WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Rape charge in bus-stop attack; park patrols; 911 reminder

Three items in West Seattle Crime Watch:

RAPE CHARGE FILED: The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced today that it has charged a 27-year-old man with second-degree rape in an attack at a Junction bus stop early Monday. Mahdi M. Hussein is accused of approaching and assaulting the 21-year-old victim on a bench at the California/Alaska transit hub. The victim pushed him away and fled, the court documents say, but Hussein followed, and assaulted the victim again before 911 was called around 3 am. Court documents say Hussein has one past conviction, for theft, nine years ago. He remains in King County Jail, bail set at $75,000. (added) KCPAO notes in its announcement, “Through yesterday (Feb. 3), this case is the 20th rape case filed this year by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. In 2020, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed 187 rape cases (through Dec. 10). In 2019, we filed 117 cases.”

Also, two items from Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner:

PARK PATROLS: We’ve reported multiple times recently on car break-ins at Westcrest Park. Here’s an update from the precinct:

The Seattle Parks Department and SPD have been made aware of ongoing concerns at Westcrest Park, near the dog park, in the parking lot. Community members in the area have noted suspicious activity and an increase in car prowls in the area. We are working with the Parks Department to put up additional signage to remind folks to remove valuables from their vehicles, and we are working on additional patrols. We would like to encourage community members to be extra aware, and to call 911 immediately to report noticeable suspicious activity.

SPEAKING OF CALLING 911: A recent citywide trend has led to this reminder:

27 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Rape charge in bus-stop attack; park patrols; 911 reminder"

  • Jon Wright February 4, 2021 (2:45 pm)

    Additional signage! Criminals have met their match now!

    • Anne February 4, 2021 (3:34 pm)

      What do you want? 24/7 officer in every parking lot? 

      • bb7 February 4, 2021 (4:29 pm)

        Yes that is what we should have. Sadly it can’t be that way, but that’s what should be happening. That’s the only way they can 100% stop these break’ins.

        • AMD February 4, 2021 (5:48 pm)

          This parking lot is literally next to police property, where the mounted officers are there almost all the time.  There has been something reasonably close to constant police presence there for YEARS.  It doesn’t make a difference.  Presence of cops doesn’t stop crime.  Just ask the Delridge Home Depot.

      • Alki resident February 4, 2021 (5:23 pm)

        This has been going on for over 20 years. Cameras would at least be helpful you know. 

  • East Coast Cynic February 4, 2021 (3:10 pm)

    More bait cars, if they are being used, to catch car prowlers.

  • CeeJay February 4, 2021 (4:10 pm)

    From the SPD flyer/reminder it says they’ve noticed a trend of people being transported to the hospital by individuals instead of waiting first responders to arrive. I think that’s the reason right there, people aren’t confident they’ll arrive in a timely manner.

    • newnative February 4, 2021 (4:58 pm)

      That’s not what it says. it says they have noticed people avoiding 911 to avoid police when they have been involved in a violent crime. It says it right there! 

      • WSB February 4, 2021 (5:32 pm)

        This is most often a case of somebody getting shot and dropped off at an emergency room.

      • CeeJay February 4, 2021 (9:24 pm)

        Involved in a violent crime could also mean an innocent bystander who was the victim….. not necessarily the one doing the crime

    • Blbl February 4, 2021 (5:47 pm)

      Maybe the victims are more afraid of the cops than the “bad guys”. I don’t blame them. 

      • Anne February 4, 2021 (11:17 pm)

        Oh please.

  • CarDriver February 4, 2021 (4:26 pm)

    ceejay. No, that’s not it. Fire dept. ALWAYS responds VERY fast. The REAL reason is that they have “legal” issues. They think they’ll just get treated and leave without being questioned by the police.

  • HS February 4, 2021 (4:31 pm)

    I would just like to commend the victim of rape on filing charges. I’m so sorry you were the victim of such a horrible crime. 

