West Seattle Crime Watch: Student reports Roxhill Park rape

December 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 78 Comments

ORIGINAL REPORT, 2:23 PM: A rape has been reported at Roxhill Park – already under scrutiny for crimes and overall safety concerns. First word is in this letter that Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark says is going to families of students at Denny and adjacent Chief Sealth International High School:

This morning, a Denny International Middle School student reported to a Denny staff member that she had been attacked on Thursday, Dec. 12, at approximately 3:30 PM at Roxhill Park.

Roxhill Park is located south of Westwood Village, across the street from Target.

She reported that she was raped by a stranger that she believed to be in his mid-twenties. She shared that last Thursday, after school was out, she had gone to Westwood Village with friends. After about an hour, as she was walking home through Roxhill Park, the attack took place. Denny staff immediately contacted her family, the Seattle Police Department, and nearby schools. The Seattle Police Department is actively investigating.

We want to inform all of the students at Denny and Sealth about this and remind you about safety tips for walking to and from school.

Those safety tips are ahead. We are checking, meantime, to see if police have any additional information to share.

The following suggestions are from the Seattle Police Department:
• Pay close attention to your surroundings, avoid “automatic pilot.”
• Walk with a purpose; project an assertive, business-like image.
• Use common sense; plan your route to avoid uninhabited parks, parking lots, garages and alleyways.
• Stick to well-lit areas.
• Develop a plan before you see trouble. Crossing a street or entering a store may get you out of a potentially bad situation.
• If a car follows you or beckons you while you are walking, do not approach it. Instead, turn and quickly walk the opposite direction.
• Consider wearing clothing and shoes that you can move freely and quickly in, especially when walking or waiting for the bus.
• Always plan your route and stay alert to your surroundings. Avoid shortcuts. Walk confidently. Scan your surroundings and make eye contact with people.
• Avoid walking alone. Walk or travel with a friend, even during the daytime.
• Pay attention to the uncomfortable feelings that often warn us of potential danger.
• Don’t be afraid to cross the street, return to a business, or ask for help based on that “funny feeling.”
• Be aware of your surroundings and know who is nearby.

All of us at Denny and Sealth consider student safety to be our top priority. Students, please report anything that happens to you to any adult at school and at home right away—we are all here to help in any way that is needed. We encourage you to talk with your family and school staff to make sure we have the best plan for you to safely come to and from school. Please communicate with your family ahead of time if your planned after school routine changes for any reason.

5:43 PM UPDATE: After trying for hours to get additional information directly from police, we have finally talked to them at the precinct. The case is being handled by the officer who works with Denny, we’re told, so further details might not be available until tomorrow, but police say the rape happened in the park restroom at around 3:30 pm Thursday. (The school day at Denny ends in the 2 pm hour, before Sealth, where classes end just before 3.)

6:23 PM UPDATE: We also have just spoken with Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Joe Kessler, who says extra patrols have continued at Roxhill Park, “most days” as well as some evenings. (As noted in comments, park safety is a major emphasis for the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council.) While there is no indication that this is related to the grabbing incident near West Seattle High School last week, he noted that extra officers were assigned to that area for a few days after that incident, and in this case too, officers will make “extra rounds.”

78 Comments

  1. Good to know the rapists feel secure enough to attack in broad daylight now.

    Comment by Chuck — 2:30 pm December 16, 2013 #

  2. Any description of this guy? I hope dna was taken from her. This happened in broad daylight in the middle of the park and nobody saw a thing? It’s fine time cameras are put up around this park,way too many things have happened there including murder.

    Comment by alki resident — 2:38 pm December 16, 2013 #

  3. This is terrible and horrifying. The poor girl. Did she really wait 4 days to report the crime? Or did she report it and just reported it to the school? I hope she reported it right after it happened because the chances of catching the guy are slim now.

    Comment by West Seattle Mom — 2:53 pm December 16, 2013 #

  4. Poor girl, she is going to be traumatized for a long time. Hopefully she gets the counseling she needs. She is a middle schooler!! A kid, raped by a grown man in a park where a lot of other kids hang out, too.

