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November 4, 2013 at 2:55 PM
The Seattle City Attorney’s Office has filed a charge of resisting arrest against fugitive sex offender Michael Sean Stanley.
The charge filed today stems from the same Oct. 22 incident that resulted in Stanley being charged last month with harassment. Both charges are misdemeanors.
If convicted of the new charge, it could add 90 days to the possible sentence of 364 days Stanley faces if he’s also found guilty of harassment, according to the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. His next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18.
Stanley remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Stanley, 48, was arrested after Seattle police responded to a report of a man yelling in a West Seattle alley early in the morning of Oct. 22. A neighbor told officers that Stanley threatened him after he asked Stanley to quiet down, according to a police report.
Officers said Stanley was belligerent and “actively resisted” their commands, according to a police report. Following his arrest, officers confiscated a small lock-blade knife, a flashlight, a screwdriver and pliers from Stanley, according to the report. (more…)
October 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM
A judge this morning set bail at $100,000 for sex offender Michael Sean Stanley following his arrest Tuesday on a harassment charge.
Stanley, a sex offender who fled supervision in Canada earlier this month, pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge.
He appeared briefly via video feed before Seattle Municipal Court Judge Karen Donohue. The judge set the high bail after Seattle Assistant City Attorney John McGoodwin said Stanley is believed to be a flight risk and indicated he is also a suspect in the sexual assault Tuesday of a 16-year-old boy.
Stanley’s next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 4.
The high bail means Stanley could remain in custody while Seattle police investigate him in connection with the alleged sexual assault. Seattle Police Detective Renee Witt said detectives continue to investigate the case and plan to present it to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office “within the next day or so.”
She said the 16-year-old alleged victim was taken into custody last night on a misdemeanor truancy warrant. He’s from Kirkland and is being held at the King County Youth Service Center. Witt said “the detectives felt he was at risk and took him to Youth Services.”
Stanley was arrested early Tuesday morning after residents of a West Seattle neighborhood complained of a man yelling. One neighbor said Stanley threatened him after he asked Stanley to quiet down, according to a police report.
Officers who arrived in an alley near the 2400 block of 44th Avenue Southwest said Stanley was belligerent and “actively resisted” their commands. They confiscated a small lock-blade knife, a flashlight, a screwdriver and pliers from Stanley, according to the report.
After Stanley’s arrest, police said he was also suspected of the sexual assault of the 16-year-boy that occurred earlier in the morning.
Seattle police say Stanley met the teen at a grocery store and struck up a conversation with him. He then lured the boy into the alley and gave him alcohol before grabbing and sexually assaulting him, police said.
During this morning’s hearing, Donohue ordered Stanley to stay away from the alleged victim if he’s released on bail.
Stanley is a U.S. citizen with an extensive history of sexual assaults and other crimes in Canada. He entered the United States at the Blaine border crossing Oct. 7 after cutting a monitoring bracelet and fleeing Edmonton, Alberta, where he had been under supervision following his release after 32 months in prison for kidnapping two boys from a school playground.
Edmonton police issued a warrant for his arrest, and Canadian law-enforcement officials said U.S. Customs and Border Protection had been told that Stanley might be attempting to enter the United States.
U.S. Customs officials have said they could not arrest Stanley on the Canadian warrant, which could not be served in the United States.
Canada has said it would not seek Stanley’s extradition over charges of cutting off his GPS monitor and fleeing the country.
Information from The Associated Press is included in this post.
October 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM
Seattle police say they have arrested Michael Sean Stanley, the violent sex offender who fled Canada after cutting a monitoring bracelet off his leg and crossed into the U.S. earlier this month.
Police said Stanley was arrested for harassment after police responded to reports of a person yelling in an alley near the 2300 block of 44th Avenue Southwest in West Seattle around 6 a.m.
One caller told police that when he’d asked the man to quiet down, the man had threatened to assault him, according to the police department’s website.
Police say that when officers arrived, Stanley appeared intoxicated and became combative, saying he had a knife. Officers confiscated a small knife after he was in custody. The 48-year-old Stanley was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of harassment.
According to Seattle Municipal Court records, Stanely is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at the King County Jail.
Stanley entered the U.S. earlier this month after fleeing Edmonton, Alberta, where he had been in prison for kidnapping two boys from a school playground. He also has a rape conviction for assaulting an 83-year-old disabled woman. Police in Canada said he has a long history of breaking and entering. Canada has said it will not seek his extradition over charges of cutting off his GPS monitor.
Seattle police last week ordered Stanley to register as a sex offender, which he did as a transient, listing the general area of First Street and Pine Avenue in downtown Seattle as his address. The location is near Pike Place Market and one block from the preschool, according to records.
Ilene Stark, executive director of the Pike Market Child Care & Preschool, said Monday the Pike Place Market security team has been on top of the situation.
“The head of market security came by on Friday and showed us photos of the man, which we’ve shared with all the parents and all the teachers,” she said.
The King County Sheriff’s Office has classified Stanley as a Level 2 sex offender. Spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West said this morning that Stanley’s arrest will not impact his sex offender status.
May 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Former University of Washington basketball player Doug Wrenn, who was found guilty of threatening a motorist with a handgun three years ago, is back in trouble, this time for allegedly harassing a former girlfriend.
Wrenn, 32, was arrested April 16 and later charged in connection with the alleged harassment, said Seattle police. His ex-girlfriend told investigators that between April 13 and 15, he called her 46 times, sent her 12 text messages and nine emails. Many of the messages were deemed sexually explicit by police.
Wrenn had a hearing in Seattle Municipal Court yesterday, but court spokeswoman Patti McBride said that the judge granted a request by the defense to have the hearing postponed until May 14. Wrenn is being held in King County Jail in lieu of $350,000 bail.
