fakes accident, then assaults samaritan

This might be the strangest story of the year (from KOMO in Seattle):

Police are investigating a bizarre incident on the University Bridge early Saturday in which a man staged his own bicycle accident.

Officers said the man took his bike out onto the bridge at about 3 a.m. He then laid down beside it on the pavement in the darkness, waiting for a motorist to stop and help him.

A woman who was driving by saw him and stopped. As she got out to render aid, the suspect immediately jumped up and brutally attacked her.

Police said he punched and kicked the Good Samaritan and threatened to kill her.

Officers arriving on the call witnessed the assault. They immediately arrested the attacker.

The victim was treated at the hospital for her injuries. The suspect was booked into the King County jail.

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Opus the Poet
15 years ago

Why would someone do that? I mean I see no purpose in staging a bike wreck scene and then attacking the first passerby that tries to help. And you know in these cell phone days that if someone stops they are going to call 911 first.

beth h
15 years ago

The only reason for someone to do that is to lure an unsuspecting victim, for beating, rape and/or robbery. It sounds like this may be what was planned here.

15 years ago

Great job guy! Now someone who reads about this in the news will think twice before helping what appears to be an injured cyclist. I really appreciate that.