A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a Seattle man wanted for domestic violence assault on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

Kent Officer Mandella pulled over the 30-year-old suspect on 4th Ave N. for a moving violation. A records check revealed a confirmed $10,100 warrant for his arrest due to his failure to appear in court for a domestic violence assault charge.

The suspect had been charged on April 22 for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, a 19-year-old Kent woman, after she broke up with him. The victim reported extensive bruising and revealed that this was not the first instance of abuse. Fear had previously prevented her from reporting the assaults. The suspect, who was living in his car, had boasted that he would evade law enforcement. However, he was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Kent jail.

“We want to recognize the bravery of this very young woman who finally stood up to her abuser and called 911,” police said. “We know it can be a scary first step and we applaud her for taking it.  At the time of the assault, she was living in a hotel with limited resources.  The responding Officers connected her to Project Be Free so that she could receive their counsel, advocacy and assistance.”

Resources for Help

Resources for domestic violence victims include the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) or by calling 425-656-7567. In crisis, individuals can call 988 to speak to a trained professional. Those in immediate danger should call 911.

For non-English speakers, 911 operators can provide interpreters. Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals can text their emergency to 911 with their name, location, and nature of the emergency.

Individuals who recognize themselves as abusers and seek help can visit stopwa.com, or call 988 for assistance.

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