Suspect arrested in Capitol Hill attack charged with attempted rape

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 1.27.42 PMThe man arrested for an attack on a 72-year-old Capitol Hill woman has been charged with attempted rape and burglary.

Police tracked down Willie Sorrell, 46, a week after the brutal May 7th attack inside the woman’s 17th and Denny apartment that left the victim battered. She was hospitalized in intensive care for 10 days following the attack and was expected to require at least another week in the hospital before a long recovery process, according to police, after suffering multiple fractured ribs, a fractured clavicle, and a fractured pelvic bone. The victim told police she pleaded with her attacker, “Please don’t do this. I’m a mother. Please don’t do this.”

Prosecutors say Sorrell’s attack comes in an escalating series of assaults including a February 24th incident in which he pleaded guilty to assault after knocking a female to the ground and getting on top of her. That same date a few hours later, Sorrell was arrested after allegedly exposing himself to another woman on the street.

Sorrell is charged with first degree burglary and attempted rape in the second degree. Prosecutors asked that Sorrell be held on $500,000 bail. He remains jailed and faces additional an additional charge for a separate drug crime. Police say Sorrell admitted to being high on meth at the time of the Capitol Hill attack. Police arrested Sorrell at 16th and E Olive’s Sound Mental Health clinic on Friday, May 13th just blocks from the scene of the attack.

Subscribe and support CHS Contributors -- $1/$5/$10 per month

6 thoughts on “Suspect arrested in Capitol Hill attack charged with attempted rape

  1. “multiple fractured ribs, a fractured clavicle, and a fractured pelvic bone”

    A 72 year old woman. This makes me SO mad. Lock him up and throw away the key. I don’t care if he was on drugs, is a drug addict, or has mental problems. He obviously is a danger to society. I have no sympathy for him and I don’t care what kind of “help” he will get. I’m worried about what kind of help she will be getting. That poor woman. I feel awful for her and her family. I hope she heals soon…physically and mentally.

  2. Also…

    “February 24th incident in which he pleaded guilty to assault after knocking a female to the ground and getting on top of her. That same date a few hours later, Sorrell was arrested after allegedly exposing himself to another woman on the street.”

    WTF, what is he doing walking around the streets? I don’t get it.

    • This is an all-too-common scenario. A criminal commits a string of crimes, including felonies, yet is just jailed briefly and then is out to resume criminal behavior. There seems to be a basic flaw in our criminal justice system which allows this to happen. All one has to do is read this blog to see many other examples of this happening in our neighborhood.

  3. Why can’t they move Sound Mental Health away from such a densely populated area? Their clients are a threat to the community. A better fit would be locating that down in an industrial area, where they would have fewer potential victims to follow and attack with hatchets and butcher knives.

    Why do so many people stick up for drug addicts and other anti-social creeps instead of for those of us who have to avoid these people every time we leave the house so we don’t end up hurt or worse.

  4. Sound health should be moved just as the homeless shelters should be moved. Totally support both of these programs but having them in densely populated areas is ruining the neighborhoods. Use your head city Council!