Sex offender charged in second cold case rape in Tacoma

A convicted sex offender has now been charged with a second cold case rape in Tacoma.

Last week, Pierce County prosecutors charged Andre Taylor with second-degree rape and first-degree robbery for the Nov. 19, 2003, rape of a woman as she walked along Yakima Avenue.

On Wednesday, he was charged with first-degree rape in a July 19, 2003, sexual assault of a woman in McKinley Park.

DNA recently linked Taylor to both cases.

The 40-year-old has not entered a plea in either case because he is serving time at Coyote Ridge Correctional Center in Connell for previous sex offenses.

In the rape he was charged with this week, Taylor allegedly picked a woman up in the 1400 block of Puyallup Avenue to give her a ride.

He took her to McKinley Park and, according to charging papers, sexually assaulted her, repeatedly hitting her over the head and threatening to get a gun and kill her if she didn’t stop crying.

Several people called 911 after hearing a woman screaming.

Police found the woman in the area and took her to the hospital.

When interviewed in prison about the attack, Taylor said he used to pick up prostitutes near the park but didn’t remember that particular incident.

“When the defendant was asked to explain how his DNA ended up in the case, the defendant was unable to provide an explanation,” records show.

Taylor has several prior convictions, including third-degree rape, attempted kidnapping with sexual motivation, assault with sexual motivation and failure to register as a sex offender.