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UPDATED: Man attacks woman after she gets into her car, Tacoma police report

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm with 12 Comments »
March 26, 2010 2:41 pm

Tacoma police were searching for a man who hid in a woman’s car and sexually assaulted her Tuesday afternoon.

The woman told officers she didn’t know the man, Tacoma police officer Andrew Hankins said.

The incident was reported at 12:14 p.m. Tuesday. The woman reported that she got into her unlocked car in the 6200 block of South Wapato Lake Drive, Hankins said. The attacker was already inside the vehicle.

“She heard something in the rear of the car, turned around and he was there,” Hankins said.

The man told the woman to drive, then sexually assaulted her. He got out of the vehicle near Wapato Park and was last seen going northbound.

The suspect was described as white and in his mid-30s, Hankins said. He wore blue jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt.

Officers and a police dog searched the area but did not find the attacker, Hankins said.

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  1. Lousy dirt bag. Remember to check your back seat.

  2. GypsyWolf222 says:

    Ye gods… I thought this was common knowledge. Okay… ladies: whenever you go out to your car…every single time…whether it’s broad daylight or pitch black, always – repeat: allllllwaaays – first check underneath the car, and then (unless your car has a remote-controlled working locking/alarm system that you use without fail, like I do) check in the *front and back seats* before – repeat: beeeefooore – you open the door to get inside. (If it’s too dark in the garage or outside to see under or into the car, take…a…flashlight…with…you.) Okay? Jeeeeeez…

  3. GypsyWolf222 says:

    Oh yeah: And keep your cars *locked*!!! Even if you’re just running back into the house or office or any other place for “just a second”! Common sense: learn it…know it…live it.

  4. If only she had been a black belt in Kung Fu, had a .357 magnum and been well versed with its’ use, and/ or had a good dog!
    He must have known her routine.
    He may know a neighbor or something. Somewhere where he could have been watching her.
    I hope she gets a gun now and practices once a week at the range.
    I am disappointed that most women do not consider learning self defense until AFTER they go thru something like this.
    It needs it’s brains splattered all over the place!

  5. holyground says:

    i am very sorry for this woman i used to live at that area where had happen…this will make me think twice about locking my door when i go some where or forgot something in the house…i thank God i move away from tacoma i been reading on the internet about things happen in Tacoma I live there on wapato street thats is so so sad we are not safe no matter where we live, i guess all depend on the area and city you live..don’t get me wrong there are more good people in tacoma i have many families and friends still live in tacoma and i wish the police find this monster before he hurt another female, but you know what even though what had happen to you was not right, but thank God he did not kill you….sorry but thats my thing here you are alive….
    good luck to you….and i will pray you will find it your heart to forgive this person…

  6. hawkfan23 says:

    WOW, some people are truly amazing. If that were your mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, aunt, cousin, whatever…would you be blaming the victim? Ridiclous!

  7. all the what ifs are not gonna help..leave this poor woman alone..i pray you find peace and recover from this horriffic ordeal..catch this dirt bag…but ALWAYS LOCK YOUR DOORS….

  8. Response to holyground:
    I am glad that you feel safer now that you have moved, but I also agree with you that nowhere is really safe! Everyone out there – women and children especially, but even men: Assume that nowhere is completely safe and take MOST of the advise of the others who commented above. ( I do disagree with the use of guns – the possibility of accidents/mistakes/ unintentional blood guilt – is way too high.)
    There are safety measures that must be followed no matter where you live, or wherever you visit. Unfortunately, we must live with caution and suspicion to keep ourselves and our children safe in this disolving system of things.

  9. michellelemon says:

    That’s crazy. I was living alone and I had a guy break into my apartment around 2001 on Pearl Street at the Newport Village apartments at 1am. He tried to sexually assault me but luckily he didn’t get the chance. I was nude getting out of the bath when he broke in. He was white, wore jeans and a white t-shirt.. looked like he was in his mid twenties.. had a military hair cut and he also looked high on PCP… The cops brought dogs but never found him. The cops wouldn’t take fingerprints, but I’m sure they would have found some on the door knob and my bedroom windows. They really need to investigate more when these things happen.
    After that happened I had another guy break into my car and I did not know he was in there when I opened my car doors… but he was just stealing everything.. but it scared the crap out of me. I did not see him until he was 5 inches away from my face. That was around 38th and Yakima, but he was black,.. not the same guy.

    So keep your house and car ALWAYS LOCKED and get an alarm! there are so many crazies out there!

    ps can people please keep their religious beliefs to themselves.

  10. michellelemon says:

    That’s crazy. I was living alone and I had a guy break into my apartment around 2001 on Pearl Street at the Newport Village apartments at 1am. He tried to sexually assault me but luckily he didn’t get the chance. I was nude getting out of the bath when he broke in. He was white, wore jeans and a white t-shirt.. looked like he was in his mid twenties.. had a military hair cut and he also looked high on PCP… The cops brought dogs but never found him. They could have taken fingerprints but did not.
    After that happened I had another guy break into my car and I did not know he was in there when I opened my car doors… but he was just stealing everything.. Scared the crap out of me. I did not see him until he was 5 inches away from my face. That was around 38th and Yakima, but he was black,.. not the same guy.

    So keep your house and car ALWAYS LOCKED and get an alarm! there are so many crazies out there!

    ps can people please keep their religious beliefs to themselves.

  11. Boris_Barks says:

    Here are a few tips that are guaranteed to prevent rape! Men, don’t overpower women and force them to have sex with you. Don’t put drugs in their drinks, then force them to have sex with you when they’re incapacitated. Use the buddy system: If you can’t stop yourself from raping women when you’re alone, go places with a buddy who will stop you from committing sexual assault. Don’t hide in women’s cars, then rape them! Follow these simple instructions, fellas, and YOU can prevent rape!

  12. and try to keep your car clean….no coats or junk to hide under….idiots will break your locks on doors..easy to do ….no help there….guy did $1200 .00 damage to my car locks&paint ..both sides..to steal a cheap cd player/radio ….at my house….twice….i didn’t replace 2nd one & can’t lock my car now…ins pd half only….no one has bothered it since….i know he used a screwdriver ’cause he stabbed an unopened can of 7up i had in the cup holder…..did it attack him?

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