‘Welcome to the HIV club’: Woman on the loose after stabbing man with syringe

A British tourist received an unwelcome surprise in Seattle when a woman stabbed him in the arm with a syringe.

She turned to him and said, “Welcome to the HIV club,” according to CBS affiliate KIRO7.

The man and his girlfriend were standing on the sidewalk outside the Red Star bar on Sept. 17, when the woman walked by them. He said he “felt a sharp prick and stabbing puncture to his left tricep,” according to a police report.

“The woman with a syringe, described as a white woman in her late 20s with shoulder-length dirty blonde hair, was walking with a man about the same age who was wearing a baseball hat,” KIRO reported.

The victim was “traumatized by what had just happened,” an officer wrote in the police report and said they believe the attack was unprovoked.

“We’ve never heard of anything like this in Seattle before,” Seattle Police Detective Patrick Michaud said. “There have been reports of something similar in other cities but nothing like this here.

“And hopefully this is a very isolated incident.”

The victim was treated at a local hospital, but the woman with the syringe got away.

“Hopefully, this was just somebody with a very poor sense of humor trying to scare someone in a way that is totally inappropriate,” Michaud said.

Watch the report via KIRO7:

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