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Puyallup police seek tattooed child rape suspect

Marcus F. Cordova, 39, is wanted on probable cause of first-degree child rape out of Puyallup and on a warrant from the state of Colorado.
Marcus F. Cordova, 39, is wanted on probable cause of first-degree child rape out of Puyallup and on a warrant from the state of Colorado. Courtesy

Puyallup police are seeking a suspect in a child rape earlier this month who they believe still might be in the area.

Marcus Cordova, 39, is believed to be a transient and frequenting Puyallup Tribe lands while working in construction, police spokesman Scott Engle said.

Police say there is probable cause for Cordova’s arrest on a charge of first-degree rape of a child in the Nov. 5 sexual assault of a 7-year-old girl at her Puyallup home, Engle said.

Cordova had been living with the girl’s mother at the time, he said.

“It’s very possible he could still be in the area,” Engle said. “He’s been known to frequent the tribal casinos. He may have left the area after the incident. We just don’t know.

“He’s one of those guys that we’d like to locate as soon as we can, and we’d like to get him in custody as soon as we can.”

Cordova is wanted on a warrant from the state of Colorado for violating his probation, Engle said.

He was in the Puyallup area to work with a friend to renovate and flip houses, Engle said.

Cordova is 6 feet 1, 180 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair. He has distinctive facial tattoos, including one around his right eye, and tattoos on his scalp.

Anyone with information about Cordova’s whereabouts is asked to call Puyallup police’s tip line at 253-770-3343 or email tips@ci.puyallup.wa.us.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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