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July 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Suspect in Capitol Hill rape held on $250K bail

A King County District Court judge on Monday found probable cause to hold a 20-year-old Seattle man on investigation of rape in connection with an alleged attack on a woman Sunday night on Capitol Hill.

The man remains in custody in the King County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday, two officers were sitting in a patrol car in an alley in the 1300 block of East Olive Way and saw a man emerge from some bushes across the street, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the 20-year-old. The man walked west, and quickly met up with a second man, the statement says.

Several moments later, a young woman emerged from the same area and “looked as though she had a hard time standing up,” according to the statement. The woman, whose body was partially exposed, turned away from the officers as she dressed, it says. The officers pulled their patrol car up to the woman and asked her what had happened, and she told them she had just been raped by two men, the statement says.

The woman, who had a cut on her forehead, confirmed one of the men who raped her had just left, it says.

The officers told the woman to stay where she was and they quickly located the 20-year-old suspect in the 1100 block of East Olive Way, according to the statement. His first name is the same name the alleged victim gave police, it says.

The victim later told a sergeant that she was walking with the two men and another woman to a nearby grocery store when the woman suddenly turned and hit her in the face, knocking her to the ground, the statement says. The two men then jumped on the victim and raped her, it says.

The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center for a medical evaluation, according to the statement, which does not mention whether officers located the second man or the woman who allegedly hit the victim.

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