Edmonds police arrested a 46-year-old Seattle man Sunday night after he allegedly raped an Edmonds woman on the north side of the Edmonds Safeway store at 236th Street and Highway 99.
According to Edmonds Police Sgt.Mike Blackburn, police responded to a report of a passerby who heard a female crying for help and then observed what appeared to be an assault in progress. Edmonds Police Officer Nat Rossi arrived within three minutes to find an adult man on top of a female near the bushes on the north side of the store building.
The officer immediately arrested the man and summoned aid for the woman.
According to Blackburn, officers learned that the suspect began following the woman as she walked westbound on 236th Street Southwest. Just west of Highway 99, in the 8200 block of 236th Street, the suspect forced the woman to the bushes on the south side of the roadway where he assaulted her.
The suspect was unknown to the woman, who was transported to a local hospital for medical attention, Blackburn said.
Police arrested the man for rape and booked him into jail. During the course of the investigation, questions arose regarding the suspect’s true identity. After taking fingerprints, police confirmed his identify and found an outstanding warrant for his arrest from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.