• Tacoma woman raped by homeless man while walking from church to bus stop, records say

    By: Stacia Glenn, The News Tribune


    TACOMA, Wash. - A homeless man raped a Tacoma woman as she walked from church to the bus stop, records say.

    The victim is 28 but has autism and functions at the level of a 7-year-old.

    She returned home late June 17, 2018, and told her mother she’d been attacked on her way home by a man with a Jesus tattoo who’d taken her to a tent in the woods. 

    The woman was taken to a hospital, and a rape exam was done.

    DNA results came back recently with a match to a 36-year-old homeless man with a Jesus tattoo on his chest.

    On Monday, Pierce County prosecutors charged him with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.

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    A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

    Charging papers give this account:

    The victim said she was walking to the bus stop when a man asked her for money then slapped her.

    Holding a knife in his hands, he walked the victim into the woods and sexually assaulted her in a tent.

    Detectives identified the 36-year-old transient as a suspect and interviewed him.

    He denied meeting the victim and claimed he did not live in a tent, records show.

    He agreed to provide a DNA sample, which matched semen taken from the victim during the hospital exam.

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