Convicted Sex Offender Arrested After Violent Machete Attack in Federal Way
Federal Way, WA: On the morning of April 14th, Federal Way Police Officers were dispatched to reports of a suspicious person carrying a machete who had assaulted another individual in the 33300 block of 40th Place SW at around 6:08 in the morning.
When officers arrived in the area, they contacted the assault victim and found that the suspect was no longer at the location.
Officers quickly set up a perimeter to search for the suspect who was quickly located a few blocks away and detained. At this time we are not naming the suspect but have learned that he is a 23-year-old convicted sex offender. This is standard practice as the suspect has not been officially charged with a crime up to this point.
At this time, police have no motive for this violent assault using a machete.
The victim of the assault sustained injuries to their head, arm, and hands. They were evaluated by emergency personnel and was transported to St. Francis Hospital for treatment.
The suspect was arrested and booked at the King County Jail on Felony Assault charges and expected to be arraigned the afternoon of April 16th. Our original narrative stated April 15th but King County Prosecutor's Office stated that it was postponed. A judge did find probably cause to hold the suspect in jail.
We also do not have information as to whether or not the suspect was recently released from jail as a result of COVID-19 concerns. At this time, South Sound News in conjunction with Key News Network have reached out to various courts and municipalities to confirm or deny that is the case.
According to the probable cause statement the victim walked out of their home to find the suspect near their driveway holding a machete. The suspected then approached the victim. The victim tried to keep away by going around a vehicle. The suspect chased the victim and attacked them with the machete.
The victim, in the course of defending themselves, was struck in the arm with the machete. The strike to the arm caused a deep laceration and fractured the victim's arm.
Even bleeding and seriously injured the victim was able to pin the suspect down for a brief time.
Once the suspect broke free they swung the machete several more times, once striking the victim in the head causing a laceration.
When officers located the suspect a few blocks away, a bloody machete was located stuffed in the suspect's pants. The victim was also able to positively identify the suspect.