Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Bellevue man arrested in attacks on three Seattle women – KOMO News

Seattle police released this sketch of the suspect.

SEATTLE – A 33-year-old Bellevue man has been arrested in connection with attacks on three women in Seattle.

According to investigators, the man has been linked to sexual assaults on Seattle women on March 7, April 17 and April 19.

In the first two attacks, the women got away from the man. His description was similar in both attacks.

In the third assault, a woman was walking near 20th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard when a man came up to her from behind, grabbed her, then threw her to the ground and climbed on top of her.

She fought back. A motorist drove by and honked her car horn, drawing the attention of others.

The attacker got away, possibly in a red Chevrolet Cruz, that had a temporary plate in the rear window.

Court documents say a witness to the April 19 attack saw an ad for a car dealership in the license plate. That led police to the dealership. Investigators asked for records on any new or used Chevrolet Cuz models sold between Feb. 19 and April 19.

Two were sold: One to an elderly couple and the other to the man who was later arrested, court documents say.

Tuesday evening, Bellevue officers arrested their suspect as he was driving a red Chevrolet Cruz. Seattle police said when they took him into custody, he was wearing a black bomber jacket similar to the one described by victims, witnesses, and seen in surveillance video.

The man was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of three counts of indecent liberties. Bail was set for him on Wednesday at $500,000.

Detectives continue to investigate whether the man may be responsible for any other attacks in Seattle or the Puget Sound region, and are asking anyone with additional information to call (206) 684-5575.

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