    Comment by evergreen — 2:59 pm December 16, 2013 #

  5. My prayers go to the family, most of all, the girl. We need to prevent this. Its a HUGE problem, I think that there should be more cameras, more police monitoring.

    Comment by Student — 3:00 pm December 16, 2013 #

  6. She was a very young girl, a friend of my daughter, something needs to be done, I agree with cameras at the park, and she just told school officials today

    Comment by les — 3:04 pm December 16, 2013 #

  7. Sad to read this news. Not talking about the victim here but there are people in the community who don’t think there are problems at Roxhill Park. I hope this incident, in a long string of incidents, convinces you. If you don’t know what I am talking about, go back and look at the comments in stories about Roxhill that WSB has done.

    Comment by enough — 3:08 pm December 16, 2013 #

  8. This makes me so angry.

    My dear girl, it is not your fault. Thank you for being brave enough to tell someone you trust.

    We as a community owe you something better than just outrage. We owe you action. We need to take back the park.

    Comment by JRR — 3:12 pm December 16, 2013 #

  9. Times are tough for me right now having had my truck stolen last week so I don’t have much money but I think as a community we should help her. I’ll be bringing in a small gift to the school to give to her, if anyone else can do the same it would be a good gesture. I don’t want her too feel alone or feel it was her fault somehow. Can anyone else join me in this? It’s Christmas

    Comment by Alki resident — 3:18 pm December 16, 2013 #

  10. Another safety tip. Do not walk around distracted by electronic devices, phone, ipod, or using earbuds at a volume so you can not hear somebody walking up to you.

    Comment by West side mom — 3:30 pm December 16, 2013 #

  11. @AlkiResident, I’m with you. A small gift is a kind idea. What else to immediately improve safety & awareness; whistles?

    Comment by JennyL — 3:49 pm December 16, 2013 #

  12. More cameras are a nice idea but we need to start with the basics. Did this child not tell her parents of the attack? Seems to me step #1 is parents sitting down with children and explaining to the child that attacks must be reported to the parent immediately.

    Comment by skeeter — 3:57 pm December 16, 2013 #

  13. how awful. it is shocking that this could happen at 3:30pm – this person is very dangerous and probably not likely to be afraid to do this again.

    Comment by flimflam — 4:12 pm December 16, 2013 #

  14. @skeeter – I’m sure you didn’t intend it, but your post feels a little blame-the-victim.

    Comment by Mookie — 4:22 pm December 16, 2013 #

  15. There used to a “take back the night” night march/rally on capital hill. We could organize something like that.

    Comment by Tonari — 4:30 pm December 16, 2013 #

  16. I’m sorry to hear about this. I’m a certified womens self defense instructor. Please see village green for up coming classes. The above has great tips. Nightly I come across women walking with ear plugs in both ears and listening to there bands. Your a target! Watch how you walk dont look like a push over. Avoid 42 nd ave s.w. any time after dark. There’s a pimpn working that area.
    Please get training. Al Semple with Awsda….

    Comment by Al — 4:32 pm December 16, 2013 #

  17. Not every kid feels safe telling a parent. Unfortunate, but true. Even if parents would understand, there’s something about being a teenager that makes you sure they wouldn’t. And some just don’t. To the young lady: this is NOT your fault, and you did nothing wrong. Including waiting to tell. If you didn’t feel safe, you didn’t feel safe. Please be careful about putting any blame out there for her, folks.

    Comment by AG — 4:33 pm December 16, 2013 #

  18. Mookie- My take is there may not be communication in some families or not knowing how to communicate something this tragic. I think what skeeter is saying is open the doors to it at home and reassure your kids that you can tell your parent anything and everything. For a 13 yr old and probably any age, this is a shocking situation to be in.

    Comment by Alki resident — 4:38 pm December 16, 2013 #

  19. @mookie – of course unintended. I’m just putting myself in the role of a parent. I would want my daughter to tell me of an attack right away so I could alert authorities as quickly as possible.

