(Friday afternoon photo by Christopher Boffoli)
ORIGINAL 2:41 PM REPORT: Prosecutors have until Wednesday to file charges against the 22-year-old man arrested in connection with the stabbing of a 40-year-old woman along a High Point street Friday afternoon, but in the meantime, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has just provided us with the document that indicates probable cause, and tells the story not only of the brutality of the attack, but also of the three heroes who helped and led police to the suspect. 3:25 PM UPDATE: After that document, following the jump, we also have added a letter that High Point residents are receiving, which includes information about a Thursday community meeting, the victim’s current condition, and eviction proceedings for the suspect’s household – read on to see it all:
This is the exact transcription of what prosecutors’ document says, with only names omitted and abbreviations spelled out:
(Suspect) was walking on a public sidewalk the same as (victim). (Victim) was with one of her children, walking to the daycare in High Point. Unprovoked by anything (suspect) approached (victim) from behind and grabbed her, pulling her down to the ground. (He) began to beat her with his fists and stomp on her with his feet. He then pulled out a knife and stabbed (her) 15 times in her body and head. A citizen passing by stopped and tried to stop (him) from continuing his attack. (He) fled on foot. (He) was followed by two adult female witnesses that were on foot and the witness that stopped to render aid followed in her vehicle to the residence (in the 6300 block of 29th SW). The residence was pointed out to officers and (the suspect) eventually came out on his own and was taken into custody. (The victim) was taken to (Harborview Medical Center) by (Seattle Fire) for immediate treatment for her injuries.
If he is indeed charged by Wednesday, a hearing is set for 2:30 that afternoon. The document from prosecutors reiterates that he and the victim did not know each other; the house where he was arrested is listed as his residence. As we reported last night, she is said to be in stable condition. The suspect remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail (that amount was set in a Saturday hearing). While there is speculation in a comment thread about the suspect possibly being mentally ill, the documents from prosecutors do not mention anything along those lines.
ADDED 3:26 PM: Here is the letter Seattle Housing Authority management just sent us, saying it’s going to residents. Note the community meeting on Thursday and the information about the victim leaving the hospital:
Friday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m., a tenant of High Point was assaulted and stabbed repeatedly with a small pocket knife near the corner of Lanham Place SW and SW Graham Street while walking with her 9-year-old daughter.
A witness to the incident stopped to help the victim. The suspect, another resident of High Point, fled the scene on foot to his residence in the 6300 block of 29th Avenue SW. The witness then called 911 and police responded soon after. The suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Assault and is currently being held on $1 million bail.
The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center by medics following the incident, but is now home and recovering from her injuries after being discharged from the hospital on Saturday. Preliminary investigation conducted by police indicated that the victim and suspect did not know one another. The police investigation is active and on-going.
Seattle Housing Authority does a criminal background check on every resident before they are admitted to housing. This resident had no criminal record at the time of his admission. The Housing Authority is not always aware of subsequent arrests unless they are made on the site, as this one was.
The seriousness of this crime constitutes grounds for eviction. Seattle Housing Authority has terminated the lease of the suspect’s household.
High Point Neighborhood Association will be hosting a community meeting on Thursday to discuss this incident and general approaches to safety within the High Point community. Seattle Housing Authority and SecureTrans, the community’s private security, will be in attendance. Seattle Police Department has also been invited to attend. The meeting is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Thursday night at the Neighborhood House High Point Center, 6400 Sylvan Way SW.
Contact Bill Drummond at (206) 932-2736 or Homeowners Association Community Manager Jeanette Fournier at 206-913-0080 if you have questions or concerns.