Wife of multiple-rape suspect allegedly moved his car
For nearly a month, detectives investigating a Seattle attorney in connection with a series of rapes couldn't find the black, 2009 Honda Pilot registered in his name, according to a search-warrant affidavit. Turns out the attorney's wife moved the SUV in the days after her husband's Sept. 24 arrest from where it was parked near a Greenwood massage clinic, the affidavit says.
Seattle Times staff reporter
For nearly a month, detectives investigating Seattle attorney Danford "Dan" Grant in connection with a series of rapes couldn't find the black, 2009 Honda Pilot registered in his name, according to a search-warrant affidavit.
Turns out that Grant's wife, deputy Seattle city attorney Jennifer Grant, had moved the SUV in the days after her husband's Sept. 24 arrest from near a Greenwood massage clinic, where Dan Grant allegedly raped a massage therapist at knife point right before he was arrested, the affidavit says.
The SUV wasn't at Grant's home or office when police served search warrants at those locations, looking for condoms, a folding knife, cellphones, a wrist watch and other evidence, it says.
Dan Grant was released from the King County Jail on Oct. 31 after posting $1 million bail and is on electronic-home detention.
Initially charged in connection with alleged attacks on four women, all massage therapists of Asian descent, Grant has since been charged with raping a fifth woman, a cashier at a Seattle massage clinic who he allegedly raped in her car after identifying himself as a police officer, charging papers say.
Grant has been charged with seven felonies, including four counts of first-degree rape involving alleged victims in Bellevue, Shoreline and Seattle between June and September, according to charging documents. A father of three who lives with his wife, children and mother, Grant is also charged with second-degree rape, attempted second-degree rape and first-degree burglary.
Police determined that Jennifer Grant used a key card to access the parking garage for her husband's downtown law office on Sept. 27, three days after his arrest, the affidavit says. She was driving a different car, it says.
It wasn't until Oct. 21 that Drue Kirby-Coats, an attorney representing Jennifer Grant, contacted a Bellevue police detective and told him where Dan Grant's black SUV could be found: It was parked at an intersection in Wedgwood, four miles from the massage clinic and about 10 blocks from the Grants' residence, the affidavit says.
The SUV has since been moved to a police-evidence facility.
Through her attorney, Jennifer Grant claimed to have only removed the garage key card from her husband's vehicle, which she later replaced, the affidavit says. The document says that Jennifer Grant has refused to speak with police.
According to a KIRO-TV report, Danford Grant's attorney, Richard Hansen, told one of the station's reporters that Jennifer Grant had parked the black SUV far from the house because she was "being hounded by the media." He told KIRO that nobody was trying to hide the vehicle.
The search-warrant affidavit also indicates that on the night of his arrest, Grant had dinner with one of his law partners, David Onsager, and the two parted company around 8:30 p.m.
Onsager learned of Grant's arrest the next day and quickly realized "Grant's work computer may be of importance to a police investigation," it says. Onsager had Grant's computer disconnected from the law firm's network and had it locked in a secure location until police served a search warrant on the firm's offices, the affidavit says.
Now known as Bailey Onsager, the firm is in the process of legally dropping Grant's name from the firm, the affidavit says.
Police are also investigating Grant's use of Westlaw, an online-research tool he's believed to have used to access personal information, including home addresses, of at least two of his alleged victims, the affidavit says.
Grant's work computer is being searched for data related to massage parlors, massage therapists, escorts and Asian women, according to the affidavit.
Several people who know Grant told detectives he "is obsessed with Asian women" and all of the alleged victims in the case are of Asian descent, the affidavit says.
Charging documents say three of the women Grant is accused of raping are Chinese immigrants; two did not speak any English and one spoke only broken English.
The ethnicities of Grant's two other alleged victims are not detailed.
Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or firstname.lastname@example.org