UPDATE, Dec. 27, 7 a.m.: Moses Kelly, the suspect in the Oct. 25 rape of an 80-year-old Juanita woman, is in custody after being arrested near a gas station in Redmond, Kirkland police are reporting. In a brief press release, the Kirkland Police Department reported that Kelly, a transient, was arrested on a felony warrant by Redmond police Wednesday night. King County Jail records show Kelly was booked there at 2:16 a.m. Thursday on a charge of first degree rape, with bail set at $1 million.
Kirkland police have identified and are looking for a suspect in the Oct. 25 sexual assault of an 80-year-old Juanita woman, who was raped by a man who apparently followed her home from a nearby bus stop.
He is identified as 26-year-old Moses Kelly, a transient, and Kirkland police have obtained a felony warrant for his arrest. Kelly is considered dangerous and police are advising anyone who might see him to use caution and contact them as soon as possible.
“He got identified through DNA, so we’re trying to locate him now,” KPD spokesman Lt. Mike Murray said Wednesday.
Kelly is a black male, 5-foot-5, and between 120 and 130 pounds with a chipped front tooth, scars on his forearms, chest and back.
As Kirkland Patch reported on Oct. 30, the woman was approaching her home in the 9500 block of NE 128th Street after getting off of a bus nearby, when she was approached by the man. She attempted to close the door, say Kirkland police, but the man forced it open and shoved the woman to the floor.
The victim, who suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital, said the man put his hand to her mouth and began to choke her, and she believed he was trying to make her pass out. She fought with him as he began to pull her clothes off, asking him why he was doing it, and the suspect apparently told her he was homeless and had just ended a four-year relationship.
The suspect suffered a bite wound to the hand and left by unknown means.
Police Wednesday issued two photos of the suspect (attached to this story), who is known to use Metro and other public transit with previous contacts in Seattle, Woodinville, Federal Way, Bellingham, Mukilteo and Edmonds.
Kirkland police issued a sketch of the suspect (also attached) on Nov. 16. See that Kirkland Patch story here.
Police are asking anyone with any information on Kelly’s whereabouts to contact the Kirkland Police Tip Line at 425-587-3515 or email Det. Dave Quiggle at firstname.lastname@example.org.