Suicide ends five-hour Puyallup standoff following alleged sex assault

A Puyallup man suspected of raping a neighbor killed himself early Friday morning while Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies prepared to arrest him.

The suspect’s suicide ended a five-hour standoff in the 11400 block 63rd Court East, sheriff’s spokesman Detective Ed Troyer said.

Deputies have not released the suspect’s name.

He allegedly lured a neighbor into his home Thursday night and sexually assaulted her. The woman escaped about 9 p.m. and called 911.

Deputies arrived shortly afterward with a SWAT unit. Troyer said they tried to negotiate with the suspect, but he barricaded himself in the home and refused to leave.

Deputies evacuated neighboring houses and prepared to break into the home about 2 a.m. Friday. They sent forward a robot, which found the suspect’s body.

Troyer said the woman received care at a hospital and was released to her family.