A convicted sex offender who broke into a University District house and threatened six young women with a knife a year ago was found guilty today of nine criminal charges, including kidnapping and burglary.
Robert Douglas Hitt, 34, a Level II sex offender, had been released from prison two months before the home invasion after serving 10 years for first-degree rape. Because two of the charges in the home invasion carried sexual-motivation allegations, Hitt will faces a life sentence under Washington’s “two strikes” law for repeat sex offenders.
According to police, Hitt broke into a home in the 5000 block of 20th Avenue Northeast early in the morning on March 11, 2012, and ordered six women into a bedroom at knifepoint. The women, ages 19 to 21, were are all University of Washington students. He ordered one victim to undress, binding her hands, and then took her clothes off, police said.
Two of their roommates hid in their bedrooms and called 911, summoning police who arrested Hitt.
Officers found a knife in Hitt’s pocket, along with two cellphones belonging to two of his alleged victims, police said. He claimed he planned to rob the women for beer money, according to police.
Hitt was under lifelong supervision by the state Department of Corrections (DOC) at the time of the attack.
According to court records, Hitt was charged with first-degree rape in October 2001 and pleaded guilty in May 2002.
He completed a sex-offender treatment program and was released from prison Jan. 10, 2012, after the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board found he was at low risk to reoffend, according to the DOC. The board could have extended his prison sentence in two-year increments, up to a maximum of life, court records show.