Prosecutor: Man camping at Woodland Park Zoo tried to beat guard to ‘smithereens’

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SEATTLE — A homeless man camping out at the Woodland Park Zoo faces assault charges after allegedly beating a zoo security guard repeatedly with a “billy club.”

Mitchell Henry Ramm, 42, is charged in King County Superior Court with second-degree assault. He is currently in King County Jail on $50,000 bail.

According to court documents, a security guard spotted Ramm May 18 camping on Woodland Park Zoo property in the 600 block of North 50th Street. Ramm had allegedly even dug a fire pit at his campsite, potentially endangering area flora.

When the security guard asked Ramm to leave, Ramm allegedly attached the victim with two 15″ long Billy clubs, saying he would beat him to “smithereens.” Ramm struck the guard with the clubs, striking him in the head. The victim eventually lost his footing and fell to the ground, so Ramm picked up a piece of concrete to throw at the victim and possibly kill him.

Luckily, other guards and police arrived police arrived and Ramm was arrested. The victim suffered a broken arm and required stitches to a wound on his head.

The victim told police that as soon as Ramm pulled out the club, he knew he was “intent” on killing him.

Ramm will again appear in court next month.

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  • Kit

    Homeless crazy people can be found in most of Seattle's parks and green belts. This idiot should be put in prison for attempted murder.

  • Rob

    Aww these poor homeless people. They are just victims of the one percent and the evil capitalist. They should let him go and arrest the guard for homeless descrimination.

  • Kit

    Seattle is a soft touch for the homeless crazy person. I drove by Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill yesterday and there was a huge messy group lined -up for a free something. Looked like they just arrived from Afghanistan. The city should put them to work doing something useful instead of them begging all day.