Soldier arrested in Seattle for groping, hot dog assault


SEATTLE - A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was arrested Saturday night after police said he groped several women, assaulted a parking lot security guard and threw a hot dog at the guard.

The security guard called police at about 11:15 p.m. and said he saw the man grope four women in a parking garage near the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Union Street, the Seattle Police Department said. The guard confronted the man, who was carrying a hot dog, and the man swung at him, threw his hot dog at him, shoved him and fled.

When officers arrived and approached the man, he ran off, police said. Officers arrested him after a brief struggle, and he went on to claim that police had broken one of his arms. He later recanted that story and dared officers to break one of his legs. They did not, police said.

People at the scene who said they knew the man told police he had consumed rum, tequila and sleeping pills earlier in the evening.

Police took him to the West Precinct and released him to his commanding officers from JBLM.