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Police: Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman in Seattle park

Police: Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman in Seattle park

SEATTLE -- Officers arrested a 25-year-old sex offender Sunday after the man sexually assaulted a woman in Myrtle Edwards Park, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Around 11:30 a.m., police received a number of 911 calls about a man chasing people around the waterfront park.

Officers arrived and found the victim. She told officers she was walking through the park when a man stood up from a bench and urinated while talking to himself. She said the man then grabbed another woman and started shaking her while calling her a racist.

According to probable cause documents, the victim and the other woman ran away from the suspect, but he caught up with the victim, tackled her and sexually assaulted her. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

According to police, witnesses told officers the suspect had gone toward a parking garage near the Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park, where he was found and arrested.

The suspect was identified as Coty Kelly. He had warrants out for his arrest for escaping community custody in July and failing to register as a sex offender last week, according to probable cause documents.

According to the documents, Kelly told officers he was trying to remove racism from inside the victim.

He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of rape.