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13-year-old girl sexually assaulted at Bitter Lake park Friday afternoon

July 13th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police are investigating after a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at Bitter Lake on Friday afternoon.

From the SPD Blotter:

As the girl was listening to music at the park, a man called out her name. The girl thought she knew the man and walked up to him.

The suspect then grabbed the girl and dragged her to a secluded area near the water and sexually assaulted her.

The victim was able to escape and fled to the Bitter Lake Community Center. The suspect was last seen leaving the park along Bitter Pl. North.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation.

The suspect is described as a white man, 40 years old with a heavy build.

Sexual Assault Detectives responded to the scene and are investigating the incident.

If you have any information about this case, please call 911 or contact detectives at (206) 684-5575.

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Seattle Police warnings, tips after three sexually-motivated attacks on women in North Seattle

February 11th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police have released warnings and tips after three sexually-motivated attacks on women in the North Precinct, including one in Greenwood on Sunday night, and another this morning at Green Lake.

Here’s the message from Terrie Johnston, SPD’s Crime Prevention Officer for the North Precinct:

The descriptions of the suspect vary, as does neighborhood, time of day and day of the week. The common threads have been that the women were either walking or running by themselves, and were approached by an unknown male. Two of the incidents occurred next to wooded areas. SPD Patrol officers and Detectives are doing all they can to identify and apprehend the suspect(s). I will keep you informed of our progress. In the meantime, please review these personal safety tips:

Awareness and avoidance: Keep alert and tuned in to your surroundings.

Do you know your location? Do you know the street names, hundred block? East, South, West, North? Could you tell the 9-1-1 call taker to where they need to dispatch responders?

Trust your instincts! If you have an uncomfortable feeling-honor it! Leave, cross the street, double-back. Forget “being nice”. If you feel uncomfortable, move! Don’t hesitate to make a scene or scream if necessary.

Try to get good descriptions of anyone acting suspiciously or threatening. Start from the head and work down. Most likely you know your height, so use this to gauge theirs.

Try and stay on streets where you can be easily seen by others. Well-lighted streets are best.

If traveling alone, take a charged up cell phone with you if possible. Know what is available to you along your route. What time does that store open or close? Does that apt.bldg. have a security guard? Is there a payphone?

Ipod earphones, etc. may prevent you from hearing someone approaching. As does texting while you are walking, waiting for the bus, etc. You need to be aware when out if public spaces.

Traveling with another person, is tried and true in reducing street crime. Going with two others reduces the risk even more.
Carrying a minimum amount of possessions is advised when out and about. It isn’t necessary to carry all your credit cards, check book, cash, and so on, every time you go out. Take what you need for this trip. Keep valuables close to the body, in inside pockets. This frees up your hands and does not invite pickpocketing.

Body Language: Stand tall, walk confidently with your head up, eyes open and constantly scanning the surroundings.

Try not to show fear. Keep a neutral face that shows you are “in charge”.

Wear appropriate clothing for the street. Shoes that are comfortable and allow you to run if necessary. Choose clothing that allows you to move, and does not block your vision.

And as always, please call 9-1-1 for anything suspicious or to report a crime in progress.

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Man assaulted and robbed in Greenwood

October 18th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Police say a man was assaulted and robbed by two men after he wouldn’t give them money Wednesday night. More information from the SPD Blotter.

A man was assaulted and robbed by two unknown men last night at North 80th and Greenwood Avenue North. At about 9:00 pm, the man was walking in the 8000 Block of Greenwood when he was approached by a stranger who asked him for spare change. The victim told the man he didn’t have any. The suspect then struck the victim several times in the face. Another man then approached and also began hitting the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the sidewalk. Both suspects continued to hit and kick the victim. At one point, one of the suspects took the victim’s wallet. Both suspects then fled southbound.

Officers contacted the victim and conducted an area search for the suspects and any possible witnesses. Unfortunately they were not located. The Seattle Fire Department treated the victim for his injuries and he was later checked out at a local hospital. The description of the suspects is very limited. The first is described as a black male, in his twenties, 5′-9″ 180 pounds. The second suspect is described only as a male wearing a blue puffy jacket and a black beanie. This case will be assigned to the Robbery Unit for follow up.

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Students, friends and family gather to remember Prudence Hockley

January 13th, 2012 by Doree

Woodinville High School’s gym was packed last night for a memorial to English teacher Prudence Hockley, who died Christmas Day after being assaulted at her Phinney Ridge home late on Christmas Eve.

