By Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune
A man with a knife crawled through the window of a Kent coffee stand early Tuesday to kidnap and sexually assault a bikini barista, police said.
Less than a day after police released surveillange footage of the attack and pleaded with the public to identify him, they arrested a 33-year-old man with an extensive criminal history.
It was about 4:45 a.m. Tuesday when the man walked up to the window at Hottie Shots Espresso at 21237 84th Ave. S. and ordered a drink.
As the 30-year-old Bonney Lake barista started tending to his order, she said the man climbed in the window, threatened her with a knife and forced her into a dark alley near the stand.
Another car pulling up apparently spooked him and he took off.
The woman called 911.
Other than a few scratches, police said she is OK.
Another barista who works at the coffee stand said the attacker’s boldness despite all the security cameras was unnerving.
“We’ve been robbed a couple times as well,” the unidentified woman told KIRO-7. “If somebody ever wants something in here, we assume it’s the money. This was much more terrifying.”
King County prosecutors will review the case and decide whether to file charges.