15-year-old arrested in Kent-area sex assaults

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Two composite sketch depicting the same person suspected of raping two women in Kent.
KENT, Wash. - Police have arrested a 15-year-old Kent youth in connection with sexual assaults on two teenage girls late last month.

The juvenile suspect was arrested shortly after noon Monday in the Covington area. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the King County Juvenile Detention Center in Seattle.

Police said composite sketches of the suspect that appeared on KOMO News and other news outlets helped in identifying the suspect. Both victims met independently with an illustrator to come up with the sketches, police said.

Police say the first attack happened around 10 p.m. on Oct. 29 when a teenage girl was approached the 12900 block of Kent Kangley Road by a man who said he was armed.

A similar attack occurred at 7:30 p.m. the next day just north of the Kent Kangley Road, in the 26200 block of 116th Avenue SE.

All along, police suspected the same attacker was involved in both assaults.

In both cases, the man hid in bushes and waited until nobody else was around, said Kent Police Cmdr. Pat Lowery, adding the man threatened but didn't actually show a weapon.

As the investigation unfolded, several people who bore a resemblance to the suspect’s description were identified, and the police sketches generated a number of tips as well.

Eventually, information about the 15-year-old came to the attention of detectives from several sources and eventually led to his arrest.

“We are extremely happy to have this suspect in custody,” said Lowery. “Our hope is that this arrest will help restore the community’s sense of security."

It is anticipated that charges will be filed against the suspect in the next few days. His identity is being withheld due to his status as a juvenile.