Posted by jane, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Dec 7, 2009 at 3:59 pm
Thank you MVPD for getting this guy off the trail. It is scary to think he may have tried again and succeeded, as it sounds like he was getting bolder. Thanks for bicycle-patrolling the trail and preventing something horrible from happening!
Posted by parent, a resident of another community, on Dec 8, 2009 at 8:40 am
That guy looks strong. How scary that must have been for the young girl. Good for her for fighting with everything she had.
I am not surprised this has happened because the trail is a very convenient place to commit a crime.
Back when the trail opened I suggested that cameras should be installed on the trail. Apparently that is what needs to be done. Cameras are inexpensive and also can be used as a deterence. I hope the city considers to install cameras, so we are protected from those creeps.
Posted by NW Resident, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Dec 8, 2009 at 9:37 am
Regarding good neighbor's concern about the misdemeanor warrant, I believe that the assault and kidnapping charges in the attacks are felonies so they should take priority over the warrant. Hopefully that is the case.
I would like to see more regular patrols on the trail when there is police staffing to do so. The use of the bike patrol and motorcycles on the trail is a great idea and I believe that giving officers more contact with trail users would also improve police-community relations.
Posted by Mr. Big, a resident of the Rex Manor neighborhood, on Dec 8, 2009 at 10:06 am
I was on the trail last Friday and saw a bike patrol for the first time with two MVPD officers.
Kudos to them for not "hassling" me as I don't exactly resemble the suspect but I don't exactly not resemble him. I bet if I had a bike with me then it would have been a different story.
I wouldn't mind a few "hidden" camera's so that no one would know exactly where they were, but I would prefer more bike and motorcycle patrols along with some plain clothes foot patrols (if they aren't already happening).
They should also do some additional trimming of vegetation and add more fencing near the trail pathways.
Posted by Stop, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Dec 8, 2009 at 3:55 pm
Good job MVPD....but can the press girl just give the facts and not add her little comments? "They pretty much stumbled upon him..." Makes the police department look stupid like the extra patrols on the trail weren't planned. Come on....just the facts please.
Posted by Concerned, a resident of another community, on Dec 16, 2009 at 7:33 am
I tend to agree with previous 2 comments. How likely is a transient going to try to commit rape? Thought they were pre-occupied with staying warm and looking for their next meal or high. Did the suspects rights "kind of" get "stumbled" over?
Think this suspect doesn’t make sense. Thinning hair? Scratches on face? No Bike?