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“You are gonna die,” Jonathan Choe Chased by Man With Knife Threatening to Kill

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Crazy Town Gets Crazier

Another insane Monday afternoon in downtown #Seattle. I was doing my usual rounds, about to report some POSITIVE NEWS regarding the encampment sweep at 3rd Ave & Pike St this morning. Mayor Bruce Harrell (@mayorofseattle) defending the corner from “trap tents” that are set up consistently to sell drugs just a block away from City Hall. Most of these folks are not homeless people. Many live in the nearby DESC buildings, hang out, and attract even more problems. As usual, I wanted to show the progress. But one fella didn’t want me pointing the camera at all the drug activity. So he pulled out a knife and started chasing me! He also threatened to kill me and hurled the N-word and racist Asian slurs in my direction. Witnesses called cops. But this maniac ended up tripping on the ground, ending the encounter. I did not wait around for police. Will be happy to provide SPD any information, but I know the agency is understaffed so I will not bother filing a report. I think I’m gonna take a break from this hood for a while. Just in the past few months, I have been threatened with a hatchet, baseball bat, and knife on this same block. This part of the city is still all upside down. I can’t wait for City Hall Park to open up again this summer, just one block away from this madness. Good luck Emerald City. Good luck. LOL.

Bat Man

Last month, 47 year old Jeffery McMillan charged at me w/a bat. Judge released him since SPD did not send evidence in on time to KC Prosecutors. Case now w/City Attorney Ann Davison’s (@_Ann_Davison_) office. Meanwhile, he’s still on street.

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Axe Kid

Back in January, 15 year old Marcelles Orr came after me as well. Thankfully, he remains behind bars awaiting treatment for his devastating fentanyl addiction. #Seattle

Saved His Life

Orr’s grandma says the arrest may have saved her grandson’s life. I watched entire arrest go down. Two responding officers called for back up because Marcelles Orr would not go w/them peacefully. They handled him w/ extreme care. #Seattle

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.