Kenny Washington allegedly snatched two women from the streets of Tacoma and raped them within three days.
With the help of DNA from the first attack and surveillance footage of his Pontiac Sunbird from the second attack, police identified Washington, 45, as a suspect.
On Monday, Pierce County prosecutors charged Washington with three counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree kidnapping and two counts of felony harassment. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and was ordered jailed in lieu of $10 million bail.
The first assault took place about 6 p.m. March 14 after a 25-year-old woman got off a bus at South 19th Street and Yakima Avenue and passed a man sitting in a parked car, police said.
The woman said she felt something held to her back and the man forced her into the car. After driving around for several minutes, the man threatened to kill her if she didn’t cooperate.
The woman “tried to prevent things from going further by talking to him, but the suspect said he just got out of the penitentiary and that he was a fugitive for pistol-whipping some guy, and that what she said to him would not ‘give him a conscience,’ ” according to charging papers.
After he raped the woman, he let her go.
She reported the assault the next day and went to a hospital to be examined. DNA allegedly linked the rape to Washington. He denied raping the woman and told detectives he paid the woman for sex.
The second assault happened about 9 a.m. March 17 in the 3200 block of East D Street.
The victim told police she was walking to the corner store when a man — later identified as Washington — grabbed her, forced her into his car and then punched her in the nose.
He tried sexually assaulting her at an unknown location but drove her back to the spot where he grabbed her after she told him people had seen them and were coming to help, records show.
Washington punched the woman in the face and forced her to perform sex acts, according to the charging documents.
While he was distracted, the woman screamed out the car window for help before jumping out of the moving car.
Detectives found surveillance footage of Washington’s Pontiac in the area where the kidnapping occurred. He admitted it was his car but denied raping anyone, police said.