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Attempted abduction in Greenwood

February 10th, 2013 by Dale

Seattle Police say a man tried to abduct a woman tonight in Greenwood. From the SPD Blotter:

A woman was grabbed and thrown inside a van. Tonight, just shortly before 8:00 p.m., a woman was walking in the 8500 block of Fremont Ave N when suddenly a white van, occupied by a hispanic man, wearing a black mask pulled up next to her. The man jumped out of the vehicle, grabbed the woman and pulled her inside the van.

The woman fought frantically and managed to free herself from the van before the suspect could drive off. The suspect then drove off N/B on Fremont Av N.

The victim called 911. She sustained minor scrapes and scratches to her hands. Officers responded and conducted an area search with negative results.

Anyone with information about this vehicle and or the suspect is asked to call 911.

SPD updated the info a little later:

A woman fought off a man who tried to pull her into a van. Tonight, just shortly before 8:00 p.m., a woman was walking eastbound back home from the Fred Meyer on 85th at 3rd NW when a white van pulled up beside her, and a Hispanic male passenger said hi to her from inside the van.

This male then exited the van and got behind the female, he attempted to force her into the van. While doing so he pulled a black ski mask down over his face. The woman fought frantically and was able to resist and free herself. The Hispanic male got back in the van and fled the scene with a second Hispanic male driving away eastbound. The van is described as being white with the letters “XYF” spray painted in red on the side of the van. The victim called 911.

She sustained minor scrapes and scratches to her hands. Officers responded and conducted an area search with negative results.
Anyone with information about this vehicle and or the suspects is asked to call 911.

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Greenwood rape suspect also charged in robbery spree

July 6th, 2011 by Doree

The 24-year-old Shoreline man charged last week with abducting a young woman off a Greenwood street and raping her, was charged Tuesday with three counts of first-degree robbery, according to The Seattle Times.

According to police, those three robberies all occured in Greenwood. Jose Jimenez-Lopez is also suspected of two other robberies.

Read the full Seattle Times article.

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Greenwood assault suspect charged with rape, kidnapping, held on $1 million bail

July 2nd, 2011 by Doree

Our news partners The Seattle Times reports that 24-year-old Jose Jimenez-Lopez was charged by King County Prosecutors yesterday with rape in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree and attempted kidnapping in the first degree, following the alleged abduction of a 20-year-old woman from a Greenwood street last week.

He is being held on $1 million bail in the King County Jail. Police also suspect that Jimenez-Lopez was involved in three armed robberies, and he was rebooked on possible immigration charges.

Read the full Seattle Times article.

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Greenwood rape suspect also a suspect in series of armed robberies

June 30th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle Police have re-booked the suspect in last week’s abduction and rape for armed robbery, after identifying him as a possible suspect in a series of armed robberies:

From the SPD Blotter:

During the course of the on-going Sexual Assault Unit investigation into the Greenwood abduction and rape, Robbery detectives recognized the 24-year-old male suspect as a possible suspect in a series of armed robberies currently under investigation. The Robbery Unit was also contacted by a street robbery victim who told detectives that she recognized the suspect from photographs disseminated in the media.

On June 30th Robbery Unit detectives confirmed the identity of the suspect involved in several of the recent armed robberies. The robbery suspect happens to be the same 24-year-old male suspect who committed the Greenwood abduction and rape.

The suspect will be re-booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.

This remains an active and on-going Sexual Assault and Robbery investigation.

The suspect was caught on surveillance tape at a Shoreline convenience store after abducting a woman near North 97th Street and Dayton Avenue North last week.

The suspect was arrested two days ago after a Ballard bar manager recognized him as a regular customer.

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City cleaning up overgrown street where woman was abducted, raped last week

June 30th, 2011 by Doree

City crews showed up at North 97th Street and Dayton Avenue North this morning to start cleaning up the overgrown sidewalk where two women were attacked last week, with one of them being abducted and raped. One suspect was arrested at a Ballard bar two nights ago.

Photos by J. Elizabeth Sheriden.

Neighbor Julia contacted the city right after the attack to ask the city to clean up the dangerously overgrown area. She said another neighbor also contacted the city, and others were about to, when the city workers showed up.

In this instance, the city normally would have had the area on its maintenance schedule but the residents at 97th and Dayton Ave N. said they would maintain the strip. However, health or time or whatever prevented that and the area overgrew deeply with thickets of roses, ferns, scratchy brush and ivy…One passer by said, “We want the women to know they can be safe here.”

When the city was notified, everything just happened to fall into place and the City was able to respond quickly…It is important that the criminals know our police will catch them, our city will prosecute them, our jury will render a verdict, and these women will hopefully receive justice and peace of mind knowing that their neighbors care deeply about the safety of the neighborhood. In large part, things fell into place well.

The four-person city crew cleaning up the overgrown area around North 97th Street and Dayton Avenue North.

Thank you to Julia for the tip and photos!

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Police release sketch, photos of Greenwood abduction suspect

June 23rd, 2011 by Doree

Update: Police just released eight images from a surveillance camera inside a Shoreline convenience store. Detectives believe the man dressed in black is one of the suspects.

Earlier: Seattle Police have released a sketch of one of the suspects in Tuesday morning’s abduction and assault of one woman, and attempted abduction of another.

Sketch courtesy of Seattle Police Department.

If you have any information on this crime, contact the Seattle Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit at 206-684-5575.

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