Jogger-attack suspect out of jail, tells media ‘I watch women run’

Four hours after we reported here that jogger-attack suspect Duane Starkenburg was getting out of jail, with bond posted by his parents (10 percent of the $150,000 bail), TV crews caught up with him outside the jail. KING 5 has just posted the unedited video of their interview, which you can see above. We watched an edited version at 10, in which he repeated what he was quoted as saying in the court documents mentioned here earlier – that he went to Lincoln Park to exercise and would watch women run, because they’re “half-naked.” He also insists he’ll never go to “any park, anywhere, ever again.” And he says he was the victim in the 2005 road-rage case that’s on his record. Prosecutors are expected to decide tomorrow whether to file more charges against him.

This afternoon’s court hearing (with video)
Noontime report of more possible charges
Wednesday night report with police sketch related to December attack
Wednesday afternoon hearing (with video)
First report, from Tuesday evening, with info on suspect’s criminal record

77 Replies to "Jogger-attack suspect out of jail, tells media 'I watch women run'"

  • Derek January 27, 2011 (10:16 pm)

    Where is his lawyer in this situation? It’s amazing that he can talk for this long without anyone telling him to be quiet.

  • Gina January 27, 2011 (10:24 pm)

    The lawyer was talking on the news tonight. Says that this is how his client greets people and lets them know that he wants to know him more. Just a loveable little rogue.

    Mommy and Daddy say that they will watch their son and make sure baby boy doesn’t get into any trouble.

    Haven’t these people heard of saying “no comment”?

    • WSB January 27, 2011 (10:27 pm)

      That was in our earlier story – the description “an inept way of meeting people.” You can hear it in our clip from this afternoon’s hearing. Am adding the links to this story plus some more from court docs, within the next half-hour …

  • bridge to somewhere January 27, 2011 (10:25 pm)

    Oh Duane, how little you understand about what you should not say in your situation. The hole is now deeper . . .

  • datamuse January 27, 2011 (10:25 pm)


  • sayWA? January 27, 2011 (10:30 pm)

    Nice job of playing the victim – “Eddie”. Problem is, according to the documents posted at Seattle times: the (REAL) victims did NOT identify you by a “shirt”, they identified you from a PHOTO MONTAGE. Which, by the way, is simply another form of a “lineup”. Good luck “Eddie”

    • WSB January 27, 2011 (10:40 pm)

      FWIW, I am not uploading the court docs to which sayWA alludes because the victims are identified by initials, not redacted, and my ethics code is against even that much being public. They were sent by prosecutors this afternoon and I’ve already summarized some of the info in earlier reports. Transcription to come here, WITHOUT the victims’ initials. – TR

  • ad January 27, 2011 (10:31 pm)

    Mr. Starkenburg is probably home reading each and every one of these comments.

    He acts like he is a victim. This guy is very very creepy. His comments gave me chills.

    I’m surprised how much he said in that interview. His lawyer must have advised him to keep his mouth shut.

  • redblack January 27, 2011 (10:34 pm)

    yeah, bridge. the right to remain silent is exactly that. thank gods that duane isn’t cunning enough to keep from impugning himself.
    i know that he’s innocent until proven guilty, but his lack of discretion in front of hizonner and the press doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.
    TR: i’m too tired – and lazy! – to look up the road rage case. is it public record?

    • WSB January 27, 2011 (10:37 pm)

      I’m adding links to this now. I reported it in the original story from Tuesday, when I found his name (but didn’t report it till Wed) and looked up his background. Chased a woman home and rammed into her car, they were driving on 509, she lived in Highland Park. He then pulled over, reached into her window, smacked her in the face, stole her phone.

  • yikes January 27, 2011 (10:39 pm)

    Judging from this video, I would say there is a good bet he has already raped.

  • yikes January 27, 2011 (10:40 pm)

    Also, I remember passing this guy in Lincoln Park on a bigger path and he freaked me out because he was scowling and impenetrable.

  • sayWA? January 27, 2011 (10:42 pm)

    Good call – you do a fine job here.
    Wish we had something CLOSE to this in my current ‘hood!

