Charge: Attacker laughs while sexually assaulting woman in Federal Way
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - A 19-year-old man was charged with sexually assaulting a woman last month that he allegedly followed in his car as she tried to walk home from a Federal Way Safeway, reports say.
The alleged victim came away with several facial fractures that required reconstructive surgery and the insertion of a permanent steel plate, according to Federal Way police.
The woman first reportedly encountered Polevia Valoaga as she was leaving the Safeway at 2109 Southwest 336th Street shortly after 6 p.m. Nov. 13, Officer Heather Castro wrote.
She was headed for home about five blocks away on the "dark, rainy and very windy night" when she spotted a damaged white four-door sedan driving toward her "very slowly" in the parking lot, according to the incident report.
The driver, later identified as Valoaga, asked her for directions to the mall, but the woman found that he was masturbating with "a wide grin on his face," police reports say.
She told him, "You need to go, get away from me," and he slowly drove away, she claimed. She studied his license plate as he approached a woman and her young daughter exit a nearby Rite Aid. She reportedly yelled at the woman not to talk to the driver, which scared him away, Castro wrote.
The same car then looped around the parking lot and followed the woman again as she walked before turning away again, reports indicate.
The woman headed south on 21st Avenue Southwest and was walking in the middle of the roadway near Southwest 342nd Street when a man reached his left arm across her chest and pinned her into his chest, according to police.
She was able to look up and believed it was the driver of the white car that followed her at Safeway. The man allegedly shoved his hand down her pants and sexually assaulted her. The last thing she remembered was screaming and trying to pull away before waking up in the middle of the road, "with blood pouring out of her mouth and nose," Castro wrote.
The woman screamed and ran home.
A passing driver spotted her and called 911 about 6:38 p.m. He reportedly saw a human limb as he turned onto Southwest 342nd Street and noticed a car swerving around the woman's body to avoid hitting her.
The woman initially had trouble recounting what happened to first responders. She didn't remember falling to the ground -- only waking up and screaming, police reports say.
She recalled the attacker saying, "I got you!" as he grabbed her and laughing while sexually assaulting her.
The woman's mother took her to St. Francis Hospital, but the seriousness of the four fractures on the left side of her face required that she be transferred to Harborview Medical Center. She suffered a shattered cheek bone, fracture to her lower jaw and a fracture along the left side of her nostril, reports indicate.
A resident called Federal Way police Nov. 17 to say that a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle, announced the previous day on TV news, was parked at his neighbor's house. The alleged victim confirmed it was the vehicle that followed her after seeing a photo the police took of the car, according to police.
Officers arrested Valoaga later that day. The woman saw a photo of him and identified him as her attacker.
Prosecutors charged Valoaga with indecent liberties. He remains jailed on $250,000 bail.
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