Tacoma man charged with chaining up woman for weeks, sexually assaulting her

TACOMA, Wash. — A convicted sex offender chained up a homeless woman in his Tacoma garage for two weeks and repeatedly raped her, according to court documents.

Henry William Hauser Jr., 54, was charged Friday with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping. Pierce County prosecutors said additional charges might be filed, and they will ask for this to be his third strike. A third-strike conviction carries a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Charging papers give this account of the assault:

The victim flagged down a passerby Nov. 28 and asked for help, saying she’d been held hostage for weeks. Police responded and noted bruising on both of her ankles. Firefighters were called out to cut a chain off her ankle.

She told officers she was homeless and Hauser offered to let her crash in his garage. She went home with him Nov. 10 and they hung out for a bit, but she grew uncomfortable and tried to leave. That’s when he allegedly chained her to a truck.

Over the course of two weeks, he allegedly gave her drugs that caused memory issues and sexually assaulted her several times a day.

Hauser told the victim he wanted to kill her but also that he wanted to “keep her,” records say.

“She said the defendant would make statements to her like he was acting out a fantasy,” prosecutors wrote in charging papers.

The victim was able to escape after Hauser left the key to her ankle chains nearby.

Officers searched Hauser’s Tacoma home after the victim escaped and found the truck she described, as well as bedding material in the truck’s bed and a large bucket of urine.

Hauser was arrested at a Tacoma store Thursday.

He admitted that the woman had been inside his garage but denied holding her hostage or assaulting her. He claimed the woman asked to be chained up but he refused.

There was also a warrant out for Hauser’s arrest after he failed to register as a sex offender this summer. The operator of a group home for sex offenders told authorities Hauser hadn’t been seen since July.

Hauser has a 2003 conviction for third-degree assault with sexual motivation after pistol-whipping a mentally disabled woman and a 2014 conviction for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with sexual motivation after kidnapping a 16-year-old girl, forcing her to smoke crystal meth and raping her in his garage.

This story was originally published by The News Tribune