  • elikapeka January 27, 2011 (10:51 pm)

    Reminds me of an old line I heard somewhere – “I had the right to remain silent but didn’t have the ability.”

    Definite creep factor here.

  • Noelle January 27, 2011 (11:09 pm)

    This guy is just Too Much Information.

  • Westy January 27, 2011 (11:13 pm)

    I assume he lives in the area. That’s great that he won’t be at the park but if prince charming is in the neighborhood I’d like to know.

    • WSB January 28, 2011 (12:07 am)

      Westy, see our previous coverage. Gatewood resident, a mile or so east of the park.

  • Lux January 27, 2011 (11:19 pm)

    He had the right to remain silent, just not the ability.

  • OP January 27, 2011 (11:29 pm)


    I’m no lawyer, but I’m fairly certain whatever he said to the press here is inadmissible as he could claim what he said was under duress, etc. blah, blah.

    Pray to God this creep doesn’t get to someone else.

  • d January 28, 2011 (1:31 am)

    couldn’t even watch the whole thing. clicked it off at “I was celibate for seven years.” It could only spiral down from that.

  • SV January 28, 2011 (1:33 am)

    I am very concerned this man is out of jail. He has anger management issues and obviously has a thing for watching then tackling women. Whose to say he is not stewing at home preparing for revenge of some kind? This will not end well.

  • Yardvark January 28, 2011 (2:11 am)

    I also had to click it off at “I was celibate for seven years.” Just didn’t want to hear what was coming next.

  • Sonoma January 28, 2011 (2:49 am)

    Repulsive. What will it take to get this creepy pervert off the streets? Is it legal to publish his family’s address here, just so women know to avoid his house? Of course, anyone can look up where they live at Be careful out there, women!

  • rdm January 28, 2011 (3:22 am)

    WOW!!! This dude has some things going on. “I really dont wanna talk, anymore questions?” Sounds a bit bi-polar to me. Im also not a big fan of him bringing up John T. Williams as a credit to what a great citizen he is. I knew John T. this dude didn’t

    Thanks to this douche every male in a park is going to be looked at like a threat. Thanks for ruining my park experience a$$hat.

  • We\'re not going to take it!!!....Anymore! January 28, 2011 (4:32 am)

    Wants to know if anyone knows how to organize a rally or march to be held on the court steps the day of Duane Starkenburg’s court hearing? Please let me know if you have ever organized such a thing or know how to go about it!!!! Yes, he is innocent until proven guilty… however, we have to stick together and we cannot lose our parks to predators…. we have the right to run in our parks without being attacked.

  • CitizenR January 28, 2011 (6:08 am)

    Celebate for 7 years my @##! This guy is/has been trouble his whole life. Never thinks he is wrong! I pray that he is put away for life! He is a very, very scary person!

  • redblack January 28, 2011 (6:11 am)

    SV: who’s to say he’s not reading and posting here?

  • Erin January 28, 2011 (6:39 am)

    Uhhh, needless to say I will no longer be running in Lincoln Park. Sad, since I love that route…. :-(

  • GenHillOne January 28, 2011 (6:56 am)

    Maybe I just can’t hear him on that part, but did he say he only touches his girlfriend after she comes out of the shower? And if so, WTH?

  • We're not gonna take it! January 28, 2011 (7:26 am)

    Let’s rally everyone! Don’t let these predator’s take our parks away from us! Who’s in?

  • lenguamor January 28, 2011 (8:02 am)

    I’m so glad he’s out of jail. It would have been such an injustice to have someone like him shut away where he couldn’t harm anyone else.

  • littlebrowndog January 28, 2011 (8:09 am)

    Over the years I have had a few personal defense classes (not martial arts). The best one I ever had was from a professional bodyguard. I wonder what it would take to get a class like that around here.

  • RJB January 28, 2011 (8:33 am)

    Way creepy but I will not be driven out of the beautiful parks here in West Seattle. We all need to be safe and maybe use the buddy system. There is no way this perv is gonna contol what I do…

  • T-Rex January 28, 2011 (8:39 am)

    I am in too!

    If that SOB ever comes close to me in Lincoln Park, he will not be standing for long.
    Just sayin’!

