West Seattle Crime Watch: Man charged in Highland Park attack

A 19-year-old man is in King County Jail, charged in what court documents call “a violent, random sexual assault on a complete stranger.” In the case (first reported at seattlepi.com; we obtained the court documents online today), Arjay D. Caraang is accused of approaching a 17-year-old girl who was walking in the 9200 block of 8th SW (near Westcrest Park) around 9 pm on July 21st, trying to talk to her, then grabbing her, groping her, and pulling her clothes off. The court documents say she broke away and ran; her screams brought help from passersby who chased the suspect, subsequently arrested by police. According to the court documents, Caraang has four felony convictions dating back as far as six years – three are “taking a motor vehicle without permission,” one is “attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle” – and five misdemeanor convictions, one for theft and four for driving-related offenses. The address listed for Caraang is near Roxhill Park; his bail is set at $77,500.

6 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Man charged in Highland Park attack"

  • d July 30, 2010 (2:00 pm)

    She fought back and screamed. Good!

    A number of nearby folks came to her aid or pursued. Very good.

    The Seattle Police responded and apprehended and he is off the street. Excellent.

    I’m sorry everybody had to even go through it, but YAY for the neighbors who helped her and YAY for her for defending herself!

  • toddinwestwood July 30, 2010 (4:40 pm)

    I want to see a pic of this scumbag.

  • cmc July 30, 2010 (6:14 pm)

    Four felony convictions?! Can we get him off the street please?

  • jr July 30, 2010 (8:09 pm)

    Love reading she ran and got away AND that the got caught. Good job.

  • bridge to somewhere July 31, 2010 (5:56 pm)

    four felonies and five misdemeanors at 19? great parenting, and a class act kid

  • her aunt August 10, 2010 (1:42 pm)

    they called my sister and told her that he was released this morning when according too king county records online he was released july 30 he was released to the 30th sw in west seattle in the same area My family wasn’t told until now. google him

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