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December 7, 2011 at 7:12 AM

Man arrested in rape of 12-year-old Shoreline girl

A suspect has been arrested in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old in Shoreline on Sunday, according to the King County sheriff’s office. See the full story.

The sheriff’s office announced that a suspect was in custody via twitter this morning. The tweet said more details were to come.

King County sheriff’s detectives were investigating whether the Shoreline apartment where the girl was raped early Sunday may have been targeted.

Detectives were called to the apartment complex in the 20000 block of Whitman Avenue North at 3:30 a.m. by a woman who reported a strange man was in her house, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West. The man ran out the door when the mother came home, West said.

The woman’s 12-year-old daughter told investigators the man had raped her.

The girl and her two younger siblings were home alone when the man slipped into the apartment.

Investigators aren’t sure whether the man targeted the apartment and the girl, or whether the attack was random. But he entered the home while no adult was present.

West said it’s unclear how the attacker got inside the home.

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