Man Arrested After Assault Spree In Seattle: Police

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SEATTLE — A 33-year-old man was arrested Monday afternoon in Seattle following a series of assaults in the Montlake area, according to police.

The Seattle Police Department said the first 911 call came in just before 11:30 a.m. near the Montlake Cut. The caller told police a man approached three women who were taking photos on a lakeside walking trail and tried to grab a phone from one woman’s hand. As they struggled, police said the man pushed a second woman into Lake Washington.

Just a few minutes later, another caller said a man grabbed her 18-month-old daughter and pushed the woman into the lake, then threw the toddler onto the side of the trail. When the mother attempted to reach the girl, the man pushed her into the lake a second time, police said.

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Witnesses told police they saw the man heading north toward the University of Washington and officers contacted the university’s police department. Officers there said the suspect description matched a man who was reported earlier for throwing water on an employee at the University of Washington Medical Center.

While officers continued to search for the man, more 911 calls started to come in shortly before 1 p.m. Witnesses told police a man ran up behind a woman who was jogging and swept her legs, causing her to fall. When a witness intervened, the man punched him several times.

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As officers arrived at that scene, the victims pointed to a man running away and officers chased him on foot then arrested him.

The man was booked into jail on suspicion of multiple felonies, including robbery, assault of a child and attempted child abduction, along with multiple misdemeanor counts of assault.

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