Man clocked by rock, has phone stolen

He needed about five stitches above his left eye.

EDMONDS — A man had to get stitches after a stranger hit him in the head with a rock early Tuesday morning in Edmonds.

The Edmonds man, 42, was walking near a video game store on Highway 99 when another man, 35, stopped him to ask for money and cigarettes. The Edmonds man said he didn’t smoke, offered him $1 and kept going.

The stranger followed, according to court documents.

He asked for more money, and for the other man’s phone.

The Edmonds man eventually turned around to hand over another dollar. The suspect allegedly struck him in the head with a rock weighing at least five pounds.

The Edmonds man was disoriented. The suspect took the phone from his hand. The victim was able to put the suspect into a headlock from behind, and they both fell to the ground before the suspect got loose. He ran away and left behind his sweatshirt.

Police received a call about half an hour after midnight. They collected the bloody sweater as evidence.

They found the suspect about a block away, with blood and cuts on his right hand. He admitted to fighting someone. Officers found a bag outside the game store, and the man allegedly said it was his.

They asked him about the sweatshirt. He reportedly said it was his “blanket for now,” and the blood wasn’t his. He was arrested for investigation of first-degree robbery with a deadly weapon.

The Edmonds man needed about five stitches above his left eye, court papers show. An officer went back to the scene to collect the rock as evidence.

Stephanie Davey: 425-339-3192; Twitter: @stephrdavey.

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