Man charged in 2002 Pierce County homicide, rapes

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on June 19, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a man with a 2002 homicide and two unrelated rapes that happened the same year.

The News Tribune reports Miguel Angel Urbano-Vazquez, 35, is charged with aggravated murder in the death of Sharon Y. Van Gilder. She was found strangled along a road in Spanaway on March 21, 2002.

Urbano-Vazquez is also charged in the June 24, 2002 case of a woman who said she was raped by a man she accepted a ride from in Tacoma. She said the man took her to a garage, hit her with a wrench and sexually assaulted her. Police say it’s the same garage where another woman claimed she was raped on April 18, 2002.

Urbano-Vasquez was reportedly questioned about the first rape in 2003. DNA evidence from all three crimes was submitted by the cold case squad. All three came back the same.

Read more at The News Tribune

Information compiled by KING 5's Travis Pittman
 

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