Police: Spear-wielding joker threw batarang at patrol vehicle

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  July 28, 2016 at 8:59 AM
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SEATTLE, July 28 (UPI) -- Seattle police said a man toting an improvised spear was arrested after throwing a "batarang" -- a "Batman-style throwing star" -- at a police vehicle.

The Seattle Police Department said officers responded about 6:30 p.m. Monday to a report of a man swinging a homemade spear -- a knife tied to the end of a metal pole -- at a bouncer at a Capitol Hill bar.

Officers pursued the fleeing suspect, who they noticed throwing an object at a police SUV while running from the scene.

Police caught up with the 23-year-old man and discovered the object he had thrown was a "batarang," defined as "a sharp, black Batman-style throwing star." The object was embedded in the lower front end of the vehicle.

The man was booked in the King County Jail on a felony assault charge and police said they are also seeking weapons and obstruction charges against the suspect.

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