Seattle, WA – A woman attacked an apartment security guard with a machete after hurling insults at him and demanding to know if he was a law enforcement officer, according to police.
The incident occurred in the 1600-block of 12th Avenue, near the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) East Precinct, at approximately 11:20 p.m. on Sept. 8, the SPD said in a press release.
The 50-year-old security guard was patrolling the area when a 32-year-old woman allegedly started yelling at him from inside a vehicle.
Witnesses said the woman jumped out of the car carrying a Nerf Blaster and approached the security guard, demanding to know if he was a law enforcement officer or not, police said.
The guard, who was wearing a vest with the word “officer” printed on both the back and the front, turned and walked away from her, according to the press release.
The woman continued yelling insults at the guard as she returned to her vehicle and grabbed a one-foot-long machete, police said.
When the guard and a witness saw her coming at them with the weapon, they ran inside a nearby apartment building and tried to pull the door shut behind them.
“The suspect fought to try and pull it open,” slashing the security guard’s forearm in the process, the SPD said.
She then returned to her car and took off.
The security guard suffered two five-inch cuts to his arm during the attack, police said.
The violent assault occurred just as a group of rioters were dumping piles of garbage near the SPD East Precinct fence and setting a flag on fire, according to the department.
Members of the rioting group tried to help the wounded security guard until police arrived. Officers then applied a tourniquet to his arm.
The guard was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, which were not considered to be life-threatening, the SPD said.
Investigators soon located the suspect at a gas station on Broadway Avenue and placed her under arrest for assault, according to the press release.
She had changed her clothing prior to police finding her, the department said.
A judge set her bail at $80,000 on Wednesday, KOMO reported.