CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Charges filed in Sunrise Heights assault

Last Thursday we reported on an assault case involving an incident outside a building near 35th/Holden. The suspect remains in jail, and today the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged her with two felonies. 44-year-old Ruth G. Gebreyosus is charged with second-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief. The charging documents tell the same story as the initial police report we obtained last week – that Gebreyosus attacked and threatened the victim for recording her vandalizing the victim’s mother’s car. Her mother and Gebreyosus both live in the building outside which it happened. Prosecutors say Gebreyosus, who was armed with a knife, cut the victim’s hand and bit her arm, and threatened to kill both the victim and her mother. The defendant has no criminal record, according to the charging documents. Her bail remains set at $5,000 and her arraignment is scheduled for October 17th.

9 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Charges filed in Sunrise Heights assault"

  • WSDUDEMAN October 3, 2022 (8:27 pm)

    Unreal. Attack someone with a knife, CUT them, bite them and verbally threaten to kill them…and you can be free for around $500 because you have bail set at 5k.

    • Marcus October 4, 2022 (4:31 am)

      Yes, I saw that.  WSB was there any mention of who the judge who provided such a low bail?  Person should sit in a shared cell until the arrangement.

    • flimflam October 4, 2022 (6:41 am)

      i agree and really can’t imagine what these judges are thinking.

    • K October 4, 2022 (7:05 am)

      Bail exists to ensure someone will show up for trial.  It is not a penalty or fine, as the person has not yet been convicted of a crime.  It’s a common misconception about bail, so thanks for bringing it up! 

  • RG October 4, 2022 (8:03 am)

    A judge can increase the bail if the person is seen as a danger to others. 

    • Dee Saunders October 6, 2022 (7:57 pm)

      This woman assaulted a principal at the local school. She needs to stay in prison. Hopefully will for a while. 

  • audifans October 4, 2022 (8:17 am)

    yep… No bail is going to guarantee a no show. And you don’t want them not coming back.  Of course, this low bail may wind up with the knife person coming back to do it again prior to Oct 17th.  Hope not.

  • CAM October 4, 2022 (8:17 pm)

    A judge setting bail doesn’t mean someone is released. So, just to help everyone out and we can stop talking about what this person might or might not do while released. 

  • Paniolo Ranch October 22, 2022 (5:49 am)

    I am the 61 yr old woman, owner of the car and victim #2 in this latest incident of 9-28-22. Victim #1 who came upon Ruth while breaking out my car windows was indeed walking with her mother who also lives in this building. I have had 5 incident reports with Ruth and am in possession of a restraining order as she lives 51 feet away from my apartment door. The residents of this building on the east corner of 35th and Holden have been living in chaos for 6 months. At the last arraignment date, 10-19-22 a competency hearing has been scheduled for 11-3-22. Ruth has been a terror in the neighborhood, has assaulted numerous individuals and has been jailed 3 times in the past few months. 

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