(see also 3/7/12 Seattle Times article: How home-invasion suspect got out of prison sooner)
EDITOR’S UPDATE: A violent sex offender registered as living at 23rd and Dearborn has been arrested after allegedly breaking into a house rented by University of Washington women. Robert Hitt, 34, allegedly threatened the women with a knife and tied them with electrical tape, but police arrived and were able to arrest him.
Hitt was released from prison in January after serving ten years. He is registered as living at 23rd and Dearborn.
Beard, a 19-year-old sophomore, was awakened around 3:30 a.m. Monday, when the man burst into her second-floor bedroom, and Beard, figuring he was a friend of her roommates, yelled at him to get out. He did, and she locked her door, then heard him yell, “Get everyone in the house! I’m going to kill everyone!”
Moments later, one of her roommates knocked on her door and asked Beard to open it. She did and saw the man holding a knife to the roommate’s throat, she said.
He rounded up six of the eight young women who live in the house, forcing them into an upstairs bedroom and ordering them to lie facedown in a row. He bound the wrists of the first three girls with electrical tape, but ran out, Beard said.
He then grabbed a table lamp and yanked out the cord, causing sparks to fly, in an apparent attempt to use the cord to tie up the remaining girls, Beard said.
In the dark, Beard — whose hands hadn’t yet been tied — grabbed the serrated kitchen knife the man had left within reach and hid it under her body. As he searched for more tape, Beard was able to pass the knife to the last woman in the line.
“He was very amateur. He was messed up,” Beard said of the suspect, who she thinks may have been under the influence of drugs.
The woman who had hidden in her room opened the front door for Seattle police officers and directed them up the stairs, Beard said. The officers quickly got Hitt into handcuffs. It was unclear where the eighth roommate was.
KING-5 reports: Sex offender breaks into UW house rented by female students.
The intruder broke through a side window, threatened the young women with a knife, and used duct tape to bind the hands of six of them.
Offender’s name given in article as “Robert Hit”, a level 2 offender.
- Same guy? (Hit vs Hitt). Seattle Times gives his name as Hitt and includes a photo that matches the Offender website.
- Website found 1 other offender in that block. Anyone know if there’s a facility there?
- Times notes that:
He completed a sex-offender treatment program and was released from prison Jan. 10 after the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board found he was at low risk to reoffend, according to Chad Lewis, a spokesman for the state DOC. The board could have extended his prison sentence in two-year increments, up to a maximum of life, court records show.
Hitt began community supervision upon his release from prison and had been compliant, completing another sex-offender treatment program last Thursday, Lewis said.