Seattle, WA - Asfawesan Dres was released from jail less than 15 hours before he is accused of committing a brutal home invasion and rape at a University of Washington student's apartment.
On February 23rd, a female student at the University of Washington woke up to find 34-year-old Dres in her bedroom. Her roommate had just left did not lock their front door, which wasn't uncommon since the two often left around the same time.
The Seattle Times reported that when the student woke up at around 10 AM, Asfawesan Dres tried to inject her with what he said was methamphetamine. The woman was able to drop the syringe behind her headboard and avoid being injected with the drugs. After he raped her, Dres then took it upon himself to text his personal phone to make it look like their encounter was drug related.
He then made the 21-year-old victim retrieve the needle, fist bumped her, and apologized as he left the apartment.
The woman called 911 but authorities were not able to locate the suspect. Four days later, a half-mile away, residents woke up when Dres broke in to their home and turned on lights in the bedroom. They chased him out of the house and police later found him at an area homeless camp. Police linked the similarities in break-ins and were able to positively ID him for both crimes.
According to authorities, Dres had been released from the King County Jail the night before the rape at about 7:30 PM where he was finishing up a sentence on a drug charge.
Asfawesan Dres has a lengthy criminal history including violent crimes involving firearms.
How does a violent felon, who a history of using firearms in his crime, get free from prison when he is only 34-years-old? Why was this violent felon with a long history serving a drug sentence at a jail that handles misdemeanor offenses? With marijuana legalized, any drug offense should have been a felony. Why are we giving breaks to violent criminals who continue to re-offend and victimize people? The answer is, because it's Seattle.
Asfawesan Dres is now being held on charges including first-degree rape and first-degree burglary with sexual motivation. Dres was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
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