A 58-year-old resident of the Lewiston Apartments in Belltown was arrested Monday, after police said he fatally stabbed a woman who was working there.

A spokesperson for the Plymouth Housing Group, which manages the low-income housing facility, said the woman who was killed worked as a full-time housing case manager for the organization.

Based on witness statements, police identified the 58-year-old resident of the building in the 2200 block of First Avenue as a suspect, and arrested him on investigation of homicide around 4 p.m. Monday. Detective Patrick Michaud said the man had left the building on foot before officers arrived.

The Seattle Fire Department’s online emergency- response log shows crews responded just before 11 a.m. Monday to the Lewiston Apartments. The stabbing happened on the building’s first floor, and Michaud said the suspect did not leave the scene with a weapon.

David Cuerpo, a spokesperson for SFD, said in an email Monday that crews arrived at the stabbing scene and found a deceased woman. He referred additional questions to police and the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

SFD has responded to the building 57 times since January, the department’s online emergency-response log shows.


“We are devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of life at one of our properties today,” a spokesperson for Plymouth Housing wrote in an emailed statement. “We are working closely with the Seattle Police Department on the ongoing investigation. At this time, we are concentrating fully on supporting our staff and residents throughout the tight knit Plymouth Housing community.”

Homicide detectives with the Seattle Police Department are leading the investigation.

Seattle Times staff reporters Anna Patrick and Elise Takahama contributed to this story.