Homeless man jailed following alleged assault with camp stove
Story and photo by Doug Petrowski
A “tussle” between two homeless men living in the woods near 220th Street Southwest in Mountlake Terrace ended with one sporting a bruise and welt on his head and the other in police custody for assault.
Gene Edward Beebe was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault on Sunday, Feb. 3, for allegedly hitting another man in the head with a camp stove, according to police reports.
Beebe is reported to live in a homeless encampment in the woods behind the Hall Creek Office Park in the 6800 block of 220th Street Southwest. The wooded area is directly below the Sunset Landing housing development on 68th Place West.
The victim, Jack T. Belk, is reported to be a homeless man living in the same wooded area. Belk claims that he lent Beebe a Coleman stove, and when Beebe returned it he threw it at him, striking Belk in the head. Belk refused any medical treatment following the incident.
Beebe claimed the two men were involved in a “tussle,” then added, “but it was no big deal,” according to the police report.
Beebe was booked into the Snohomish County Jail in Everett late Sunday after the Lynnwood Jail refused to incarcerate him due to his insistence on recent medical issues. Beebe claims to have had suffered from minor strokes and a frontal lobe brain injury in 2012.
Police report that alcohol may have been involved.