15-year-old suspected of two rapes in Kent
A 15-year-old Kent boy was ordered held in the King County Juvenile Detention Center on Tuesday, accused of raping two teens and threatening to shoot them if they reported being attacked as they walked home from bus stops.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A King County Juvenile Court judge found probable cause Tuesday to hold a 15-year-old expelled Kentwood High School student on investigation of two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree kidnapping.
The boy is accused of raping a 19-year-old woman behind a chiropractor's office and a 17-year-old girl who was assaulted behind an apartment complex in Kent, according to the statement of probable cause that outlines the police case against the youth.
The alleged rapes occurred Oct. 29 and 30. Both victims were walking home from bus stops when they were approached by a youth, who threatened to shoot them if they resisted, the statement says.
DNA samples taken from the victims and their clothing were determined to have come from the same individual, according to the statement. It does not appear that the DNA evidence has yet been compared to the suspect's DNA.
The Seattle Times generally does not name juvenile suspects unless they are prosecuted in adult court.
The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has until Thursday to file formal charges; if charges are filed, prosecutors will likely seek to have him tried as an adult, said Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff to Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
Just before 10 p.m. Oct. 29, the 19-year-old woman got off a bus at 116th Avenue Southeast and Southeast Kent Kangley Road, and as she began walking home, she noticed a young male on an orange-and-black BMX bicycle following her, the statement says. The male grabbed her arm as she walked by a shopping center and threatened to shoot her if she refused to go with him.
"She did not see a gun but was terrified," the statement says.
The male made the woman push his bicycle as he gripped her arm, leading her behind a chiropractor's office, where the woman was raped, the statement says. The male ordered the woman to dress and walked with her back to the shopping center before riding away on his bike, it says.
On Oct. 30, the 17-year-old victim got off a bus around 7:30 p.m. and was walking east on Southeast Kent Kangley Road when she saw a young male walking through the parking lot of an apartment complex, the statement says.
As the girl turned south on 116th Avenue Southeast, she noticed the male circle around and begin following her, it says.
The male grabbed her shoulder, shoved what she believed was a gun into her back and pushed her south on 116th Avenue Southeast to the driveway of the apartment complex. He "took her all the way to the back fence line, and around to the back of the apartment units," where the girl was raped, the statement says.
After the assault, the male told the girl "to put her clothes on and walk away. He threatened to shoot her if she told anyone, which is why she waited 24 hours to tell her mother," the statement says.
Witnesses who had seen the male at businesses near the intersection of 116th Avenue Southeast and Southeast Kent Kangley Road, along with video surveillance footage from a gas station and the chiropractor's office, helped police identify the 15-year-old, the statement says.
The boy was arrested Monday at his Kent home and was booked into the King County Juvenile Detention Center in Seattle. He was reportedly expelled from Kentwood High the previous week for fighting.
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