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Suicide ends five-hour Puyallup standoff following alleged sex assault

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Dec. 31, 2010 at 2:25 pm with 10 Comments »
December 31, 2010 2:30 pm

A Puyallup man suspected of raping a neighbor killed himself early Friday morning while Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies prepared to arrest him.

The suspect’s suicide ended a five-hour standoff in the 11400 block 63rd Court East, sheriff’s spokesman Detective Ed Troyer said.

Deputies have not released the suspect’s name.

He allegedly lured a neighbor into his home Thursday night and sexually assaulted her. The woman escaped about 9 p.m. and called 911.

Deputies arrived shortly afterward with a SWAT unit. Troyer said they tried to negotiate with the suspect, but he barricaded himself in the home and refused to leave.

Deputies evacuated neighboring houses and prepared to break into the home about 2 a.m. Friday. They sent forward a robot, which found the suspect’s body.

Troyer said the woman received care at a hospital and was released to her family.

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  1. aranciata says:

    Bet he don’t try that again!

  2. gonefishin69690 says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if all violent criminals were this considerate?

  3. they only posted this story 8 hours after the Seattle papers had the story.

  4. Was there any relationship between them? What is his background? I ask because it seems to me that whacking himself does not relate to the crime. with all respect to the victim, rape remains a crime that is almost always his word against her word.

    Why would somebody choose suicide in that situation. Seems like there’s more to the story that we don’t know.

  5. vrumvrum says:

    He had just been divorced, they were neighbors, they were friendly but nothing more. He was apparently a pretty nice guy by all accounts. Nobody knows why he snapped.

    Horrifying story for all involved.

    Why does anybody choose suicide?

  6. Unfortunately, this form of true justice does not happen nearly enough !

  7. justin_yorbum says:

    “Why would somebody choose suicide in that situation?”

    Guilty conscience.

  8. uratroll says:

    What was she “lured” with?

  9. Robert Burns (who was often asked to write epitaphs for people’s grave headstones) was asked to write an epitaph for a suicide.
    The unsympathetic Burns composed “Poor silly body damned himself.’

  10. n0t_thatgirl says:

    I just love it when someone says “with all due respect” and follows it up with something disrespectful like victim-blaming. Granted, it was subtle, but the implication was clear. It’s almost as good as “no offense, but you’re a -insert expletive-“. Just for future reference: it doesn’t matter what their previous relationship was or was not. It doesn’t matter if she’d had sex with him before or if she was a virgin. Rape is rape. Ask yourself this: why would an innocent man kill himself over a rape accusation – especially since, as you so astutely pointed out, it’s very often his word against hers? Suicide absolutely relates to the crime for anyone who doesn’t want to deal with the consequences of their actions.

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