• Suspect in severe beating of White Center woman to remain in jail


    SEATTLE - A man accused of severely beating a woman, sexually assaulting her and leaving her for dead in White Center will stay in jail.

    The victim, a 55-year-old homeless woman, was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted outside the White Center DSHS office shortly after 2 a.m. on March 2nd.

    She was found struggling to breathe and was severely disfigured.

    Sgt. Cindi West with the King County Sheriff’s Office said the woman was beaten so severely that she suffered multiple broken bones.

    The suspect, 21-year-old Robert Javier German from Tukwila, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday. He tried to hide his face from KIRO 7’s camera Monday morning.

    But prosecutors say German was caught on a surveillance camera using his feet to stomp her.

    “She had a number of broken bones, significant facial injuries. She was unconscious when we arrived and when the paramedics got there, they weren’t sure she was going to make it or not,” said West.

    The judge ruled that German, who is homeless, will remain in the King County Jail on $750,000 bail.

    The last time German was in court, his family members told KIRO 7 they didn't believe he was responsible for the crime when they heard the news.

    “I just want to say that I’m in shock and disbelief because I don’t’ think he has it in him to be violent like that,” said German’s mother, Kathryn German.

    German told detectives he doesn't recall the beating despite being caught with blood and other stains on his body.

    The victim is still at Harborview Medical Center.

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