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Saturday, July 14, 2012 - Page updated at 06:30 p.m.
Rape, burglary charges filed against former apartment worker
By Sara Jean Green
Seattle Times staff reporter
A 33-year-old maintenance man who quit his job at a Central District apartment complex is accused of returning two days later and raping a 63-year-old woman, according to King County prosecutors.
Bryan Stillman Geralds was charged Thursday with first-degree burglary and first-degree rape for the alleged attack June 30 on the woman. She didn't report the incident to Seattle police until July 7 because she "was fearful of having to talk in detail about the incident," charging papers say.
"The victim is fearful for her safety in her own apartment," Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carol Speer wrote in charging documents. Apparently, Geralds was intoxicated at the time, and "alcohol appears to be a problem for the defendant," she wrote.
Geralds was a maintenance worker at the woman's apartment complex from February to June 28, when he quit, charging papers say. Around 5 a.m. June 30, Geralds — who had already turned in his keys to the buildings — went back to the complex hoping "to make contact with an attractive female in a neighboring building," the charges say.
Unable to access that woman's building, he allegedly entered the 63-year-old's apartment after entering her building through a courtyard and open back door. The woman, who suffers from respiratory problems exacerbated by the heat, had left the door ajar to allow air to flow through her unit, according to charging documents.
The woman had been asleep on her couch when she woke to find a man on top of her, raping her, the documents say. When the man addressed the woman by her nickname, it "alerted her to the fact he knew her," and after the assault, she recognized him, according to charging papers. After he left, the woman reported the assault to a neighbor and her building manager, who urged her to call police, the papers say.
Geralds, who has a 2009 alcohol-related conviction in Nevada, is being held in King County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to jail and court records.
Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or email@example.com
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