    Comment by skeeter — 4:49 pm December 16, 2013 #

  20. I don’t really care for the proliferation of cameras. There are some instances where they are helpful (identifying suspects), but frankly I’d just rather skip the crime, using proven “more cops” technology.
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    This community spoke recently with SPD, who established that they had increased police presence in the park. The concern was that as a temporary measure it would produce a short term effect. SPD was then encouraged to hit it hard, publicly, often, and to the fullest extent of the law.
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    I’m not suggesting the cops replace the community, that’s a band-aid fix. But SPD, while the community is putting some changes together, you need to step up. Way up.

    Comment by McBride — 4:50 pm December 16, 2013 #

  21. I feel that park was safe until Metro put the transit hub there. If we can’t do anything about that, fine, but the WALL OF BUSES must go. Some people talk about (sadly) removing the trees from the park, but I think moving the wall of buses elsewhere would open up visibility. This happened in broad daylight folks, we need more eyes on that park, NOT FEWER EYES!

    Comment by Josh — 4:51 pm December 16, 2013 #

  22. Yes, what Alki resident said.

    But AG makes a valid point. If the victim didn’t feel safe telling a parent then that is that. I apologize if my comments sounded accusatory. Not intended.

    Comment by skeeter — 4:56 pm December 16, 2013 #

  23. I think the intent of the gifts is lovely, but I’m concerned they could cause feelings of shame for the victim. As an adult, I would appreciate the sentiment, but as a young adult I would probably feel exposed and as if “everyone knew”. Not that she has any reason to feel embarrassed, just trying to provide perspective for the gifters.

    Comment by Philosurfy — 4:57 pm December 16, 2013 #

  24. This is so upsetting. I live blocks from this park and frequent it with my kids, one of whom is a middle school aged homeschooler. That park is problematic because the trails through the adjoining area are obscured from view and therefore just the kind of place this would happen. You can be in the open play ground/ skate park portion of roxhill and not see a thing going on in the trails area. I would encourage ALL to walk through the open park area if there is no other choice but to go through that park until further action is taken to improve safety. I would love to be a part of a group of concerned parent and citizens who can walk this area during the hours that kids are walking to and from school to help take it back from this kind of scum. I know its hard for many working people to commit, and as a single woman I’d be intimidated by the prospect of confrontation alone, but if we could ban together?

    Comment by Rebecca — 4:58 pm December 16, 2013 #

  25. @McBride – Excellent point about preventing the crime rather than recording them on tape. The SPD seems to have a good idea of where to focus their efforts, better than any single person in the city, so I am truly confused on why they aren’t providing sufficient patrols of the area.
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    Until they do, maybe parents could organize to have one in the park before and after school?

    Comment by Justin R. — 5:10 pm December 16, 2013 #

  26. For those in the community, we will be discussing again Roxhill Park and improvements which are under review including lighting and visibilty improvements at the Westwood/Roxhill/Community Council. 1st Tuesday every month at the SW Branch of the Library at 615pm.
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    Our site: http://www.wwrhah.org
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    Our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWRHAH/
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    Comment by Joe Szilagyi — 5:23 pm December 16, 2013 #

  27. I was informed by my karate instructor that a man is going around doing very horrid things to people. And sad to say but he will strike again. To manipulate a young girl in broad daylight is sick. What we need to do is inform as many people as possible. This man’s stomping grounds are in the white center/west Seattle area. We cannot under estimate anyone. Until this man/men are caught, it is simply not safe for our young people. The more people are aware, the more we can track this guy down. The biggest tips my karate instructor told me is to walk with a group, DO NOT put headphones, always be aware of your surrondings, and don’t walk after dark. As a young person myself, I cannot let my peers be taken advantage of.

    Comment by student — 5:33 pm December 16, 2013 #

  28. I too when I was in middle school was “raped” along with a friend who was with me, we both were young and didn’t know to scream, fight or yell we were just scared. It’s hard at that age to tell your parents something like this has happened, you feel you are to blame but I am so PROUD of this young woman that she did tell her parents, late or not and I hope she gets the help and support she deserves.

    And DO NOT feel ashamed or that you did anything wrong, you did not!

