Police have released a composite sketch of a man sought in eight rapes and one attempted rape in King, Pierce and Thurston counties.
A recent victim gave a description for the sketch, and cameras at a Kent convenience store and several automatic teller machines have caught the man’s image as he has used cards stolen from his victims, police said.
Kent detective Lisa Gullikson said six of the rapes and the attempted rape have occurred since early February. The first assault occurred in Tacoma in January 1994.
In all of the attacks, the rapist has tied the hands of his victims with rope. In most cases, he wore a mask and was armed with either a gun or knife. He often entered the women’s homes at night through unlocked doors or windows.
The victims have ranged in age from their mid-20s to 63.
Gullikson said the attacker is well-groomed, articulate and intelligent.
“He enunciates every word,” Gullikson said. “There was never any slang used in any of the attacks.”
The man is described as white, in his mid-20s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing 160 to 180 pounds, with short dark hair.
In an attempted rape March 6 in Tacoma, a car believed to belong to the man was described as a red 1986-‘88 two-door Ford Escort.
Anyone with information should call Kent police at (206) 859-6834 or (206) 859-3315 after hours.