A King County District Court judge on Friday found probable cause to hold a 21-year-old Yarrow Point man on investigation of rape for allegedly attacking a fellow psychiatric patient at Bellevue's Overlake Hospital Medical Center on Wednesday night.
A King County District Court judge on Friday found probable cause to hold a 21-year-old Yarrow Point man on investigation of rape for allegedly attacking a fellow psychiatric patient at Bellevue’s Overlake Hospital Medical Center on Wednesday night.
The man was booked into the King County Jail early Thursday after the alleged victim, a 21-year-old woman, reported him to hospital staff and police were called, according to a probable-cause statement filed in court Friday. The man’s bail was set at $75,000.
Police said the woman checked herself into the hospital’s mental-health ward on Wednesday and attended counseling sessions, according to the probable-cause document, which outlines the case against the man.
After dinner, she went to a common room and watched TV with two or three other patients already there, including the suspect. He allegedly followed her when she later walked back to her private room, grabbed her and kissed her on the lips, the document says. She “told him she didn’t want to kiss him and shrugged him off and went into her room” and he left, the court document says.
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Sometime later, the woman returned to the TV room because she couldn’t sleep and saw that the man was there, the document says. She grew tired and returned to her room, and he allegedly followed her again and kissed her, it says.
When she told him to stop, the man allegedly pushed her onto the bed, sat on her and sexually assaulted her. The woman fought him off and talked him into leaving, but he then pulled her back into the room, removed her clothes and again assaulted her, the document says. The woman pushed him off and ordered him out of the room, then reported what had happened to a staff member, the document says.
According to the document, the man had voluntarily checked himself in six days earlier.
Caitlin Hillary-Moulding, Overlake’s vice president of public relations, said she couldn’t discuss details of the incident because of patient-privacy laws. After hearing details from the probable-cause document, Hillary-Moulding said, “This is quite different than anything we’ve heard,” but declined to elaborate.
Overlake’s 14-bed, voluntary inpatient unit is considered a crisis-stabilization unit, said Barb Berkau, the hospital’s director of inpatient psychiatry. Most patients are admitted for three to five days, but the length of stay is determined by an individual’s treatment plan and progress, Berkau said.
“We’re fully cooperating with the police,” she said. “It’s very sensitive at this time.”
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