Police seek mentally ill man after woman clubbed over head in Jackson car jacking attempt

A woman was found struck over the head and bleeding after an attempted car jacking in an International District restaurant’s parking lot Friday night. The incident was captured on surveillance video and a suspect familiar to police has been identified.

Police were called to the scene in the 1000 block of S. Jackson just after 5:30 PM Friday after a 911 caller reported there had been a struggle and a collision in the parking lot and a woman was bleeding from the head.

Police reviewed surveillance video and identified a known mentally ill man who frequents the area between the ID and 12th and Jackson and is often seen panhandling. The heavyset, near-200 pound Asian male shed his bloody jacket nearby. Police also found the club used in the attack at the scene.

An immediate search for the suspect came up empty.

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