    Comment by unknown — 5:34 pm December 16, 2013 #

  29. While I was writing a comment to point those interested at the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council, Joe popped in on behalf of its leadership. This was our story from last month’s meeting devoted to discussing park safety/crime.
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    http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/roxhill-park-safety-updates-ideas-wwrhah-new-police-patrols-zero-tolerance-for-youth-drinking-more/
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    WWRHAH has comprehensive meeting reports on its own site http://wwrhah.org including followup discussions from this month’s meeting.
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    Meantime, we are currently trying to track down police info on this in person, since no phone or e-mail replies have arrived yet. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 5:39 pm December 16, 2013 #

  30. I want to heartily agree about the WALL OF BUSES! They totally close off visibility of the park, especially when there are 5, 6, even 7 in a row. Why are there so many idling there? (Don’t get me started on the idling…) That park needs help — it is the opposite of a neighborly attraction, a place to recreate and enjoy nature. No so Roxhill, families are afraid to go there! The trails need work and better sight lines. There are too many places that have become overgrown. The community needs to “take back the park,” the police need to have a foot or bicycle presence, Metro needs to lessen the number of buses on the street, etc….

    Comment by sarah — 5:42 pm December 16, 2013 #

  31. what a horrible thing to happen to anyone, much less a young girl. I hope her friends and family gather around her and help her heal from this trauma.
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    there is nothing in this story that mentions that the ‘wall of buses’ was an issue in this assault. As this happened during daylight and the drivers can make immediate contact with the Control Center, having a bus or buses there may have changed the outcome.
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    in a situation like this, cameras would be more useful in catching the assailant than in alerting the police. First, the cameras have to be pointed at the right place or must rove the park, which means they won’t catch the entire incident. Second, the cameras have to have high enough resolution for the suspect to be identifiable (this ain’t CSI were they can magically use facial recognition software to identify the perp from a grainy photo.) Unless they are infrared, they won’t do much good at night. Third, someone has to be watching the feed. Fourth, there are the installation and equipment costs, storage costs, etc.

    Comment by metrognome — 5:59 pm December 16, 2013 #

  32. That girl is so brave to come forward. We are all behind you, sweetheart!

    Comment by Lyckatill — 6:00 pm December 16, 2013 #

  33. To the girl: I hope that you one day realize how incredibly brave you are to report this. You did not deserve to have this happen to you, and I’m so sorry you had to go through this. Your community is behind you and wishing you well. Please know that this going public will help other girls, too: I’m a mom, and I’m going to talk to my daughter tonight about safety. Your report makes a difference, because now the police can track him down, and measures can be taken to help keep other girls safe. Thank you for your bravery in coming forward.

    To the parents of the girl: Blessings to you, too, as you deal with the immense pain of knowing that your daughter was hurt. I wish you strength and courage to comfort her, and also that you can find peace.

    I ache for the world that such things are possible, and wish for healing for all of us.

    Comment by Kristina — 6:08 pm December 16, 2013 #

  34. Downright horrific for that young girl. When people’s lives are at stake taking down trees is tater tots. Cameras have helped SPD track down perps. Why did Metro decide to have a bus station at the North end of a family park?

    Comment by Seattlite — 6:10 pm December 16, 2013 #

  35. Heartbreaking and intensley maddening. I pray for the victim & her family. And, hope swift justice is realized.
    Food for thought: statistically 60% of rape is not reported. Reasons are fear, shame, cultural stigma, and more. It’s *critical* our schools take a leadership role in addressing such violence. Apathy and lack of knowledge will keep more victims in the closet and a life-time of suffering where non-need to hide. Our men and boys need to be equally educated.
    http://www.rainn.org/statistics

    Comment by Beth — 6:27 pm December 16, 2013 #

  36. It sounds like this happened in the restrooms, but I believe that the brush needs to be cleared in that park (lots of people sleeping in there) and we’ve had a rash of drug addict transients (seen them holding jackets up over their heads in the middle of dry weather). I’d be glad to help volunteer to help clear the brush….let’s organize!

    Comment by TheHouse — 6:35 pm December 16, 2013 #

  37. Good thoughts go out to the victim and her family, I admire her bravery and courage for reporting this. Hopefully SPD apprehends the suspect before there are more victims.

