Man charged after punching, groping woman at business near Green Lake

Seattle police arrested a man who allegedly punched and groped a woman at a business near Green Lake on Saturday.

According to the Seattle Police Department, officers were called to a business near North 56th Street and Kirkwood Place North around 11:45 a.m. for reports of an assault. An employee told police that someone entered through a restricted area of the business and punched and groped her.

The woman fought with the man before he ran away, police said.

After a brief foot chase and with the help of bystanders who flagged police down to report a suspicious person, officers arrested the man in the 7200 block of 8th Avenue Northeast.

On Wednesday, The 25-year-old man was charged with Burglary in the First Degree with sexual motivation, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The defendant’s next court appearance is an arraignment, where an initial plea is entered. That is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 16 in room E1201A of the King County Courthouse.