Tacoma police looking for man in East Side stranger rape case

Composite sketch of suspect (Courtesy of Tacoma Police Department)
Composite sketch of suspect (Courtesy of Tacoma Police Department)

Tacoma police are asking for the public's help in finding a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman last month after she went for a morning walk on the East Side.

The department released information about the attack and a composite sketch of the suspect this afternoon.

The 26-year-old woman has told police she doesn't know her attacker. She left her home for the walk July 20 about 6 a.m. She was going north on McKinley Avenue in the 3500 block when the man pulled up in a car, police report.

The man made a comment. The woman told him to leave her along and continued walking. The man stopped his vehicle and approached the woman from behind near the parking lot of a nearby church, police reported.

The attacker grabbed the woman, pulled her into his vehicle, drove a short distance to another parking lot and sexually assaulted her. He released the woman, then drove off.

The attacker is described as a black man in his early 20s and 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 9 with a thin build. He wore a business office-type identification badge on a lanyard around his neck. He was driving a white early 1990s sedan that was in good condition. It might have been a Ford Escort or similar-style vehicle, police reported.

The detective initially had several leads he was following, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

"He exhausted them all and now needs some help," he added.

Anyone with information about the attacker's identity is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and charges filed in the case. Tipsters may remain anonymous.