Seattle Attorney Charged For Keying Cars, Leaving Nasty Notes At Columbia Center

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee June 2, 2011

A Seattle attorney accused of keying and leaving threatening notes on improperly parked cars at a downtown parking garage has been charged with malicious mischief.

King County prosecutors claim Ronald Clarke Mattson vandalized at least three cars at Columbia Center, including one parked askew by building security as part of a sting operation.

On March 9, a woman returned to her Ford SUV to find an angry note, written on Washington Athletic Club stationery, left on her windshield. The note’s author – identified by prosecutors as Mattson – suggested the woman “take some parking lessons” and called her an idiot.

Having returned home, the woman realized someone had dragged a key across her car doors, leaving deep scratches, according to charging documents. She contacted Columbia Center security officers, who photographed her car and took custody of the note.

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