Ed Murray, Mayor
SUBJECT: Three charged with assaulting, harassing homeless man
7/9/2014 1:00:00 PM
Kimberly Mills (206) 684-8602
City Attorney Pete Holmes today filed criminal charges against three people who verbally and physically attacked a homeless man who was sleeping at the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park in March.
Mia Jarvinen, Robert Howell and Scott Bullene were each charged with one count of fourth-degree assault and one count of malicious harassment. Howell and Bullene, City of Seattle firefighters who were off-duty at the time, and Jarvinen were walking through the park after a Seattle Sounders game on March 15 when, witnesses told police, they kicked and screamed at the man.
Based on the police reports and witness interviews, “we have reason to believe the harassment was because of the victim’s status of being homeless,” Criminal Division Chief Craig Sims said.
According to Seattle Municipal Code 12A.06.115, “A person is guilty of malicious harassment if he or she maliciously and intentionally commits … acts because of his or her perception of another person's homelessness, marital status, political ideology, age, or parental status.”
If convicted, each faces a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 364 days in jail. It is expected they will have their first appearance in Seattle Municipal Court in about three weeks.
In a separate case, Holmes today charged retired Seattle police officer Mike Deacy with one count of criminal impersonation, a gross misdemeanor (up to $5,000 fine and up to 364 days in jail).
The City alleges that Deacy, in uniform, was flagging and directing traffic at a construction site at Bellevue and Pine on Dec. 13, 2013 although his authority to act as a police officer had expired. SPD’s Office of Professional Accountability investigated Deacy after a young woman complained about his behavior.