In February 2009, Wrenn was convicted of two counts of second-degree assault with a handgun after he threatened two people at a Bellevue intersection in March 2008. He was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.
In that incident, Wrenn had been stopped at a red light behind another vehicle, when the light turned green the car in front of him didn’t move Wrenn honked his horn. The driver pulled forward and moved into the lane to the right, Wrenn then pulled alongside the car, rolled down a window and began yelling at the people in the other car. He pointed a handgun at the driver and passenger.
Wrenn drove off, but was caught after the victim took note of his license plate number and called police.
Wrenn was arrested at his apartment in Bellevue. Police found a black Beretta pistol wrapped in a towel and jammed between a wall and a washing machine.
Wrenn, who attended O’Dea High School, played two seasons at UW.
As a sophomore he averaged 19.5 points and was voted first-team All-Pac-10 by conference coaches after the 2001-02 season. His scoring average dipped to 12.7 points the next season under first-year coach Lorenzo Romar, and Wrenn chose to forego his senior season to declare for the NBA draft.
Undrafted, he played several years in minor basketball leagues and overseas. Wrenn last played in South Korea in December 2007.
April 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM
A 22-year-old man was arrested near Alki Beach last night after he reportedly struck a motorcycle with his car and then threatened the motorcyclist with a gun.
According to police, an officer working a special patrol emphasis at the beach was flagged down by a motorcyclist at Alki Avenue Southwest and Marine Avenue Southwest just before 7 p.m. The motorcyclist said that moments earlier a man driving a white Hyundai had “intentionally struck his motorcycle,” according to police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
After striking the motorcycle, the Hyundai driver got out of his car, went to the trunk and pulled out a backpack. When the motorcyclist asked the man why he struck his motorcycle, the suspect pulled a handgun out of the backpack, police said. The motorcyclist said that he asked the suspect, “Do you really want to go there with your gun?” to which the suspect replied, “Yes, I do.”
The motorcyclist, who was not hurt, took off and contacted police. While police were talking to him, the Hyundai drove by; the motorcyclist pointed out the suspect’s car to the officer.
The 22-year-old driver was stopped by police. He told officers he owns a gun, but refused to answer any questions, according to Jamieson.
The man’s car was impounded and he was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of harassment and investigation of assault. A female passenger in the Hyundai was questioned and released.
March 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM
A lieutenant colonel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is in the Pierce County Jail after threatening to have his wife and his commanding officer killed by a hitman for $150,000, according to court documents.
The officer, Robert L. Underwood, 46, allegedly told one of his daughters that he would do “something crazy” that “the world would know about.” Underwood, who spent two years assigned to an explosives demolition task force in Iraq, also told his girlfriend that he planned to blow up the state capitol in Olympia, according to a DuPont police report.
Underwood was arrested Monday and charged with three counts of felony harassment for the alleged death threats, including to his girlfriend.
This is the latest in a string of serious criminal allegations linked to JBLM soldiers, including the alleged massacre of 16 Afghans, including women and children, by a staff sergeant deployed with the Stryker brigade.
According to police reports, Underwood is in the midst of a contentious two-year divorce. His commanding officer, Lt. Col. Shawn Reed, said in a written statement to detectives that Underwood’s wife last December disclosed his intent “to hurt her and her children,” and got a military protective order with the intent of protecting her. Reed also had Underwood involuntarily evaluated, according to court documents.
Underwood has repeatedly deployed, but does not suffer from PTSD, Reed told detectives.
Underwood’s girlfriend also grew concerned enough that she called Underwood’s estranged wife to warn her. The girlfriend told detectives she found what she considered to be child pornography on his laptop. When Underwood learned that the woman had looked at his laptop, he warned her he would kill her for “knowing too much about him.”
He was scheduled to be arraigned today.
March 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM
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A man who threatened to open fire on his neighbors and police was arrested early this morning following a standoff with police.
Police responded to an apartment building in the 200 Block of Yesler Way at 8:40 last night after staff reported one of the tenants had threated to shoot people in the lobby. When officers knocked on the man’s door he threatened to shoot them as well, police said.
Additional officers, including hostage negotiators and SWAT, responded to the apartment.
Police tried to establish a dialogue with the man, but he refused to cooperate for several hours. SWAT officers entered the apartment at 1 this morning and arrested the man without incident.
The man, 56, was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of harassment.
January 12, 2012 at 7:15 AM
Weather: Let’s see, fog-sun today, fog-sun tomorrow, rain-snow Saturday? Sunday has a 50 percent chance of snow. The National Weather Service forecasts Sunday snow and snow mixed with rain on Monday in the lowlands. We hope that’s a stretch. The details.
Traffic: The map and the cams.
City of Edmonds harassment case: You might remember that Kimberly Cole, the former executive assistant to Mike Cooper, the former mayor of Edmonds, had filed claims of a hostile work environment and harassment against the city a while back. According to a post by our community news partner My Edmond News, the city has released the results of an independent review of the matter. In a news release, the city says that “of the 14 separate allegations raised by Cole, all but two and part of a third were either unfounded, not sustained, or if the facts were sustained, they did not constitute or suggest harassment.” Cole’s attorney says the city hasn’t provided the report to his client and it’s no surprise the city “would reach the convenient conclusion that the actions and inactions of those in Ms. Cole’s work environment didn’t subject the City to any liability.”
Youth soccer-fund theft: This happens enough that it’s not all that surprising, but the money amount in this case is a tad much. The Kitsap Sun has a story of a woman being sentenced after being convicted of stealing $100,000 from a Silverdale youth soccer organization.
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