Crime

John Doe charged in 2012 Tacoma rape

Courtesy of Tacoma Police Department.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a man in a 2012 Tacoma rape.

Police don’t know the man’s name, but they do know his DNA profile, which was collected from the victim after the Dec. 15, 2012, assault.

The man was charged Thursday, as a John Doe, with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and felony harassment.

The attack happened after the victim finished her shift at a fast-food restaurant near South 56th Street and Pacific Avenue about 4:30 a.m. and began walking home.

She declined a ride from a man who pulled up next to her and was surprised moments later when she saw him walking toward her from behind a business.

After the man exposed himself, the woman crossed the street and called a friend to tell her what was happening.

The man followed the woman, threw her against a building and told her to hang up the phone, according to charging papers.

The woman instead slipped the phone into her purse. Her friend was on the line while the man sexually assaulted the woman, threatening to kill her if she didn’t cooperate.

When he was done, he walked back to his car and the woman called 911.

Charging cases off of a DNA profile, even without a suspect’s name, allows prosecutors to pursue rape charges without the statute of limitations expiring.

John Doe will stand trial if he is arrested in the future and his DNA is entered into the system and matches that from the attacker.

The man is described as Hispanic, in his 20s, about 5 feet 6 and 140 pounds, with a scar or tattoo under his right eye. He was driving a dark-colored car resembling a Honda with tinted windows.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to contact Tacoma police detective Cynthia Brooks at 253-591-5792 or cbrooks@ci.tacoma.wa.us.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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