Crime

Lakewood business owner charged in Taser assault on prostitute

A Lakewood business owner allegedly used a stun gun on a prostitute and assaulted her when she tried to flee.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Stephen Hanby, 57, with attempted second-degree rape and second-degree assault with sexual motivation.

They allege he found the prostitute on Backpage.com and arranged for her to come to his shop in the 7500 block of Grange Street West on Tuesday.

Charging papers gave this account:

Hanby pointed a Taser at the victim and ordered her to take her clothes off. She removed her shirt and offered sex in exchange for her safety.

Hanby then shocked her above her left breast and hit her with the stun gun above her left eye when she fell out of her chair.

The woman ran for the door and made it outside before Hanby tackled her near her car. She escaped and flagged down a passing motorist, who called 911.

When officers went inside Hanby’s business, they saw two stun guns. They noted he was sweating and visibly nervous.

“He said, ‘I am 60 years old, I should know better than this,’ ” according to charging papers.

Hanby told police he had been ripped off by prostitutes in the past and was unsure whether the victim would hold to her end of the bargain.

He denied trying to rape the woman and claimed she tried to triple her price when she arrived and an unknown accomplice appeared to demand cash, records show.

Hanby said he defended himself with the Taser and chased the woman and the unknown man outside. He claimed the man assaulted him but officers saw no injuries consistent with an attack, court documents stated.

Online Yellowpages indicates Hanby Enterprises sells health and diet food products.

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