Washington state man accused of tossing toddler, pushing women into lake

SEATTLE — A Washington state man is accused of throwing a toddler onto a trail and pushing two women into a lake, authorities said.

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Chaz Robert Butler, 33, has been charged with robbery, assault of a child and attempted abduction of a child, according to King County online booking records.

According to a news release from the Seattle Police Department, three women were taking photographs on a walking trail at Marsh Island on Monday at 11:25 a.m. PST when Butler allegedly tried to take one of the women’s phones. The woman struggled and then was helped by another woman, but Butler allegedly pushed her into Lake Washington, KIRO-TV reported.

According to police, Butler left the scene, and the women were pulled from the lake by friends, the television station reported.

Minutes later, another caller reported that a man had pushed her off the trail into Lake Washington after wresting her 18-month daughter from her grip, the news release stated. According to the victim, Butler allegedly grabbed her daughter by the hood of her jacket and tossed her to the side of the trail. When the woman attempted to go to her daughter, she said the assailant grabbed her by the front of her jacket and pushed her into the lake, according to the release.

About 90 minutes later several 911 callers reported an assault. Callers reported that a man, later identified as Butler, ran up behind a female jogger and tripped her. When a man came over to help the jogger, he was punched several times in the face, KIRO reported.

Police arriving on the scene chased after the assailant and took him into custody, the news release stated. They realized his description matched that of Butler, the release stated.

Butler is being held in the King County Jail. Bail has been set at $150,000, online booking records show.


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