Prosecutors have charged a 28-year-old Tukwila man with attempted first-degree rape and reckless endangerment, accusing him of trying to rape a neighbor then dangling his infant daughter off a balcony during a Sunday morning rampage.
A 28-year-old Tukwila man was “completely out of control” Sunday morning when he busted into a neighbor’s apartment and tried to rape her, then ran naked to his own apartment and dangled his infant daughter from a balcony, according to King County prosecutors.
Ifeanyi Chiegbu, who was charged Monday with attempted first-degree rape and reckless endangerment, remains jailed at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent in lieu of $250,000 bail, jail and court records show.
Chiegbu’s wife — who allegedly fought with officers as they worked to stop the assault on the neighbor, then asked them to shoot her husband after he grabbed the baby — was arrested on suspicion of obstruction, a misdemeanor, say the charging documents in the case against Chiegbu. It does not appear she has been formally charged.
Just before 8 a.m. Sunday, a 53-year-old woman called 911 to report that Chiegbu had spent 45 minutes yelling and kicking and punching walls at the Pacific Court Apartments on South 146th Street, charging papers say.
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Officers, who knew Chiegbu from earlier contacts, went to his apartment, where his wife “was not happy with the police response and asked police to stop coming to their apartment,” the papers say. After confirming that Chiegbu wasn’t inside, the officers began walking through the complex looking for him, according to the charges.
The officers’ attention was quickly drawn to a second-floor balcony, where the woman who had called 911 was panicked and screaming for help; they saw Chiegbu, who was naked, grab the woman and violently pull her into her own apartment, the documents say.
The officers noticed the woman’s door had been kicked in and found Chiegbu on top of her, readying to strike her with his hand, when one of the officers fired his Taser, momentarily stopping the assault, the charges say.
At that point, Chiegbu’s wife ran into the woman’s apartment and started fighting with the officers, the charges say. While they were dealing with her, “Chiegbu was able to get up, still naked, and run onto the balcony and jump off the second floor deck and into the parking lot,” according to the charges.
After he ran into his own apartment, his wife told officers that her 5-week-old daughter was inside and asked them “to shoot her husband,” charging papers say.
As officers surrounded his apartment, Chiegbu went out onto his own balcony with the child and a 6-foot-long weightlifting bar, which he pointed at officers as if it was a rifle and told them, “You’re dead,” the charges say. At various points during the standoff, Chiegbu dangled his daughter by one arm off his balcony, charging papers say.
During officers’ attempts to get Chiegbu to hand over the baby, he went inside the apartment, giving officers a chance to bust in and repeatedly fire Tasers at Chiegbu, before placing him in a neck restraint that made him lose consciousness, the charges say.
The baby did not appear to be injured, according to the charges.
Chiegbu was taken to Harborview Medical Center. Police found his clothing inside his neighbor’s apartment, the charges say.