Nearly seven months after a woman was violently attacked on the Marymoor Park Trail, a man has been charged with first-degree assault.
The King County prosecuting attorney on Wednesday charged the 33-year-old man, according to court documents, and his arraignment is set for March 1 at the King County Courthouse in Seattle.
King County Sheriff’s Office detectives revealed on Feb. 7 that a DNA hit led to the identification of the suspect — today identified as Charles Raymond Stockwell in court documents.
Detectives obtained Stockwell’s DNA from a shoelace that was left in the victim’s hair. Stockwell attempted to strangle the victim with the shoelace, documents state.
According to documents, Stockwell’s bail is fixed at $1 million and he is currently being held at Western State Hospital on pending third-degree assault charges. Those charges were filed after he allegedly assaulted a corrections officer while being held in the Thurston County Jail on a residential-burglary arrest.
Stockwell was arrested for residential burglary on Aug. 8, three days after the Marymoor attack.
An earlier Reporter story noted that Stockwell jumped out of the bushes and grabbed the 42-year-old woman while she was walking her dog on the trail, according to King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Cindi West in August.
Redmond police and other law enforcement officers responded to the reported assault near the 5100 block of Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast at about 7 p.m.
According to West, the woman, who received serious injuries to her face and a dislocated elbow, was taken to a nearby Overlake Medical Clinic for treatment. West said the woman was admitted for a day or so.
“A man walking on the trail nearby heard her yelling and went to investigate. The suspect fled on foot into the bushes,” West said. “She aggressively fought back, which may have saved her life.”
According to his defendant case history, Stockwell has felony convictions of third-degree assault and controlled-substance possession; misdemeanor convictions of hit-and-run attended vehicle, two DUIs, fourth-degree assault and a minor operating a vehicle after alcohol.
Court documents state that Stockwell planned to take a ferry from Bremerton to Seattle on Aug. 4.
Following is a public statement from the victim, which the Reporter obtained from the victim’s sister via one of the Walk for Safety organizers last August:
First I want to thank the King County Sheriff’s office and the King County Prosecutor’s Office for their continued work, diligence and support over the last six months. Many other local police departments, FBI, Crime Stoppers and the media did their part in getting the word out, assisting in the investigation and trying to keep the public safe from this man.
I want to thank my family, friends and community for your continued support.
My focus has been on recovery, protecting the public from this man and on making a strong case for the prosecution. I continue to recover physically and mentally. The public is safe with the man identified and in custody. Now I want to focus on what I can do to ensure he is in prison and off the streets for as long as possible.
It is not over yet, we still need to put him in prison for a very long time so that he is not able to hurt anyone else ever again.