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    Another vote in favor of removing the bus wall. Having 4 or 5 buses staged on that street indicate that the bus system is not being managed efficiently.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 6:37 pm December 16, 2013 #

  38. Heart goes out…this girl has courage.

    Comment by Lox — 7:03 pm December 16, 2013 #

  39. All – there has been talk about rehydrating the bogs at the last two WWRHAH meetings. It would be very expensive, but incredibly affective to stopping the things we have been seeing in that park. We have a gem at Roxhill – a real peat bog with ponds and lovely native species of plants. We will need your help and support to push for continued improvements in the park. Please join us on January 6th to talk about applying for a grant to light the “bus stop” and the parking lot. We will also discuss avenues for improved safety and getting the funds for a large capital project. As for Metro – PLEASE CONTACT THEM! We have been trying since May to get them to do something about the Wall of Buses. But they need to hear from you! Contact Marty at marty.minkoff@kingcounty.gov or call him at 206-477-5799, He is Metro’s Supervisor of Service Planning.

    Comment by AmandaKH — 7:11 pm December 16, 2013 #

  40. I am so sorry for this young girl and her family. Just remember you did nothing wrong in any way and your community supports you! As for the coward, yes coward who preyed on the opportunity to hurt you for his own purpose, it is people like you who
    cause parents unlimited stress just keeping their
    children safe. What happened in your life to cause
    you to violate and hurt others? Prayers and healing
    to all victims of these crimes.

    Comment by Laura — 7:24 pm December 16, 2013 #

  41. The buses are the problem. Plain and simple. The current problems at Westwood Village and Roxhill park stated when Metro made that area a transit center. Too many buses bring too many problems

    Comment by Metro must go — 7:24 pm December 16, 2013 #

  42. Agree to comment above! Figure it out: few other parks are in the news as much as Roxhill is! Definitely not on the Eastside, attempted stabbing in daylight last month, constant problems, now this! Many neighbors don’t even feel safe there. I’m sorry to say this, but apparently we can’t support a park like this (with bogs, trees, brush, wetlands), we take one step forward with a nice forward-looking park and agencies like metro just make us go two steps back. I’m so tired of Roxhil being in the news. So sorry to the girl and us as neighbors.

    Comment by Josh — 8:36 pm December 16, 2013 #

  43. Re-hydrating the bogs, thus returning them to a more natural and native state is a stellar idea. I wish I had thought of it (only to have mentioned it earlier).

    Comment by dsa — 8:41 pm December 16, 2013 #

  44. So awful. Let’s get the sentences changed so this guy gets life in prison when he gets found. I’m confident He will get arrested. We just need to make sure his sentence fits this terrible crime. along with other violent sexual predators, he should be put away for life.

    Comment by Me mama — 8:52 pm December 16, 2013 #

  45. Thats horrible and upsetting. He needs to be found.

    Comment by S_s — 8:54 pm December 16, 2013 #

  46. This is so horrible. Sending positive, healing thoughts to this sweet girl. My little nephew likes this park, but I’ve been taking him here less and less because of all the problems that have been reported even after the “revitalization” was done.

    Comment by Tracey — 9:03 pm December 16, 2013 #

  47. Unfreakingbelievable!!! Something needs to be done ASAP before West Seattle is ruined.

    Flashers in cars, gun-toting crooks on buses, woman stabbed to death in her home, & the rape of a young girl in Roxhill Park … ummm I think we have a problem here!

    Install the friggin’ cameras … everywhere, & find the funds to get more police patrols in West Seattle. All of us, every single one of us, MUST help to drive these crooks & pathetic lowlifes far, far away.

    Comment by drahcir61 — 9:48 pm December 16, 2013 #

  48. So very very sorry for what this girl experienced. She showed incredible courage (more than many adults in the same situation) coming forward to report this in a mere 4 days time. As others have posted, there are countless reasons why someone in her situation do not report. It says a lot for her relationship with the Denny staff person she did report it to – obviously someone she trusted and felt she could turn to. I, too, believe the wall of buses is a primary factor in the crime in this park. There is no visibility from the road and drivers are often not in the buses. I support the idea of a “Take Back Our Park” walk/vigil. If something is organized for an evening or weekend, I would participate.

