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2 store employees assaulted in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. — Police are searching for a suspect after a man was assaulted and a woman was sexually assaulted in Tacoma early Monday morning.

The assaults happened at about 1 a.m.

Investigators said two employees at Castle Megastore in the 6000 block of Tacoma Mall Boulevard had left the building after closing for the night.

A man confronted the two employees in the parking area.

"The suspect physically assaulted a male employee prior to sexually assaulting a female employee," said Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool in a news release.

Police believe the suspect was waiting until the employees left at closing time. Investigators also believe the same suspect committed a robbery at a Lover's Package in Puyallup two days earlier.

The suspect was described as about 6 feet tall, heavy set and wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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