Fircrest Police arrest 13 year old suspect accused of attacking woman on street

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Fircrest assault suspect sketchFUGITIVE CAPTURED August 8, 2015 —
Fircrest Police say a 13 year old male was arrested on Saturday for the assault on an exchange student.

FUGITIVE WANTED IN FIRCREST August 5, 2015 —
Fircrest Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a teenage boy who attacked a 22 year old woman while she was walking the family dog last Sunday.

The victim is a host student who is staying with a Fircrest family.

Police say she was grabbed from behind, forced to the ground in the 1500 block of Cottonwood Rd. When she asked what the suspect wanted he grabbed his crotch and groped himself.

“Someone’s gotta keep an eye out for a 13 to 14 year old boy who walks around alone, snoops in people’s gardens and attacks girls he doesn’t know,” said the victim’s host mother who talked about the attack as long as she stayed anonymous for their safety. She says the teen has knocked on the door to their home before claiming he had the wrong house. “This is the infancy. Is he gonna get more brazen as he goes and next time what’s he gonna do?” she asked.

Chief John Cheesman fears that while the suspect may be young, his actions could escalate. “So brazen, it’s still daylight out and he feels confident that he can get away with this and that’s what bothers me. What’s next? I don’t want there to be a next.”

A police sketch artist worked with the victim on a composite drawing. Detectives are hoping someone in the area knows his name.

Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to his arrest.

If you recognize the teen in the sketch or have any information on who the suspect might be, call the hotline anonymously at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477.