Suspect arrested following rape of homeless woman in Cal Anderson Park

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.Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 11.53.57 AM

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15 thoughts on “Suspect arrested following rape of homeless woman in Cal Anderson Park

  1. It’s weird the way they go out of their way not to mention this guy’s name or show a picture of his face (even in the Seattle Times article). Are we so liberal now that we protect even our beloved Capitol Hill rapists from unwanted persecution?

    Now if only we had some sort of “neighborhood watch” to prevent this type of crime which extended beyond allowing homeless vagrants camping in the park to self police.

    At this point I am sick enough of Cal Anderson shenanigans I would gladly sign up to install cameras.

    • He hasn’t been charged yet. For a variety of reasons including legal risk and ethics, media outlets don’t typically name suspects until they are charged. There are exceptions but given the potential damage, there’s good cause for a cautious approach to the information.

    • Derp: The perp has been identified (along with a mug shot) on the KIRO 7 news site. Apparently, the Judge has decided that this guy is a danger to society (gee, do you think?) and is being held in jail on $100k bail, if memory serves me correctly.

      And although with the Zimmerman situation, I am painfully aware that neighborhood watches are looked at askance at the moment, if the authorities aren’t going to resolve the deterioration and increasing crime in Cal Anderson, perhaps the neighborhood should (UNarmed but with phones to call 911). I don’t know what the answer is but it appears that Capitol Hill is quickly becoming a crime magnet, for whatever reason. I don’t find an anti-crime attitude “conservative” at all. And since we seem to be averaging at least one major crime at CA Park just about every other night, I guess my knee is jerking a lot lately in reaction to it. It is truly getting old.

  2. First off, referring to a rape as “shenanigans” is a little bit weird.

    Second, as we so conservative that we have knee jerk reactions to every crime that happens. The suspect was caught without the use of cameras. Would he have not committed the crime if there were cameras? We can’t answer that.

    Third, as far as the graph posted is that just what would make us feel safer or what we think would actually work? Because unless people have some sort of data or study results I doubt any of us are experts in crime prevention.

  3. There are so many things wrong with this latest incident.

    ” SPD does not include sex assaults in its online incident and report system.” Why not? Would that simply serve to hike the crime statistics and make the City look even worse than it already does?

    “officers who recognized the man from previous incidents in the park.” Why is this guy still free and allowed to roam Cal Anderson searching for more victims?

    “suspect was arrested after a witness flagged down police inside the park and reported the 9 PM incident.” 9 PM? 9 PM during DST when it is still light? Swell.

    “The victim is a transient woman who camps in Cal Anderson Park” Why isn’t this Park closed to the public during the night so that these problems can be curtailed?

    The Powers That Be have been “discussing” the assorted problems that Cal Anderson Park has been encountering (and encouraging because of a lack of action) for long enough. How about DOING something preventative (patrols; park closure; homeless shelter directions; etc.) so that these problems don’t compound and make that entire area absolutely unsafe for anybody at any hour? There have been stabbings and shootings and all sorts of crime. This park has become a veritable summer camp for n’er do wells and criminals.

    • I’m sorry but the notion of “closing” a park is ridiculous… especially in an urban environment like Cal Anderson is in. You can post signs that it’s “closed” but without patrols but who is going to enforce this? In addition, several use the park paths to cut through the neighborhood at all hours without incident.

      With the police station literally a block away it’s a shame that there is not more attention given to patrolling the park but at least a few good citizens did what they could do to help.

      • Agreed re: the ridiculousness of “closing” a park. Even if you put up gates, people climb over or under them.

        Homeless shelters? That does not solve this issue. I am sure the people sleeping in the park are aware of shelter resources. A lot of people who are homeless will simply not stay in shelters because they are dangerous, full of drugs (and also bedbugs–yikes!) and there are limitations on your freedom (curfews, lock outs, etc). I think more tent cities could be helpful, as a lot of people I work with (I am a social worker) who hate shelters feel pretty good about tent cities. But of course no one wants icky homeless people near their precious residences, so I doubt we’ll see much change in that area.

        Obviously something needs to change around the park at this point, and it does seem like increased police patrols is a logical choice.

      • Seattle has numerous shelters….and, for most of the year and especially in the summer, beds are available. I’m skeptical that shelters are somehow “dangerous”…it’s rare to read of any significant crimes taking place in such places. Homeless/transient people shun shelters for one simple reason: they can’t drink and drug there.

    • I got a phone bank call from McGinn’s campaign the other day. The guy had the audacity to mention that crime is (supposedly) down under McGinn’s watch. Seriously? Maybe citywide, but not where I usually find myself. In Capitol Hill and Central district, it seems worse than ever.

      So yeah, it’s been mentioned– McGinn thinks he’s doing a good job.

  4. Is anyone else a little put off by the leading sentence to this piece? Yes; the woman was homeless and intoxicated- but I can’t imagine what reasoning could’ve led to the use of those adjectives in the first sentence, except as labels to compete for attention with the far more important fact that she was RAPED.

    • I felt the incapacitation and homelessness was especially pertinent as those factors in the crime made it especially heinous. This woman was not conscious and she was basically in the place where she lives when she was attacked. I *think* your concerns are about structure. For me, those factors were important enough in this incident to include early in the story.

    • Thomas: If you listen to the video that accompanies the news report of the perpetrator’s arrest (KIRO 7 and it has been moved to the second page of Local News), the charges for this previously convicted rapist were reduced to “indecent liberties” for this particular incident. (???) I have NO idea what is going on because this guy also apparently has 19 outstanding warrants.

      I thought Washington state had a three strikes law(?)