Sex offender ordered held on investigation of rape
The 28-year-old man being held for investigation of rape, after an alleged attack Monday night in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park, was convicted of third-degree rape in 2006 in Yakima County Superior Court.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A King County District Court judge on Tuesday found probable cause to hold a 28-year-old Level 2 sex offender on investigation of rape after an alleged attack on a homeless woman Monday night in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park.
The man, who was convicted of third-degree rape in 2006 in Yakima County Superior Court, is listed as “noncompliant” on the King County Sheriff’s Office online sex-offender registry. He is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Shortly after 9 p.m. Monday night, a Seattle patrol officer was flagged down by a man who said he witnessed the alleged sexual assault — and the officer recognized both the rape suspect and his alleged victim from previous contacts, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the man.
The witness told police he was walking through the park when he noticed a woman passed out on the grass, just north of the park’s restrooms, the statement says. He saw a man standing over her and then lying down beside her, thrusting his hand inside her pants and fondling her, it says.
The man then undid his pants, threw a flannel shirt over himself and the woman, and began moving his body in an apparent sex act, the statement says. Other transients in the area yelled at the man, who got up, zipped his pants and quickly started to leave the park, according to the statement.
The first witness gave a description of the suspect and then pointed him out to the officer, who immediately recognized him from previous contacts “ranging from open containers to assaults,” the statement says.
The officer wrote in his report that he knew the man was a registered sex offender with a previous rape conviction and that the man was flagged in a law-enforcement database for previous threats against police, it says. The man was arrested on investigation of rape.
The officer also recognized the alleged victim, a transient woman who often stays in the park, the statement says. He woke her, and while she had no memory of being sexually assaulted, the woman was shocked when she realized her pants had been pulled down, it says.
The woman was afraid to speak to police in front of other transients, but agreed to speak with detectives in a “safe spot” and cooperate with the prosecution, the statement says.
In 2010, the TV show “Washington’s Most Wanted” reported details of the suspect’s 2006 rape conviction in Yakima: He attacked a homeless woman who was sleeping in a park, and when she woke up during the assault, he beat her with a stick, knocking her unconscious as he continued raping her. He moved to the Seattle area in 2009.
In May, the city said two unarmed park rangers were to begin patrolling Cal Anderson Park and Occidental Park in Pioneer Square.
The ranger patrols of Cal Anderson Park were announced after three assaults occurred in a 10-day span in May when a young woman was the victim of an attempted sexual assault at knife point and two young men were stabbed in unrelated incidents.
Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this report. Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or firstname.lastname@example.org