Man charged after DNA links him to choking attack on woman at Seattle-area park
SEATTLE (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged a man who they say has been tied by DNA evidence to an assault at a Seattle-area park in August.
The Seattle Times reports Charles Stockwell Jr. was charged Wednesday with first-degree assault.
Charging papers say a 43-year-old Redmond woman was walking her dog in the park when Stockwell grabbed her and punched her repeatedly.
Stockwell is accused of using a shoelace to choke the woman before fleeing when a man walking nearby heard screams for help and went to investigate.
Prosecutors say DNA from the shoelace was linked to Stockwell in December.
Stockwell is currently a patient at a state mental hospital. He was found unfit to stand trial in September for a burglary that took place days after the park assault.