    Comment by M — 9:57 pm December 16, 2013 #

  49. To the girl,

    I’m so sorry this happened. I send you good thoughts of healing and happiness! Good job letting your school know! You are very brave!

    Comment by Noelle — 10:58 pm December 16, 2013 #

  50. I agree with Metro must go’s comment. Metro brings in vagrants that are up to no-good. I’ve seen numerous times that the buses bring in people with mental issues that are not being treated. Instead of letting them ride free (all you have to do is act a little “off” and drivers seem to let you on for free, in fear that they will be hurt by the freeloader), we need to give them a one-way ticket to mental services.
    And I also support a “Take Back our Park walk”. Why do we support the mentally ill adults to live and roam where ever they please, and do not support our children to be safe in their own neighborhood!?!

    Comment by wsparent — 11:05 pm December 16, 2013 #

  51. Im wondering if this is the same guy who grabbed the 16 yr old at West Seattle High School last week. Perhaps grabbing a younger kid is easier for him and less combative. We need a description of both of these guys asap please.

    Comment by Alki Resident — 11:09 pm December 16, 2013 #

  52. My family has been touched by childhood sexual abuse. I hope the victim is receiving all the care she wants, and is surrounded by loving family and friends who will give her the love, and the space, she will consistently need.

    As for Roxhill Park, or anywhere else for that matter, people should travel in groups whenever possible. Much money has been spent planting that Park with native plants, etc., to take it from the blank slate it was ten years ago to the lush but dangerous place it is today. I say it’s time to clear out the underbrush, demand regular police patrols and the sort of ‘weeding’ that has cleared out Westlake Mall downtown, and make Roxhill Park so uncomfortable for criminals and those who would injure others that it begins to become a safer place.

    Comment by furor scribendi — 11:13 pm December 16, 2013 #

  53. The fact that this happened not far from a bookstore where people were reading, shopping in a peaceful environment is symbolic of the two sides of West Seattle these days; cheery, cozy Xmas events and community gatherings – midst crime on every front. And now this, a horrific assault on a young girl. Imagine if this were your daughter.

    This cannot stand. We don’t pay taxes to be terrified in our own homes, afraid to walk in our parks, worried about deliveries to our doors, uncomfortable on our buses, etc. The SPD needs a wake-up call.

    Comment by G — 11:20 pm December 16, 2013 #

  54. This is awful. My heart goes out to the girl and her family. This is an emotionally confusing time for her. As for the small gifts, I would re-think that. It may make her think peole know and would discourage someone speaking up in the future. As well as “strangers” showing up at a middle school during a crisis like this may not be a good idea. Just a thought. Maybe dinate some items to a womens shelter or something???? In her honor? Lot’s of prayers and hugs for the girl and her family.

    Comment by Bsmomma — 11:39 pm December 16, 2013 #

  55. wsparent, a person with a mental illness is far more likely to be a victim of violent crime than a perpetrator. For all you know, the attacker in this case was a local resident, to all appearances perfectly sane. (As for a one way ticket to mental health services, sure, if there still are any.)

    Comment by datamuse — 2:51 am December 17, 2013 #

  56. Do the police think that the girl getting grabbed at Hiawatha on Dec 10th and this case are connected?

    Comment by th — 6:54 am December 17, 2013 #

  57. This is a really upsetting story but the knee-jerk reaction of “Let’s install cameras everywhere.” is equally upsetting.

    Cameras aren’t the solution. They will do nothing to prevent crimes from happening.

    Comment by iamseriodotus — 6:58 am December 17, 2013 #

  58. cameras would certainly allow the police to more easily identify, arrest and charge the rapist. And that, plus preventing future rapes, is the goal.
    Rather than dismiss cameras out of hand perhaps you should suggest a solution yourself. I don’t mind cameras at all and have no problem with them.

