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SEATTLE WA- Fox 13 in Seattle reports a 31-year-old man is under arrest after he committed an attempted rape and robbery while he was out on work release while in custody of the Department of Corrections.
The suspect, Jordan Alexander, was charged with attempted rape and robbery after he escaped from his DOC work release program on Aug. 31. He had been serving time for his part in a bank robbery and was released early.
Seattle Police arrest man accused of attempted rape while out on DOC work release; victim speaks out https://t.co/7jT3TaxRnr
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Fox 13 notes the work release program, which is granted based on certain criteria, allowed Alexander to work a full-time job while under partial confinement, which allowed the ability to leave the center.
The day after he left his work release program, Alexander entered a business in Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood, pulled a knife on the owner and allegedly tried to rape her, doing so while she was on the phone with her father.
Police were able to identify Alexander as the suspect based on surveillance video obtained from a nearby business.
A couple of weeks after the escape and on the date of the attempted rape and robbery, Seattle police reached out to the public for assistance in locating him.
He was arrested Dec. 1 on the 1300 block of NE 43rd Street, located in the University District. He was booked into the King County jail on charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree rape.
Prosecutors argued for a $300,000 bail, which was granted by the judge.
According to the victim, she was sitting at the front desk of her business speaking to her father. She said Alexander, dressed like a construction worker, walked in and pretended to be dropping off a package, then pulled out a knife. He initially tried to rob her, then took her into a back room and told her to lay on the ground, Fox 13 reported.
“That’s when he made it really clear that he had other intentions, and that shocked me because that had not crossed my mind yet, because I thought this was still a robbery,” she said.
The victim told Fox 13 News she attempted to fight back, but Alexander overpowered her. She said he held a knife to her collarbone and slammed her head to the ground.
“How do you get through something like this? Do you pray? Do you pretend you’re on the beach and think you’re elsewhere? And then it’s like how do you cope with [it]? Do you just get it over with, and he’s gone, and it’s over, or do you right?” she said.
Fortunately for the victim, a coworker came into the back room and Alexander fled.
“A dangerous rapist, in costumes, carrying bags of knives is terrifying for the neighborhood and the city. I know he said he would come back if I did this, but I think it’s worth the risk, so it doesn’t happen to anyone else,” the victim continued.
In a microcosm of what an abject joke the criminal justice system has become, Alexander was sentenced to 43 months in prison in July 2021.
If you’re keeping score at home, he served just over 12 months of that 43 month prison term in jail. According to DOC officials, Alexander arrived at a work release center in Seattle in July 2022…a whole year after he was sentenced to nearly four years in jail.
Under the terms of his release, Alexander would be permitted to work a full-time job while being under partial confinement…for an armed robbery.
The work release program has a number of requirements. Good behavior is one of those requirements. Another parameter is anyone with 12 months, or six months if eligible, left on their sentence can be referred to work release.
DOC officials also said there is a parameter called “earned release time,” which according to DOC officials is where a prisoner’s sentence may be reduced for “good behavior” and “good performance.” In other words, if you’re a good actor, you can get time off your sentence.
According to the DOC, Alexander’s initial earned release time date was scheduled to be Oct. 10, 20222, which was about 35% of his original 43-month sentence.
He of course did not make it that long, escaping from his work release on Aug. 30.
In September, Fox 13 contacted the Department of Corrections for an on-camera interview, which led them to respond with the following statement:
“DOC takes these situations extremely seriously, and understands how frightening they can be for the community.
Mr. Alexander was scheduled to release from prison on October 14, 2022. Providing the individual a less restrictive housing assignment in a reentry center prior to release provides a higher likelihood of success upon his inevitable release. DOC used a rigorous risk-based system to determine eligibility for work release for each individual in our custody. It includes analyzing the nature of the crime committed, the length of their sentence and whether or not they have displayed good behavior. Using that evidence-based method, DOC determined that a less restrictive, partial confinement was the appropriate option in this case to provide Alexander with the services he needs for a successful entry.
DOC Is working with all law enforcement agencies within that jurisdiction including Seattle Police Department to ensure that this individual is brought back into custody as quickly as possible.”
Got that? According to the Washington Department of Corrections, armed robbery, according to their “analysis of the crime committed” was a qualifying offense that warrants early release.
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