Puyallup sexual assault suspect nabbed in less than 24 hours

PUYALLUP — A man accused of attempting to sexually attack a woman on a busy sidewalk was arrested Wedneday night.

handcuffs-arrest310x177The 32-year old suspect was arrested at a home in the 2500 block of South Meridian less than 24 hours after he is accused of attacking a 22-year-old woman.

He showed me his lighter and I just kept walking,” the alleged victim said.

She was on a walk to Walmart when a man tried to strike up a conversation on a sidewalk on 5th Street Southeast. The woman ignored him, making her way into the store, but she saw him again on her way back home and this time his words were shocking.

“He said hey little girl, what are you doing out so late? You realize you could get raped?” the alleged victim said.

She said that from there, it got violent.

“He pushed me onto the fence and I was kind of like sideways, like not completely facing him,” she said.

The woman said the man groped her but she quickly escaped after kneeing him.

“I figured I would hit him where it hurts,” she said.

The woman ran back into the Walmart for help. An employee recognized the suspect’s description, allowing police to track down surveillance pictures of the man from inside the store from earlier that day.

“This is extremely concerning. This is a complete stranger, very bold, it was on a public sidewalk on a well-traveled street,” said Puyallup police Capt. Scott Engle.

That part of the street is right across from Bradley Lake Park, a place where children play and many usually feel safe.

“It makes me not want to go places at night or alone by myself;  I am just always cautious,” said resident Lindy Turpin.

“Generally, the South Hill area is pretty safe so thinking someone is doing something like that is pretty eery,” said resident Chelsea Viseth.

Puyallup police say the woman did the right thing by fighting back.

“When you are out and about, always pay attention to your surroundings. The victim in this case did exactly the right thing; she was alert to her surroundings,” said Engle.

“I can’t let him do what he wanted to do. I don’t know what his intentions were,” the alleged victim said.

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3 comments

  • S. hobson Sr.

    It seems that no matter what neighborhood we live in or might be visiting, the need to be more aware and prepared to react and defend yourself and loved ones is a serious reality. Horrific situations that are caused by chance encounters with dangerous people can have powerful & life saving results for those who are able to keep their composure and not panic. We are blessed with a wonderful community in South Hill/Puyallup area. I am proud of how quickly this was resolved, first by a quick thinking and composed victim that used her resourcefulness then quickly utilizing a 'Safe Zone' retailer. Incredible teamwork from all who helped our competent Puyallup Police force apprehend the suspect. Well done, Puyallup/South Hill. S. Hobson Sr. – A Very Proud Puyallup Resident

  • Tmb

    Since I'm the accused guys fiancé this is just blowing me away he'd never do sum shit like that..I'm curious what did he want you to do any way? And his intentions?

  • S. Hobson Sr So. Hill/Puyallup

    We don’t always know someone as much as we think we do. It’s obvious what his ‘intentions’ were. He physically attacked an innocent young girl after making inappropriate comments to her. Some simple advice, get as far removed from him as you can….never look back. If he can boldly attack someone in broad daylight, I can only imagine what he’s capable of in the future..God knows what he’s done in the past. S.Hobson Sr. South Hill/Puyallup


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