    Comment by colleen — 8:12 am December 17, 2013 #

  59. I’m so sad for this young girl and her family. I pray for her well being and recovery.
    The Westtwood Village area has been on the decline since last summer. As a 20 year resident I was suprised to see how the bus hub ( including the wall of busses that cuts the park off from view) has negatively affected the area. I’ve called the police numerous times observing drug use and drug selling, people sleeping overnight in the underbrush of the park, panhandling by the professionals, transients sleeping on parking strips… I hope the SPD and Metro start to do something about these problems.

    Comment by Westwood Neighbor — 8:20 am December 17, 2013 #

  60. During the winter when it gets dark so early,I think the park restrooms should be closed early. I am also concerned about the wall of buses obscuring the park on the mall side and preventing anyone seeing what’s going on. My son and I don’t walk through the park anymore except on a Saturday if we know there will be people around. Very sad.

    Comment by Peggy — 8:37 am December 17, 2013 #

  61. The bathroom at Castle/Roxhill park is already closed and has been since about the week before Thanksgiving. So, that’s probably not where this happened.

    Comment by Tracey — 11:07 am December 17, 2013 #

  62. @ Al Semple with Awsda – Where on 42nd Ave SW have you seen evidence of a pimp. I want to make sure we stay very clear of that area. Thanks

    Comment by Wondering — 11:39 am December 17, 2013 #

  63. My heart aches for this young woman. I’m so proud of her for coming forward. I too am outraged. I hope all of us on here that are feeling this do what others have suggested. We seem to have 2 specific responsibilities as a community:
    1. Call Metro and demand they take action (see AmandaKH’s post above)

    2. Attend the WWRAH community meeting on Jan 6th. I know I will be there.

    3. Follow up, repeatedly until we get this solved. Don’t let our outrage fade once we all get busy with our lives and forget about this young woman.

    Comment by Teah — 11:41 am December 17, 2013 #

  64. Clearly it’s being expressed here that the wall of buses *is* contributing to the problem.

    Comment by dsa — 11:55 am December 17, 2013 #

  65. @Peggy
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    I had heard from someone who frequents that park that the restroom doors where this occurred is usually locked.
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    I wonder if anyone can verify this?

    Comment by Wes C. Addle — 11:57 am December 17, 2013 #

  66. Regarding specific location details – while police did mention the restroom yesterday, I spoke with SPD media relations again this morning (the results of our conversations with police at various levels late yesterday are already added to the story) and just want to stress a couple things: The investigation is in a VERY PRELIMINARY stage. The report was made to a school employee, who then summoned the school-based officer, and then the case was referred to the Special Assault Unit, whose detective, I am told, has not yet spoken with the victim but hopes to today. I had asked police for any written report that might be available, and was told that’s why there isn’t one yet – for locals, I was trying to find out what part of the park she said she was originally accosted in, regardless of where the actual rape happened. We’ll continue to ask for details as the police investigation continues. It is unusual for a crime report to originate with a school but I am glad that Denny sounded the alarm out of an abundance of caution, as soon as they were able to – TR

    Comment by WSB — 11:58 am December 17, 2013 #

  67. The increase in sex related crimes and assault crimes in West Seattle and the police and judicial systems repeated failure at solving it makes me think more and more how we need an outside entity ,muscle, to come into this area and resolve it. Report lastnight on the news about Westlake and that area of downtown seattle and how cops are rounding up dealers arresting them and they are back on the streets a few days later. May get to the point when they just head over here. Yeah then what? Where is the needed muscle to finally solve this growing problem?

    Comment by NW — 12:38 pm December 17, 2013 #

  68. While we’re all upset, lets please not start talking about vigilante violence.

    Comment by Joe Szilagyi — 12:59 pm December 17, 2013 #

  69. My deepest sympathies to the victim!

    Re the “Wall of Buses”, I can’t say for sure if it contributed in any way to this horrible incident, but I do know that they create a traffic and safety problem just driving along that street, and they do help provide cover for potentially dangerous activities behind them in the park.

