Renton

Sex offender arrested for lewd comments made towards teen girl

RENTON, Wash. - Police arrested a Level III sex offender after harassing women in a parking lot, and making lewd comments to a teenage girl.

In late August, the 56-year-old Renton man was reportedly seen driving around a shopping center in the 700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard making sexual and disturbing comments toward women. Witnesses say the man also photographed the women, then commented to them about it.

The man also approached, and made sexual comments to a 16-year-old girl who ran to alert her parents. Bystanders and the teen's parents recorded the man's license plate, then reported the incident to the police.

Detectives confirmed the suspect's identity and arrested the man Thursday for communication with a minor for immoral purposes.