West Seattle Crime Watch: Officer-attack suspect charged

November 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 15 Comments

(WSB photo from Tuesday night)
One more court case to report as the week comes to an end: A charge of third-degree assault is filed against Skyler Gronholz, the 28-year-old man accused in the Tuesday night incident that left a Seattle Police sergeant and officer injured, as well as a citizen who tried to help. As we reported in followups, police say they pulled Gronholz over for running a red light at California and Charlestown; he gave the officer a false name, then tried to drive away while she was arresting him and trying to get him out of the car – that was the start of the struggle that led to injuries. According to the documents arguing to keep his bail at $30,000 (in addition to $15,000 for an arrest warrant that was out for him):

At the time of the defendant’s arrest in this case, he was on warrant status on a case in King County Superior Court Drug Court for multiple counts of burglary and trafficking in stolen property. … The defendant has had 21 warrants issued for his arrest since 2005 in King County. In addition to the defendant’s Drug Court matter, where he was found guilty of four counts of burglary in the second degree and four counts of trafficking stolen property in the first degree, the defendant has known convictions for theft in the third degree (2002, 2006) and criminal solicitation (2010).

The charging documents also include a few more details of the circumstances: The officer’s body was “inside the doorframe of the driver’s door” when Gronholz allegedly started the car. In addition to cuts and bruises on her elbows and knees, she also had a tooth knocked loose during the scuffle. The sergeant is described as having torn muscles in the chest, arm, and shoulder, with possible nerve damage. While, as we reported Wednesday, police suspected Gronholz was in possession of drugs, the assault charge is all that prosecutors filed against him. He’s still in jail at last check, and scheduled for arraignment November 29th.

15 Comments

  1. Ah, I went to school with Skyler, he has a really nice family. So sad.

    Comment by Traci — 8:51 pm November 16, 2012 #

  2. Lock him up and throw away the key. We don’t need that garbage on the street.

    Comment by A — 9:24 pm November 16, 2012 #

  3. A repeating story with this guy. I used to live in WS…just search for “Skyler” on this blog and there is a wealth of knowledge about him and his girlfriend now fiancé yet again defending his actions.

    Comment by WhatThe — 7:18 am November 17, 2012 #

  4. A

    Ditto!

    Comment by DBM — 7:19 am November 17, 2012 #

  5. WhatThe, NOT the same person with that first name. (The one you’re thinking of actually spelled his first name Skyelar, and he is currently in state prison in Walla Walla.) I have edited this site since co-founding it almost seven years ago and this is the first time we’ve heard of this person. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:03 am November 17, 2012 #

  6. Sounds like this loser is where he belongs!

    Comment by marty — 9:36 am November 17, 2012 #

  7. My prayers go out to the policewoman and bystander who tried to help as well as Skyler and his family. I agree he needs to be off the street but unfortunately that’s only temporary so there really needs to be rehabilitation as well as consequenses for his behavior. As a victim of Skyelar I hope that’s what is happening in Walla Walla because you can be sure he’ll be back.

    Comment by Jean — 11:07 am November 17, 2012 #

  8. You have the wrong skyler. Learn the name before you start making accusations

    Comment by RT — 2:06 pm November 17, 2012 #

  9. I also would like to add the fact that bringing up old cases that have been worked out is not fair. It’s not okay. He has changed a lot but bringing old stuff is not fair. If you knew the whole thing your opinions would change too.

    Comment by RT — 4:00 pm November 17, 2012 #

  10. There are a lot of things in life that aren’t fair. For example, being blamed for crimes that someone with the same name committed is unfair. Having people bring up your past crimes while you’re still committing new crimes, that IS fair.

    Comment by Ajax — 9:30 pm November 17, 2012 #

  11. I have to agree with you there Ajax

    Comment by Pete — 1:00 am November 18, 2012 #

  12. Not ok too bring up old cases? Ever heard of a rap sheet r.t? It is definately ok when you have as many violations as skyler does. Commiting crimes and doing time/paying fines, community service is called JUSTICE , not” working it out” And at what point has he changed? the officers and good samaritan probably dont think he has changed . You picked a winner, get used too visiting jails.

    Comment by earth first ed — 11:58 am November 18, 2012 #

  13. Earth first Ed. I know that people change because I am one of them. I have been clean for over a year and honestly you wouldn’t even know my rap sheet unless you asked. Today I am a productive member of society and have worked hard to get to where I am at. Yes people have there past but to judge someone off of there past is wrong. Today I am proud of my accomplishment despite what people like you said about me. I had to put in the work and it is hard work but very do able. Thanks to haters like you today I can smile at them.

    Comment by RT — 3:59 pm November 19, 2012 #

  14. RT, I applaud your efforts to reform yourself as well as, your loyalty to your fiancé. I wish you continued success in your sobriety and employment. Skyler’s actions in this case speak volumes about how much work he has to do before he can be considered changed for the better. The few facts of the situation that you have shared only paint a more dire picture as there is no rational justification for his behavior that day. His past on his rap sheet will continue to haunt him as long as he continues to live it. His behavior in this situation alone demonstrates that. This is his fault. Being upset at the negative comments people on the blog have about him won’t change the fact that this was his fault alone. Assaulting Officer Sara Mulloy in attempting to flee in the first place is completely inexcusable. Furthermore, lying about his identity, assaulting Sergeant Bauer and Ken Wicklund and carrying drugs as a wanted felon shows a complete lack of respect for laws, authority, and wiling nous to take or face responsibility. No matter how kind he is most of the time, his consistent poor and reckless choices make him a danger to society. I am grateful to the heroics of Mr. Wicklund and the officers in this case for bravely facing that danger and for getting Skyler behind bars without further injuries. I sure hope he learns how to behave in society.

    Comment by alkiobserver — 1:36 pm November 21, 2012 #

  15. One thing I do know is that skyler has never disrespected me, yelled at me, put his hands on me and that these accusations of him hitting or attacking are off. Learn the facts!

    Comment by RT — 8:19 am November 29, 2012 #

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