Caught him: Seattle man who allegedly kicked two women in the head busted

SEATTLE, WA– A Seattle man who was seen on video kicking a woman in the head has been caught according to reports. 

Last week, Tracy Roberts, a disabled nurse was seen on video bent down planting flowers on 4th and Blanchard, when a man comes up and kicks her right in the head, causing her to fall over. The man then runs off.  

When speaking about the horrific assault, Roberts said:

“I can’t even explain— it was a bang in my head,” 

56-year old Roberts suffered serious injuries, with at least ten reported fractures to her face. 

She said:

“Personally, I think if you kick someone in the head, you’re doing it to do a lot of harm and to kill them,” 

She went on to say:

“I don’t understand violence. I don’t understand how one person can randomly kick someone else.”

Seattle Police have now reported that they have arrested a 19-year-old man who they believe is the attacker seen in the video kicking Roberts. 

Police believe Roberts was not the man’s only victim however. KOMO News reported that the day before the Belltown attack, King County deputies say a man with the same clothes and description is seen on Metro bus video kicking another woman in the head because he was clearly upset that she had been on her phone.

That woman suffered a concussion as a result of the attack.

Detectives with Seattle Police Department’s Homicide Assault Unit have interviewed the man and he will be booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.

Roberts expressed her joy in hearing her alleged attacker had been apprehended, saying:

“I was so happy. And the first person I needed to tell, was the woman on messenger who had been kicked on the bus, so that she knew. So that she could go out and ride the bus again,” 

Roberts says the unproved attacks shouldn’t have happened to her—or the other woman on the bus—or anyone else on the streets of Seattle. She hopes the felony assault charge he’s facing will stick, KOMO News reported.

Roberts said:

“Prosecutors need to step up,”

She continued:

“If he did this just because he just wants to kick someone’s head in, he should not get out for a long time.”

Roberts said that despite her brutal attack, she will continue to volunteer in her community. In the light of Roberts attack, several community members have expressed concern. 

Andrea Suarez, who volunteers with Roberts around Belltown, said her neighborhood wants and needs more protection.

Suarez said:

“I mean I have no more words,” 

She continued:

“Enough is enough. What do we have to do as a society to get security in this city?”

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Deputy Seattle city attorney now living in NYC, yet releasing criminals in Seattle and excusing countless crimes

January 5, 2021

SEATTLE, WA – As Seattle considers adopting a law that would excuse most misdemeanor crimes, one city prosecutor who supports the plan has already fled the city.

Deputy Seattle City Attorney John Schochet has moved out of state and across the county. The prosecutor has been working remotely from New York since October, after marrying a New York resident.

Schochet said that he moved to accommodate his new wife:

“The CAO [City Attorney’s Office] has been on remote work status since March 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. I moved from Seattle to New York in October 2020. As you likely know, the City of Seattle does not have residency requirements for its employees, other than elected officials.

“The CAO is continuing remote work through at least July 5, 2021. I’m not sure what will happen after then, but it’s still quite a way off at this point.”

The move comes at a time when his office mulls adding a poverty defense to the city code. The poverty defense would excuse suspects from most misdemeanor crimes like theft, trespassing, and assault if the suspects were suffering from poverty, addiction, or mental health issues.

The poverty defense was originally designed by King County Department of Public Defense Director Anita Khandelwal. The measure was advanced by City Council Member Lisa Herbold.

Supporters say the plan is designed to help keep people out of jail when their crime is committed out of need. Critics say the plan would propagate even more crime.

Khandelwal defended the plan:

“In a situation where you took that sandwich because you were hungry and you were trying to meet your basic need of satisfying your hunger; we as the community will know that we should not punish that. That conduct is excused.”

Former City Councilmember Tim Burgess has spoken against the plan, calling it a “defense lawyer’s dream”:

“It sends this powerful signal that as city government, we don’t really care about this type of criminal behavior in our city. It leans on the scales heavily in favor of certain individuals based on status, and it says to others, ‘you don’t matter.’”

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said his office did not need the plan at this time, because he has already refused to prosecute “survival” crimes:

“Good prosecutors don’t take any satisfaction in prosecuting that type of offense. I think it’s running the risk that we excuse these crimes; we don’t couple it with the resources that are needed to make sure the behavior is addressed — and then the community is left frustrated.”

Schochet has supported the measure from his home on the other side of the country, however, he added that offenders should have to prove they tried other, legal means to satisfy their need before using the defense.

“It’s fair to ask the defendants to explore when there is a legal way to satisfy their need before committing a crime.”

Khandelwal argued against this requirement:

“To show that there wasn’t something nearby seems to just go in the direction our criminal legal system has been, ensnaring individuals within it.”

Schochet has removed himself from any consequences of releasing offenders by moving out of Washington. Schochet has not released details about his plans once the office in Seattle re-opens. However, he has been admitted into law practice in New York.

The consequences of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office’s light-on-crime approach are already palpable.  The city released a multiple repeat offender in December following an assault arrest without filing a charge.

Adalla Jama, 29, assaulted a security guard on Christmas night. He was arrested and booked into King County Jail.  Assistant City Attorney Christine Chin agreed to release Jama without conditions. Later that night, Jama attacked a 62-year-old man blocks from the jail causing serious injuries.

The City Attorney’s Office declined to file charges in nearly half of the non-traffic criminal cases brought to them, according to a “System Failure” report issued in September 2019. The report, prepared by former public safety advisor to the city of Seattle Scott P. Lindsey, was commissioned by neighborhood business groups to examine Seattle’s criminal justice system.

In the report, Lindsey said:

“Most non-traffic criminal cases that Seattle Police sent to the City Attorney’s Office never result in a meaningful resolution because of case declines, case filing delays, and a high rate of dismissal.

“The report discusses how the poor performance of Seattle’s criminal justice system results in under-reporting of crime from chronic victims, low police morale, and helps perpetuate crime and incarceration cycles for vulnerable individuals.”

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