Disguise, duct tape: 'Only Johnson knows what his plans were'

Disguise, duct tape: 'Only Johnson knows what his plans were'
Items found in car of rape suspect on June 22, 2012. (Washington State Patrol Photo)

BONNEY LAKE, Wash. -- Troopers think they might have thwarted an abduction or attack after a rape suspect with a disguise and a roll of duct tape in his car was arrested Friday for allegedly following a woman who had a protection order against him.

The 26-year-old woman called 911 as she drove along SR-512 near the Puyallup Fairgrounds stating that a man in a black BMW was following her, said Trooper Guy Gill with the Washington State Patrol.

The woman told dispatchers she was "afraid to pull over" as when she changed lanes, the man followed suit.

She continued down to SR-410 as the BMW followed and troopers moved into place. Once she passed the Sumner-Buckley Highway, a trooper noted the BMW and pulled in behind, at which point the BMW made an erratic turn into a store parking lot, Gill said.

The trooper pulled the BMW over and asked the driver where he was going. The driver replied he was going to "meet a friend" at a restaurant, but when prompted for the name of the friend, the driver said he didn't know, Gill said.

Troopers identified the driver as 28-year-old Aaron M. Johnson of Lakewood and discovered the victim had a protection order against him stemming from a domestic violence incident in May.

Back then, Johnson was arrested on several felony charges, including burglary, kidnapping, rape and harassment, Gill said. Johnson had posted bail and was released on May 29.

Johnson was arrested Friday for violating the protection order and was booked into the Pierce County Jail.

When investigators searched his BMW, they found a woman's wig, some oversized sunglasses, a pair of black gloves, and a roll of duct tape, Gill said.

"This is an ongoing investigation and only Johnson knows what his plans were," Gill said. "But one thing is for sure this young lady is safe and sound with him behind bars."