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Accusesd serial rapist is Federal Way-area man

By MIKE HALLIDAY

The Mirror

Two counts of first-degree rape were filed Thursday against Anthony Casper Dias, 26, by the King County prosecuting attorney for allegedly raping two teenage girls in their Federal Way home.

Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng said if Dias is convicted, he will seek the maximum prison sentence of 38 to 44 years. Maleng spokesman Dan Donohoe said an exceptional sentence might be requested considering the situation.

Dias was shot in the elbow and arrested by Federal Way Police Tuesday morning after allegedly running from The Heights on West Campus apartment unit where a mother and her two daughters fled after he allegedly invaded their home late Monday night, tied up the mother and raped the 15 and 13-year-old girls over several hours.

Dias has been at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle since his arrest, being treated for the gunshot wound.

Bail for Dias has been set at $5 million.

Dias lives near Federal Way in King County, Investigators from the Sheriff Department searched his home Tuesday night.

Representatives of five law enforcement agencies were "cautiously optmistic" Tuesday that Dias was responsible for at least four home invasions in their jurisdictions –– two in King County and two in Pierce County –– that resulted in rape, and a home invasion that went awry in Tacoma. Investigators are working to determine if he can be linked to the other attacks.

In Monday's incident, according to King County court documents, at about 11 p.m. the older sister was using the computer in their bedroom while her younger sister was drawing. The 15-year-old heard a door open and saw a black man enter wearing a ski mask, black pants and brown shoes pointing a revolver at her. Police believe the man got in through an open window.

Over the next several hours, Dias allegedly forced the girls to undress and repeatedly perform sex acts with him, at one point making the older girl shower and rape her again. He also allegedly tied the mother to a lamp with a dog leash and covered her eyes with duct tape, demanded money several times and searched the apartment while the victims were forced to lie on the floor.

Dias allegedly put the gun to the mother's head and asked her if she wanted to perform a sex act with him. She declined and he returned his attention to the daughters, according to prosecutors. Reports from the police Tuesday that the mother had been sexually assaulted were later determined untrue.

Early in the morning Tuesday while allegedly assaulting the girls, Dias put something in his mouth and told the victims it was a combination of "dope and ecstasy," authorities said. About an hour later, Dias began falling asleep. When the girls were sure the man was sleeping soundly, they grabbed clothes, freed their mother and escaped. They drove to a friend's house and called police, court documents state.

Federal Way Police went to the scene at almost 6 a.m. and surrounded the apartment complex on Southwest Campus Drive. Shortly after 7:15, Dias appeared outside on the balcony of the victims' apartment wearing a ski mask and carrying a gun. He went back inside after officers ordered him to put down his gun. He came out moments later, apparently dropped the handgun over the side and took off his shirt. Officers tried unsuccessfully to use a stun gun on the man. He jumped over the rail and while fleeing was shot once in the elbow about 100 yards from the apartment by officer Shon Smith. A K-9 unit later found the gun outside the apartment, authorities said.

The two girls were able to identify the man, but the mother said she only saw the suspect from behind while he raped her daughters.

Court documents state investigators from the Sheriff Department and Federal Way Police served Dias with a search warrant for DNA samples to test.

Police found Dias' car at the apartment complex and other evidence, including gloves, a cellphone and a mask, near the crime scene.

Andy Hwang, a Federal Way Police commander, said there were similarities in the bindings used in Monday's attack and others committed from Fircrest in Pierce County to Des Moines. It was one of the indications investigators believed Dias is the serial rapist in the attacks since Aug. 31.

Sheriff Department spokesman John Urquhart described the feeling Tuesday as "cautiously optimistic".

Prosecutors noted Dias had a prior criminal history, including a juvenile record from 1991. Since 1995, Dias has been convicted for several driving offenses, including felony hit-and-run and reckless driving. Police also said he was arrested for forgery and theft.

Ed Troyer, a Pierce County Sheriff Department spokesman, said police agencies across the state are looking at old cases involving home invasion and rape and interrupted home invasions to see if Dias can be linked to any of them.

Troyer speculated other citizens might have been attacked but haven't told police. He encouraged them do to so, noting Dias is in custody and not a threat.

Urquhart called the attacks "one of the most bizarre series of crimes. This guy is bold, bizarre and dangerous," Urquhart said.

Staff writer Mike Halliday: 925-5565, mhalliday@fedwaymirror.com

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