DNA leads to arrest of convicted sex offender

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:

TACOMA, Wash. - DNA evidence led to the arrest of a convicted sex offender in the rape of a woman at a Tacoma park, police said.
 
Harvey Johnson, 49, was arraigned Thursday on a charge of second-degree rape for the attack that happened last August near south 74th and Cedar streets.
 
According to a probable cause affidavit Johnson grabbed the woman from behind as she waited at a nearby bus stop, dragging her into a wooded area in the park where he assaulted and raped her.
 
“It’s scary I have a teenage daughter that has to use that bus stop every day,” said Nancy Hamilton who lives a half block from the intersection.
 
Johnson was convicted of indecent liberties and rape in the third degree in King county. If he’s convicted of the rape in Pierce County he could be sentenced to life in prison under Washington’s three strike law. He’s being held without bail.