Jason Faber, 31, of Renton is charged with property damage. He allegedly broke the car window after Kerner refused an offer to take him home and attempted to drive away.
Jason Faber, 31, of Renton is charged with property damage. He allegedly broke the car window after Kerner refused an offer to take him home and attempted to drive away.

Less than a week after settling a dispute with the city over the police department’s handling of a 2017 assault case, Seattle City Council District 7 candidate Isabelle Kerner had another negative experience in Capitol Hill that required a law enforcement response.

Kerner tells Queen Anne News she’d been playing dodge ball in Cal Anderson Park on May 3, when she became aware of a man watching her.

“I noticed him kind of lurking and watching me from different sides, and the courts are like there’s only one way out,” she said.

Kerner said the man followed her from the park on his longboard as she walked to her car, which was parked near Molly Moon’s at 10th Avenue and East Pike Street. She asked him if he needed help.

“He said, ‘My name’s Jason, and I want to come home with you, so I can help you,’ and I’m, ‘No thanks, I’m running for city council, so please stay away,’” Kerner said.

The District 7 candidate said she got into her car and locked the door, which the suspect attempted to open. Kerner called 911, thinking he would go away, she said.

“He kept trying to scream at me to let him get in the car,” she said.

Kerner said the man flipped her off as she attempted to drive away.

“As I was pulling out, I thought someone had shot at my car,” she said. “It was very loud.”

The sound was her rear window being smashed out, leaving an impression of a longboard, she said.

Kerner found a side street, where she parked and waited for police.

A police report states the suspect, 31-year-old Jason Faber, was contacted in the 1600 block of Nagel Place and arrested for property damage. While that’s technically what he did, Kerner said, she also wishes the man could be charged with assault.

“It was really very violent,” she said.

Faber was arraigned and released upon personal recognizance the next day. He is charged with one count of property damage in municipal court and  due back for another hearing on June 3, according to court documents.

His release was on the condition that he not return to Cal Anderson Park, and that he appear for his court appointments and have no contact with Kerner.

“He was released so quickly, and that seems to be the norm around here,” Kerner said.

The incident occurred on what Kerner said was probably her fourth time back to Capitol Hill since 2017, most of which have been to play dodge ball. She added she may try to start a group in her Queen Anne neighborhood, as she’s not currently comfortable going back to Cal Anderson Park.

“I don’t know where he went, but I don’t feel like I can go to Cal Anderson Park anymore, even though there is a protection order,” she said.

Kerner said her experience with East Precinct police officers was much better than in 2017, when she alleges an assault case was mishandled and she was treated as an aggressor rather than a victim.

The District 7 candidate ended up filing a lawsuit against the City of Seattle after an Office of Police Accountability investigation did find one officer conducted himself unprofessionally and the sergeant in charge at the time provided poor oversight of the case.

Kerner reached out to the private law firm hired by the city attorney’s office to work on dropping her case. A day later U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour issued a summary judgment in favor of the city.

While there were Fifth and 14th Amendment violations alleged in Kerner’s lawsuit, Coughenour found those did not apply in this case. He also determined that the Seattle Police Department couldn’t be sued, rather Kerner should have filed her suit against the City of Seattle.

Kerner said she did receive an apology from one of the officers involved, which was part of the reason for her seeking to drop her case.

The District 7 candidate said she felt the officers that handled her property damage case were professional and helpful, and she generally feels the department is in better shape than it was in 2017.

“I will say that I think the police are doing a much better job,” Kerner said, “and filing that lawsuit did really put the pressure on, that someone is going to be watching you if you don’t do a better job.”