Sheriff’s Office releases photo of auto stolen by rape suspect

jpawloski@theolympian.comApril 27, 2013 

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office has released a photo of a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta stolen by a man suspected of raping and robbing a 23-year-old Lacey woman in her home April 19.

The Sheriff’s Office also has released a photo of a pair of Nike Air Jordans similar to the ones that the victim said were being worn by the suspect during the crime. The woman was home alone in the 8200 block of Union Mills Road Southeast April 19 when she was confronted by a man wielding a knife when she tried to let her barking dog outside, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

The man allegedly forced his way into the woman’s home and sexually assaulted her. He then took cash and the keys to her car.

The car was found in a parking lot near Martin Way and Hoh Street Northeast, according to Lt. Greg Elwin. The car was impounded and processed by a forensics team.

The man was described as white and thin, about 5 feet 10, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants with his face covered by a red handkerchief or bandana.

No arrests have been made.

The Sheriff’s Office has released the photos of the car in the hopes that someone may have seen it between the time of the sexual assault and when it was recovered.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office at 360-704-2740 or Olympia/Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445

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