Woman assaulted in Lower Queen Anne Tuesday

Posted on July 4th, 2011 by Editor


Rebecca was walking to her Lower Queen Anne home alone around 1 a.m. last Tuesday when she was assaulted by a man who was not interested in robbing her, she says. The incident, which took place in front of the Iris Apartment building on Roy Street near 4th Ave W, shook her. She writes,

The assailant did not take my purse, and it is clear that his intention was sexual assault. I screamed and fought and someone in the Iris apartment building shouted that they were calling the police, and the guy ran off into Kinnear Park. I managed to walk away with just a fat lip (and some stitches and bruises) – but it could have been much, much worse.

Rebecca filed a police report before going to the hospital, but as of last Friday the suspect had not yet been caught. She provided this description:

It was dark and I can’t be certain, but I think the man was a homeless guy I’ve seen in the neighborhood before: white male, 5’10”, 170 pounds, dark chin/shoulder length hair that is wavy/matted, full beard.

Rebecca hopes that her experience will serve as a reminder to those in the community to be aware of their surroundings, and cautious for themselves and their neighbors, especially at night. She wrote,

I still feel that Queen Anne is a wonderful place to live (the fact that neighbors responded within seconds when I screamed is testament to that) but we shouldn’t be complacent about safety. Gentlemen, please consider walking ladies to their cars/homes late at night. And ladies, trust your instincts – if someone looks sketchy, walk away and go to a well lit place (like Bartell’s) or carry something like pepper spray in your purse.

Also, for those of you in the neighborhood, if you hear a scream or tussle outside late at night, please don’t hesitate to call out and say you’re calling the police. I am so fortunate that the residents of that building didn’t just roll back over and go to sleep, or call the police silently and hope for the best; the reason the guy ran off is because someone shouted “I’m calling the police, and coming right down.”

In February of last year another Uptown resident, also on her way home alone, was pushed down and kicked in the face and chest repeatedly just a block away from this recent incident, at Roy and 3rd Ave W. In this case the suspect was after her purse, but the crime startled both the victim and many of her neighbors, who organized an Uptown block watch program in response. This most recent attempted assault is a testament to the need for continued neighborhood safety programs, such as block watch groups, especially in corners of the neighborhood that are poorly lit at night and susceptible to crime.

If anyone has any information on this incident, please contact Seattle Police right away as the suspect is still at large.

Update 11:40 a.m.: We just received an update from Rebecca, who says her injuries are healing up well. Since the incident she’s been working on ways to improve safety in the neighborhood. She writes,

I’m speaking with a reporter who might do a piece on it, and I’m going to try and have him focus on the response of my neighbors, but also the need for street lighting at the end of West Roy Street and the city/county/state to cough up the rest of the funds to make Kinnear Park safe. It has helped that they cleared out so much of the underbrush, but it needs lighting and the other safety features that are part of the new park design. It would also be great if the city would allow us RPZ zone parking (we keep asking and they keep brushing us off) so that residents on the West Mercer/Roy corridor can park their cars near their homes at night; I often have to park 5 or 6 blocks away if it’s a night that people are out at the bars, or there’s an event at Seattle Center.

I haven’t heard anything from the police, but my hope is that he’ll be spotted now that so many people are on the lookout. I definitely want to make sure that women in the neighborhood are smart and safety conscious late at night.


  • Bryce

    Glad things didn’t turn out worse. Awareness of one’s surroundings is so important. Not saying that lack of it was the issue here.

    Just learned of this podcaster who’s really good about day-to-day security, called the Practical Defense Podcast, by Alex Haddox. Been listening to his archives for the last 6 months. Good stuff.

  • Bryce

    Glad things didn’t turn out worse. Awareness of one’s surroundings is so important. Not saying that lack of it was the issue here.

    Just learned of this podcaster who’s really good about day-to-day security, called the Practical Defense Podcast, by Alex Haddox. Been listening to his archives for the last 6 months. Good stuff.

  • Stacey

    I have also called police numerous times to report the teenage keg parties that take place late at night inside Kinnear Park on the weekends, that draw in other folks who lurk around the neighborhood looking to get a free drink. These parties create a dangerous situation for us residents in and around the Iris and Seaview condos because the kids and others emerge drunk and get into fights and vandalize the neighborhood. So far the police do not seem interested in making any more of a presence around the neighborhood and park. We support all of your efforts Rebecca and hope that continuing to relate your story will bring results to this neighborhood from the city and the police dept. So sorry you had to experience that!

