Sunday, July 23, 2017 This Week's Paper

Lakewood police arrest wanted child rapist

Lakewood police arrested Tacoma convicted child rapist Allen Apo on Monday thanks to anonymous tips from Washington’s Most Wanted viewers who spotted him.

Det. Ed Troyer with Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County says, “Viewers saw the 35-year-old Level-3 sex offender at the Tillicum library and called our hotline. Officers responded and spotted him walking in the 14900 block of Washington Avenue SW.”

Loretta Cool with Tacoma Police expressed her gratitude to the citizens who took action to help get him into custody and says, “WMW works!”

Apo was supposed to be living in the 5700 block of South Park Avenue in Tacoma where he registered in early 2012 but then disappeared. He’s required to tell the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department if he moves. A warrant for his arrest was issued on Sept. 30, 2013. In 1994, Apo was convicted of Rape of A Child 1st Degree and Incest 2nd Degree in Pierce County. The victims were 7 and 3 years old. Apo has participated in a Sex Offender Treatment Program. He is the 484th fugitive caught thanks to viewer tips since Washington’s Most Wanted began in late 2008.