Olympia police arrested a 24-year-old man Sunday on suspicion of kidnapping and raping a woman after he tied her up and took her from Olympia group home where she works.
The woman told police that she was kidnapped by a former employee of the group home about 2:15 a.m. Sunday. She said that she let the man in when he knocked on the door of the group home on Ensign Road because she recognized him as a former employee.
She said the man then pulled her into a garage at the group home, assaulted her, tied her up, then returned to the home to take a small amount of cash that belonged to the residents.
The woman said the suspect then took her to a secluded location off of Ensign Road in northeast Olympia, where he sexually assaulted her. The woman was able to escape after several hours and immediately called police.
Later on Sunday, police located the 24-year-old suspect at his residence, about a half-mile from where the assault occurred on Ensign Road.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping, first degree rape and first-degree robbery, and was booked into the Thurston County Jail.
The Olympian will name the suspect after his first court appearance Monday afternoon.
The woman sustained injuries during the attack and was treated and later released Sunday from Providence St. Peter Hospital.
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Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 firstname.lastname@example.org