    Comment by Jeff — 1:57 pm December 17, 2013 #

  70. Wondering. This pimp. He works the area of holly rosary chuch. The priest knows of this. They know what he looks like. Its at night. He has young women 20 ish? Or younger There not there very long. I’ve also seen him in burien. Just in case he’s reading this. Any further comments need to be throu my email. Best Al

    Comment by Al — 6:30 pm December 17, 2013 #

  71. It was no doubt difficult for her to tell someone about it, I know that it must have been even moreso to tell her family. She was very brave to tell them, what with the fear that she might not be believed. I feel the comments that note how the bathrooms are usually locked might seem to her, if she were to read them, to be conveying a message of disbelief. I know the victim personally, and she is an incredibly intelligent girl who probably has read this, and very well may keep checking it. Please be aware of how you sound. Things that you may write that seem harmless to you can to her seem like you don’t believe her, or that you are blaming her. Thank you for your support, may she overcome this tragedy.

    Comment by Anon — 9:48 pm December 17, 2013 #

  72. Stay strong, young lady. You are amazing for coming forward and reporting this. My heart and prayers go out to you.

    Comment by lisa — 11:26 pm December 17, 2013 #

  73. Please put more bright lights along the walking trails, remove overgrown vegetations, and crack down on criminals and criminal wannabes who hang out there! So fed up with what has been going on in and around this park.
    ****this park used to be a gem in this neighborhood, and now, with a fully developed shopping mall nearby, a transit hub and neglected and overgrown bushes, it turned into a sketchy, scummy area. So sorry for the victims and area residents who have to live with this problem.

    Comment by Resident — 1:32 pm December 18, 2013 #

  74. all the cameras in the world will not do any good if there is no body watching . with the busses blocking 90% of the view from the street the car drivers can’t see what is going on in the park.the busses block the approach to the crosswalk so you can’t see a person in the crosswalk until they are in the street already.[very dangerous] the buss blocks the street complete when they are at the stop[.very bad planning]. the city needs to move the bus layover up the road [towards 35] at least one block if not two blocks.

    Comment by Robert — 9:32 pm December 18, 2013 #

  75. And where are the police for all the horrible BS that’s been festering in and around Roxhill Park?!? Maybe instead of writing speeding tickets on Roxbury for driving 10mph over the speed limit and telling people to “drive safely” they could establish a presence in the area where people have been recently robbed, stabbed, raped, shot and nearly beaten to death!?! Seriously, wtf? Put down the damn radar gun and prioritize!!

    Comment by Chris — 7:40 pm December 19, 2013 #

  76. To this young girl,
    You are amazing, courageous, & empowered. I applaud you.
    Parents,
    You too. You are doing a wonderful job to raise such an incredible young lady.
    There is shock, fear, and then she told. Most never tell or wait 40 years….
    My admiration, love and prayers are with you.

    Comment by Community supporter — 7:42 am December 20, 2013 #

  77. My daughter is a Denny middle schooler, and until this happened, she was allowed to walk home in the afternoon. After this incident, I am now picking her up from school every day. If any Denny parents living in the vicinity of Westwood/Roxhill would like their kids picked up as well, I can fit four kids in my vehicle. I’m fortunate to be able to stay home and be available to pick my daughter up; I know some parents are at work at that time of day. My email is halyn.halyn at gmail dot com. For blog purposes, that’s an anonymous account. I was thinking anyone that’s interested can contact me there so I don’t have to post my real name email on the public forum, and then we can make arrangements to meet at Starbucks or something to get to know each other, and so you can decide if you want me driving your kid.

    Comment by Halyn — 7:59 am December 20, 2013 #

  78. My 5th grader will be going to Denny in the fall. He and his friend have been verbally threatened by teens in their cars
    driving around 29th and Barton while
    walking home from Roxhill. My son was
    already afraid to walk alone. Now
    walking with his friend he is just as
    frightened with these recent drive by
    threats. We all need to take action here.
    According to the report on the young girl
    she was attacked in the restroom. I
    would be happy to get a sign up sheet
    with a list of parents willing to take a time slot for an hour or two out of their day to circle the park and check the
    bathrooms frequently. The police ARE
    NOT going to get out of their cars and do
    it. Having more patrols means nothing
    when a victim is being attacked in the
    restroom and the police are just driving through.. Pls email me
    is2xryem@gmail.com- Joanna
    now.

    Comment by Joanna — 5:19 am January 1, 2014 #

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