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Man charged with attacking teenagers

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 35-year-old man with sexual attacks on two teenagers.

Dwayne Clark pleaded not guilty Thursday to one count each of first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation and third- degree child molestation in the May 2007 abduction of a 15-year-old boy. Clark also pleaded not guilty to one count each of indecent liberties and second-degree assault in an attack on an 18-year-old man Wednesday in Lakewood.

He is being held in the Pierce County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

In both incidents, Clark is accused of approaching the victims as they walked down the street. It appears neither victim knew Clark, according to court documents.

Lakewood Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro said investigators will be looking into Clark’s background and contacting other local law enforcement agencies to see if he might be a suspect in any other unsolved cases.

Prosecutors contend Clark pulled a 15-year-old boy into his truck May 16, 2007, after approaching the teen in a parking lot.

The victim told deputies he couldn’t get the door open from the inside. As the man drove around the Parkland area, he fondled the boy and took photographs of him with a cell phone, court documents state.

At one point, the man gave the boy a note with his phone number on it.

The boy got away — taking his attacker’s cell phone and the note — when the man got out of his truck to use the bathroom at Spanaway Lake Park, court documents state.

A detective used the cell phone and phone number to develop Clark as a suspect. The victim later picked him out of a photo montage, court records state. The day after the incident, Clark reported that his cell phone and credit card were stolen at Spanaway Lake Park.

The detective investigating that case was unable to find Clark, charging documents state.

Prosecutors allege that on Wednesday, Clark assaulted an 18-year-old man who was walking home from American Lake.

The young man accepted a ride from a man who went down a side street then tried to sexually assault the young man, charging documents state. The victim pushed the man away and fought off other advances.

The attacker pulled out a knife and lunged toward the victim, who was able to get out of the truck and run away.

The victim reported the incident to Lakewood police and gave officers a description of the truck and his attacker. While the victim talked to the officer, Clark walked within sight. The victim pointed Clark out as the one who attacked him, and officers arrested him.

Stacey Mulick: 253-597-8268

stacey.mulick@thenewstribune.com

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