According to a post on the SPD blotter, early this evening a 19 year old woman was forced into a car and driven to an apartment in West Seattle where she was assaulted and robbed. The victim was able to escape from the apartment, call police, and the suspect was arrested as he tried to escape.
Police say that they believe the suspect was known to the victim, but the extent of their relationship is not clear.
The suspect, a 33 year old taxi driver, was booked into the King County Jail on multiple charges, including investigation of kidnapping, assault, rape, robbery, and vehicle theft.
Business license records also match the suspect’s address to the apartment in the 6000 block of Lanham Place SW where the assault took place.
A search of court records show that the suspect was the respondent (i.e. aggressor) in two protection orders in 2009. One was issued in July, and another was brought to court in November but dismissed later that month after the petitioner failed to appear for a hearing.
Other than a long string of traffic infractions, the only other criminal record we can find for the suspect are two misdemeanor domestic violence assault charges in 2007 and May of 2009. Both of those cases were dismissed.
Here’s the full report from SPD:
On April 7th at approximately 1800 hours, a 33-year-old male suspect abducted a 19-year-old female victim in the area of 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street. The suspect told the victim he was armed with a gun (although no gun was displayed), forced her into a car (which the suspect had stolen from a friend earlier in the day), and drove her to an apartment in the 6000 block of Lanham Place SW.
The suspect attempted to sexually assault the victim but was unsuccessful. He physically assaulted the victim and stole her money. The victim was able to escape from the residence and call 911 on her cell phone.
Responding officers arrived within one minute of being dispatched and located the victim outside of the apartment. Officers located and apprehended the suspect in the parking lot while he was attempting to flee the scene in a car.
The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of her non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Auto Theft, Investigation of Kidnapping, Investigation of Assault, Investigation of Robbery, and Investigation of Attempted Rape (all felony charges).
The suspect’s vehicle was impounded and taken to the evidence garage for processing. No gun was located. Preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect and victim were not strangers, however it is unknown at this time to what extent they knew each other. This remains an active and on-going investigation.