  • Temet Nosce February 4, 2021 (4:36 pm)

    Important to note…. there were also rape charges reported in this WSB article and WSB reported number they were given and apparent trends in rape charges filed. I hope that when people read that part of this article they consider the importance of police in our society. 

  • Lc February 4, 2021 (4:49 pm)

    And/or they don’t want to pay insane bills for the ambulance ride to the hospital. 

  • RadRider February 4, 2021 (5:54 pm)

    Always ask for Medic One.  You don’t get an insane bill.  I am not sure they bill at all.   Seeing the odd bicycle cops around the transit centers might help deter violent crimes against people.  

  • Victim February 4, 2021 (6:19 pm)

    It was a horrible experience for me go through. I was already going other trauma in my life and adding this incident doesn’t help. I just want to say that don’t be afraid to call 911 because you afraid it take a while for cops to come. In my case I was super scare to call 911 but I’m glad I called. They were there in less than a minute. I was still on phone talking when the first cop car and rest came just right after that. I’m grateful that I was able escape and I was able to call 911. Also grateful police, fireman that check me out, for doctors, nurse and everyone else that help me and took care of me through this experience. I’m still recovering from this and will for a long time. I have long road ahead.

    • metta prayer February 5, 2021 (8:25 am)

      So sorry for this awful trauma you have experienced in this and with whatever came before. You must be feeling so hurt and violated, and scared. You can heal, take really good care of yourself, you only deserve to be treated with respect, kindness, and care. May you be safe.

  • Lee February 4, 2021 (6:23 pm)

    I was at that park a few weekends ago. We pulled up apparently right after the cars got broken into.(at least 5) A couple just locked their car and walked off and not 5 minutes later, their car got broken into. I’m sad that’s the closest dog park in West Seattle. I know break ins happen but that park seems extra shady.

    • Adriana February 11, 2021 (4:33 am)

      I came by the park on Christmas Eve and was away from the car more than 10 mins and my friends window was busted out… All my stuff gone Christmas Eve !! 

  • M February 4, 2021 (6:30 pm)

    I’m am so sorry this horrible thing happens to you in our community. Completely unacceptable. I hope they throw the book at a that guy. Hopefully he’s not a resident of West Seattle and will never return. 

  • Temet Nosce February 4, 2021 (7:14 pm)

    Victim,I am so sorry that this happened to you. I am so impressed and proud of you because you got the help and care that you needed at the time. You deserve to have good help and care.  Please don’t stop getting help and care when or if you need it. Know that there are a lot of people who will help you until you get even stronger and even better. 

  • Sillygoose February 5, 2021 (8:23 am)

    To rape victim, my heart and soul are hurting for you but so proud of you for calling 911 and getting this monster arrested.  Please see it through to the end so he is put in prison.  The city is trying to eliminate private vehicle use yet the hubs and buses are still not safe!!!  I dont allow my beautiful daughter to use public transportation, for this reason, it is not safe!!!

  • MS February 5, 2021 (9:26 am)

    Victim,  I am so sorry you had go thru all this, I have so much respect for you that you have the will and POWER to stand up and speak I hope you heal and go on like the WARRIOR you are !! BE WELL

  • AL February 5, 2021 (10:07 am)

    Dear Victim, I am so sorry this happened to you.  You did the right thing by calling 911 and I am glad you were able to get the help you needed.  You are a strong and courageous person and a survivor.  I am glad they were able  to arrest your attacker.  I hope that our ridiculous laws in Seattle keep this creep in jail for a very long time and that he gets what he deserves.I’m glad you are safe.  Please take good care of yourself so you can begin to heal.

  • Terremoto February 7, 2021 (6:58 am)

    Perhaps dog owners need to start their own monitoring campaign.  5 cars in 5 minutes is pretty outrageous. Get connected and patrol for awhile. Or pull up a camp chair + observe.  I don’t go there anymore as my last dog is elderly, or I would help organize.

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