By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
EVERETT — A convicted sex offender from Everett has been arrested for investigation of raping a stranger he offered a ride to early Saturday morning.
It wasn’t the first time Anthony N. Solis, 61, has been accused of sexually assaulting a stranger, according to police and court records.
Everett police on Saturday morning received a complaint of an assault in a parking lot in the 11000 block of Evergreen Way.
The woman, 19, said Solis approached her at a fast-food restaurant in north Everett and offered to drive her south in his pickup. She was planning to meet up with her boyfriend.
While driving down I-5, Solis reportedly made sexual advances and began drinking tequila from a bottle.
When he arrived at the parking lot, he allegedly began assaulting the woman after lending her his cell phone.
Solis is accused of sexually assaulting and hitting the woman in the head multiple times as she tried to get out of the truck.
The woman escaped after kicking him in the leg, court papers said.
That’s when police believe he began to follow her through the parking lot.
“He drove over curbing and circled around in attempts to get to her,” police wrote in a report.
Security footage backed the woman’s story. The woman also had scratches on her neck and redness in the chest area where she’d reportedly been restrained and groped.
Mukilteo police later caught up with Solis in the 10000 block of 50th Place W. when a woman called 911 to report a suspicious man following her in a pickup.
Everett officers said Solis admitted having contact with the woman he’d taken to the parking lot in south Everett. He allegedly made several statements, including “She asked for it,” and “She wants to be assaulted and I did,” according to court papers.
Everett police noted Solis’ criminal history includes sex offenses.
According to court records, Solis was convicted of child molestation in 1994. He was accused of sexually assaulting a girl, 15, in the 1990s. Solis passed the victim when she was walking along a road and reached out and pinched her breast. The teen pushed Solis away and ran home.
Around the same time, Solis also assaulted another girl, 14, who also was a stranger, according to a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office report. Solis was walking in front of the victim when he turned and grabbed her breast before jogging away, the report said.
Solis was treated in the community after serving six months in jail. His sentence was revoked for failing to make progress in his treatment.
He was being held in the Snohomish County Jail on Monday on $250,000 bail.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; firstname.lastname@example.org.