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Charge: Registered sex offender tried to rape woman at Seattle park

(Courtesy: CNN Newsource/KIRO/Clark County Sheriff's Office/Fighting Chance Seattle)

SEATTLE (KOMO) -- A woman was drying her hands in a bathroom in a Golden Gardens bathroom on Sunday afternoon when she became aware someone was near her.

She turned around and was attacked.

A man court documents say is a convicted sex offender knocked her down and punched her. When the woman tried to crawl into a stall, he pulled himself along. Even though she thought she was going to pass out, the 36-year-old woman managed to get away, court documents say.

When police arrived, they found Gary Steiner, 40, locked inside the stall. Someone had put a carabiner on the door to keep him there, court documents say.

"Kill me," he told the officers, according to court documents.

On Wednesday, prosecutors charged Steiner with second-degree attempted rape.

Court documents say a warrant was outstanding for Steiner from Clark County for failing to register as a sex offender. He had been convicted of sex abuse and indecent exposure in Arizona, court documents say.

Steiner told a Seattle police detective that he went to the bathroom with the intention of raping a woman, court documents say.

He told the police that he suffers from dual personality disorder.

He is being held on $750,000 bail.

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