EVERETT — An Arlington man is accused of a March knifepoint rape after an Everett police investigation that involved surveillance video, DNA comparison and street-level detective work.
The suspect, 35, was jailed this week for investigation of first-degree rape. He was being held Friday on $500,000 bail.
The investigation began March 7 when police were called by people concerned about a woman they’d spotted walking along Highway 529 just south of Marysville.
When officers reached her, the woman said she’d just been raped by a stranger, according to a police report.
The woman said the man offered her a ride to Marysville as she was leaving a convenience store in north Everett. He was driving a yellow pickup.
She initially declined the offer, but the man persisted, and she eventually climbed into the passenger seat.
While driving north on Highway 529, the man turned off the highway and stopped at an abandoned building. He persuaded her to leave the truck, then pulled a knife and demanded sex.
He drove away after the assault. The woman was injured and also was struggling with unrelated health issues. She’d been in Everett for medical treatment that day and had a bandage over one eye and was walking with a cane.
Detectives checked the convenience store and obtained surveillance video of the yellow truck. Investigators developed enough information to identify its likely registered owner. The video showed unique features on the truck that matched the vehicle owned by the suspect.
“Police observations of (the suspect) suggested that he frequented north Everett seeking out prostitutes and potentially more individuals to victimize,” detectives wrote. They added that the woman who was raped in March isn’t a prostitute, and her contact with police has been for traffic offenses.
Police obtained a judge’s permission to search the man’s home and to obtain a DNA sample. He denied raping anyone.
The evidence gathered after the rape was compared to the man’s DNA sample. Initial tests by the Washington State Patrol crime lab determined the suspect and the woman’s attacker have similar genetic profiles, according to the police report.