    I cannot believe his parents bailed him out.

  • Paul January 28, 2011 (9:01 am)

    This creep has a girlfriend?

  • SuperAwesome January 28, 2011 (9:21 am)

    I was also confused by his reference to touching (or not touching?) his girlfriend when she’s in the shower. This guy is on a path to some very serious offenses. The simple fact that he is justifying his behavior by saying “it’s not like I rape them”, is reason enough to keep him locked up as far as I am concerned.

    Ladies, bring your mace and some serious kicking reflexes. We will not be scared out of our parks!

  • Gina January 28, 2011 (9:46 am)

    If there is a theoretical girlfried, expect to hear from her about sweetness and how he would never hurt anyone, not even a fly.

  • Shfy1 January 28, 2011 (9:59 am)

    Victim mentality, anger issues, military training, substance abuse, authority issues…it is a heady cocktail that leads no where good, unless an intervention stops the current path he is on.
    may this incident get him the much needed counseling and help he needs. sounds as if he spends a lot of time in the drunk tank as well so perhaps this can be a wake up call for that too.
    the verbiage he uses it truely frightening especially to women. i put my heart out to his ‘girlfriend’ that she not be abused or placed in a frightening or harmful situation. and that if needed she can find the safest exit. i would hope this community would support her if she needed it, for abused women many times the the most dangerous time is as they are trying to leave.

  • RPH January 28, 2011 (10:06 am)

    The PI article adds more detail that has produced some amusing comments,
    The video interview is cruel on the part of the press, considering Duane’s mental deficiencies. Surprising that he was walking along alone after just being let out.

  • chris January 28, 2011 (10:13 am)

    “Ive played football half my life.” Right… In what, the semi-perv leauge?

  • Neighbor January 28, 2011 (10:19 am)

    So are the folks in his neighborhood keeping an eye out for this sociopath? Really, this man needs to be regulated out of our society, he is a threat. He is a predator. Do his neighbors know about him? Put up flyers with his picture and address. What if his next victim is your family member? He should be regulated out of society.

  • NotMe January 28, 2011 (10:44 am)

    Good for you ladies that are not going ot let this a-whole keep you from the parks and jogging areas! Be strong, and be careful. It’s not going to be easy for this creep to do ANYTHING anytime soon.

  • thistle stair January 28, 2011 (10:49 am)

    folks could set a page where women could find other women to run with based on schedule,ability,goals.Having a running partner is safer, builds community and great motivation on these rainy days. I had to think of something positive that could come of this otherwise I’m all pitchforks and torches for this guy.

  • Paul January 28, 2011 (11:49 am)

    does this guy work around here, is he just sponging off his parents and our tax dollars?

    • WSB January 28, 2011 (11:58 am)

      Paul – he is unemployed, according to what his mother told us (and the citywide-media reporters who were there) on Wednesday.
      Steph, we will not publish addresses here. Nor would any other media source. His address, like mine and just about anybody else who is registered to vote (or listed in the phone book, etc.) is a matter of public record that you can look up for your own purposes if you want to. We have noted “Gatewood” and “about a mile east of Lincoln Park.” – TR

  • Steph in WS January 28, 2011 (11:50 am)

    Where does this guy live? I want to stay far away. It is just a matter of time before he goes further and rapes someone.

  • John Q Lincoln January 28, 2011 (12:17 pm)

    This guy is an absolute wing-nut. Listen to the way he rambles and deflects blame. I’d hate to listen to the voices in his head. He is clearly very troubled and his outlook on reality is distorted – probably due to years of drug/alcohol abuse.

  • Westy January 28, 2011 (12:39 pm)

    On the other post someone mentioned he had a sister who died, any info as to how?

    • WSB January 28, 2011 (12:41 pm)

      Westy – please read our second story, after he was charged and we published his name. While doing research, I discovered that he was the brother of Kimberly Starkenburg, victim in a high-profile multiple shooting twenty years ago. He did not appear in any of the online stories I pulled up, but his parents did. – TR

  • Anne January 28, 2011 (1:07 pm)

    I am almost positive this is the same guy who flashed me when I was running around Greenlake a few years ago.

