Man stabbed, critically wounded in U District; female suspect flees with 3-legged dog

SEATTLE -- A 22-year-old man was stabbed and critically wounded early Thursday morning during a fight involving as many as 10 people in the University District, police said.

Witnesses reported seeing a large fight near NE 42nd and University Way NE at about 12:15 a.m. after a group of intoxicated men confronted a man and a woman on the street, police said.

"The two groups exchanged words, and then blows, as they moved south on University Way," police said in a statement.

During the fight, police said, a man in the first group reportedly shoved a woman from the second group and threatened to sexually assault her. In response, the woman pulled a knife from her coat and tried to stab the man. She missed, and a 22-year-old man stepped in to break up the fight. The woman stabbed the 22-year-old in the chest and fled the scene.

Police arrived and found the wounded man lying on the ground and called for medics.

The wounded man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Police are searching for the woman, described as a white female in her 20s, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, wearing an oversized olive green jacket. She reportedly fled the scene with a three-legged pit bull.

Police ask if you have any information about this incident to please call 911 and ask to speak to an officer.