Man goes on stabbing spree, strips off clothes in downtown Seattle attack

Three victims, all men between 55 and 75, are expected to survive their wounds.
Image: The Space Needle and Mount Rainier in Seattle, Washington, on Feb. 11, 2017.
The Space Needle and Mount Rainier in Seattle on Feb. 11, 2017.Chris Helgren / Reuters file

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By David K. Li and Hasley Pitman

Police arrested a naked man after he allegedly stabbed three people in downtown Seattle on Tuesday, authorities said.

The bizarre attack unfolded a little after 10 a.m. near Sixth Avenue and Olive Street, not far from Nordstrom's corporate headquarters, witnesses and Seattle police said.

"One of the victims ran into a nearby store while the suspect fled the scene," according to a police statement.

"Officers took the man into custody near 8th Avenue and Pine Street. Police also recovered the knife and the man’s clothes, which he had stripped off as he ran from officers."

Christopher Morisette, 29, was arrested, police said.

One man, 75, was stabbed in the neck and another, 77, was knifed in the back, authorities said. Both were taken to Harborview Medical Center and listed in stable condition.

A third male victim, believed to be between 55 and 60 years old, was stabbed in the forearm before he was treated and released at the scene, police said.