A Seattle man released from jail in July after allegedly threatening to kill a transit cop now faces murder charges over an unprovoked, caught-on-tape fatal assault on a senior citizen.
Video allegedly shows Aaron Fulk, 48, strike 66-year-old Rodney Peterman with a metal pole in broad daylight Aug. 2 at Pike Street and Third Avenue, according to KOMO News.
Fulk kept striking Peterman after the older man collapsed unconscious, fracturing his skull, according to police.
A good Samaritan is seen in the video attempting to stop the attack but was too late. Peterman succumbed to his injuries four days later, the Seattle Times said.
“I apologize for not being there one more club strike earlier,” said Loren Page, who came to the victim’s aid, to KOMO News.
The alleged assailant — who had prior run-ins with the law in Idaho — was arrested in nearby Pierce County in July for threatening to kill a cop, according to reports.
A judge there opted to release him despite prosecutors’ request he be held on $10,000 bail, KOMO News said.
Fulk is currently being held in King County on $2.5 million bail, the report said.