A dangerous individual is off the street and safely behind bars, thanks to SPD Sexual Assault detectives.
A 31 year old man was arrested earlier this evening for using the guise of a police officer and then sexually assaulting a woman in North Seattle on June 15th. SAU detectives were able to determine the identity of the suspect through good detective work and forensic science. US Marshals picked him up blocks away from the original crime, in the 9800 block of Aurora Avenue North. He is being questioned right now and will be booked into King County Jail on multiple counts – including rape and assault – when the interviews are concluded. Detectives have yet to locate the suspect’s fake badge.
SAU Acting Lieutenant Rose McMahon says, “This is outstanding work by the case detectives. Still, we wouldn’t have been able to solve it without assistance from the community who called in tips, the scientists at the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and the US Marshals who helped us track him down.”
SAU detectives don’t believe that this suspect is responsible for any other crimes but they are not ruling out the possibility. Information from this case will be shared with SPD Vice/High Risk Victims Unit and SPD Narcotics detectives. This case should serve as a warning to sexual predators in Seattle – commit a crime of violence and SPD SAU will expend every effort to hold you accountable.