Homeless man charged in brutal beatings of 3 men in Federal Way

Francis Kamu MacKenzie rendered the 61-year-old man unconscious, returning “twice more to resume kicking him in the face and head repeatedly while he lay helpless in the parking lot …”

A homeless man who admitted to brutally beating two men in separate incidents at a Federal Way apartment complex that left a 61-year-old with life-threatening injuries on Feb. 3 was charged with assault on Feb. 6 in King County Superior Court.

Francis Kamu MacKenzie, 28, was also charged on Feb. 4 with second-degree assault in another brutal beating that occurred less than three weeks prior to the assaults at the apartment complex on Jan. 20 at the Federal Way Day Center.

MacKenzie’s arraignments for both incidents are set for Feb. 19 and 20 at the Kent Regional Justice Center.

His bail was set at $500,000 during his Feb. 6 hearing and he is currently being held at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle. The state had requested a similar amount during MacKenzie’s first appearance, however bail was set at only $100,000, according to prosecutors.

“The State believes the higher amount is appropriate given the exceedingly violent and prolonged nature of these assaults …” prosecutors stated in charging documents.

The assaults at the Arbor Woods Apartments on Feb. 3 occurred roughly three hours apart as each victim returned home from work, the documents continue.

MacKenzie assaulted the 30-year-old man in the parking lot. The man sustained facial fractures, a fractured wrist and a “significant concussion causing him to have no memory of what happened,” according to court documents.

In the attack on the 61-year-old, MacKenzie allegedly rendered the man unconscious, returning “twice more to resume kicking him in the face and head repeatedly while he lay helpless in the parking lot in front of his apartment,” prosecutors stated.

While it appears the 61-year-old will survive his injuries, prosecutors said he remained in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center with skull fractures and bleeding in his brain, and he is expected to be hospitalized for an extended period of time. They stated it appears likely his injuries will be life altering even once he “recovers” sufficiently to be released from the hospital.

A spokesperson for Harborview said on Wednesday the 61-year-old is in satisfactory condition.

Following his arrest in the Feb. 3 assaults, MacKenzie told police he was with his wife when he attacked both men. He claimed the 30-year-old assaulted his wife.

“She pointed him out to me so I kicked his a**,” MacKenzie told police, according to court documents.

He also admitted to attacking the 61-year-old, claiming the man was selling his wife drugs “and pimping her out,” he told detectives.

In the Jan. 20 assault at the homeless shelter in Federal Way, MacKenzie got into a dispute with another homeless man, age 44, about cigarettes. MacKenzie allegedly punched the man in his face, causing the man’s knees to buckle. According to the charges, MacKenzie held him in a headlock and continued punching him in the back of his head.

The 44-year-old sustained broken bones in his face.

McKenzie was booked at the Federal Way Police Department, issued a trespass notice from the shelter and released on his own recognizance following the Jan. 20 incident.


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