Violent history of alleged Greenbank kidnapper, rapist revealed
By JESSIE STENSLAND
South Whidbey Record Staff Reporter
May 11, 2012 · Updated 3:06 PM
Documents from a protection order hearing allege that 22-year-old Greenbank resident George Downey perpetrated a pattern of domestic and sexual violence long before he kidnapped and threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and their 4-year-old son on March 16.
Downey is currently being held in Island County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bail. He’s pleaded not guilty to charges that include two counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of first-degree rape with forcible compulsion, two counts of burglary in the first degree and a felony violation of a court order.
Downey is accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend and their 4-year-old boy from a home on East Harbor Road near Freeland March 16.
He allegedly broke into a vacant home, forced the woman inside and raped her, then threatened to kill himself and the victims by driving off Deception Pass Bridge, according to a deputy’s report on the incident.
About an hour after the abduction, deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office pulled over Downey’s Jeep on Highway 20 near Coupeville, saving the woman and child.
Sheriff Mark Brown said the office was in the process of issuing an AMBER Alert — a child abduction broadcast — at the time of the arrest.
The victim had obtained a domestic violence protection order about a month before the alleged kidnapping, hoping to protect herself and her son from Downey. The woman told the judge about numerous incidents of violence and threats.
She claimed he threatened to kill “all three” of them with his rifles and said he would kill himself if she left him, according to court documents.
In an incident last October, Downey beat her, repeatedly raped her and choked her, the woman wrote in her petition.
Island County Superior Court Judge Vickie Churchill approved a temporary order for protection on Feb. 15, followed by a permanent order on Feb. 29.
Island County Deputy Prosecutor David Carman said there were two open misdemeanor cases involving Downey when he was arrested for kidnapping and rape. One was a case against him for violating the protection order.
In addition, his ex-girlfriend — the victim in the rape and kidnapping case — had been charged with malicious mischief for breaking Downey’s laptop. She admitted to throwing the computer because she was frustrated that Downey yelled at her and threatened to hit her, according to her petition.
Court documents from the protection order hearing indicate that Churchill said that the allegations against Downey should be investigated. Carman said it was up to the victim or any witnesses to report the crimes to police; the woman said she didn’t have time before the kidnapping occurred.
Carman said most of the incidents described in the petition happened when Downey and the alleged victim lived in Everett. He said the allegations against Downey will be taken into consideration in the current case.
If convicted of the charges against him, Downey could face more than 20 years in prison under the standard sentencing range.
Contact South Whidbey Record Staff Reporter Jessie Stensland at email@example.com.