Charges filed in Seattle home invasion



SEATTLE (AP) — A convicted rapist accused of breaking into a house in Seattle’s University District and threatening six young women with a knife has been charged with kidnapping, robbery and burglary.

Prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against 34-year-old Robert D. Hitt. They added sexual motivation allegations to two counts — the burglary and the kidnap count involving one victim who was forced to remove her clothes.

Several victims were tied up. The young women are University of Washington students. One roommate in the house was able to hide and call police, who responded quickly early Monday morning.

King County prosecutor’s spokesman Dan Donohoe says if Hitt is convicted, he faces a life sentence under Washington’s “two strikes” law for repeat sex offenders. Prosecutors said he should be held without bail. Arraignment is set for March 21.