Crime

Suspect arrested in early-morning burglary, rape in Lakewood

A man broke into a stranger's home early Friday and raped the woman living there, Lakewood police said.

The woman ran away and a neighbor called police, who arrested a suspect and booked him into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of rape, kidnapping and burglary.

The attack happened as the woman, 26, and a daughter, age 3 or 4, were asleep in a house in a mobile home park in the 5000 block of SanFrancisco Avenue, in the Springbrook neighborhood, police said.

Police Lt. John Unfred gave this account:

The attacker climbed in a bedroom window about 3 a.m. and took the woman to the living room, where he sexually assaulted her. She was able to get away and ran out of the home, screaming for help, but the attacker dragged her back into the home by her hair.

Neighbors called 911, and officers arrived. When they announced their presence, the woman left the home and the suspect was arrested.

The woman was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Unfred said the 33-year-old suspect has previous convictions for drunken driving in 2002 and domestic violence assault in 2013. The News Tribune is not naming him because he has yet to be formally charged.

The man and woman have no relationship, Unfred said, though they met briefly about a year ago. Police believe the suspect has relatives wholive in the mobile home park.

Kathleen Cooper: 253-597-8546

kathleen.cooper@thenewstribune.com

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