(Update) Bellevue Man Arrested For Attacks on Three Women in Seattle

Update 5/3: Detectives arrested a 33-year-old Bellevue man Tuesday for a series of attacks on women in Seattle on March 7th, April 17th and April 19th.

Police identified the suspect after following up on a lead about a Chevrolet Cruz, which was spotted fleeing the scene of the April 19th incident. Detectives learned the vehicle had recently been sold at a dealership and filed a warrant to identify the owner who, detectives discovered, strongly resembled the suspect in the three cases.

SPD detectives, with the assistance of Bellevue police, arrested the man Tuesday evening as he was driving his red Chevy Cruz in Bellevue. When police 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 three counts of indecent liberties.

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.

Update 5/2: Detectives are now investigating an April 19th assault on a woman in Ravenna in connection with the two previous cases, and are searching for a recently-purchased red Chevrolet Cruz, which may belong to the suspect.

The victim was walking near 20th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard on April 19th when a man approached her from behind, grabbed her, threw her to the ground and climbed on top of her.

As the victim fought the suspect, a witness drove by and began honking her car horn, drawing the attention of other witnesses. The suspect quickly fled, possibly in a red Chevrolet Cruz–similar to the one pictured below–with temporary plates in its rear window.

Upon reviewing the incident, detectives believe the man’s behavior and description–a white male in his 20’s, 6’1, wearing glasses and black jacket and dark pants–closely mirror the incidents reported on March 7th and April 17th.

If you have any information about the suspect or these cases, please call 911 or (206) 684-5575.

 

 


Detectives are investigating a possible link between two attacks on women in Seattle and are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect.

Around 8:30 PM on March 7th, surveillance cameras at an apartment complex on Elliott Avenue captured an as-yet-unidentified man following a 23-year-old woman in the building. As the woman approached her apartment, the suspect grabbed her from behind. The woman screamed and another building resident opened the door of their unit, causing the suspect to flee.

The victim described the suspect as a white male, 6’0, 25-30 years old, with blonde hair and green eyes, wearing a black jacket and gray jeans.

About six weeks later, on April 17th, another woman was walking home around 3:30 PM when a man grabbed her and threw her to the ground in the 1000 block of East Terrace Street. The woman fought back, screaming and scratching the man, grabbing his throat and jabbing at his eyes.

During the encounter, two women drove up to the victim, honked their horn and asked the victim if she was alright. The victim got into the witnesses’ vehicle and called 911 as the suspect fled.

Police have developed a sketch of the man, described as being 20-30 years old, 5’8, with blonde or strawberry blonde hair, a patchy beard, wearing a black jacket, gray jeans and dark sunglasses:

Detectives are investigating whether the two incidents may be related due to the striking similarities in the descriptions of the suspect. If you recognize the man in the video or sketch, please call (206) 684-5575 with any information..