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Sex offender 'person of interest' in assaults

"A person of interest in the investigation of two assaults on women in the last week is a registered sex offender, according to the King County's Sex Offender Database.Police want to question Roy E. Webbe, 31, about the choking of a 60-year-old woman in her Federal Way apartment April 15 and the assault of a 40-year-old Federal Way woman three days later.In both cases, the assailant was described as a black man between the ages of 25 and 35 with long hair, possibly in dreadlocks or braids. He is reportedly about 5-foot-9 and weighs about 150 pounds.Officers have developed information for Webbe's arrest on an unrelated charge, according to a Federal Way police press release. Police spokesman Bob Schubert said Thursday he doesn't know the nature of the charge. Webbe is black, 5-foot-8 and weighs about 150 pounds, according to the King County Sex Offender Database. He has black hair and brown eyes. He is registered in Seattle as a Level 2 offender for a first-degree rape. Level 2 offenders have a moderate likelihood of re-offending, according to information on the database. Officers received a call April 19 from a Federal Way woman who said she'd been assaulted the evening before in the parking lot of the Laundromat Tavern, 28845 Military Road S.The woman told police she arrived at the bar about 7:30 p.m. When she left about midnight, a man approached her from behind and began choking her, Schubert said. The man threw her to the ground in the parking lot, and she struck her left shoulder and head on a curb. She yelled and screamed, and he ran off behind the strip mall. She ran inside for help and the bartender called an ambulance.The woman was taken to St. Francis Hospital with an injured left shoulder, a black eye and possible fracture to her eyesocket, Schubert said. Officers interviewed her at the hospital, where she was treated and released. Officers searched the area after the woman reported the assault but found nothing, Schubert said. On April 15, officers responded to a separate assault at an apartment in the Pointe at Redondo complex, in the 1800 block of 295th with an injured left shoulder, a black eye and possible fracture to her eye socket, Schubert said. Officers interviewed her at the hospital, where she was treated and released. Officers searched the area after the woman reported the assault but found nothing, Schubert said. On April 15, officers responded to a separate assault at an apartment in the Pointe at Redondo complex, in the 1800 block of 295th Lane. The 60-year-old female victim reported that a man entered her apartment through an unlocked sliding glass door. When she approached him, he choked her. She screamed and her 32-year-old daughter, who was staying the night, rushed to her aid. The man punched the daughter in the face and fled, Schubert said.Detectives have not definitively linked the two assaults, but the facts of each point to a single assailant, Schubert said. The choking element, he said. They saw him. The description was the same. As soon as they would start fighting and screaming, he would leave.In neither case did the assailant speak. Neither of the victims knew the assailant, Schubert said. Neighbors of the first victim said they had seen the man in the area of the apartment complex in the weeks before the incident.The assailant in the first assault was wearing a knee-length dark blue or black trench coat and a tight, multi-colored coat.Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Webbe or any other person matching the assailant's description is asked to call 9-1-1 or Federal Way police at 661-4600."

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