The man who allegedly tackled two strangers before stripping off his clothes and spending more than two hours swimming away from Seattle police in Green Lake on Sept. 4 pleaded not guilty this morning to one count of second-degree assault, two counts of fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest.
Authorities still aren’t sure of the man’s name. He gave police two different names after his arrest: Tyler K. Cunningham and Travis Cunningham, but they appear to be aliases. For now, they’re calling him John Doe.
Doe is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail in King County Jail for the alleged unprovoked attack on a teenage brother and sister in a Green Lake Park walkway near Ashworth Avenue North.
Witnesses said Doe charged at the victims like a linebacker, knocking them to the sidewalk. The brother, 19, suffered a broken pinkie finger, a busted lip and a scraped knee. His 16-year-old sister had scrapes to her arms and legs, court documents say.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Doe then stripped naked and swam in Green Lake in an attempt to evade police. During the more than two-hour effort to take him into custody, police say he slapped one officer, wrestled with another, threw rocks and used a large stick to fight off officers.
Doe’s next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1.