Bellevue police have recommended that a woman who made assault and property-damage allegations against Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch be charged for making a false or misleading statement, the Bellevue Police Department said Thursday.
Investigators found that Lynch was at a hotel about a mile from where the incident occurred on Aug. 10, and that although the woman who made the allegations did have injuries, two witnesses said they were the result of a fall they saw her take, according to the Bellevue Police Department. One witness, the man the woman thought was Lynch, said he told her multiple times that night that he didn’t play for the Seahawks.
Lynch was cleared of allegations stemming from the incident three days after the night in question, Bellevue police said. He was at the Hilton Hotel in Bellevue, where several Seahawks players were being housed, the police investigation concluded. Security officers had performed bed checks to verify players, including Lynch, were in their rooms. After the check, an officer set audible alarms on all the stairwells to prevent anyone from entering or leaving the seventh floor, where Lynch was staying. The alarms were not activated overnight.
The 31-year-old accuser, who is is not being named because she has not been charged, had told police that after several drinks, she left a bar at 2:30 a.m. A short time later, she met a man, whom she identified as Lynch, outside the Bravern apartment complex, according to the police report. She told police she and the man went to his apartment, where they began to argue. The man hit her, she told police, causing her bruises, a chipped tooth and scratches.
An apartment-complex security guard, however, told police that he had watched her exit the complex and fall, causing the injuries.
The woman, who is from Everett, told police the man never identified himself as Lynch, but that “she knew it was him because she is a football fan,” according to the police report.
The police department has forwarded a criminal summons to the Bellevue City Attorney’s Office, which will make the decision whether to charge the woman.