UPDATE: After posting, the victim in this case contacted us. See the update below for more details.
Prosecutors have charged Mareko Lemafa with second degree assault for striking someone on a bike with his car after an argument in a bar in Greenwood in May (h/t Seattle PI).
According to charging documents, Lamafa and the alleged victim were at the Ould Triangle pub at Greenwood Ave and N 100th May 30, though they did not know each other previously. The victim brought his Specialized 10-speed into the bar, and Mareko asked him if the bike belonged to the victim.
The two then played pool together for an hour and a half, and Lemafa kept “harassing” the victim to buy him a Budweiser, according to the documents (UPDATE: The victim told us this only happened once). The victim refused to buy Lemafa a beer, then left the bar to ride home.
He was riding on Greenwood Ave when he heard a dark sedan behind him. The victim said he tried riding as far to the right as he could to get out of the way, but Lemafa rammed his car into the victim’s bike. The victim was able to jump out of the way before Lamafa ran over the bike on the ground. He was not seriously injured, but the bike was wrecked.
He recognized the driver as Lemafa and noted the license plate number. The next day, the victim was driving and saw the suspect’s vehicle on Palatine Ave about a block from the Ould Triangle.
The victim called police who arrived and arrested Lemafa. He has not yet entered a plea.
UPDATE: The victim contacted us and provided a few clarifications and additional details about what happened.
“I am a professional who just figured he’d ride his mountain bike to the bar to shoot some pool on what was a nice evening weather-wise,” he said.
He said the suspect was “completely off his rocker drunk.” He said there was no argument in the bar, exactly, and that he thinks the suspect was sizing him up while they were playing pool because he wanted to steal his “stump jumper.”
When he went to leave the bar, the suspect went outside to wait for him. The suspect was leaning on his car when the victim got on his bike to ride home. The suspect told him to come over and talk to him, but the victim declined saying he had to work and rode off with the suspect yelling at him to stop and talk.
Despite living just one block from bar, the suspect drove seven or eight blocks south out of the way to hit him, the victim said.