SEATTLE, Wash. – Prosecutors have charged a suspect in a 2014 sexual assault on a woman walking home in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. The victim, who asked not to be identified, said a man tried to drag her into an open and dark parking lot.
Detectives said he grabbed her breasts and put his hand down her pants as she fought back.
“My main mission was to stay up on my feet. All I could do is go for his face, so I was just punching, scratching and, at some point, my hand got up his nose and I was twisting. I was in full defense mode,” she told KCPQ.
According to court documents, a DNA sample taken from her finger after she stuck it in the suspect’s nostril during the fight identified 35-year-old Jose Luis Tum-Coronado as the suspect. His DNA was collected and entered into CODIS after he was convicted in Georgia for armed robbery.
Prosecutors have charged him with indecent liberties and requested a $500,000 bail once he is released from Central State Prison in Macon, Georgia where he is serving a two-year sentence.
Probable cause documents show, on June 19, a Seattle police detective traveled to Georgia to interview Tum-Coronado.
The suspect told him he attended Roosevelt High School and worked at the Silver Cloud Hotel in Seattle. He said he often would go into bars located west from the Space Needle.
The victim said she was assaulted around 1 a.m. on Jan. 18 when she was walking from lower Queen Anne to her apartment in Belltown. She noticed a man following her.
“When I was walking down the sidewalk, I just felt someone behind me so I crossed the street to try to get away,” she said.
Surveillance video shows the victim walking and, then, a man approaching behind her. She said she tried to turn up a street to get to a busier area but ran into a trap when the man met up with her near a crosswalk.
“When I went to walk past him, he grabbed me by my shoulders,” she said. “That look in his eye, he was totally in predatory mode.”
Tum-Coronado said he couldn’t remember what happened the night of the attack, but justice needs to be served and he’s ready to face the consequences, saying, “I think that I was drunk, and I ran into the female, and I tried to touch her and she grabbed me. I don’t how how it happened; she could’ve scratched me or whatever. And, that’s how my DNA was found on her but, if they have my DNA, I would declare myself guilty and face my case.”
He, then, asked the detective to apologize to the victim on his behalf.