Lakewood police issue sketch of suspect in rape of 13-year-old girl

LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- Police on Wednesday issued a sketch of suspect in the rape of a 13-year-old girl in the Wards Lake Park area on July 27.

The suspect walked up to the girl in the 2500 block of 84th Street S, displayed a handgun and forced her to a trail on the northeast end of the park, where he raped her at gunpoint, police said.

"That's very scary, very scary," said neighbor Adavyette Hurst. "I have teenage daughters. That's very frightening."

The suspect is described as a black male, 17-25 years of age, average height, with a slim to medium build and a medium to dark complexion. The suspect has short black hair with a “chinstrap” beard.

Lakewood police said detectives are looking for information on this suspect or any information about suspicious persons/vehicles/incidents in the area prior to the assault that occurred at about 3:30 or 4 p.m. on July 27.

Tips or information can be called into the Lakewood Police Department’s Investigations Tip Line at (253) 830-5064. Tips can also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (253) 591-5959, where you can be eligible for a cash reward.