MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT ON BOY IN RESTROOM
October 04, 2012
(REGIONAL) -- A 32-year-old homeless man from Kent, accused of attacking an 11-year-old boy in a grocery store restroom in Burien has been charged with second-degree attempted rape and possession of methamphetamine.
Court documents allege Andrew William Dempsey was in the restroom at an Albertson’s grocery store at South 128th Street and First Avenue South this past Saturday and grabbed the boy as Dempsey’s pants were around his ankles.
It’s alleged Dempsey threatened to kill the boy and attempted to drag him into a stall to assault him. The boy fought, tried to escape and made it to the door of the bathroom where Dempsey caught up with him and slammed the door shut catching the boy’s fingers in the door.
A store employee heard the boy's screams and tried to restrain Dempsey, who then allegedly bit the arm of the employee in trying to get away.
Dempsey was allegedly carrying a bag containing methamphetamine that fell on the floor during the struggle.
Ultimately store employees were able to hold down the suspect until police officers arrived.
Dempsey, who remains in jail at the Kent Regional Justice Center on $1 million bail denied attacking the boy.