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Tag: sexual assault

July
2nd

Police search for man who sexually assaulted Lakewood mother

Lakewood police are searching for a man suspected of sneaking into a woman’s apartment and  sexually assaulting her last week.

The department released a composite sketch of the suspect today.

The incident occurred the night of June 25. The woman, a mother of two, stepped out of her apartment in the 11400 block of 105th Avenue Southwest for less than a minute to empty the trash, police reported.

She returned and shut the door. She was immediately attacked by a man she didn’t know. He overpowered her and sexually assaulted her as her small children slept in another room, police

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May
28th

Ex-soldier gets 11 years to life in Parkland sexual assault case

A former Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier today was sentenced to 11 years to life in prison for raping one woman and attempting to rape another in Parkland last year.

Nathan Ryan Smith, 31, pleaded guilty in March to one count of second-degree rape, one count of attempted second-degree rape and one count of first-degree arson.

Prosecutors said he bound the women and choked them into unconsciousness before sexually assaulting one and attempting to do so to the other on separate occasions in January 2009. 

The second woman managed to escape Smith’s home despite being bound and gagged and

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March
26th

UPDATED: Tacoma police release sketch of suspected rapist

Tacoma police have released a composite sketch of a man suspected of hiding in a woman’s car, then sexually assaulting her earlier this week. The sketch was released this morning.

The woman told officers that Tuesday she got into her unlocked vehicle shortly before noon in the 6200 block of Wapato Lake Drive and found a man hiding inside.

The woman told officers the attacker punched her twice in the head and told her to drive to Wapato Park. Once there, he sexually assaulted her, police reported.

The man then got out. He was last seen running north on

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March
24th

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

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

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March
10th

Photo of suspect in Point Defiance sexual assault case released

Tacoma police have released a photograph of the man accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled man at the Point Defiance Boathouse restroom last month.

Jerry A. Johnson, 46, was charged Tuesday with second-degree rape in connection with the Feb. 20 incident. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Johnson is 5 feet 10 and 160 pounds. He has scars on his hand and arm and a tattoo on his left arm. He’s a Level 3 sex offender who had been registered to live in Seattle, according to an online sex offender registry web site. The web

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March
9th

UPDATED: Suspect identified in sexual assault at Point Defiance Boathouse

A warrant has been issued for a 46-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled man inside a restroom at the Point Defiance Boathouse.

Investigators are looking for Jerry A. Johnson, who has been charged with rape in the second degree, according to Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum.

The incident occurred the afternoon of Feb. 20. The 24-year-old victim had been fishing on the pier when an older man approached him and enticed him into the restroom at the Point Defiance Boathouse. The assault occurred in the bathroom, police reported.

A composite sketch of the suspect was released to

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March
8th

Prosecutors charge man in Steilacoom sexual assault

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 46-year-old man with first-degree rape, alleging he sexually assaulted a woman twice after threatening her with a gun.

In addition to rape, Lewis E. Dennard was charged today with felony harassment and unlawful imprisonment while armed with a firearm. Dennard was scheduled to be arraigned on the allegations this afternoon.

The incident allegedly occurred last week. The victim told a Steilacoom public safety officer that she and Dennard had spent the evening together and consumed alcohol.

Earlier the next morning, she asked Dennard to take her home. He refused and said he wanted to

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Feb.
26th

Sketch released of suspect in Point Defiance sexual assault

Tacoma police have released a sketch of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a developmentally-delayed man in a bathroom at the Point Defiance Boathouse last weekend.

The sketch was released late Thursday.

The 24-year-old victim had been fishing on the pier Saturday afternoon, police reported. He was approached by an older man, who enticed the victim into the bathroom and assaulted him.

After the incident, the attacker was last seen walking toward Owen Beach. The victim went to get help, and the police were called shortly after 1:30 p.m.

Witnesses described the suspect as a dark-skinned black man, 35 to

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