A level three registered sex offender living in Mossyrock pleaded not guilty to an attempted residential burglary charge in Lewis County Superior Court on Thursday.
The defendant, Rupp W. Freece, 32, is accused of going up to a Mossyrock residence, turning the knob to the door and attempting to push the door open on Thursday, Feb. 23.
Freece was allegedly seen at the property’s fence line when the homeowner returned from picking her kids up at school that day, according to an affidavit filed in Lewis County Superior Court earlier this week.
After she brought her children inside, she reportedly found him on her front steps.
He reportedly stated, “I know you don’t know me, but I was hoping to talk to you,” before leaving in his vehicle, per the affidavit.
He reportedly attempted to open the door while she was inside.
The homeowner reported the incident to law enforcement, who processed the vehicle’s license plate number and identified Freece as the vehicle’s registered owner.
Freece was arrested on Friday, Feb. 25, and was booked into the Lewis County Jail.
On Monday, Feb. 27, he was charged with one count of attempted residential burglary.
A judge set Freece’s bail at $10,000 on Monday and set conditions of release that include a provision preventing him from going within 500 feet of the property he allegedly tried to break into.
Freece posted that bail amount later that week and was out of custody for his arraignment hearing on Thursday.
Freece was most recently convicted in Lewis County Superior Court on Jan. 15, 2014, on one count of first-degree burglary and third-degree rape for sexually assaulting a woman after she allowed him into her home to use the phone. He served a 57-month sentence in custody and while he was scheduled to be released in August 2018, he remained in custody due to a pending civil commitment case.
A jury ruled against having Freece committed on allegations that he is a sexually violent predator on May 19, 2021. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office issued a notice June 2, 2021 that Freece had returned to his address in the 100 block of Lakeside Drive in Mossyrock.
Freece is not wanted by law enforcement at this time.
His trial for the current attempted residential burglary case is currently scheduled to begin May 8.