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

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

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.

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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.