The rape in the car dealership restroom
Some Ballard neighborhood residents in Seattle are livid
May 17, 2018
(SEATTLE, WA.) – You know you’re not in Kansas anymore when, on top of everything else you need to worry about, you need to be concerned with being raped in a car dealership restroom in broad daylight as mechanics are working on your car.
Prosecutors have charged a man described as a homeless person with attacking and raping a 40 year old woman in a bathroom at a Seattle car dealership in the Ballard neighborhood on Monday.
Court documents say the attack took place about 10:30 am at Carter Volkswagen on Leary Way NW. The woman had gone into the women's restroom and was in one of the stalls when she says a man came into the restroom, forced his way into the stall and attacked and raped her as she tried to fight the man off.
During the attack she screamed and a dealership employee using the men's bathroom next door heard the scream and he and another employee tried to get inside and help but the women’s restroom was locked from the inside.
The attacker reportedly heard the employees trying to get in which distracted the attacker, allowing the woman to get to the door and unlock it and after that the employees came in and grabbed the suspect and held him until police arrived.
Police arrived and arrested the suspect, identified as 24-year old Christopher Teel who police believe to be a homeless man.
Police also said that when Teel was being interviewed at police headquarters, he head-butted a detective who had offered him some water.
Teel was arrested for investigation of rape, assault, and unlawful imprisonment. Charging documents say he was charged with rape in the first degree and unlawful imprisonment. Teel was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
News of the attack, and the fact that police believe a homeless man was the attacker, has angered some area residents who say the Seattle City Council has been talking about helping the homeless population and passing ordinances to raise more money from businesses to help tackle the homeless problem, but at the same time refusing to deal with the criminal issues residents feel are the direct result of the increasing homeless population in the city.
KOMO-TV in Seattle spoke with area resident Erika Nagy, a mother of two who lives in Ballard. She said the rape is the final straw for her. She told the station she’s taken her worries about safety and her concerns about things like drug needles she and her kids have found to folks at City Hall but she claims no one has listened.
She told the station she’s mad, she wants “my city back” and she thinks Seattle City Councilman Mike O’Brien should be recalled.
A business owner in Ballard, Warren Aakervik told the station the homeless “crisis” and the new tax on larger businesses are reasons he thinks the whole city council needs to be replaced.