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Man arrested in beating, sexual assault of Tacoma day care worker

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
March 19, 2013 8:16 pm
Credit: Adam Lynn
Credit: Adam Lynn

UPDATE: Police and prosecutors believe Morris also is the man who broke into an apartment complex in the 8200 block of Pacific Avenue in August ejaculated on a woman sleeping on a couch and stole a laptop, court records show.

Morris allegedly admitted to that burglary when he was arrested Monday, prosecutors said.

Authorities also think he is the man who robbed a woman at a drugstore in the 8400 block of Pacific Avenue in October.

The woman told police she and her children, ages 2 and 4, were outside the store using the Red Box movie machine when someone came up behind her, court records show.

“The suspect had one hand at her upper arm and his other hand held what she believed was a gun to her neck,” prosecutors wrote in court papers.

The man ordered her to drop her wallet and checkbook, which she’d been holding under her arm. She complied but snuck a peek over her shoulder, court records state.

On Monday, she picked Morris’ photograph out of a photo montage as the person who robbed her, the records state.

PREVIOUS POST: Tacoma police have arrested a man they say severely beat a day care worker as she opened the business Monday morning.

The victim was inside the Tender Heart Day Care when a man knocked on the door about 6:40 a.m. and claimed he wanted to enroll his child. The worker let him inside to start paperwork.

Police said the man – identified as Andrake Morris – then beat and sexually assaulted the woman. Another co-worker interrupted the attack.

The victim could not provide details on the attack but her husband, who drove to the day care after receiving a text message from his wife about the “creepy” man, was able to provide police with a description.

Evidence collected from the day care “suggested a violent sexual assault had occurred,” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

After comparing the attack with others that had occurred in the city, detectives identified Morris a possible suspect late Monday. A SWAT team and police dog helped arrest the man, who was taken into custody without incident.

Cool said all assaults he is suspected of “are violent, sexual and predatory in nature.”

Morris appeared in Pierce County Superior Court this afternoon and was ordered jailed in lieu of $1 million. Prosecutors said formal charges are pending until Thursday. The judge would not allow media to show his Morris’ face.

“The severity of the attack on this poor woman brought out the full forces of our department,” Cool said. “We took it very, very seriously. Who does this to someone? This attack was beyond violent and he needed to be arrested.”

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