February 11, 2013 at 9:55 PM
Woman reports fourth attack in North Seattle since Friday
This afternoon, a woman told police she’d been assaulted early Sunday morning in North Seattle, the fourth such attack in the area since Friday.
The woman told police she had noticed a man watching her as she left a bar called Leny’s Place on the 2200 block of North 56th Street at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday, according to police. As she walked home, she told police, she saw the same man in the distance following her.
She picked up her pace, but shortly after she began a slow jog on the 4700 block of Thackeray Place Northeast the man caught up to her and tackled her to the ground. She screamed, punched and kicked as he tried to pin her down. Eventually, the man gave up and ran away, she told police.
The woman suffered minor injuries to her wrist, elbow and knee during the assault, but did not seek medical attention. She told police the attack did not seem like an attempted robbery, since the suspect never tried to take her purse.
The man is described as a white male in his late 20s, about 5-foot-9, 160 pounds with short, brown hair. He was last seen wearing a red plaid shirt and blue jeans.
Three other women have also been attacked in North Seattle since Friday. Around 7 p.m. on Friday, a woman walking home from Northgate Mall was pulled into the bushes and sexually assaulted near 1st Avenue Northeast and Northeast 117th Street. That man was described as a white male in his 20s with medium height, thin build and very short or buzz-cut light-colored hair. The victim said he looked like he may have been a meth-addict because he had sunken eyes, bad teeth and a wiry build.
A woman walking near Fred Meyer on Northwest 85th Street and 3rd Avenue Northwest around 8 p.m. Sunday was almost abducted by two males who stopped near her in a white van with “XYF” spray-painted in red on one side. One man exited the vehicle and tried to shove her into it while wearing a black ski mask. She fought frantically, freed herself, then saw the van speed off.
Around 6:30 a.m. today, a man tried pulling a woman jogging around Green Lake into the bushes, but she managed to break free. That man was described as a white male in his 20s, about 5-foot-seven, with medium build and short brown hair. He wore a dark, hooded sweatshirt or jacket, and dark pants.
Seattle police have not found any connection linking the assaults but are still investigating the possibility that the incidents are related.
Anyone with information about any of the incidents or suspects is asked to call 911. The Seattle Police Department says anonymous tips are welcome.
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