Police: Man in mental crisis flees hospital, attacks people

Edmonds police had trouble subduing the Mountlake Terrace man, 23. Victims included a 71-year-old woman.

EDMONDS — A Mountlake Terrace man, reportedly suffering a mental health crisis, allegedly attacked four people, including a hospital employee, a 71-year-old woman and a police officer, Saturday morningin Edmonds.

The man, 23, punched a medical technician at Swedish hospital while she was at her work station around 9:45 a.m. after he was brought to the hospital earlier by Mountlake Terrace police officers for an alleged violent incident stemming from a mental health crisis, according to the Edmonds Police Department. The hospital employee, a 27-year-old woman, suffered bruising and swelling to her face and head.

The patient ran and took off his hospital garb, which led to 911 calls about a naked man running near Highway 99. Police caught up to him at a restaurant parking lot, where he allegedly attacked someone. He then fled to another parking lot, where he allegedly opened a car door and punched the 71-year-old woman in the face, causing bruises and swelling.

Again he ran, but police soon found him nearby, where he allegedly did not surrender. Police shot a Taser at him four times, but that did not subdue him. He allegedly charged several officers and punched a sergeant’s face.

Officers eventually subdued the man and he was returned to the hospital for evaluation, reportedly in a more secure section of the facility.

The Edmonds Police Department is seeking the second motorist who was assaulted and departed before police could contact them.

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