Police arrest suspect in violent day care assault

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TACOMA — Police arrested a suspect Tuesday in a violent and sexual assault at a Tacoma daycare that left an employee fighting for her life.

The Tacoma Police Department announced the arrest Tuesday morning. The suspect, 18-year-old Andrake Morris, was named by Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist Tuesday.

tender heart daycareThe arrest follows an assault around 6:30 Monday morning at the Tender Heart Learning Center in the 8200 block of Pacific Avenue South. According to police, a man approached her and asked to use a phone in the day care building. She complied, and Morris hit her several times in the face and also sexually assaulted her, police said. Another employee arrived at the scene and chased away the suspect.

The victim was severely beaten and taken to the hospital for extensive injuries, including those consistent with a violent sexual assault, police said.

Tacoma Police Detectives worked to compile witness information and possible DNA evidence left at the scene. They were able to develop a possible suspect and probable cause late Monday night, and and arrested Morris at his home without incident.

Police believe that Morris has committed other crimes that are violent, sexual and predatory in nature. Morris was in court Tuesday and was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Formal charges are pending Thursday.

Lindquist asked a 72-hour hold be placed on Morris, saying his arrest could illuminate more crimes.

“We will keep the community posted on the progress,” Lindquist said.

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  • Urm0m

    I doubt it’s a shock considering the other things he’s accused of based on other news sites (ejaculating on a woman, stealing her laptop, robbing a young mother with two children in tow) I’m sure y’all are real shocked

  • Treshiba Solomon

    and i agree all this is new to us but that don’t mean for people to talk shit about my sister she didn’t do it he did I hope he do get life,she raised him very well never had to want or need he made that choicebeing with the people and last time i check he was grown and out of her house

  • joe

    The once great nation is going down the toilet, if they would have punished this behavior by that kind decades ago rather than creating DC’s favorite minority class, then they would not only fear the consequences, but not feel entitled to pillage and plunder.

  • HDFred

    I'm sorry for the victim and I'm praying for her speedy recovery. I watched the raid go down Monday night at 84th and Pacific and I wanted to say Thanks to the Tacoma Police Dept and all involved LEA. They did an outstanding job gathering Intel and arresting this SOB without any injuries to themselves or the public! I hope this guy rots in prison for the rest of his life! A Job Well Done to our Tacoma’s finest!