Most of the major media outlets were there last night. You can see video of the memorial from KING 5, KOMO 4 and KIRO 7.

Johnnie Lee Wiggins, Hockley’s boyfriend, pleaded not guilty yesterday to second degree murder charges.

Another memorial service is set for 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the Center For Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington, 3501 NE 41st St.

A memorial Facebook page is here. A fund for Hockley’s family has been set up at BECU. Checks can be made out to the Prudence Hockley Benevolent Account, and mailed to BECU, PO Box 34044, Seattle, WA 98124-1044.

Hockley is survived by two adult children, and a 13-year-old daughter.

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Wiggins pleads ‘not guilty’ to murder of Prudence Hockley

January 12th, 2012 by Doree

Johnnie Lee Wiggins pleaded not guilty today to second degree murder in the beating death of Prudence Hockley of Phinney Ridge. King County Prosecutors say Wiggins assaulted Hockley outside her home on Christmas Eve; she died the next day.

Prosecutors say Hockley’s 13-year-old daughter was there at the time, which can be used as a basis for an exceptional sentence. The standard range is up to about 20 years, but Wiggins, now 48 years old, could face up to life in prison if convicted as charged.

Wiggins remains in jail on $5 million bail. A case setting hearing is scheduled for Jan. 24.

Woodinville High School, where Hockley was an English teacher, will celebrate her life at 7 p.m. tonight in the school gym. Another memorial service is set for 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the Center For Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington, 3501 NE 41st St.

A memorial Facebook page is here. A fund for Hockley’s family has been set up at BECU. Checks can be made out to the Prudence Hockley Benevolent Account, and mailed to BECU, PO Box 34044, Seattle, WA 98124-1044.

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Prudence Hockley family donation fund being closed, new one opening at BECU

January 6th, 2012 by Doree

The memorial Facebook page set up for the family of Prudence Hockley, the Phinney Ridge woman who died Christmas Day after allegedly being assaulted by her boyfriend the day before, reports that an online donation account is being closed. However, donations can now be made to a fund set up at BECU.

Checks can be made out to the Prudence Hockley Benevolent Account, and mailed to BECU, PO Box 34044, Seattle, WA 98124-1044.

Two days ago, Hockley’s oldest daughter told me that the family would like to use the money to install a memorial bench at Green Lake, where Prudence loved to run, and to pay for 13-year-old Maggie’s future schooling. They also need help with funeral expenses.

Update: A memorial service for Hockley will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 21,  at the Center For Urban Horticulture, at the University of Washington, 3501 NE 41st St. A friend of the family tells us that the family is asking for donations to the memorial fund, instead of flowers at the service.

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Friends set up donation fund for Prudence Hockley’s children

January 5th, 2012 by Doree

Friends of Prudence Hockley, the Phinney Ridge woman who died Christmas Day after allegedly being assaulted by her boyfriend on Christmas Eve, have set up an online donation account to raise money for Hockley’s children.

Hockley has two adult children, and a 13-year-old daughter in middle school. Willa Hockley-Smith told me by email that the money will likely be used for her sister Maggie’s schooling, and possibly a memorial bench at Green Lake, where their mother used to run.

The account was originally set up to collect money for supplies for a memorial mural at Woodinville High School, where Hockley was a teacher. (Organizers say the money will now go straight to the family, even though the page still has the old information about the memorial wall supplies.)

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Carkeek assault suspect found competent to stand trial, pleads not guilty

November 15th, 2011 by Doree

The 19-year-old man accused of assaulting a woman in Carkeek Park on Oct. 10 pleaded not guilty this morning, after being found competent to stand trial.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Jack Keewatinawin with Assault Second Degree with Sexual Motivation for allegedly attacking a female jogger. He was ordered to undergo a medical evaluation, after telling authorities he believed the woman was a “marijuana goddess.”

He remains in jail on $250,000 bail. His case setting hearing is scheduled for Nov. 29.

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Carkeek assault suspect ordered to undergo mental evaluation

November 1st, 2011 by Doree

The man accused of attacking a female runner in Carkeek Park on Oct. 10 has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial.

Jack Keewatinawin, 19, is charged with Assault Second Degree with Sexual Motivation. He will be arraigned (enter a plea to the charge) on Nov. 15. He remains in jail on $250,000 bail.

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