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Lynnwood sees increase in rapes cases

LYNNWOOD, Wash., July 23, 2021 – There have been 112 crimes and violations reported by Lynnwood Police Department during the second week of July. During this week, the city saw an increase in attempted rapes with three reported cases, one including a minor. Lynnwood police did not divulge more information as investigations are still ongoing. Theft and burglary also continued throughout this week, as well as other crimes including DUI and trespassing.

Sex offender gets arrested by undercover police officer

On July 7, a sex offender was stopped by Lynnwood Police after engaging in conversation and seeking a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old online. The 13-year-old, however, was in fact an undercover police officer who created an online account to target the sex offenders in the area. 

Initially, the officer’s social media account received a message from an adult male known as “J.” After checking their database, the officer determined that J was a registered sex offender for third degree child rape and first degree child molestation. J had also failed to register as a sex offender in 2012 and 2014, and had a felony conviction in 2010 for a sexually violent predator escape, according to a police report.

After talking for a couple of weeks, the sex offender and the “teenager” agreed to meet at Kohl’s parking lot where J planned to pick up the 13-year-old and engage in sex acts. When J exited his vehicle, he was stopped by the police. He claimed he thought he was talking with a friend of his and wanted to talk further with the police. With J’s permission, the police searched his van where they found a bag of condoms indicating intent. 

The suspect revealed that he had engaged in other conversations with minors, which he claimed he thought were 21 years old. According to the police report, investigators believe that if the intel agent was a real 13-year-old, the man would have commited the rape.

The police placed the offender under arrest for Attempted Rape of a Child 2nd Degree and Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes. The offender is currently booked into Snohomish County Jail. Further search warrants into his cell phone will be drafted to determine if more victims need to be contacted.

Gift cards with no value

Imagine you purchase an e-gift card for a friend or relative only for them to find there is no value on it! This is what happened in Lynnwood on July 6 to a male with initial D. 

He purchased a $100 gift card from a Fred Meyer store a week earlier as a gift for a friend, but when his friend attempted to use it, the card was empty.

After reporting the case to the police department and contacting the store management, the card was replaced.

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