  • Sonoma January 28, 2011 (1:20 pm)

    Remember, you can just look up the address online. Or in your phone book.

  • Alki Resident January 28, 2011 (1:58 pm)

    For those saying he talks to much,I honestly think it’s good to know what he is thinking so we as a community can be more cautious and know what these peole think about.I hope people don’t stop going to Lincoln park on the account of creeper.Just be more aware,carry pepper spray and cell phone.Or jog in pairs.This guy can’t keep us from living our lives.

  • Alki Resident January 28, 2011 (1:58 pm)

    Also I wanted to say ,you can find anyone by going to

  • sayWA? January 28, 2011 (2:19 pm)

    Is it really any wonder this guy was “celibate” for 7 years?

  • bridge to somewhere January 28, 2011 (4:09 pm)

    I suspect this phrase was meant to be sarcastic, but given the charges, it was pretty stupid to say: “I was banned from Lincoln Park . . . so all you ladies are safe at Lincoln Park.”

  • danny January 28, 2011 (4:44 pm)

    ok people don,t judge me, at one time i considered eddy as my best friend, when i seen this spiral start to happen about a year ago i decided to distance myself from him, he does have a good heart ; but i belive eddy haS A ILLNESS that can b rectified wit proper meds and or counseling, i am in no way sticking up for him its just i knew a very different eddy, thank god he was caught before it went any father, his parents are the salt of the eart and helped me through tough time as a child, his farther was the couch of our baseball time and he lived a normal life, i belive eddy is guilty on all counts, but there is a soul there some were, try to have compassion for the sick, eddy i am sure will pay the consequens for his is tragic for all involved, god help the man who hurts me or mine,

  • angelescrest January 28, 2011 (7:07 pm)

    Your message is heartfelt.
    Thank you, Danny.

  • Paul January 28, 2011 (8:02 pm)

    I have compassion for sick in the body people(like cancer) not for the sick in the head ones that commit violent crimes to my fellow citizens. No, I save that compassion for the victims. and don’t give me that old drink and drugs excuse.

  • Pamela P January 28, 2011 (8:05 pm)

    Ok everyone calm down — is he guilty? or is he innocent? Everyone is commenting on what they are hearing but it certainly is not all the facts … without due process – we live in a land of guilty until proven innocent – and this just isn’t our constitution – if you want to be a juror sign up and hear all the facts, otherwise this is just a witch trial – and very reminiscent of the days of McCarthyism – and if you are too young to know about this -do some reading … I personally don’t know if he is guilty — and how could I unless I heard all the relevant facts of the case? Media sensationalism not withstanding … as a US citizen he does have rights — and creepy or not — he gets his day in court. So please don’t condemn someone based on heresay –or we are all in trouble …

  • Mark January 28, 2011 (8:46 pm)

    The “Hillside Stumbler”?

  • bridge to somewhere January 28, 2011 (8:52 pm)

    Yes Danny, thanks for your post and perspective. It is important to note that bad behaviors sometimes emerge in people, and it’s sometimes hard to put people into rigid categories.

  • csw January 28, 2011 (9:19 pm)

    You can tell from the strange video that he is mentally ill. What I don’t understand is how his mother could go on record saying “he wouldn’t do anything like that”. I just hate that parents (not all) think their kid does no wrong. I would rather admit that my kid had a problem, and try to get him some help.

    I am not a jogger, but like all of you, I have seen thousand through the years, I can’t recall ever seeing one fall or “stumble” into someone. Joggers are fairly coordinated.

    Totally off the subject, but how many times do we hear in a month.. . . .”he’s a good boy”.

  • (required) January 28, 2011 (9:35 pm)

    Well, protect youselves. Carry a phone.

  • Fo realz January 28, 2011 (10:01 pm)

    So the guy looked at a few women when jogging, so what? Are you supposed to wear blinders and not look at anyone while at the park? Does looking at the playground while there are kids there make you a pedophile? Of course not! Let’s let the courts figure this one out and stop passing our internet judgments; I highly doubt any of us can make an accurate mental health assessment of him in a 5 minute video. And before you ask, I have no issues with my wife & daughter running at Lincoln Park and will continue to do the same. Guess what, there are creeps every where, even at Starbucks…oh no!!

