Seattle, WA – A young couple with a newborn baby who went to a homeless encampment to recover items they said had been stolen from their car were attacked with a wooden pole and had their windows smashed out by a machete (video below).
Twelve-time felon Mario Miller, 53, and nine-time felon John Henry Rosser, 39, have both been identified as suspects in the vicious assault, KIRO reported.
Seattle police were called to the area of Mercer Street and Dexter Avenue North at approximately 3 p.m. on July 27 after receiving a report of a hit-and-run, according to court documents.
Investigators learned that a man and his wife had gone to the homeless encampment to retrieve some items they said had been stolen from them in a recent vehicle burglary, KIRO reported.
The man told police he found his Bluetooth speaker and his shoes at the tent city, so he picked them up and headed back to his vehicle.
That’s when multiple residents swarmed his car, video footage showed.
The couple had their two-week-old infant in the back seat, KIRO reported.
As his wife was fighting off one attacker, Miller hit the man in the back with a five-foot-long wooden pole, the video showed.
Rosser jumped into the brawl armed with a machete, which he used to smash out the rear window of the couple’s car, video footage showed.
The victims jumped back into their car as the attack continued and could be seen trying to back away as the mob held the driver’s door open while members of the group bashed the vehicle with rocks, sticks, and various other objects.
“They were bashing the car to pieces,” an area business owner identified only as “Steve” told KIRO.
The driver tried to drive away from the scene as the mob shattered his windshield, but they blocked him in, the video showed.
“Then the car made a run for it, to break through this crowd,” Steve told KIRO.
That’s when the car slammed into a member of the mob, throwing him into the air and running over to him as they sped away from the attackers.
The couple called 911 moments later to report they had been assaulted at the encampment.
Paramedics responded to the scene, but the man who was struck by the vehicle died from his injuries, KIRO reported.
He was later identified as 30-year-old Zachery Reou, according to The Seattle Times.
Prosecutors said the couple will not be charged in connection with Reou’s death.
Police arrested Miller and Rosser and charged them with assault, KIRO reported.
They are both scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.
“Since Denny Park (encampment) closed down, these are the worst of these types of people,” Steve told KIRO. “It’s almost the center of crime here.”
He said his is one of just a few businesses still remaining in the area, and that their pleas to address the violence taking place in the homeless encampment have been falling on deaf ears.
“We don’t have a loud enough voice to get rid of these people,” Steve told KIRO.
You can see video of the incident below. Warning – Graphic Content:
Caught on video: A family with a baby went to a homeless encampment in Seattle to try to retrieve their stolen belongings. The armed inhabitants of the camp brutally attacked the couple and the car where the baby was. A man died as a result of the attack. https://t.co/rfccIBWWyn pic.twitter.com/OLxVw3K4os— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 16, 2021