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- charged with the rape of a 63-year-old resident: : The Seattle Times reports that a maintenance worker at a 19th Ave low-income housing apartment building has been
A 33-year-old maintenance man who quit his job at a Central District apartment complex is accused of returning two days later and raping a 63-year-old woman, according to King County prosecutors.
Bryan Stillman Geralds was charged Thursday with first-degree burglary and first-degree rape for the alleged attack June 30 on the woman. She didn’t report the incident to Seattle police until July 7 because she “was fearful of having to talk in detail about the incident,” charging papers say.
“The victim is fearful for her safety in her own apartment,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carol Speer wrote in charging documents. Apparently, Geralds was intoxicated at the time, and “alcohol appears to be a problem for the defendant,” she wrote.
Geralds is currently held on $100,000 bail.
- the arrest of a 20-year-old in the shooting death of Madrona man Justin Ferrari at MLK/Cherry in May. The suspect has not yet been charged but was booked into jail Thursday for investigation of homicide. Social media postings reveal the 20-year-old displaying colors and symbols associated with East Cherry area gang activity. The Central District News has details of
- an image of a suspect’s bad idea to attempt to escape arrest Thursday afternoon along Melrose Ave. Police records show the man was being hauled in on a felony warrant arrest but will also was booked on obstruction for his ill-advised escape route. SPD has promised more details incident later today via its Blotter site.
UPDATE Here’s what SPD has to say about the chase:
Yesterday, just before 2:00 pm, an East Precinct officer stopped to speak to a man in the 600 block of East Thomas Street because he resembled a wanted person. The officer asked the man to step over to his patrol car while he interviewed him. The officer asked the man his name and the man gave a first name, and appeared to be very nervous. While he was speaking to the officer the suspect kept looking over his shoulder. The man stated that he did not have any identification on him, and gave the officer a vague home address. The officer was suspicious that the man was lying and was in the process of calling for another officer to respond when the suspect took off running. The officer gave chase, as the suspect fled westbound on East Thomas. The suspect then ran in between the buildings as additional officers responded to the block and set up containment.
A few minutes later another officer spotted the suspect emerge from a side door of a building in the 150 Block of Melrose Avenue East. The suspect had pulled off his outermost t-shirt to disguise himself, now wearing a grey t-shirt, but still carrying his red t-shirt in his hand. The officer yelled at the suspect, “Stop!”, but the suspect continued to run. The officer pursued, and the suspect continued to run along Melrose Avenue East until he crossed the street and inexplicably, jumped over the railing that runs along I-5. The suspect was able to somehow hook one of his arms briefly on the top of the railing in order to prevent him from falling an estimated 40-50 feet to the northbound lanes of I-5 below. The pursuing officers arrived quickly and grabbed onto the suspect, pulling him back over the railing to safety.
The Seattle Fire Department responded to check the suspect’s condition. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center for medical treatment. While the suspect was being evaluted, officers were able to determine that the suspect had lied about his name and other officers recalled arresting the same individual on a prior contact where he lied about his name and ran from officers at that time. The suspect’s true name was run and an outstanding warrant for assault was discovered.
After the suspect was released from the hospital, the 32 year old man was booked into the King County Jail for Obstructing, the outstanding warrant, and false reporting. The Seattle Times had an outstanding photo of the incident captured just as officers were arriving to the suspect hanging from the railing.
The Times has also posted
- charged with assault for spitting on a police officer in the Seattle May Day 2012 protests, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to a suspended 90 days in jail and a year’s probation. The case against another Capitol Hill-connected man in the May Day protests was dropped in May. Earlier this year, Ditrani pleaded guilty to charges stemming from this New Year’s Day vandalism incident. : Bobby Ditrani, a Capitol Hill-area artist