While looking for someone else’s status on the King County Jail Register, we happened onto a familiar name: Ryan Cox. He is in jail again, this time for an assault charge, to which he quickly pleaded guilty, and for which he was sentenced. Quick backstory: Cox made citywide headlines in 2009 after a series of vandalism incidents that mostly involved profane, homophobic graffiti scrawled on signs, homes, businesses. He was arrested and jailed several times after that, most recently in October 2012, for an attack on a fellow passenger as they exited a bus on Avalon Way. Last July, as reported here, he pleaded guilty to hate-crime and assault charges in that case and was released from jail, having already served more time by that point than the sentence he received. Some of the previous cases against him were dismissed because he was found incompetent to stand trial.
This time, he was again arrested for an incident on Avalon Way. The police report from last Thursday says Cox was pushing a shopping cart on the sidewalk in the 3000 block of Avalon when he passed an apartment maintenance worker going to his truck to get a tool. Without provocation, the report says, Cox turned, spit on the man’s coat, and yelled a profane accusation at him. The man asked Cox, “Why did you do that?”; the report says Cox just kept walking away, mumbling. He was arrested nearby and charged with misdemeanor assault, to which he pleaded guilty on Friday, receiving a one-year sentence with all but 30 days suspended. City Attorney’s Office spokesperson Kimberly Mills tells WSB that with the standard “time off for good behavior,” Cox would be released from jail on New Year’s Eve. He would be on probation for two years, however, Mills says, with various conditions such as keeping up with mental-health and chemical-dependency treatment and not breaking criminal laws; if he violated those conditions, he would be subject to having to serve the rest of the year-long sentence.