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Police search for man after sexual assault in Renton

(KIRO 7)

Police are looking for a man who they say is accused of sexually assaulting another man at a Renton bus stop last month.

On March 21, police responded to a report of a nude man running in the street in the area of Northeast 12th Street and Northeast Sunset Boulevard.

Early in the morning, the vicitm was waiting for a bus and decided to sit down at a nearby apartment building stairwell.

According to probable cause documents, a man, identified as James Tyson, approached the victim and asked him, “What are you doing on my stairwell?”

The victim told Tyson he was “about to get on the bus.”

Tyson drew a firearm and ordered the victim to “strip down,” according to probable cause documents.

Investigators said after the assault, the victim was able to pick up the gun and pull the trigger, but the gun clicked and did not fire.

Prosecutors said Tyson started strangling the victim, bit his face and struck him repeatedly.

The victim grabbed a nearby glass bottle, smashed it against Tyson’s face and fled. The victim was naked and covered in blood.

Investigators said the victim required medical attention and received more than 30 stitches to close his wounds. A sexual assault exam and evidence collection were conducted at the hospital.

Tyson’s whereabouts are unknown. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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