• Detectives hope newly discovered video leads to rapist

    By: Lee Stoll


    LACEY, Wash. - Neighbors on Union Mills Road near Lacey are still on edge after a 23-year-old woman was raped in her home last Friday.

    "It's horrible, it's horrible," said neighbor Kevin Stone who was glad to hear detectives had developed new leads on Thursday.

    KIRO 7 Eyewitness News was with Thurston County detectives as they obtained surveillance video believed to be a rapist in the car he stole from the victim after the attack.

    Authorities had spent the day canvassing businesses in Hawks Prairie  before finding several video clips that appear to show the victim's vehicle.

    The video will be helpful for detectives as they try to create a timeline of the man's movements after the attack.

    Lt. Greg Elwin told KIRO 7 finding the attacker is a top priority.

    "We're concerned it could happen again if we don't get this guy scooped up," Elwin said.

    In an effort to do that, investigators also released a photo of shoes believed worn by the rapist during the attack. They are white, red and black Nike Air Jordan's with the number 23 on the side. 

    "She described seeing the suspect wearing these shoes during the incident," said Lt. Elwin.

    Neighbors hope the new developments lead to the rapist's capture and a full recovery for the victim.

    “Hopefully they find the suspect and apprehend him and hopefully she (the victim) doesn't remain traumatized and she does good," said Carlos Ramirez. 

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