Level 3 Sex Offender Charged For Attempted Rape On Queen Anne

A homeless level three sex offender is facing charges for attempted rape after he attacked a woman walking home from a Queen Anne bar early Sunday morning.

Court records say the woman was walking home from a bar near 2nd Ave and Roy St. around 1:30 am and decided to cut through an alley. The woman noticed a man behind her, who had his shirt half-way off, and began walking faster. The man, who prosecutors have identified as William Haynen III, also increased his pace, and began running toward her.

Haynen allegedly caught up to the woman, and pushed her into a patch of bushes. When the woman began to scream, prosecutors say Haynen wrapped one of his hands around the woman’s throat, and put his other hand over her mouth.

The woman’s screams were heard by a group of men leaving a nearby bar, who approached Haynen and the woman on the street and asked if they knew each other.

Haynen said yes, the woman said no, and Haynen took off running.

The three men ran after Haynen, and called 911.

Haynen apparently tripped while fleeing, and police arrived to find Haynen face down on the ground, shirtless, with his cargo shorts unzipped.

Another witness at the scene told officers she had seen Haynen following the victim, and said he had his “hand inside his shirt and was rubbing his penis while he followed” her.

Police arrested Haynen, and found a 3-inch stilletto knife in his back pocket. The victim told police she believes Haynen intended to rape her.

Haynen, 54, is being held at the King County Jail on an attempted rape charge. King County Sheriff’s office records indicate he is a level three sex offender—meaning he is believed to be a high-risk to reoffend—and court records say he has an “extensive criminal history dating back decades,” with prior convictions for indecent liberties, robbery, burglary, theft, eluding police, indecent exposure, carrying a concealed weapon, assault, harassment, disorderly conduct, DUI, and failing to register as a sex offender.