Suspect charged in beating disabled Seattle man to death freed 8 days earlier by judge who asks him to be good

A suspect who allegedly beat a senior citizen with a metal pole on a downtown Seattle sidewalk was reportedly set free by a judge about a week before this vicious incident.

The victim of the brutal assault, which might have been prevented if the alleged assailant was kept behind bars, tragically died four days later.

Good Samaritans had performed CPR on the victim of the deadly, broad-daylight attack, which was caught on video, prior to the arrival of paramedics, but he reportedly never regained consciousness. The suspect was arrested at the scene.

“Aaron Fulk, 48, is facing charges in connection with the death of Rodney Peterman, 66, following the attack on Aug. 2. As of Friday, he was being held at the King County Jail on a $2.5 million bond after an argument from King County prosecutors that he’s a clear danger to the public…Prosecutors said Fulk is seen bludgeoning Peterman with a metal pole. And even when the victim fell to the ground unconscious, police said Fulk continued to beat him, fracturing his skull,” ABC Seattle affiliate KOMO News reported.

The victim, who reportedly had limited mobility, was attacked near Pike Place Market, which is, or more than likely was, a popular tourist attraction, but is also a location “notorious for violence and drugs,” KOMO contended.

According to the Seattle Times, Fulk has entered a not-guilty plea to a charge of first-degree murder, which was upgraded from attempted first-degree murder.

A motive, if any, for the seemingly unprovoked aggression in the crime-infested liberal city with an understaffed, underfunded police force has yet to be established.

Prior to the Seattle incident, the suspect in this crime was reportedly arrested in Tacoma, Wash., for felony harassment for allegedly threatening to kill a transit cop.

Eight days before the suspect allegedly set upon the older man in Seattle, Pierce County Judge Philip Thornton “released Fulk on his own recognizance, and asked him not to commit any more crime. The serial criminal’s subsequent behavior has sparked fury over Thornton’s decision to ignore prosecutors’ request for $10,000 bail, and is being viewed as symbolic of Seattle’s apparent unwillingness to crack down on serious crime,” the Daily Mail reported.

“Thornton is one of a number of judges across the country who have been applying lax bail rules to many of their cases which allow repeat criminals to return to the streets without bond where they go on to reoffend, sometimes within hours of their release,” the news outlet added.

“According to court records, Fulk has a history of assault and aggravated battery in cases filed in Idaho,” KOMO noted.

Lamenting the catch-and-release policies by the state judiciary, although he was referring to an entirely different case, Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz told KOMO, “We can’t just let people out if they’re harming our community if they’re victimizing other people. We’ve got to have measures in place; we’ve got to have accountability.”

Watch a report broadcast by KOMO:

All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.

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