Man fatally stabbed in Belltown after altercation outside bar

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SEATTLE - Seattle homicide detectives are investigating the fatal stabbing of a man near First Avenue and Bell Street in Belltown Friday morning.

 

According to Seattle Police Department spokesman Detective Mark Jamieson, witnesses say the stabbing occurred following a disturbance and possible fight among several people outside of Tia Lou's Night Club, at 2218 First Avenue around 1:30-1:40 a.m.

 

Police said that a man in his 20s was walking with a woman at the same location at around 1:45 a.m. when they got into an altercation with a group of at least four men.

 

According to police, the man and the woman tried to walk away, but the man was followed to his car a block away and stabbed in the chest.

 

Police said the woman who was with the victim was not at the scene when officers arrived, but she has since been located and is being interviewed by detectives.

 

A source told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News that the incident might have involved the victim being  the woman's new boyfriend. 

 

Seattle fire medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. 

 

The suspects are described as Hispanic men who are believed to have left in a gray truck or SUV following the stabbing.  They fled the area heading northbound on First Avenue.  

 

Officers searched the area but they did not find the vehicle or the men.

 

Witnesses told detectives that people not involved in the fight or the stabbing may have captured the disturbance on their cellphones or other recording devices. Detectives have put out a call for that footage. 

 

On Friday afternoon, the Medical Examiner's office said it had no information to release about the victim's identity.

 

Anyone with any information about the slaying, or who has video of the disturbance leading up to it, is asked to contact the Seattle Police Homicide Unit at 206-684-5550.