Jay Dee Harp III, 35, of Tacoma, Washington, has been charged with a hate crime and assault for a violent assault on a married lesbian couple on the Seattle Seahawks versus Arizona Cardinals sport at Century Hyperlink Stadium in Seattle on Dec. 30, 2018.
As might be seen within the video, Harp throws a violent punch to the face of the feminine sufferer. However what prosecutors allege he did to the ladies earlier than, for the majority of the sport as he drank beer after beer, was sexually harass and threaten the couple after which allegedly sexually assault one among them.
And that was earlier than the bodily assault captured on video.
After returning with a beer, Harp is alleged to have sexually assaulted one of many ladies. Quickly, close by followers grabbed Harp and took him “to the bottom.” However, prosecutors say, Harp “was capable of get free from being held down, stood up” and that’s when the video begins.
Harp was arrested, booked and launched on a $25,000 bond. However days later, prosecutors requested that his bond be elevated to $100,000. A warrant for his arrest was issued. He doesn’t seem in on-line jail data so it’s not clear if he has been apprehended.
Right here’s what it’s essential know:
1. Harp’s Alleged Harassment of the Couple, Which Included Lewd Sexual References, Options & Threats, Started Quickly Into the Recreation & Lasted Till the Third Quarter
It was the third quarter of the sport between the Seahawks and the Cardinals. Up in part 118 in Century Hyperlink Stadium, Harp sat subsequent to a lesbian couple, who’re named in court docket paperwork. One of many ladies’s mom was additionally in attendance.
Based on the prosecutor’s possible trigger doc, Harp obtained up from his seat to get beer “many instances through the sport” and needed to cross the ladies every time. And prosecutors say that “every time he walked previous them, in line with (the mom), (Harp) would step on their toes.” Worse, he allegedly made “harassing feedback” together with, “Do you suck dick?”
Police say he was “closely intoxicated.” And his alleged harassment continued with comparable feedback and remarks together with, “Do you want a person in your life?” Harp can be alleged, whereas “motioning in the direction of his mid-section and thrusting his arms,” ask if the victims “Wished some dick?” And he was relentless, the ladies and witnesses say: “Suck my dick” and “Fuc*ing dike” had been extra of the remarks Harp is alleged to have made.
And it obtained worse.
2. Harp Once more Went For Beer & Upon His Return, Allegedly Grabbed a Sufferer’s Jacket, Unzipped it & Grabbed Her Breast, Police Say
Based on the prosecutor’s charging paperwork, Harp returned with beer, walked previous the couple after which “grabbed (a sufferer) by her jacket …pulled on (it) and unzipped it.” One witness later acknowledged that it appeared just like the male had grabbed (her) breast and was not letting go.
“She tried to push him off of her and he threw his beer proper in her face.”
And that’s when the melee started as followers in close by aisles had apparently had had sufficient and Harp was taken down. However he didn’t keep down. Harp leaped up and delivered a closed-fist punch to a sufferer’s face, leading to a damaged nostril, lacerations, and a chipped entrance tooth.
“Did he simply punch a woman? What the fu*ok? He punched a woman dude. What the fu*ok?”
A near-melee ensued as followers tried to carry him till police arrived.
“Taze him! Taze him!”
And that’s when spherical two of the assault obtained underway.
Learn the prosecutor’s charging paperwork right here:
3. As Individuals Yelled ‘Taze Him! Taze Him!’ to Police, Harp Started His Assault on Legislation Enforcement, Prosecutors Say
A Washington state trooper working the sport was flagged down. The primary legislation enforcement officer on the scene, he was quickly adopted by a King County Sheriff’s Workplace deputy and shortly after that, a state police captain. All had been carrying uniforms or police insignia, it was famous in court docket paperwork.
The officers all struggled to position Harp underneath arrest; he fought them, data present.
Harp stated in a “rage” to the state police captain that they’d “higher let him go.” Because the trooper advised him to relax and cease resisting, Harp is alleged to have stated, “No, fu*ok you!” and is then alleged to have punched the officer within the abdomen along with his proper fist. He was tazed so police might “achieve management of the defendant’s violent conduct” however he continued to withstand.
4. Harp Was Charged With a Hate Crime, & Assault on the Ladies & Police. He Posted a $25,000 Bail & Was Launched the Subsequent Day. Prosecutors Later Requested & Obtained an Enhance of His Bail to $100,000
Harp was arrested and initially held on $25,000 bail which was later upped to $100,000 based mostly on “the violent nature of the defendant’s assault and the hazard the defendant poses to the neighborhood if launched from confinement,” King County Superior Court docket data obtained by Heavy learn. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
“Whereas the defendant has no identified felony historical past, the defendant’s willingness to sexually assault a feminine – a whole stranger – in a crowded sports activities stadium after which violently punch one other feminine sufferer within the face demonstrates that he’s a transparent hazard to the neighborhood. Bail within the quantity of $100,000 is critical. The State additionally asks for no contact with the victims,” Rhyan C. Anderson, King County Deputy Prosecuting Legal professional wrote.
In the end Harp bonded out of jail. He’s dealing with expenses of malicious harassment, the hate crime cost, second-degree assault with substantial bodily hurt, and assault within the third diploma, assault on a legislation enforcement officer. All are felonies.
5. One of many Ladies Instructed Prosecutors She Believes Harp’s Assault Was Motivated by Homophobia
The 2 ladies, a married couple, have been named in court docket paperwork. Certainly, one of many victims might be seen carrying a jersey along with her final title on it within the video. Nevertheless, Heavy gained’t title the victims as there’s an alleged sexual assault concerned except they publicly come ahead.
One gave this assertion to the police:
“I’ve been an energetic member of the LGBT neighborhood for many years and fought for marriage equality as an grownup. The
man’s persistent and repeated feedback about our sexuality, based mostly on my expertise, recommend my sexual orientation might have motivated immediately’s assault.”
Washington’s ‘malicious harassment’ legislation addresses malicious and intentional crimes in opposition to individuals and property based mostly on a “notion of the sufferer’s race, coloration, faith, ancestry, nationwide origin, gender, sexual orientation …”
It’s a hate crime statute.