A homeless man with multiple priors, who allegedly kicked a 67-year-old man’s dog to death during an attempted robbery in a Seattle park, was released from jail on his own recognizance the very next day.
According to court documents, Saturday afternoon John Hickey was walking his 14-year-old Jack Russell terrier, Alice, through Courthouse Park. The park is home to a notorious homeless encampment, ripe with crime, next to the King County Courthouse just a few blocks away from Seattle City Hall.
Staff at the courthouse have been quitting, blaming a “steady flow of crime and intimidation” from the residents of the encampment. Susan Mahoney, the presiding judge for King County District Court told KOMO News , “The behavior that we see on the streets toward people is more random, it’s completely unprovoked, it’s very aggressive, more frequent, people follow you, spit, we’ve had significant assaults. I’ve walked in and out of this building for 30 years and it’s definitely different than it’s ever been before.”
A survey conducted by the King County Prosecutor’s office of its employees revealed that of the 220 people that took the survey, 160 offered comments about courthouse safety and were afraid to go to the courthouse to do their jobs.
The suspect identified as Courtney J Williams, 29, allegedly demanded that Hickey give him his jacket, and according to documents said, “I’ll knock your head off if you don’t give me that jacket,” then assumed a fighting stance like a boxer.
Hickey, who had been assaulted before and had a previous leg injury, pepper-sprayed the suspect in self-defense. According to the documents, the suspect backed away and while the victim attempted to flee as fast as his injured leg could carry him, but “the suspect ran up behind him and kicked his dog so hard she flew into the air.” The dog landed head-first on the concrete walkway.
Hickey told Q13 Fox , “I heard pounding of feet and I turned around and he was running full speed at us and I didn’t have time to really do anything. I had her on the leash and he came running towards […]
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