by: KIRO 7 News Staff Updated:
SEATTLE - A man was killed in a stabbing near Dick’s Drive-In in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood Friday morning in what witnesses say was an unprovoked attack.
Friends tell KIRO 7 News that the 26-year-old man killed is Andrew Pimentel. He was hanging out and singing karaoke at Ozzie’s at First Avenue West and West Mercer Street went the three blocks to get Dick’s Drive-In about 2 a.m.
Witnesses said the suspect, in an unprovoked attack, came across the street and plunged a large knife into Pimentel’s chest in the restaurant parking lot.
Medics gave Pimentel first aid and then took him to Harborview Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. The suspect walked away from the scene.
Officers said they found a 38-year-old suspect a few blocks away and took him into custody. Leon Caril II was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of homicide and is expected to have a bail hearing there Saturday.
Caril has previous criminal convictions for robbery, assault, and drug charges. He was arrested for domestic violence assault on June 16. According to court documents he punched a roommate in the face. He was booked into the King County Jail and released the next day.
Dick's Drive-In released the following statement Friday afternoon:
"We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of our customers after being attacked early this morning near our Queen Anne restaurant. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.Customers and employees should know that we will have off duty police officers at our Queen Anne location tonight and Saturday night as normally scheduled. We are working with SPD in any way we can to aid the investigation."
Pimentel’s case is the ninth homicide in Seattle in 2017, the first random killing and the fourth fatal stabbing. That number does not include the August 20 police shooting of Damarius Butts, who shot three officers before he was killed, and Charleena Lyles, who was killed June 20 in a confrontation with police at her apartment.
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