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March 17, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Woman accused of attacking homeless man released from jail

UPDATE, 6:28 p.m. | Mia Jarvinen was released from jail shortly before 8 this evening after posting a $20,000 bond, according to King County Jail records.

ORIGINAL POST | A judge Monday set bail at $20,000 for the woman who is accused, along with two off-duty Seattle firefighters, of the attack on a homeless man in Pioneer Square on Saturday.

Judge Arthur Chapman found probable cause to hold 37-year-old Mia Jarvinen of Seattle for investigation of fourth-degree assault. Jarvinen waived her appearance in court at the King County Jail.

Jarvinen’s attorney noted that she has no criminal record and said she “vigorously denies” the allegations against her.

However, Chapman called the attack egregious and said Jarvinen is a danger to the community.

Jarvinen was booked into jail just before midnight on Saturday, jail records indicate. According to her LinkedIn profile, she is a senior finance manager at

According to a police report released Monday, Jarvinen and two off-duty firefighters, Scott Bullene and Robert Howell, who are on disability leave from the department, initially claimed to have been the victims of an unprovoked attack. They told police they were walking through Occidental Park when a black male in a hooded sweatshirt attacked them for no reason, the report said.

Jarvinen is Bullene’s girlfriend, according to court documents.

However, police noted that further investigation revealed that Jarvinen, Bullene and Howell initiated the attack, according to the report. Police said the three encountered the homeless man while he was sleeping on the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Occidental Park.

According to Seattle police, Jarvinen began yelling at the homeless man and then kicked him before both firefighters joined in. Police said in the report that it appeared Bullene, Howell and Jarvinen were intoxicated.

In an apparent attempt to ward off his attackers, the homeless man got up and stabbed Bullene, who was  hospitalized with a non-life-threatening wound. The trio is also accused of attacking a second homeless man who came to the defense of the first man.

Neither firefighter has made a court appearance.

During a news conference Monday afternoon, Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean apologized for the behavior of the two off-duty firefighters. He said members of the department are supposed to protect the public, “not put them in harm’s way.”

He said Bullene and Howell need to be held accountable if the accusations against them are accurate.


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