Downtown Seattle

Suspect arrested in rape of 80-year-old woman

Suspect arrested in rape of 80-year-old woman

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Police Department has arrested a suspect in the rape and robbery of an 80-year-old woman that took place Wednesday in the International District.

A patrol officer found 34-year-old Jacob Lenard Ward around 7 a.m. near Sixth Avenue South and South Dearborn Street.

He was arrested without incident and booked into King County Jail. According to police, Ward was already under Department of Corrections supervision for a robbery and burglary he committed five years ago.

Wednesday's attack took place when an elderly woman walked into an apartment complex in the 200 block of Sixth Avenue and was immediately punched in the head by a man, according to police.

According to police, the man then sexually assaulted and robbed the woman at knifepoint before running off.

Police believe the man is also responsible for a July 19 robbery in the same apartment complex.

According to the Washington Department of Corrections, Ward served time in state prison for a 2004 burglary conviction and a first degree robbery conviction in 2008.

He was in prison from January 2009 to June of this year, when he was released from the Monroe Correctional Complex.

Ward failed to check in with DOC officials just two days after he was released, and a DOC warrant was issued for his arrest.