Man halts attack on former wife
Following his instincts, a former Grass Valley man saved his ex-wife from an alleged serial rapist Sunday in Seattle.
The man’s heroics in stopping an apparent attack earned him four stab wounds in the stomach and arm – and left authorities with evidence that aided in the suspect’s capture Wednesday.
Glenn Love, 36, moved from Grass Valley to Seattle with his wife, Kim, seven years ago. The two have since divorced but remained friends. They live in the same duplex so that both can be close to their children. He lives in the bottom floor of the duplex, and she lives on the second floor.
That closeness paid off at about 3 a.m. Sunday.
“I woke up to the sound of her screaming, and I knew something was wrong,” Love said Thursday from Seattle. “(The suspect) was in the bedroom and attempting to rape her.”
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Love ran upstairs and burst into his ex-wife’s home, and the suspect reportedly tried to flee into the hall before he had a chance to commit the rape.
“We fought for a couple of minutes in the hallway and the kitchen,” Love said. “He managed to get away.”
Love took three stab wounds in the stomach and one in an arm before the man escaped. Before the suspect fled, though, Love tore off the man’s hat, jacket and shirt. He gave those to police.
The cuts were minor, and Love declined to go to the hospital later.
“You don’t expect this to happen to you,” he said. “I was feeling bad because I let him get away … but they caught him, and I feel better now.”
The alleged rapist, 19-year-old Michael Woldemarian Gebre of Santa Rosa, was arrested in Seattle Wednesday several hours after his photo was broadcast on television. He escaped briefly, running naked through downtown streets, as he was being taken from a Seattle police station to a jail.
Gebre was being sought by Santa Rosa police in connection with five residential break-ins – two involving sexual assaults – that occurred in March and April. In each case, a man entered the home through an open or unlocked door or window and threatened his victim with physical harm or death, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Steve Bair said.
In addition to the attack on Love’s ex-wife, Gebre has been connected to two other nighttime attacks in Seattle. The first reported attack occurred May 2 when a man entered an apartment where a 22-year-old woman was asleep in bed with her 3-month-old infant. The woman was raped after she was awakened with a punch in the face. That was followed May 7 when a young couple scared an intruder off after they were awakened by the sound of their bedroom window being slid open and seeing hands reaching in to open the blinds.
Gebre was caught when a woman phoned 911 to report that he was at her apartment. The woman’s sister had seen his photo on the news and recognized him as a house guest, authorities said.
He was arrested without incident. But about nine hours later, he managed to slip free of his plastic handcuffs while riding in the back of an unmarked police car and came out of his jumpsuit as he opened the door, running naked through downtown Seattle before detectives were able to tackle him.
According to the Seattle Police Department, clothing collected at one or two of the Seattle attacks – such as the one stopped by Love – connected Gebre to the crimes.
“We have physical evidence from two of the attacks that tie Gebre to the crimes,” police spokesman Sean Whitcomb said.
Love, however, doesn’t think of himself as a hero.
“It was just instinct – if I didn’t do anything, what would have happened?” he said. “I think ‘humane’ is a better word.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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