Police say they are looking for additional victims after a woman’s social media campaign against an alleged groper who she says assaulted her downtown pushed SPD detectives to step up their investigation and take the man into custody. Here’s SPD’s call for help tracking down more victims:
Department of Corrections (DOC) officers recognized the man in the victim’s photo as a level 3 sex offender, and contacted SPD investigators. DOC officers booked the man into the King County Jail Wednesday for violating the terms of his community supervision.
Several victims have also reported similar incidents to SPD detectives after seeing the suspect’s photo, and detectives are now investigating those cases as well.
Anyone with information about this incident or any other similar incident should call the Sexual Assault Unit at (206) 684-5575.
One of the victim’s pictures of the alleged groper can be seen here in an October 14th Tweet.
SPD says the “person of interest” remains in custody but has not yet been charged. SPD says he is a “a level 3 sex offender.”
As the story spread this week, CHS received this account saying the same man has been seen on Capitol Hill:
I witnessed this same man grope someone (and possibly take an upskirt photo which I was told is now a felony) on Broadway in Capitol Hill maybe 6 months ago on my walk to work and reported the incident to the SPD. I had an officer come to my work, but since I was not the victim, I don’t think the SPD took an “official report”. The officer said she would contact the station and have them do a perimeter check. When I read the article I knew I had to find Julia’s twitter page to check out the photo and sure enough it is the same guy!!!! I saw him again and pointed him out to the beat cops that started walking up and down Broadway after I reported the incident. The cops said they would keep their eyes on him, but clearly he is still doing it and has just moved to a different area. I am sure there are other victims in the Capitol Hill neighborhood who should know he’s now been identified so they can contact the SPD.
You can contact the SPD sexual assault unit at (206) 684-5575 with information to help in the case.