Charges: Man harassed, assaulted lesbian couple at Seahawks game


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    SEATTLE - King County prosecutors have accused a 34-year-old Tacoma man of harassing a lesbian couple for their sexual orientation at a Seahawks game last month, groping one of the women and punching the other in the face.

    Jay Dee Harp III was charged last week with second-degree assault and malicious harassment, Washington's hate crime statute. He bailed out of jail the day after his arrest, but a King County Superior Court judge increased his bail and issued a warrant for his arrest.

    The incident occurred the afternoon of Dec. 30 during the Seahawks' game against the Arizona Cardinals. Two married women were sitting in section 118 of CenturyLink Field with one of the women's mother.

    They claimed a man wearing Arizona Cardinals apparel sat in their row and passed them several times to leave their section and return with beer. He allegedly issued several harassing remarks throughout the game, such as, "Do you need a man in your life?" and other comments that included anti-gay slurs or referenced his genitalia.

    During the third quarter, the man left to buy another beer, according to reports. Upon returning, he pulled on the jacket of one of the women, unzipped it and grabbed her breast. She tried to push him off of her, police wrote, but he threw his beer in her face.

    The woman's wife told him not to "put hands on my wife," according to court records, and other fans intervened and took the man to the ground.

    The man, however, loosened himself from a fan's grip, stood up and punched the other woman in the face, causing a nose bleed, cut and a chipped tooth, charging documents indicated.

    Fans flagged down a state trooper working at the stadium, who arrived at the scene to find a fan holding down the suspected attacker. A King County deputy and another state trooper arrived to help as the assailant resisted being detained. When a state trooper asked him to calm down and quit resisting, the man allegedly cursed at him and punched him in the stomach.

    Officers used a Taser on him to subdue him enough to be handcuffed, reports said.

    The man was "highly intoxicated," according to the King County Sheriff's Office.

    He was booked into jail and posted $25,000 bail the next day, but a judge on Thursday increased his bail to $100,000 after learning more information about the allegations, making him subject to arrest again.

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