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CRIME STOPPERS: Fircrest police seek ID of teen suspect who attacked woman

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Fircrest Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a teenage boy who attacked a 22-year-old woman while she was walking the family dog last Sunday. The victim is an exchange student who is staying with a Fircrest family. Police say she was grabbed from behind, forced to the ground in the 1500 block of Cottonwood Road. When she asked what the suspect wanted, he grabbed his crotch and groped himself.

“Someone’s gotta keep an eye out for a 13- to 14-year-old boy who walks around alone, snoops in people's gardens and attacks girls he doesn't know,” said the victim’s host mother who talked about the attack as long as she stayed anonymous for their safety. She says the teen had knocked on the door to their home before claiming he had the wrong house.

“This is the infancy. Is he gonna get more brazen as he goes and next time what's he gonna do?” she asked.

Chief John Cheesman fears that while the suspect may be young, his actions could escalate. “So brazen, it’s still daylight out and he feels confident that he can get away with this and that’s what bothers me. What’s next? I don't want there to be a next.”

A police sketch artist worked with the victim on a composite drawing. Detectives are hoping someone in the area knows his name. Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to his arrest. If you recognize the teen in the sketch or have any information on who the suspect might be, call the hotline anonymously at 1 (800) 222-(TIPS) 8477. This is one of the cases featured this weekend on Washington’s Most Wanted Friday night at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX and Saturday night at 9:30 on JOEtv and 10:30 on Q13 FOX.

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