Mercer Island Dad a Suspect in Rape Attempt and Sticking Needle in Woman's Neck

Seattle Police say a Mercer Island man is still under investigation after he was arrested Aug. 15 on suspicion of attempted rape, according to the SeattlePI.com

Seattle police say they are still investigating a married Mercer Island father for allegedly trying to rape a woman in Seattle on Aug. 15 after sticking a hypodermic needle into her neck, according to the SeattlePI.com.

The online news wesite reported that the man picked up a 32-year-old woman from the Shell gas station near Denny Way and Aurora Avenue North, and then drove her to a parking space in the Amazon building in a dark SUV near 8th and Virginia at around 1 a.m.

News reports say that the man then allegedly stuck the woman in the neck with a hypodermic needle and tried to rape her, ripping out a sizable clump of her hair, which she later showed to police after she was able to flee the vehicle. Police found the man a short time later at the garage sitting in the driver's seat of a dark SUV.

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He was arrested after he exited the vehicle and police said they saw an uncapped needle and a woman's purse on the front passenger seat, just where the victim said she left it, according to SeattlePI.com. He was later released and his belongings returned to him, and he has not been charged with any crime.

Police later received a search warrant and searched his Mercer Island home on Sept. 11, and seized several syringes, a gold-colored ring, a cell phone, women's purses and several other items as evidence.

Seattle Police say the investigation is active and ongoing.

Jean Dunbabin October 18, 2012 at 11:54 PM
What di you have to do to be charged with a crime????
Kendall Watson October 19, 2012 at 04:12 PM
This case has not yet been forwarded to the prosecutor's office. We'll have to wait and see what the police investigators do — just like we will have to wait on the SPD to wrap up another investigation that I've been following, involving the death of Nate Bahner in August.
Deborah A October 19, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Holy smoke, he was not even charged with simple assault? Something is not right here. I just compare this to how the MIPD react when they catch a kid with a small amount of marijuana or alcohol, those kids are processed and have MIPs pretty smartly. I guess I'll never understand the American legal system!!
Kim Kendall October 19, 2012 at 08:59 PM
You gotta admit, it is had to get arrested based on this story! I am sure the "additional evidence" in his home helps seal the case, but geez!


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