Suspect wanted in violent attack on 70-year-old woman in Kent surrenders

UPDATE: Kent Police say the suspect surrendered late on Friday, October 8, 2021.   He was been booked into the King Count jail.   

Detectives say his family saw the surveillance video featured on FOX 13 News and brought him to the police station where he confessed that it was him on the video. 

Police say they also received a tip from Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound identifying him. 

Per our policy, FOX 13 News isn't naming the suspect until prosecutors formally charge him with a crime. 

This story is developing and will be updated as information becomes available. 

ORIGINAL: 

Kent Police and Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect who violently attacked a 70-year-old woman. 

Detectives say the suspect walked into a bookstore on 1st Avenue S. in downtown Kent on Sept. 22 around 2 p.m. After milling around for a moment, surveillance video shows him going behind the counter and chasing the clerk around to the front.  

He then started kicking her in the head and chest, punching her in the face and body and is seen groping her several times.  As the woman fought back, she bit him on the face, so he could have bite marks. 

The man never said anything and didn’t rob her.  After the assault, he stumbled out of the store and headed north towards Kaibara Park or the Burlington Northern train tracks.

Police describe the suspect as Hispanic, possibly in his 20s, with medium height and medium build. He has a mustache and a small amount of hair on his chin.  

If you can identify him, please text his name and any photos you have to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound through the P3 Tips App that you can download to your cell phone for free or go to www.P3Tips.com.  You can also call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). All calls will remain anonymous. 

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