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Rape Suspect Caught After Using Victim’s Credit Card on Dating Site – Newsweek

A man in Tacoma, Washington, accused of attempted rape and robbery, was identified by police after he used an alleged victim’s stolen credit card.

Leon Bronson Jr., 45, admitted to using the victim’s stolen credit card to sign up for a dating site. Police did not reveal what dating site the suspect was using.

The Tacoma Police Department posted to its Twitter page on December 10 that Bronson had been arrested. Tacoma Police/ Pierce County Crime Stoppers had been offering $1,000 for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Pierce County prosecutors have since charged Bronson Jr. with attempted rape in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, and identity theft in the second degree.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Jennifer Andrews set Bronson’s bail at $1,000,000.

Court documents from the case detailed the alleged victim’s version of the events.

The documents said that around 4 a.m. on November 16 the woman went outside her apartment on Cheyenne Loop Rd S to smoke a cigarette.

She then saw the suspect approaching her with a gun. She told officers the suspect grabbed her throat and demanded to know where she kept her money.

She said that the suspect then pushed her into her home, with this moment being caught on surveillance video. The woman said the suspect pushed her from room to room to check if anyone else was at home with her and then took her to the bedroom, demanding her jewelry.

According to the probable cause documents: “The defendant then said he was going to rape the victim and pushed her face down on the bed.

“The defendant was holding her down by the back of her neck and pulled her sweatpants down.

“The victim said she fought hard to keep the defendant from pulling her underwear down. The defendant then pulled her to the bathroom and forced her to her knees.”

The woman told police that when the suspect let get of her throat to unbutton his pants she screamed, causing him to run out of the room and grab her purse with her credit cards.

Bronson has denied he attempted to rape the victim and said the victim started screaming when he approached her asking for a cigarette.

The police report said: “[Bronson] ‘freaked out’ and pushed her inside the apartment to get her to be quiet.

“He denied trying to rape the victim. He did admit that he pushed her into the bathroom because he was trying to find a way to lock her in there, so he could flee.”

Newsweek has contacted the Tacoma police department for comment.

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Source: https://www.newsweek.com/leon-bronson-jr-alleged-rape-suspect-credit-card-tacoma-washington-1659209

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