Police arrest suspects in last month's attack on gay man
By Katherine Sather
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle Police arrested two suspects Tuesday in the attack last month on Seattle resident Micah Painter outside of a gay bar.
The two men, ages 19 and 20, were arrested at a Bellingham residence last night and were expected to be charged Thursday with felony assault and malicious harassment.
Capt. Tag Gleason said that the police received a phone tip on King County's Crime Stoppers line from a person who encountered the same two men on the evening of June 27, when Painter was slashed with the empty vodka bottle and verbally harassed.
Gleason said the two suspects are part of a group of Bellingham residents known as "thugs or bullies who go about the community engaging in this behavior."
An arrest warrant has been issued for a third suspect.