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SEATTLE, WA – Every week, the nation is treated to another story about the general, and usually costly, incompetence of the adults who are supposed to be running the state of Washington.
This time, we hear that taxpayers will be handing a career criminal $17,000 because the Department of Social and Health Services couldn’t get its act together.
Imagine getting paid $250 A DAY because you stand accused of throwing a 62-year-old, highly productive member of society down a flight of stairs, not once but twice. Then kicking her in the face before you prove your cowardice by running away.
That’s the gig homeless criminal Alexander Jay, 40, is enjoying now that a Seattle judge expressed how badly she feels for him. Jay was arrested in March after he allegedly pushed 62-year-old trauma nurse Kim Hayes down the concrete steps at the Chinatown-International District station near downtown.
During Jay’s trial in April, a judge found him incompetent and ordered the suspect to undergo three months of psychiatric treatment at an inpatient facility.
More than 100 days later, though, Jay has yet to even enter a treatment facility, let alone begin the journey to competency and King County Superior Court Judge Johanna Bender found the department in contempt of court, KING5-TV reported.
Had the DSHS done its job, Jay would have completed his 90-treatment residency and been ready to face another competency hearing and possibly a criminal trial.
Jay has remained in jail since his arrest due to the severity of the charges but his defense is now calling for his release. Because a homeless, untreated criminal who has been found to be mentally ill belongs back in civilized society?
Thankfully, Judge Bender is keeping Jay locked up. She tore into the state and the DSHS for their lack of action on Jay’s case, reminding both that holding Jay in jail instead of providing treatment is a violation of his constitutional rights. Bender said:
“The only reason it has stalled this long is that the government has not provided him a bed to get well in. That’s barbaric. That is not the behavior of a civilized society, and I find it extraordinarily offensive and heartbreaking.”
NEW: Prosecutors allege prolific offender Alexander Jay randomly attacked a nurse as she exited a light rail station in Seattle. She broke 3 ribs & her clavicle. Police say Jay is homeless. He has at least 22 convictions to his name.
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) March 13, 2022
Bender then ordered the state to pay the defendant $250 for each day that it is unable to provide mental health treatment, with the payments accruing retroactively beginning from May 9.
To make matters worse, DSHS said that the earliest Jay could get into treatment is mid-August – meaning taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $17,000, according to FOX13.
Assistant Attorney General Nathaniel McKean represented the DSHS and called the sanctions “counterproductive” to finding a solution. McKean didn’t offer an explanation beyond saying that there had been technical delays with virtual jail visitations. He argued:
“Your honor it’s not like we’re twiddling our thumbs over here. We understand that there is an issue and we are trying to process these instances as quickly as we can.”
Judge Bender countered that she was not satisfied that DSHS had been a proper steward of the resources available to the department.
Jay was charged with attacking Hayes in March after surveillance video captured a man repeatedly throwing the victim down the stairs at the Seattle light-rail station in an unprovoked attack.
Hayes, who suffered a broken clavicle and three broken ribs, was rushed into surgery at Harborview Medical Center, the hospital where she has worked for 25 years.
Jay is a familiar face to law enforcement in Washington and California, where he has been convicted 22 times for a multitude of crimes, including burglary, theft, selling stolen property, drug possession, auto theft and multiple counts of domestic violence. He was most recently convicted in 2021 of a residential burglary.
In addition, Washington state courts have issued more than 15 bench warrants over the years since 2016 for his failure to attend hearings.
He was also charged with second-degree assault, but a judge deemed him incompetent to stand trial in April.
The brutal attack was caught on surveillance video, which shows Hayes dressed in a red jacket, tumbling head-first down the stairs and coming to rest on a landing, according to KTTH’s Jason Rantz.
Before she could get to her feet and flee, the suspect approaches her a second time, grabs hold of her and hurls her down the next set of steps.
The suspect follows her down and tries to throw her a third time, but she manages to grab and hold onto the railing and resist further assault.
While she fights for her life, two men casually walk up the escalator parallel to the staircase and witness the assault but do not intervene.
After punching her and kicking her in the face, the attacker runs back up the stairs and exits the station before first responders arrive on the scene.
The following day, March 3, police found Jay a half-mile from the station and he was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, according to KIRO.
Police said Jay and his victim had been in the same rail car prior to the attack but did not interact with one another.