  • danny January 28, 2011 (10:11 pm)

    one by one i watched all of his friends abadon him, and then finaly me! i had to!yes he was sort of differnt and head strong but never thought it would come to this. can,t help but wonder if i would have stayed around mabey some how i could have prevented this, yes i am married and have a wonderfull life and no way do i share his views, but i grew up with this kid, am i thinkg that we should stick by our friends no matter what?i mean i dropped him totally did,nt call or talk to him, as if he was dead, called his parents on holidays some time but thats it!danny

  • The HepCat January 28, 2011 (11:13 pm)

    Wow. This wing nut is coming unhinged faster than a trailer park door at a meth bust. Way too creepy to be out in public.

  • mr. g January 29, 2011 (6:35 am)

    To Danny…….said you don’t share his views. What views do you mean?

  • yikes January 29, 2011 (9:05 am)

    Ya, Danny. I’d like to know that too. Also, what do you think happened a year ago to cause the downward spiral? Do you think his parents are going to get him the help he needs?

  • Paul January 29, 2011 (11:20 am)

    Danny..You mean you don’t attack women that jog or drive cars?

    Yikes.. His parents are already on record saying their child is a saint

  • bridge to somewhere January 29, 2011 (1:50 pm)

    You know, while frustrating sometimes, it is hard to fault a parent for believing their child (even adult child) could do no wrong.

  • charlabob January 29, 2011 (2:12 pm)

    Thank you, Danny.

    I agree that much of the video is downright scary — OTOH, and I’ve never said or thought this before, I think the WSB *headline* is a bit sensational. He did say, “I watch women run,” — he said a lot of other stuff and I think a headline that says, “Pleads innocence — says I watch Women Run” Or “Says I Watch Women Run — avers innocence” would have been more fair and balanced. I watched the video (which I don’t normally do) and was surprise how much more there was than the headline.

  • CitizenR January 29, 2011 (5:37 pm)

    Danny, if you knew Eddie all his life and you didn’t see his strange, mean, bossy (to parents and sisters) as well as others, aggresive, hateful ways from the time he was small … you weren’t a friend of Eddie Starkenburg!!!
    And yes, his neighbors know him and know to watch out for him!!

  • Paul January 29, 2011 (9:57 pm)

    Remember people He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and was sentenced to 3 months in jail (with work release)back in 2005

  • danny January 30, 2011 (9:36 am)

    when i said his views i ment his ability to put his spin on things which he always did, we have a saying that 2+2= 4 but to eddy its 5 and no matter what u said to him it was always 5 we all know that its 4 but not to eddy, yes a strange person but having been around him our whole lifes( yes there are a lot of peopl that know him) we just thought that was him and accepted him to a point, now never have i heard are seen such perverted actions come from him are i would have done something! i have children and grand kids and i don,t want him or any other pervert on the streets,; i just wish this did,nt happen at all. some how as a sociity we need to take responsiabilty for the sickos out there, i must have been a long lonley ride for eddy thess last couple years, nothing really happened a year ago just i think the strain of being alone became to much for him. after all, all we want as human being is to b loved right? people don,t get me wrong i am sick at his actions and if that was part of my family i would b the one in jail for harming him, i won,t deny the fact that he was a friend, what kind of person would that make me?danny

  • Shfy1 January 30, 2011 (1:56 pm)

    but based on his own statement he has been in a loving intimate relationship for 2 years????? or did i hear his interview incorrectly.
    also if a newsperson isn’t dramatizing or sensationalizing, or quoting out of context then, their lips aren’t moving or their fingers aren’t typing.

  • danny January 30, 2011 (2:51 pm)

    i don,t think that 2 yrs with this girl is enough to really ground some one, i mean meaningfull friendship the kind when u call a friend and say hey i am down or confide in when u need to wonder if some one is helping his kids through this, and yes they are estranged from him . i think they tried to make some contact a while ago but in my eyes they found their father to far out there as we all half thank u for your opinions it means a lot to hear what u all think danny

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