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Simon says: No comment

Assistant City Attorney Simon Stocker won’t comment about last week’s arrest in Seattle for allegedly assaulting two men.

Stocker, 32, was arrested at about 1:58 a.m. Saturday morning outside the Medusa night club on Western Avenue.

According to a Seattle Police report, the arresting police officer was driving on Western Avenue when he saw two off-duty police officers running toward the nightclub where a 24-year-old male and a 27-year-old male were lying on the ground in front of the club.

The arresting officer stated in the report a witness saw Stocker walking away from the club and identified Stocker as the person who had assaulted the two men. The arresting officer yelled at Stocker to stop walking away.

“Stocker kept saying ‘I’m a city attorney,’” according to the report.

Stocker was arrested for investigation of two counts of assault.

According to eyewitnesses, Stocker hit the first man in the face and when the man fell to the ground, Stocker kicked him in the face. The man suffered a broken nose and a possible concussion and had to be transported by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center.

The second victim, whom Stocker allegedly punched in the face, suffered a swollen face and a loose tooth.

The eyewitness told police that neither of the men hit Stocker.

Stocker spent two nights in the King County Jail. He was released on $5,000 bail. Stocker was to appear in King County court on Thursday. The results of the hearing were unavailable at press time.

Both Stocker and his boss, City Attorney Roger Lubovich, declined to comment.

“This is just one of those things we can’t talk about,” Lubovich said.

Stocker was placed on paid administrative leave, which will begin Monday,

Lubovich said. Stocker will be on administrative leave until his second

court appearance in King County Superior Court on Thursday, Jan. 29 at which

he will enter a plea.

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