Saturday, October 11, 2008

Patrick Velez - Repeat Sex Offender - "extremely predatory and brutal"

Convicted rapist Patrick Velez was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday, in a move that could keep him in custody for life.

Last month, Velez pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted kidnapping and second-degree assault charges related to a 2007 abduction attempt that was foiled when his intended victim's screams drew other shoppers at the Costco store in Tukwila.

A registered sex offender, Velez, 46, of Maple Valley, was previously imprisoned after abducting two teenage waitresses from a Pierce County restaurant, according to court documents. Velez raped one of the women, sparing the other after she had a seizure.

On July 19, 2007, Velez hid in the back seat of a woman's car as she returned her shopping cart. Prosecutors assert that he intended to abduct the woman and rape her.

Three shoppers cornered Velez near the store's gas station and subdued him with a pipe. Police arrested Velez and took him to a hospital for treatment.

Velez spent 19 years in prison and treatment after his conviction for the 1981 rape. Though deemed "extremely predatory and brutal" by evaluators, he was released in 2000 and required to register as a sex offender.

King County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Dan Donohoe said the office will request that Velez be confined at a state-run sex offender treatment center after he completes his sentence.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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