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December 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM

UPDATE: Man suspected of raping 80-year-old Kirkland woman arrested

Wednesday night police arrested Moses Kelly, 26, a transient man they believe raped an 80-year-old Kirkland woman in October.

UPDATE 11:25 P.M.| Redmond police arrested Kelly tonight near a gas station and took him into custody using Kirkland Police Department’s felony arrest warrant.

Kirkland Police obtained a warrant for his arrest after DNA evidence gathered at the crime scene matched Kelly’s, according to a department release.

EARLIER POST:

Police have obtained a felony warrant for the arrest of a man they believe raped an 80-year-old Kirkland woman in October.

Kirkland police are asking for help finding Moses Kelly, 26, whom they think is a homeless man known to travel via public transit to Seattle, Woodinville, Federal Way, Bellingham, Mukilteo and Edmonds. He is about five-foot-five, weighs 120-130 pounds, has a chipped front tooth and has scars on his forearms, chest and back.

A news release cautioned the public against interacting with him and encourages anyone with information about him to call 911 immediately.  Anyone with more information about Kelly can also call Kirkland’s Police Tip Line at 425-587-3515 or e-mail a detective at dquiggle@kirklandwa.gov.

According to police, the woman was walking into her home in the 9500 block of Northeast 128th Street around 11:45 a.m. Oct. 25 when she saw a man “swiftly approaching her.”  She tried to quickly shut her door, but he pushed it open and shoved her onto the floor. He put his hand over her mouth and started to choke her during the assault.

The woman told police that the man pulled off her clothing and raped her. She said the man told her that he was homeless and had recently gotten out of a four-year relationship. During the sexual assault the woman bit the man on one of his hands, police said.

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