(ADDED 6:25 PM: Final 2 1/2 minutes of this afternoon’s hearing; you’ll hear the defense lawyer and judge)
2:57 PM REPORT: We’re at the King County Jail, where Lincoln Park attack suspect Duane Starkenburg has just returned to court.
(ADDED 9:25 PM: Seattle Times photo by Jim Bates, used with permission)
As noted earlier, additional charges are under consideration against him. Besides the two potential cases of “indecent liberties” we reported here around noontime, a third was mentioned in court – a possible case of attempted indecent liberties. Starkenburg’s parents, with whom he lives in Gatewood, were again in court, and addressed the judge, saying they could vouch he would stay out of trouble. His lawyer characterized the alleged grabbing incidents – while not confirming his client had definitely been responsible – as “an inept attempt at meeting people.” The judge cited potential danger to the community in setting bail at $150,000 – less than the $250,000 requested by the prosecutor. He has another court date scheduled tomorrow afternoon, which is also the deadline for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to file official charges against him (he is already formally charged in the Tuesday Lincoln Park grabbing incident, but that is filed with Seattle Municipal Court as a misdemeanor). More to come.
3:23 PM UPDATE: A bail bondsman has told reporters (including us) outside the jailhouse that the Starkenburg family is posting bond to get him out of jail. (The jail register has yet to show that, or the increased bail amount.) We also have just received paperwork to clarify what he’s being investigated for, in addition to the Tuesday incident. The two others happened on August 11th and December 8th – near Colman Pool and near a Lincoln Park stairway. The documents we’ve just received from the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office tell the story of what victims and police say happened – we will transcribe excerpts here shortly.
3:36 PM UPDATE: In light of word that Starkenburg may be out of jail, we should note that the judge at today’s hearing also ordered him to stay out of Lincoln Park. It was also mentioned that he has a problem with alcohol. Notes from the “probable cause” documents, ahead:
In the December 8th incident, the victim says she was walking up a staircase at Lincoln Park (it does not say which one) when a man approached her from behind, claimed he was hurt and needed help; she offered to help him up the steps, then he somehow got back behind her, grabbed her and “buried his head in her buttocks.” She kicked her way free of him, then turned to see him on the ground, claiming it was an accident and apologizing, and also mentioning he knew there’d been attacks in the park – which she thought weird, since she hadn’t heard of any.
According to the documents, shortly after that attack, detectives looked back through their files and found the August 11th incident, which sounded very similar – also with the man grabbing them and doing the same thing with his face.
Police say that while interviewing Starkenburg after Tuesday’s attack – after reading him his Miranda rights – he claimed that had been an accident but said he went to Lincoln Park every day to watch women run because he “likes to watch them ‘jiggle and bounce’.” He went on to say to police, “It’s not like I drag them behind the bushes and rape them.”
The women he’s suspected of attacking in August and December both had dogs with them at the park.
9:21 PM UPDATE: We got a text from a KIRO TV reporter saying they interviewed Duane Starkenburg and will have it on their newscast at 11. Don’t know if it’s a two-word interview or two-minute (that’s long in TV time) interview, but in case you are interested; we’ll link to whatever they put online. The jail register has now been updated to say he was officially out of jail as of 7:49 pm. Also, we added video earlier of the last 2 1/2 minutes of today’s hearing, with his lawyer’s arguments plus the judge’s decision. And we’re adding the Seattle Times (WSB partner) photo from the hearing.
9:54 PM NOTE: KING interviewed him as well. If either (or both) stations put embeddable video online, we’ll include it in a separate story, or else we’ll add links here. (KING does news on Channel 6 at 10 pm.)
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