Starbucks Cup Leads to Rape Suspect's Arrest
Police traced its sticker back to store, then scanned surveillance video
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2014 3:24 PM CST
Suspect Bryon Johnston.   (Olympia Police Department)

(Newser) – A 35-year-old man in Washington state is behind bars on rape charges because of his reusable Starbucks cup, reports the Olympian. Police say Bryon Johnston abducted a woman from a bus stop and drove her to an abandoned motel, but she managed to escape the moving SUV in the parking lot. As she fled, she noticed that a few things fell out of the vehicle, including that Starbucks cup, and she pointed them out to police later. Using data stored in the cup's sticker, detectives were able to figure out when and where it was last used, and they got Johnston's license plate number off drive-thru video.

Police charged Johnston with kidnapping and attempted rape in that case, then discovered a similar crime months earlier in which a woman was abducted from a bus stop and raped at the same abandoned motel. Johnston has been charged with rape and kidnapping in that case, too, and police are now seeking out other possible victims, reports KING 5. Johnston is married with four children and works as a delivery driver. He has a previous conviction for soliciting a prostitute.

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Apr 9, 2014 9:09 AM CDT
The Blue Dress with dimmoKKKRAP Bill Clinton's DNA on it proved he had orgasms while raping a young White House INTERN in the Oval Office! Unfortunately, the other women dimmoKKKRAP Bill Clinton raped had their lives destroyed by HildaBeast Clinton and never got justice! A DNA Parenthood test revelaed dimmoKKKRAP 'reverend' Jesse Jackson had raped and impregnated a young staff volunteer... Another DNA test revealed dimmoKKKRAP darling and presidential hopeful scum-bag attorney John Edwards revealed he fathered a child with his biographer while his wife was dying of cancer..... dimmoKKKRAP Elliot Spitzer...Client Number 9.... etc etc dimmoKKKRAPs are always getting caught in their WAR ON WOMEN!
Mar 7, 2014 7:40 AM CST
They don't have anything on this clean white Christian, most likely a black rapist was involved and the clean hard working married father of four is being blamed on bad evidence. He's clearly a super religious hype Christian and shall be set free to roar the earth...................
Mar 7, 2014 7:22 AM CST
Castrate him, then throw him in a dungeon to die. Next!