Beating victim warns of attacks at Golden Gardens

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by HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 6:06 AM

One of Seattle's most popular summertime spots was the scene of several scary and brutal attacks. One victim, Kenny Stratton, is sharing the story of how he was beaten and robbed at Golden Gardens in hopes of sparing someone else the same fate.

The 23-year-old says he was enjoying a bonfire with some friends on the night of June 25th when it happened.

"I went to the bathroom by myself, I should've grabbed a partner, but I went to the bathroom by myself and on the way out I was attacked," said Stratton.

He says as many as 10 attackers kicked and punched him with brass knuckles, then stole his wallet, his cell phone, and his keys.

"They were relentless, they kept kicking me over and over again, it was brutal," he said.

According to Seattle Police Department records, the report Stratton filed was one of several calls for help police got that night from Golden Gardens.

Stratton spent several hours in the hospital, suffered a concussion, and a week after the attack, his eyes were still bloodshot and black and blue.

He feels more needs to be done to keep people safe at the popular park.

"For something that happened multiple times in the same place with the same suspect description, there's been nothing done to stop it," he said. "There has to be something done."

That's ultimately why Stratton decided to share his story.  He doesn't want to see this happen to anyone else.

"I'll go back to Golden Gardens at some point in time, but right now, until I can fully recover, I'm not going back," he said.

A spokesperson for SPD couldn't provide details about the case, except to say it's an open and active robbery investigation.

Right now, witnesses have provided only a vague description of the suspects.  Anyone with information is urged to call Seattle Police.

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