Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a convicted sex offender who has a disturbing history of groping his victims and sexually assaulting them. Twonte McMurry is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. The 42-year-old was classified as a Level III sex offender after detectives say he followed two 13-year-old girls off a bus in 1999 and then sexually assaulted one of them. Level III means he has the highest risk to reoffend.
“He has an extensive past offense history and we need the public’s help in getting him back into custody,” said Pierce County Det. Sgt. Jerry Bates. “Sex offenders already cause fear and apprehension in the public and when we don’t know where they are, we just don’t want to have another victim out there when we can get him back in custody.”
McMurry is also charged in King County with assault in the fourth degree with sexual motivation. Investigators say he was stroking his hand on a stranger’s neck and then caressing her back onboard a bus. Police arrested him at a bus stop in Federal Way. He claimed he fell asleep on the bus and his hand was just brushing her neck. He didn’t show up for his arraignment in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
McMurry is 6-feet, 3-inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. If you know where deputies can find him, call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS, or use the P3 Tips App on your smart phone to submit your information. It’s anonymous and you’ll get a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip to Crime Stoppers helps lead to his arrest.