  • Stacey

    I have also called police numerous times to report the teenage keg parties that take place late at night inside Kinnear Park on the weekends, that draw in other folks who lurk around the neighborhood looking to get a free drink. These parties create a dangerous situation for us residents in and around the Iris and Seaview condos because the kids and others emerge drunk and get into fights and vandalize the neighborhood. So far the police do not seem interested in making any more of a presence around the neighborhood and park. We support all of your efforts Rebecca and hope that continuing to relate your story will bring results to this neighborhood from the city and the police dept. So sorry you had to experience that!

  • Anon

    i’m 6’1” 205lbs and and i do not feel safe walking through kinnear during the day. people popping out of the woods, random stray cats/dogs, and most recently my girlfriend and i were walking up from 15th when we saw a guy peeing with his pants around his ankles right in the middle of the path. It was 3pm. what will help our community raise awareness of this beautiful (and unfortunately dangerous place)….?

  • Anon

    i’m 6’1” 205lbs and and i do not feel safe walking through kinnear during the day. people popping out of the woods, random stray cats/dogs, and most recently my girlfriend and i were walking up from 15th when we saw a guy peeing with his pants around his ankles right in the middle of the path. It was 3pm. what will help our community raise awareness of this beautiful (and unfortunately dangerous place)….?

  • Jen

    The city needs to sell it to a developer. I’m serious. That piece of land is never going to be tended to by the city and private ownership is the only solution. Lower QA/Uptown deserves a nice park, but the city has clearly decided it won’t support that.

  • Jen

    The city needs to sell it to a developer. I’m serious. That piece of land is never going to be tended to by the city and private ownership is the only solution. Lower QA/Uptown deserves a nice park, but the city has clearly decided it won’t support that.

  • Matt the Engineer

    I’d like to brainstorm on [Jen]’s comment a bit. What makes an urban park (or really any park) dangerous is a lack of witnesses. [Anon], walking at 3pm on an overcast weekday, probably feels nervous because nobody is around in earshot.

    What if we can find an active use in the park that can add more people, but keep much of the green space? Maybe put a community or private college extension building in the middle of it – colleges are generally quiet yet occupied for most hours. Or a few thin but tall towers of condos. Or some sort of museum or form of amusement.

  • Matt the Engineer

    I’d like to brainstorm on [Jen]’s comment a bit. What makes an urban park (or really any park) dangerous is a lack of witnesses. [Anon], walking at 3pm on an overcast weekday, probably feels nervous because nobody is around in earshot.

    What if we can find an active use in the park that can add more people, but keep much of the green space? Maybe put a community or private college extension building in the middle of it – colleges are generally quiet yet occupied for most hours. Or a few thin but tall towers of condos. Or some sort of museum or form of amusement.

  • Matt the Engineer

    Or an obvious use that would vastly increase the number of eyes on the park: add a dog park. Seattle’s dog parks are well used throught the day.

  • Matt the Engineer

    Or an obvious use that would vastly increase the number of eyes on the park: add a dog park. Seattle’s dog parks are well used throught the day.

  • Rory

    Kinnear Park is not even a park—it’s lower half is a short heavily-wooded trail that is dark even when the Seattle sun is at its brightest. Ever since the homeless shelter at the bottom of the trail closed its doors, things have been looking up, but I still don’t feel safe walking through there.

  • Rory

    Kinnear Park is not even a park—it’s lower half is a short heavily-wooded trail that is dark even when the Seattle sun is at its brightest. Ever since the homeless shelter at the bottom of the trail closed its doors, things have been looking up, but I still don’t feel safe walking through there.

  • Molly

    Thanks for sharing your story, Rebecca. Making this story public might make our community a bit safer. I’m sorry that this happened to you, but I am so glad to know that neighbors in the LQA area are so responsive in a situation like this.

  • Molly

    Thanks for sharing your story, Rebecca. Making this story public might make our community a bit safer. I’m sorry that this happened to you, but I am so glad to know that neighbors in the LQA area are so responsive in a situation like this.

  • Sandra

    Rebecca- I am glad to hear that you are recovering from your injuries. I am one of the tenants at IRIS. It’s sad that our society has become so desensitized. I’m glad that we were able to help. I am all for a neighborhood watch or at least pushing the city for more lighting in/around 4th Ave. W.

  • Sandra

    Rebecca- I am glad to hear that you are recovering from your injuries. I am one of the tenants at IRIS. It’s sad that our society has become so desensitized. I’m glad that we were able to help. I am all for a neighborhood watch or at least pushing the city for more lighting in/around 4th Ave. W.


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