Police: Rape suspect may have more victims

by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:

Bryon E. Johnston, 35, was arrested for Olympia abductions after a months-long investigation. Police say he was driving this Cadillac Escalade when he was arrested.

A suspected abductor was arrested for two Olympia attacks after a months-long investigation, and police think he may have more victims.

“The two victims are women in their 20s who were approached by the suspect while they waited at bus stops,” Olympic police spokeswoman Laura Wohl said of the cases that happened in November 2013 and last month. “In both cases, the suspect drove up to the stops in a white sports-utility vehicle and offered to give the women a ride. The victims accepted the ride and, shortly after getting in the vehicle, the suspect proceeded to grope them in a sexual manner.”

Both wanted to get out. But the suspect, Bryon E. Johnston, 35, refused to let them, police said. He then threatened to “cut them” if they did not cooperate, police said.

“The suspect drove the victims behind an abandoned motel in Olympia where he assaulted them with sexual motivation,” Wohl said. “Both victims fought the suspect and were able to escape from the vehicle.” 

It was an item that fell from the vehicle that led police to Johnston.

Johnston was arrested as he was leaving his DuPont home about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

“Johnston was driving a white Cadillac Escalade at the time of his arrest,” Wohl said. “The vehicle is believed to be the same one used during both attacks.”

Johnston also known to drive a 2007 Ford F350 pick-up truck. Anyone with information is asked to call Olympia police at (360) 753-8300.

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