OLYMPIA - A 19-year-old Shelton man was being held at the Thurston County Jail on Monday on suspicion of attempted first-degree rape. He was arrested in connection with a Feb. 1 attack on a woman as she walked on Division Street on Olympia's west side shortly before midnight.
On Friday, the woman who was attacked identified a photo of Jordan Eugene Brown from a montage of potential suspects shown to her by Olympia police, court papers state. Two anonymous Crime Stoppers tips to the Olympia Police Department led police to identify Brown as a potential suspect.
According to the probable cause certificate for Brown’s arrest, when police located him at his grandfather’s home in Shelton, Brown had “several long scratches” on the right side of his neck which were consistent with the woman’s statement that she had scratched at her attacker’s face during the attack.
Brown was being held Monday at the Thurston County Jail with bail set at $40,000.
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Nothing in court papers explicitly indicates that the suspect in the attack intended to sexually assault the victim. But Olympia Police Lt. Jim Costa said Monday that some of the behaviors of the suspect during the attack, such as not asking the woman for money, and the information that he dragged her into the bushes at the corner of Division Street and Garfield Avenue, are consistent with a sexual assault.
The woman suffered several injuries in the attack, including a broken nose, several small fractures to her cheekbone and a puncture wound from being bitten on the thumb by the suspect as she attempted to scratch his face, court papers state.
According to court papers:
Olympia police responded to the area of Division Street and Garfield Avenue shortly before midnight Feb. 1, after someone called 911 to report a woman being attacked. The woman told police she was attacked from behind by a black man while walking home from a convenience store. She said the attacker pushed her to the ground and said words to the effect of “if you say anything, I’ll kill you.”
The woman said she screamed for help, and tried to fight the man as he dragged her into the bushes and attempted to silence her by putting his hand over her mouth.
Olympia police found a light blue Nike sneaker near the scene of the attack. Olympia police say they believe that it had been left there by the suspect when he fled after the attack.
One of the anonymous Crime Stoppers callers had stated that Brown was wearing white and blue Nike shoes when he fled from the scene, and indicated one of the sneakers had fallen off during the attack. Police think that tip was credible, because information about a shoe being found at the scene was not released to the media.
According to Thurston County court records, Brown moved to Washington from Florida in June 2010. Brown has “extensive juvenile and adult arrests in Florida,” court papers state.
Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Toynbee said he has only incomplete records of Brown’s criminal history from courts in Florida.
Brown’s criminal history in Florida does not include any arrests for sexual assault, Toynbee said.