Crime

Man charged with trying to rape woman on Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue

A man accused of trying to rape a woman on a Tacoma street pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Marcus Stockinger, 30, is charged with second-degree attempted rape, indecent liberties and first-degree robbery. He was ordered jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail.

The attack happened about 3 a.m. Tuesday near South 60th Street and Pacific Avenue. Witnesses called 911 to report seeing a man straddling a woman and hitting her while she screamed.

Officers arrived and stopped Stockinger as he walked away. He was arrested after a brief struggle.

The woman was walking down the street and stopped to sit on a planter box because her feet hurt, according to charging papers. Stockinger allegedly sat beside her and tried to start a conversation, even offering to rub her feet.

When she declined and tried to move away, Stockinger grabbed her and slammed her into a nearby tree several times, according to charging papers.

He ordered her to drop her pants and punched her in the back of the head, prosecutors allege.

The victim, who was carrying a stun gun, tried to use it on Stockinger before breaking free and running away.

Stockinger allegedly tried to use the stun gun on the woman before chasing her down the street.

He also is accused of stealing her pack of cigarettes.

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