by: Deborah Horne Updated:
SEATTLE - Francis Hicks said two men and a woman he did not know inexplicably went after him and another homeless man as they rested on the firefighters memorial to the fallen in Pioneer Square's Occidental Park.
"I went to talk to him and he swing at me. He went there and kicked him right in the face," said Hicks. "And then his wife grabbed the food and threw it all over him."
Hicks said he tried to talk to them but they hit him in the face, too.
"And he started calling everybody 'F, everybody get out of the park,'" said Hicks, who has bruises underneath both his eyes. "'I don't want to see your face, get out.' And he don't like nobody.”
Their assailants were off-duty Seattle firefighters Robert Howell and Scott Bullene. Sources tell KIRO 7 the woman, 37-year-old Mia Jarvinen, is Bullene's girlfriend. The attack happened as the Seattle Sounders game was emptying out last night.
Seattle police said all three were intoxicated.
"It was a horrible," said Ashton Cruz, another eyewitness.
Cruz said the first man they went after was 'Sarge,' a disabled veteran, who hobbled on one leg and a walking stick.
"Well, this other gentleman used it as an assault weapon to hit this other gentleman with," said Cruz.
The attack was made worse, Cruz said, because the firefighters seemed to take aim at the homeless.
"If you were to be assaulted by someone who's supposed to protect and serve you, you're not going to have the same feelings for those people," Cruz said, angrily. "It was ridiculous."
Seattle police said the veteran stabbed Bullene in self-defense. Bullene was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Howell, a Seattle firefighter since 1997, had been on disability since Jan. 9.
Bullene was hired by the department in 1999. He last worked March 13.
Jarvinen is a senior auditor at Amazon.com.
Jarvinen and Bullene are also suspects in a 2012 road rage incident in which one of them claimed to have a gun.
Now Seattle police say all three face assault charges.