Felon Chaperones Field Trip; Car Prowler Mauled By Pit Bulls

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee December 15, 2011

Today in Fuzz: Felon chaperones field trip, suspected car prowler mauled by pit bulls, woman stabs her mother.

1) The Seattle school district is investigating how a wanted felon ended up chaperoning a field trip on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

A parent at Lowell Elementary called Seattle police around 3:30 pm yesterday after the parent recognized Charles Vasser (whose child attends the school) from his recent appearance on Washington's Most Wanted.

After Vasser—who police described as a violent gang member—and the students returned from a field trip to the ice skating rink at Cal Anderson Park, the school called 911 and went into lockdown.

SWAT, K-9, and patrol officers searched Capitol Hill for Vasser, but weren't able to find him. He later turned himself in at the King County Jail.

School officials say Vasser was not cleared as a chaperone, and they're investigating how he was able to participate in the field trip.

2) A suspected car prowler was mauled by a pack of pit bulls in South Seattle Wednesday evening after he hopped a 10-foot fence and climbed into a man's back yard at 52nd Ave S. and S. Director St.

Police say the dogs bit the man's arms, ears, face, and legs before the owner called off his dogs.

The suspect told the man he couldn't walk, so the man dragged the suspect out into the street and called 911.

Medics took the suspect to Harborview. Police left the dogs with the owner after confirming they were licensed.

3) A woman stabbed her 69-year-old mother in the face during a dispute in South Seattle last night.

Around 11:45 pm, the woman—who is in her 20s—had a "mental episode," according to police, and got into a fight with her moth at a home on 47th Ave S. and S. Adams St. The woman grabbed a knife, chased after her mother, and stabbed her several times, police say.

The mother was taken to Harborview in critical condition. Police arrested the daughter at the scene.
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