An incapacitated, homeless woman was raped in Cal Anderson Park Monday night and a convicted sex criminal has been arrested for the crime, according to court records.
The Monday night incident was not immediately made public because SPD does not include sex assaults in its online incident and report system, a department spokesperson tells CHS.
According to SPD, the 28-year-old suspect was arrested after a witness flagged down police inside the park and reported the 9 PM incident.
A witness told police the victim was passed out in the park when the suspect began fondling her and then appeared to rape the woman on the grass near the restrooms. When other people camped out in the park started yelling at the suspect, he stood up and fled the area.
Witnesses pointed the suspect out to responding officers who recognized the man from previous incidents in the park. He was taken into custody and is being held on $100,000 bail but has not yet been charged for the crime.
The victim is a transient woman who camps in Cal Anderson Park, the patrol officer who wrote the report on the incident noted. She told police she had no memory of the incident and said the sexual acts were not consensual.
The Seattle Times reports that the suspect is a convicted rapist who has preyed on homeless women in the past:
In 2010, the TV show “Washington’s Most Wanted” reported details of the suspect’s 2006 rape conviction in Yakima: He attacked a homeless woman who was sleeping in a park, and when she woke up during the assault, he beat her with a stick, knocking her unconscious as he continued raping her. He moved to the Seattle area in 2009.
The suspect is listed as level II — moderate risk of re-offending — in the King County Sex Offender database following his 2006 conviction for rape in the third degree. The database lists the suspect as “non-compliant” and records his last known address as 1700 Summit Ave.
The rape investigation follows this sex assault reported in May inside the park. CHS is not aware of any arrest associated with the May incident.
UPDATE July 19, 2013: Prosecutors have charged 28-year-old Marcus Jim with one count of indecent liberties in the incident. Jim has also been charged with failing to register as a sex offender. In court documents, prosecutors include a long list of past convictions including the third degree rape conviction in Yakima in 2006 and multiple counts of vehicle prowls and theft.