Two arrested for attack of rape suspect
May 25, 2010
Issaquah Police arrested two men for assault early May 23, saying the men attacked a suspected rapist in revenge.
Officers responded to a rape report at a residence in the 400 block of Northeast Birch Street at about 2 a.m. Police discovered a 31-year-old Kirkland man, unconscious and bleeding from the face and head, at the residence. Officers said the man had been reported as the suspect in the rape.
Medics transported him to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. Charges against the man remain pending until he recovers from his injuries and can be interviewed by investigators.
Police said the rape suspect and the victim knew each other, and had spent time with the same group of people in the hours before the incident, first at the house and then at a local bar.
The victim left the bar because she felt ill, police said, and returned to the house. Some time later, the rape suspect also left the bar and returned to the house.
Investigators said a friend of the victim received a call from her later. The victim told the friend about the incident. The assault suspects — a 31-year-old Renton man and a 30-year-old Issaquah man — heard about the suspected rape and also headed to the Northeast Birch Street residence. Police said the Renton man is the husband of the rape victim.
The men discovered the rape suspect asleep on a couch at the residence. When he awoke, police said, the men assaulted him with a mallet and a brick.
Police arrested the men and booked them into the King County Jail for first-degree assault.