Seattle lawyer suspect in serial rapes

Danford Grant is suspected in four sexual assaults in Bellevue, Shoreline and Seattle

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 27, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Danford Grant is an up-and-coming Seattle attorney but police now say he is also a dangerous sex criminal, suspected in four sexual assaults in Bellevue, Shoreline and Seattle in recent weeks.

One of his alleged victims says surveillance video shows Grant entering a Greenwood Chinese massage studio before sexually assaulting her there.
   
This same masseuse says she was attacked twice in five days - the latest on Monday.

"I haven’t stopped crying for three days," she said.
 
She says on Monday Grant assaulted her a second time, but not before she called for help.
  
A neighborhood friend and martial arts expert took Grant down and held him for police.

"I had to do something," said Guo Jian Wei. "Everyone has been afraid they would be the next victim."

In court Wednesday, the lawyer let his defense attorney speak for him, saying the Monday takedown was a misunderstanding:

“They were threatening to hurt him. He was glad when the police showed up. He thought it was a mistake,” said David Allen.

Grant is held on $3 million bail. Prosecutors allege he may be responsible for at least one other rape dating back two years.

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