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Bellevue, Wash. police say the woman who falsely accused Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch of assault and property damage for an incident which occurred on Aug. 10 should be charged.
“Bellevue police have recommended that a woman who made assault and property-damage allegations against Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch be charged for making a false or misleading statement, the Bellevue Police Department said Thursday.
“Investigators found that Lynch was at a hotel about a mile from where the incident occurred on Aug. 10, and that although the woman who made the allegations did have injuries, two witnesses said they were the result of a fall they saw her take, according to the Bellevue Police Department. One witness, the man the woman thought was Lynch, said he told her multiple times that night that he didn’t play for the Seahawks.
“Lynch was cleared of allegations stemming from the incident three days after the night in question, Bellevue police said. He was at the Hilton Hotel in Bellevue, where several Seahawks players were being housed, the police investigation conclued. Security officers had performed bed checks to verify players, including Lynch, were in their rooms. After the check, an officer set audible alarms on all the stairwells to prevent anyone from entering or leaving the seventh floor, where Lynch was staying. The alarms were not activated overnight.
“The 31-year-old accuser, who is not being named because she has not been charged, had told police that after several drinks, she left a bar at 2:30 a.m. A short time later, she met a man, whom she identified as Lynch, outside the Bravern apartment complex, according to the police report. She told police she and the man went to his apartment, where they began to argue. The man hit her, she told police, causing her bruises, a chipped tooth and scratches.
“An apartment complex security guard, however, told police that he had watched her exit the complex and fall, causing the injuries.
“The woman, who is from Everett, told police the man never identified himself as Lynch, but that ‘she knew it was him because she is a football fan,’ according to the police report.
“The police department has forwarded a criminal summons to the Bellevue City Attorney’s Office, which will make the decision whether to charge the woman.”
In another development, ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter Terry Blount notes Lynch is just a touchdown away from having the third-most in franchise history in his Oct. blog:
“The last time the Seattle Seahawks played at FedEx Field against the Washington Redskins, running back Marshawn Lynch had his best rushing performance of the season.
“That was the playoff game two seasons ago when Lynch rushed for 132 yards on 20 carries, including a 27-yard touchdown run, in the 24-14 victory.
“After his next rushing touchdown, Lynch will be all alone in the No. 3 spot on the team’s all-time list for touchdowns. He is tied with former running back Chris Warren with 44 scores on the ground.
“Lynch needs 11 more touchdowns to catch Curt Warner, who had 55 as a Seahawks running back. But it’s a long way to No. 1. Shaun Alexander tops the list with 100 rushing touchdowns in his eight seasons with the Seahawks.
“Since the start of the 2011 season, no one in the NFL has scored more touchdowns than Lynch. He has 44 touchdowns overall — 38 rushing and six receiving — over that span. New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham is second with 39 touchdowns, all receiving.
“Lynch also leads the league in 100-yard rushing games since 2011 with 20. And he’s the only player in the NFL to rush for at least 1,000 yards and score at least 10 rushing touchdowns in each of the previous three seasons.
“Lynch has rushed for 234 yards in the first three games this season, which puts him on pace for his fourth consecutive 1,200-yard season.”