Walter Mencken 9:01 a.m., April 29
Wanted Rapist Delivers Justice to Himself
Week-long manhunt ends with suspect's dead body in El Cajon.
1400 Naranca Avenue, El Cajon
February 26, 8 p.m.
For the past week, San Diego was in the grip of fear as police searched city-widefor the whereabouts of Jason Luis Washington, 33, an ex-Marine who was wanted for the sexuial assault of two female joggers.
Washington was suspected of raping a 24-year-old jogger at gunpoint in Solana Beach on February 21. Then, two days later, he attempted to abduct a 15-year-old girl as she jogged in Rancho San Diego. The girl was able to break free and escape before she was raped, according to police reports.
Descriptions and evidence led to Washington’s identification.
Washington was gone from his El Cajon address on Sandalwood Drive when the San Diego Sheriff’s Department raided it on the morning of February 24. Detectives searching found a note that seemed to be a suicidal "goodbye letter." He did not show up for work, either; he was employed as a computer technician.
On Monday, February 25, an arrest warrant for Washington with bail set at $5 million was issued, as well as a criminal complaint for conspiracy to commit rape.
A police sergeant spotted Washington's white 2000 Honda CR-V in El Cajon about 8 a.m.
Deputies discovered Washington's dead body in the front seat of the sport utility vehicle, authorities said. It appeared that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A pistol and suicide note lay nearby.
For now, police are assuming this is a suicide but are investigating further. The Medical Examiner is performing an autopsy.
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