TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office arraigned Antoine Joseph Perry, 28, on rape, kidnapping, assault, and unlawful imprisonment charges.
“If you have been a victim of sexual assault or have information about a sexual assault, please report it to law enforcement,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
In 2017, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Perry with first degree rape, kidnapping in the first degree, second degree rape, assault in the second degree, and unlawful imprisonment in connection with two separate incidents. At the time of charging, the defendant was in custody in Thurston County awaiting a trial for second degree rape, first degree kidnapping, third degree rape of a child, and second degree assault. He has since been transferred to Pierce County.
The first incident occurred on June 28, 2016. Police responded to Denny’s on South Hosmer Street in Tacoma for a reported sexual assault. The victim, S.T., was taken to the hospital.
She told police that she was walking to the Tacoma Rescue Mission when she noticed the defendant in a vehicle trying to get her attention. He told her “I’ll pay you to hang out with me,” while holding a handful of money. She said that she didn’t know who he was. He told her, “I’m JP,” and then displayed a handgun and demanded she get in the vehicle with him.
After S.T. got in the vehicle, the defendant sped way. He offered to take her to Denny’s for something to eat and drove around, making four to five stops at various homes. Each time he got out of the car, he made a point of putting the gun in his pocket and telling S.T. that he would see her from the windows.
At one stop, he told her he was there to feed his cousin’s cat and that he had brought her there so she could use the bathroom. When she came out of the bathroom, the defendant sexually assaulted her and pushed her face into the couch cushion so that she had a hard time breathing.
When he finished, the defendant got back into the vehicle with S.T. She asked about going to Denny’s and once there, she went into the bathroom and began trying to get help.
The second incident occurred on November 4, 2016. At Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, 15-year-old T.G. told Tacoma Police that she had been raped by someone she met on Snapchat.
T.G. told police she had been chatting with the defendant on November 4 when he offered to bring her some food. He arrived sometime between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. and parked on the street in front of her home. She went out to the car. They had been chatting for about 4 months, but it was the first time they had met in person.
Eventually, the defendant began to kiss T.G. and touch her through her shirt. She stopped him and told him she was 16 years old.
The defendant told T.G. that he needed to go to Seattle, but when she started to get out of the car, he asked her what she was doing and then started to open the arm rest area of the car, patted his waist band area, and reached under the driver’s seat. She believed he had a weapon and that if she didn’t do as he told her, he was going to hurt her.
He told her to get in the back seat and sexually assaulted and choked her multiple times. She repeatedly asked him to stop and told him that he was hurting her. She tried to get her cell phone out, but the defendant took it from her.
After the assault, she got out of the car and asked for her phone. The defendant again reached under his seat and told her to get into the car. She got in the car, and the suspect started to drive. She screamed that he had raped her and kidnapped her, and he slammed on the brakes and told her to get out of the car.
Bail was set at $750,000.00 for each case.
Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
For more information, please contact James Lynch at (253) 798-6265, firstname.lastname@example.org.