A 25-year-old Oklahoma man has been charged with first-degree rape and first-degree assault in connection with the rape and beating of a 58-year-old Auburn woman he met in March while visiting the Seattle area, according to King County prosecutors.
Christopher Anthony Brown, a felon whose DNA was previously entered into a national database, was arrested by Oklahoma City police on Tuesday after the State Patrol Crime Lab in Seattle matched his DNA to DNA found on the woman’s clothing, according to charging papers and the King County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on Wednesday, said a woman working in the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office warrant division who was not authorized to give her name to the media.
“This was a brutal sexual assault and attack on a 58-year-old stranger,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carla Carlstrom wrote in charging papers, noting the woman was walking to a bus stop in White Center to return home to Auburn “when the defendant grabbed her, strangled her almost to unconsciousness, and then raped and beat her for several minutes before leaving her for dead.”
The injuries suffered by the woman “were severe and permanently disfiguring,” Carlstrom wrote.
The alleged rape occurred around 11:30 p.m. on March 6, after the woman had left Roxbury Lanes and Casino, intending to catch a bus, charging papers say. A young man approached and asked her for a cigarette, which she gave him. She began walking away and he propositioned her, offering to pay her $40 for sex, the papers say.
When she refused, he grabbed her by the neck and dragged her into a dark, secluded, semi-fenced lot at 2203 S.W. Roxbury St., according to the charges.
The man threatened to kill the woman if she screamed, tore off her clothes, beat and raped her, stole her purse and threatened to kill her and her entire family if she reported the assault to police, charging papers say. After he ran away, the woman quickly dressed and stumbled from the area; she encountered a woman who called 911 on her cellphone, the papers say.
The woman, whose eyes were swollen shut and who suffered “jaw fractures and multiple facial fractures,” was taken to Harborview Medical Center, the papers say. She worked with a sketch artist and the resulting sketch “closely resembled” Brown’s driver’s license photo and a jail booking photo, the papers say.
After getting the DNA match from the crime lab, sheriff’s detectives determined Brown sold several items at a local pawn shop and had been staying at a residence about two blocks from where the alleged rape occurred from January to mid-April, according to the charges. The people Brown stayed with provided photos of him to police and confirmed he had been visiting at the time and had returned to Oklahoma, the papers say.
Brown, whose bail was set at $1 million, now faces extradition back to King County, said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.