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Tacoma sex offender charged with running down woman, trying to kidnap her

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm with 16 Comments »
February 28, 2012 2:36 pm
Andre J. Taylor

UPDATE: Taylor pleaded not guilty this afternoon and was ordered jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail.

PREVIOUS POST: Pierce County prosecutors today charged a 37-year-old man with intentionally striking a woman with his pickup and attempting to kidnap her.

Andre Jones Taylor, a convicted sex offender, is to be arraigned this afternoon on charges of first-degree assault and second-degree attempted kidnapping with sexual motivation.

The 23-year-old woman was run down Feb. 17 while walking home after working the graveyard shift at a Tacoma restaurant, police said. The driver of the pickup that hit her stopped and tried to pick her up, but she screamed and a passerby intervened, authorities said.

Police were able to use a partial license-plate number to track the pickup to Taylor, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reported in a news release. Detectives interviewed him last week, and he admitted his involvement in the incident, the news release states.

“He said he followed the victim for 10-15 minutes and thought she was ‘beautiful,'” according to the news release.

The woman, who suffered a number of broken bones, remains hospitalized.

You can read a previous story about the incident here.

Taylor was deemed a Level III sex offender – considered the most likely to re-offend – following two 1997 convictions for third-degree rape, according to court records.

He was convicted of raping two female acquaintances – one 42, the other 18 – on separate days in 1995 and 1996 and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Taylor has a history of failing to register as a sex offender and of violating the terms of his release from prison, including using marijuana, the court records show.

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  1. frankiethomas says:

    Can’t find anything is his online criminal history but Pierce County and Puyallup. I am not sure he is a TACOMA sex offender.

  2. m9078jk3 says:

    frankiethomas he was also previously convicted for 2 residential burglaries and theft in the past too.

  3. We are all thinking it… he’s a level III sex offender. He’s gone through level I and level II, and as a level III he’s deemed most likely to reoffend. Then he’s let out. Now look what he’s done?! How long does the list of victims have to get before we realize that we shouldn’t be letting out level I offenders let alone level III’s !?!?!

  4. okay, he’s apparently reverted back to caveman days and thought using a pickup truck equates to bonking some woman over the head with a bat. all those in agreement to lock this bum up for the rest of his life, say AMEN!

  5. tukwilatommygun says:

    how does one simple post here without having to go through face book twitter etc?

  6. ginahopk says:

    If he was violating his terms of release, why was he not put back in prison?
    I don’t think these repeat sex offenders should ever be let out of prison.

  7. tacoma is a big city

  8. whatthehell says:

    dude change your palate the nesstt time then when you done raping change it back kdudhh

  9. serendipity says:

    Thank you prosecutors! Thank you! Thank you also to the DOC keeping all victims updated about the release of their perpetrators. It’s a shame the sentencing guidelines dictated by the state are not more strict.

    But wait, the legislature is busy discussing license plate designs. Just wait until a legislator gets hurt or one of their family members except they have so much money they don’t live on south 72nd and Portland nor have no car nor walk home from poorly paid jobs.

  10. weethepeople says:

    ATTN Judicial System: Let’s start enforcing the three strikes law.

  11. ReadNLearn says:

    This unfortunate girl was trying to get by, working for a living, and working bad hours and this predator busted her up and her life. She’ll be tens of thousands of dollars in debt due to the ‘nonprofit’ hospital’s overcharging, and she was harmed by a guy given slaps on the wrist for previous rapes by lenient judges. Almost everyone one of the monsters in local news either have been in and out of the system or weren’t nailed by judges in the past.

    Why aren’t they talking about three strikes here???

    Donations to help with this girl’ medical bills can be made at any Bank of America Branch.

  12. hultmale says:

    Great news that they caught this guy. Time to put him out of our misery.

  13. Wrapper98439 says:

    Can tell where our priorities are. He stalks and tries to kill, rape and kidnap the woman and gets $200K bail. Six people were considering helping a cop killer get a half million bail.

  14. BrownsPointer says:

    I’m pretty speechless – as I try to understand the reasons this monster isn’t put down before dawn, I keep looking up on my screen a few lines to the Tribs’ warning “Please keep them civil, short…all obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted.” How can I offend someone when this guys’ crime calls out for a type of punishment closer to what you could expect in rural Saudi Arabia?

  15. ReadNLearn says:

    He’ll get at least a year and a half out of this one!

  16. Regfool2 says:

    ReadNLearn and Wrapper – you just don’t understand. HE’s the real victim. He never got the help he deserved, his guards were mean, his social worker didn’t rescue him. It’s all the fault of the taxpayers for not providing more resources to help him. Really. Where is our sense of charity and caring? He’s just a poor guy who’s been kept down by society. Now, let’s all go sing Kumbayah and send him warm, loving thoughts.


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