Hayes got a good look at his face, which has a cross tattoo on his left cheek, and later identified him as the attacker.
Jay was also accused of stabbing another woman 10 times at a bus stop at the intersection of 12th Avenue South and South Jackson Street a short time after the assault on Hayes, FOX13 reported.
JOB AVAILABLE! Seattle!
* Must be mentally disturbed
* Must be violent
* Must throw citizens down stairs
Great Pay: $250 a day!
Benefits: Never incarcerated! Do all the damage & violence you want!
— Chris Chris (@dedly_storm) June 13, 2022
The Seattle Police Department issued a press release at the time that said the suspect in both attacks had been apprehended. It said:
“The description of the stabbing suspect was similar to the suspect in the assault, and both descriptions included the cross tattoo on his left cheek.”
Hayes addressed the court at the June 9 hearing, pleading for the state to keep Jay in jail.
“He will harm someone. I am absolutely 100% sure of it. If he gets back out he will, he will repeat offend and I have absolute, 100% assurance – I know that that will happen.”
Defund the meter maids? Seattle voids 200,000 parking tickets thanks to error caused by defunding the police
June 7, 2022
SEATTLE, WA – Good news for you lawbreaking, wrongdoing, gangster miscreants who stay past your welcome in Seattle parking spots and have the tickets to prove it. Throw them away! Toss them out! (In a responsible manner.)
The city of Seattle has just canceled 100,000 unpaid tickets and will be refunding 100,000 more, all because the folks at City Hall have yet to realize they are running a real-life municipality and need to act like it.
The bottom line is that the city is voiding and refunding the 200,000 tickets because parking officers did not have the legal authority to write the citations.
The best part, besides costing the city between $4.5 million and $5 million to rectify, is that the error is the unintended offspring birthed by the defund-the-police movement.
Fox 13 in Seattle spoke to some drivers about the governmental gaff. A Seattle resident who gave her first name only said she felt embarrassed for the city. Michelle said:
“I feel kind of bad for the city of Seattle. It’s such a goofy thing to have happen. I mean, it’s like, who was watching the store? You know, you just feel bad for them. With everything they have to handle right now, to have this happen? It’s kind of silly.”
Another resident who gave only his first name as well was perplexed by the city making such a costly error. Chris said:
“How does that make sense? I mean that’s how the city’s, you know . . . that’s what the city’s doing. It’s kind of sad but, you know, hopefully the next mayor will fix things.”
In 2020, rioters and protestors had demanded that the Seattle Police Department be defunded and its footprint reduced following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The bureaucratic bungling occurred when the parking enforcement division was stripped from the Seattle Police Department and moved to the Seattle Department of Transportation by the city council to appease the protestors.
The Seattle city council in September 2020 overrode then-Mayor Jenny Durkan’s veto of a bill to defund the SPD. The council approved the budget despite pushback from residents, businesses, leaders of faith groups and minorities, who did not want the police department funding to be slashed.
Parking Enforcement Officers had been under the direction of the SPD for almost 50 years. But after riots rocked the city, the council on Nov. 23, 2020, passed Ordinance 126233 to move PEOs to the City of Seattle Communications Center.
But on July 28, 2021, Durkan instead sent legislation to the City Council to transfer PEOs to the Seattle Department of Transportation.
In August 2021, Council Bill 120148 was unanimously passed by the City Council and signed into law by Durkan, officially moving PEOs from SPD to SDOT control.
However, special commissions for legal authority must be issued to non-SPD city employees in order for them to perform law-enforcement activities on behalf of the city, and that was not done.
The transition began in September but the parking officers were not granted the special commission status to perform enforcement activities until April, when the new mayor, Bruce Harrell, learned of the bureaucratic oversight. He directed the SPD and SDOT to complete the commissions.
As a result of the error, tickets issued between Sept. 1, 2021, and April 5, 2022, have been voided. The 100,000 tickets not yet paid will be voided and refunds will be issued to about 100,000 individuals who had already paid their parking tickets from that period.
Refunds began this week and residents can check the city’s website to see if they are impacted.
Last month the SDOT announced that the city is resuming full parking enforcement for any vehicle that has remained in one place for more than 72 hours, an attempt to address the crime that accompanies RV and vehicle encampments around the city.
SDOT said enforcement actions had been paused in 2020 due to the pandemic.
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