A King County judge today ruled that a 16-year-old boy accused of two rapes in Kent last year should be prosecuted in adult court.
Chrisean Cressel is accused of raping a 19-year-old woman behind a chiropractor’s office and a 17-year-old girl who was assaulted behind an apartment complex in Kent. The rapes occurred Oct. 29 and 30, when Cressel was 15.
Both victims were walking home from bus stops when they were approached by a youth, who threatened to shoot them if they resisted, according to a probable-cause statement that outlines the police case.
Witnesses who had seen the male at businesses near the intersection of 116th Avenue Southeast and Southeast Kent Kangley Road, along with video surveillance footage from a gas station and the chiropractor’s office, helped police identify the suspect, the statement says.
After his arrest, Cressel was charged in juvenile court with two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation. Prosecutors re-filed the charges in adult court this afternoon after Superior Court Judge Barbara Mack announced her decision.
Cressel will be arraigned on Aug. 30.
The Seattle Times generally does not name juvenile suspects unless they are prosecuted in adult court.