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Sex offender Curtis Sell pleads guilty to naked burglaries in Lakewood

UPDATE — October 18, 2017

Curtis Sell pleaded guilty today to 1 count of residential burglary with sexual motivation – and 2 counts of residential burglary.  He will be sentenced on December 15th.  The standard sentencing range is 53-84 months, plus 18 months added for the sexual motivation.

CAPTURED IN PIERCE COUNTY Aug. 22, 2017 — 
Lakewood police officers arrested a sex offender who they suspect is the naked man entering people’s homes and burglarizing some of them.

Police said they acted on a Crime Stoppers tip and found Curtis Sell hiding in the attic of a home around 1 a.m. Tuesday. He had an outstanding felony warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.

Sell was booked into the Pierce County Jail. He has also been charged with 3 counts of residential burglary. Arraignment for those charges is scheduled for Wednesday.

“The Lakewood Police Department would like to thank Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers and Washington’s Most Wanted for their help in this case,” said Lt. Chris Lawler. ” Along with the U.S. Marshals-led Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, who early-on offered assistance in looking for Sell and chased down several tips.”

Sell is WMW Capture #911

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FUGITIVE WANTED IN PIERCE COUNTY Aug. 11, 2017 — 
Lakewood Police, Pierce County detectives and the U.S. Marshal’s Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force are searching for a sex offender who they suspect is the naked man entering people’s homes and burglarizing some of them.

Police identified the suspect as Curtis Sell, 51, who is currently transient and has an outstanding felony warrant for failing to register as a sex offender.

Police said they received a report of a naked man trying to enter a home through a window on 111th Street Southwest early Wednesday morning. Witnesses said he ran off when they yelled at him. He was described as a white, slim man in his 50s with thinning hair.

A few hours later, a woman came home to find a naked man in her bedroom who was trying on her underwear. She reported he calmly left the home naked, wearing only black and white tennis shoes.

In another incident, a woman woke up to find a naked man standing by her bed with a condom on and wearing one of her belts. When confronted, the man fled on foot naked.

On Wednesday afternoon, a person came home -- again on  11th Street Southwest -- to find someone had entered their home via a sliding glass window. The home was ransacked, and the suspect seen fleeing the scene matched the description of the other incidents, except this time he was wearing a blue tank top, shorts and a laptop bag.

"We believe a related incident occurred around midnight last night where it was reported a naked male was walking around the area of 108th and Lakeview," the police said in a news release.

A "camp" was found on Lakeview that police believe belongs to the suspect. Investigators found a yellow bicycle, some women's underwear and a cell phone. Pictures of the suspect were found on the found showing him wearing women's underwear.

"This guy's on another level of danger," said Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer. "When he's breaking into people's houses that are occupied and the female person is at home and trying on their underwear and doing other strange things, this is somebody that's very brazen and we need to get caught, before he hurts somebody. In the past, he's also used drugs on his victims and he's been convicted multiple times, so this is somebody who obviously can't control himself and we believe is a danger and we'd like to get him caught sooner than later."

Police ask if anyone in the area comes home and finds an open door or window, please call 911 so officers can respond to check the residence. They also urge residents to do the best to secure their homes during the heat wave.

If you know where Curtis Sell is, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or use the P3 Tips App to submit your information to Crime Stoppers.