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U.S. Marshals Task Force and Seattle Police arrest suspect in 2016 Seward Park sexual assault case

CAPTURED May 1, 2017 — 
The U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force arrested Level 3 sex offender Heirius Howell Sunday in Renton. He was wanted on a $250,000 warrant for Indecent Liberties after Seattle Police say DNA identified him as the suspect who sexually assaulted a 60-year-old woman in Seward Park last October.

Howell was located thanks to an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound from a Washington’s Most Wanted viewer. In addition to the October assault, he was also arrested for an outstanding felony theft. He was booked into the King County Jail on indecent liberties and identity theft where he is being held on $265,000 bail.

Howell is WMW Capture #881. Thank you to the WMW tipster, The U.S. Marshals Task Force officers and Seattle Police for getting this guy off our streets!

WANTED IN SEATTLE October 2016 —
Some new clues in the search for a man Seattle Police say sexually assaulted a woman in Seward Park.

Above is a sketch of the suspect they are trying to identify.

Police say the woman was running on the lower loop trails on October 1st when she was attacked.

“He’s standing there, looking at her, has his hands down low,” describes Ret. Det. Myrle Carner with Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound. “She looks down, realizing he’s doing something very sexual. She tries to run by him, but he grabs her by the back of her coat, pulls her in, actually takes and pulls her pants down and is holding himself against her. He then tries to pull her into the bushes. She’s able to break free, but during that conversation he also stated he had a gun. None was seen, but it doesn’t mean he didn’t have one.”

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Here’s a suspect description:

  • Black
  • Age: 25-35
  • Ht:  5`6”
  • Wt: 165-175 lbs.
  • Slim, athletic build
  • Light skin with freckling
  • Short dark hair
  • Light brown eyes
  • Full goatee
  • Clean-cut and well-groomed

Wearing:

  • Running-type clothing
  • Zip-up black jacket with red accents
  • White t-shirt under his jacket
  • Charcoal-colored loose lounge-type pants

If you have any information about this suspect, call an anonymous tip into:
CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS

You must call the Crime Stoppers hotline with your tip to be eligible to receive a cash reward for information leading to a fugitive’s arrest.