A 19-year-old girl was allegedly beaten and raped in her building’s gym in a Seattle suburb last month, and the suspect appears to have a history of assaulting young women and girls.
SeattlePI reports that Salvador Diaz-Garcia has been charged with second-degree assault, second-degree rape and third-degree child molestation.
On June 25, the victim reportedly let the suspect, who lives in a neighboring apartment complex, into her building’s gym after he told her he lived there and gave her an apartment number. She then reportedly remembered that he had previously assaulted her, grabbing her buttocks, a month before. She then tried to get away from him but Diaz-Garcia followed her into the gym.
The victim later told police that she asked the suspect not to stand behind her while she was on the treadmill, and that she heard him talking on the phone, telling someone on the other end that he was “afraid”of her, according to SeattlePI.
The young woman said she decided to leave, but could remember anything after that point until she woke up in the hospital.
The victim’s mother reportedly told police that her daughter came home at about 10 p.m. that night stumbling, disoriented, wearing only a tank top, missing teeth, and with her face covered in blood. Her right ear was reportedly “torn and dangling.”
Investigators responded to the gym and found the treadmill and multiple kettleballs covered in blood. Detective from the King County Sheriff’s Office told SeattlePI they believe the victim was beaten with kettleballs. Detectives also found bloody pants in Diaz-Garcia’s apartment, and his girlfriend said he was behaving strangely that night.
Just hours before the brutal attack, the suspect was seen on multiple video recordings watching young girls as they were swimming in the pool. And the mother of a 14-year-old girl told police that her daughter was the victim of a sexual assault that same night that Diaz-Garcia allegedly raped the 19-year-old woman.
Diaz-Garcia remains in custody and is being held on $250,000 bail. According to MyNorthwest.com, the suspect is an unauthorized immigrant and may face deportation.
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