A man suspected of serial rapes, including one in Seattle, is to be extradited to Washington from Colorado.
A Colorado businessman was charged last week in King County Superior Court with first-degree rape, accused of attacking a prostitute he had picked up on Aurora Avenue North in August.
Courtney Wayne Dawson, 38, was booked into the Jefferson County Jail in Golden, Colo., on Friday on arrest warrants issued by police in Washington and in Oregon, where he is accused of similar attacks on two Portland prostitutes, according to court and jail records.
A resident of Arvada, Colo., about 10 miles northwest of Denver, Dawson is to be extradited to face charges in Washington first, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. He was being held on no-bail warrants as a fugitive from justice, according to Jefferson County Jail records.
In July, two Portland prostitutes were attacked, according to the King County charging papers. One was raped at knifepoint, and the other escaped but was stabbed during an attempted rape, the papers say.
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The alleged victim in the Seattle case was 18 when she was picked up at 11 p.m. on Aug. 8 near Aurora Avenue North and North 87th Street by a chubby, white male driving a black SUV, charging papers say. The man agreed to pay the woman $100 for sex and parked between two semi trucks near Midvale Avenue North and North 107th Street.
The two got into the back of the vehicle and when the woman asked for the money up front, Dawson allegedly attacked her with a knife, cutting her hands, the papers say. He then raped her.
After the rape, the woman grabbed her clothes, jumped out of the vehicle and called 911, the papers say.
The case, assigned to a detective with the Seattle Police Department’s Vice and High Risk Victims Unit, stalled for months. Then on Jan. 11, the Seattle detective received a bulletin sent out by a Portland detective looking for Dawson, who was named as a person of interest for serial rapes of prostitutes in that city, charging papers say. The suspect description and method of attack were similar and the Seattle woman was later able to pick out Dawson’s photo from a montage, the papers say.
Dawson’s credit-card records allegedly confirmed his arrival in Seattle and led the detective to the rental-car agency that had rented Dawson the SUV, the papers say. The vehicle, which had been shipped to Idaho to be auctioned off, was located and brought back to Seattle for forensic processing, charging papers say.
A spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado could not be reached immediately, so details of Dawson’s arrest were not available.
“The defendant has the means and opportunity to travel extensively,” throughout the United States and perhaps internationally, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carol Spoor wrote in charging documents. “… This summer it is known that he traveled through Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Utah and West Virginia.”
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