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Lakewood police looking for man suspected in sexual assault

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
March 14, 2012 12:31 pm
Composite sketch of the suspect

Lakewood police are searching for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint inside her apartment.

The department released a composite sketch of the attacker today in hopes that someone will be able to identify him.

According to police, the victim returned to her apartment in The Village at Seeley Lake Apartments in the 9500 block of 59th Avenue Southwest about 7:30 a.m. Friday.

She heard a knock at the door. The visitor said he was “maintenance,” police said.

When the woman opened the door slightly, the man forced his way inside. He pulled out a black handgun and sexually assaulted the woman.

The attacker was described as white, late 30s to early 40s, 5 feet 9 to 5 feet 10 and 180 to 200 pounds. He had an athletic/muscular build, short, dark brown or black hair, a tan complexion and a thin mustache with a few gray hairs. He also had “laugh line wrinkles,” police said.

The man wore a dark baseball hat high on his head, a dark-colored polo shirt and light-colored blue jeans that either had dirt or discoloration on the front of both thighs.

Lakewood police ask anyone with information about the suspect to call detectives at 253-830-5064 or Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959. They also would like to talk with anyone who saw suspicious vehicles, activity or people in the area before the attack.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and charges filed in the case. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

The department urges residents to be aware of their personal safety and their surroundings at times.

“Women in the area are encouraged to travel in pairs and carry a cell phone to call for help,” Lakewood police stated. “Do not answer the door to someone you don’t know without seeing official identification or verifying the identity/employer. When in doubt, keep the door locked and call the police.”

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