South Seattle

Craigslist 'uncasual' male encounter leads to assault on woman

SEATTLE -- When a casual male encounter facilitated by Craigslist turned less casual, it led to a male-on-female assault Saturday in Beacon Hill.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, the owner of a residence in the 6500 block of 28th Avenue South responded to a Craigslist ad for a casual male encounter posted by the suspect.

The suspect showed up at the homeowner's residence a short time later and proceeded to stay for three days, according to the report.

Perhaps because an encounter becomes far less casual by definition when the male in question turns into a temporary roommate, the homeowner decided it was time for the suspect to go.

According to the report, the homeowner decided not to tell the suspect to leave himself, instead asking his female friend to tell the suspect for him.

The victim met with the suspect at the residence while the homeowner was not there. When she told the suspect to leave, he became angry, grabbing her throat and pushing her against a wall, according to the report.

The victim later told officers she felt her airway close while the suspect was choking her and was scratched by him when she tried to defend herself.

She was able to call 911, and the suspect remained at the residence until officers arrived.

He was arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.