Sex offender notification meeting scheduled for Tuesday at Apollo Elementary School
May 31, 2009
By Chantelle Lusebrink
NEW — 6 a.m. May 31, 2009
King County Sheriff’s deputies will hold a sexual offender notification meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Apollo Elementary School.
The meeting is for families and community members living in the area where Randall Berry, a Level 3 sex offender, has registered. Level 3 offenders are considered to pose a high threat to reoffend if given the opportunity.
Berry is a white male, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing about 185 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.
Berry is living in the 14600 block of Southeast Renton-Issaquah Road, within one mile of the school, 15025 S.E. 117th St., Renton.
He was convicted of first-degree rape, attempted rape and two counts of second-degree assault in 1984 for assaulting four different women.
Berry stopped each woman driving in their car alone by flashing his vehicle’s headlights or emergency lights. Once the women were stopped, Berry would inform them he was an off-duty police officer not in uniform and show them a fake badge.
He would tell the women they had committed a minor traffic violation or they had inoperable or defective vehicle equipment. He would then use a knife to force the women from their vehicle and sexually assault them.
Police are required, in accordance with the Community Protection Act of 1990, to hold the meeting to inform the public, enhance community safety and awareness, and tell residents how best to report any criminal or suspicious activity.
Questions about the meeting can be answered by calling 206-205-7948 or going to www.kingcounty.gov/sheriff.
Safety reminders and tips:
Talk about family safety rules and about sexual exploitation as a safety issue.
Make sure children are well supervised.
Know where your children are and check on them periodically.
Teach children not to go anywhere with strangers.
Teach children to yell for help and attract the attention of onlookers or run to the nearest house if a stranger approaches them.
Talk to children about distinguishing between good and bad touches.
Teach children to be assertive and say no to someone who is touching them in a way that doesn’t feel right.
Teach children to talk to someone they trust about any incidents.
Children should walk in groups rather than alone.
Make sure your young children know their names, parents’ names, addresses and phone numbers.
Source: Issaquah School District