Man charged in rape and attack on sex worker in Capitol Hill apartment

A man has been arrested and charged for a violent rape inside a Capitol Hill apartment last month that left the victim battered. The attack appears to have carried on even as police were called to the apartment but left without contacting the victim.

Terric Shepard, 25, faces a charge of rape in the first degree. Prosectors say he attacked a woman he paid for sex in a February 16th assault inside his E John apartment that left the victim battered with a broken jaw and drifting in and out of consciousness.

Shephard’s arrest was first reported by the Seattle PI.

Police say the woman was dropped off at the E John apartment by her roommate that Saturday morning after being contacted and agreeing to have sex with Shephard for $200. Police say the attacker became enraged after the woman said she offered him half the money back. Shephard allegedly punched the woman and strangled her until she passed out.

When she came to and tried to leave again, police say Shephard raped the victim and assaulted her over the course of hours. During the attack, police say the victim contacted her roommate who called 9-1-1. Police went to the apartment but left when “there was no answer at the door when they attempted to make contact,” according to the report on the incident. The victim told police she believes she was held for hours at the apartment before being allowed to leave around 5 PM and going to Harborview where she was treated and interviewed by police.

According to the court documents, police were able to track down Shephard after photos of the suspect taken by the victim’s roommate were matched through law enforcement databases at the Seattle Police Real Time Crime Center. Police were also able to narrow the search thanks to the suspect’s Philadelphia area code. According to prosecutors, Shephard also has a warrant out of Pennsylvania on a robbery charge.

Shephard remains jailed in King County on $750,000 bail.


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12 thoughts on “Man charged in rape and attack on sex worker in Capitol Hill apartment

    • Thank Swant and the other leftwing loons running Seattle for chasing away the police and ushering in this era of hands off policing. If they kicked in the door and it was a mistake people here would be calling for the cops heads on a platter. So this is what we get.

      • I hate to defend Sawant (really, I do), but this dump-on-the-cops mentality predates her by quite a few years. Certainly there must be some happy median between leaving because a rapist doesn’t answer the door, and having doors kicked in all over town.

  1. Man…. the police would probably get way less of a bad rap if they spent more time focused on crimes like this and less time sitting in the Auto Zone parking lot harassing civilians…

      • I would argue that that supervisor at SPD east precinct had sexual assault cases that he could have been working on instead of spending the day engaging in petty revenge against a community member. When they get caught doing these things- it lowers their trust in the community- and when things like this new awful story happen we might continue to questioning if the police in our neighborhood are prioritizing their time correctly.

    • Come on SkcanS. It was one cop doing a stupid thing. That got him into trouble. Saying “The Police” implies every member of the department. I’m sure you’d rather not be grouped in with the stupid activities of some group you are a member of without having any choice in the matter.

  2. So the police have legal restrictions on how they do business. In this case, the information was second-hand, via the victim’s friend, from a different location. They responded, but without firsthand info, from the scene, they are limited on making entry. That’s our legal system.

    • If they knew he had an outstanding felony warrant from Pennsylvania before arriving at his door, they could have worked harder to find him (apartment manager, break door, canvas area). This guy is clearly a danger.

      • What from the story makes you think they had that information when they went to the residence the first time… it doesn’t even make clear when the photos were even taken – before/after the assault occurred, when they were shown to the police and how long it took to identify him and find out that he had a warrant.

        The victim herself picked him out of a photo line up, but not until 4 days later.

      • Because he’s the bad guy and a scary amount of people are more than willing to forgo someone else’s rights to get the bad guy.

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