Two men were charged Tuesday in connection with the vicious stabbing Jan. 1 in Georgetown that permanently blinded a 65-year-old gas-station clerk who suffered 11 stab wounds to his face, head, hands, arms, chest and back, according to King County prosecutors.
Craig Jackson, 58, and Harold Lang, 47, who were arrested within hours of each other last week, were each charged with first-degree assault and first-degree robbery, the charges carrying deadly-weapon enhancements.
Jackson, who has a lengthy criminal history in Georgia, California and Texas, is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail, court and jail records show.
Lang’s bail was set at $500,000 and he, too, has a lengthy criminal record, with 44 warrants issued for his arrest since 1990, the records say. He has served prison time in Washington three times since 1996 and was last released from custody in March 2010, according to the state Department of Corrections.
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“The victim was so severely stabbed in the eyes that he is now blind, having lost one eye completely and having lost all sight in his other eye,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Worley wrote in charging documents. “ … The savage nature of this attack displays a motivation far beyond just robbery.”
Seattle police detectives didn’t expect the victim to survive his injuries, charging papers say. A customer called 911 after finding him inside the 76 station at 551 S. Michigan Street, and he was rushed into surgery at Harborview Medical Center, according to the charges. He remained in the intensive-care unit for a week.
A hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday that the victim had requested that his medical status remain private, so she couldn’t say if he remained at the hospital or if he’s since been released.
A voice message left for the man’s son was not returned Tuesday.
Just after 9 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Lang entered the 76 gas station and was soon followed by Jackson, who vaulted over the counter and attacked the clerk with a knife, charging papers say. The victim fell to the floor and attempted to crawl away, but Jackson climbed on his back and continued stabbing him between his shoulder blades, the papers say.
Lang also jumped the counter and wrestled the cash drawer from the cash register before both men fled, charging papers say.
The customer who called 911 saw the victim wandering aimlessly near the front door, covered in blood, the papers say.
Police were able to identify Lang from a fingerprint recovered from the cash register, and matched his photo to footage from the gas station’s video surveillance system, according to the charges.
Detectives arrested Lang at a medical facility on East Madison Street on Jan. 7, and after initially denying involvement, police say Lang provided detailed information and implicated Jackson, who he had met in Pioneer Square earlier on Jan. 1, charging papers say. The two men smoked crack together before driving to Georgetown to rob the gas station to get money for more drugs, the papers say.
Lang received $36 and some crack cocaine for his participation in the robbery, the charges say.
Jackson was arrested at The Orion Motel on Aurora Avenue North, where police recovered the knife used in the stabbing from his motel room, according to the charges. The weapon was covered in a large amount of dried blood, the charges say.
Both men are to be arraigned Jan. 26.
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