Transient pleads not guilty to raping pregnant Tacoma woman

Bail was set Monday at $300,000 for a man accused of raping a pregnant woman after they shared a cigarette near a Tacoma convenience store last year.

Marcus Stockinger, 31, pleaded not guilty to second-degree rape and was ordered jailed.

He already was locked up on unrelated warrants for parole violation when detectives found him Friday in the Pierce County Jail and interviewed him about the assault.

Stockinger denied meeting the woman or raping her. He said he hadn’t been in the neighborhood where the attack happened since 1996, according to charging papers.

The victim identified him from a photo lineup. Prosecutors say DNA found on a cigarette at the scene and in the woman’s underwear link Stockinger to the crime.

The rape happened June 10, 2014, on South 96th Street.

The woman said she ran into Stockinger as they walked down the street and they continued chatting as they stopped to smoke a cigarette near a business.

Stockinger showed the woman his identification while discussing his age, records show.

After he made an inappropriate comment, the woman tried to leave, but he grabbed her and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors allege.

She was able to run to the nearby store and call police. Officers used a search dog to try to track the attacker but were unsuccessful.

DNA was collected and later sent to a lab for testing. Detectives were notified in July that it was matched Stockinger, but they were unable to find him.

He was in jail last week in connection with a different assault count.

He was charged in July 2014 with attempted second-degree rape and indecent liberties in an assault on another woman.

He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and first-degree robbery and was sentenced to six months in jail and a year of community supervision.

He violated the terms of his probation when he failed to appear for a hearing, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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