May 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Woman attacked by knife-wielding man in Cal Anderson Park
A woman was attacked early this morning at Cal Anderson Park when she came to the aid of a man who falsely claimed he had been the victim of a stabbing, according to Seattle police.
The woman told police she was walking through the park just after 4 a.m. when she heard a man yelling for help, claiming he had been stabbed. When the woman approached the man he stood up and pulled out a knife, police said.
The man put the knife in his pocket and put his arm through the woman’s arm as if he wanted to escort her. The two then walked through the park, according to police.
The man pushed the woman against a tree and held her there with his arm while he attempted to masturbate, police said. The victim told police the man became frustrated and pushed her to the ground.
Just then, two men came through the park walking a dog. The dog ran over to the man and woman. The armed man told the dog to leave, and the two men came over to retrieve their dog, police said.
The woman got up off the ground and walked away with the men and their dog. She then went to the Police Department’s East Precinct and reported the attack.
She described the attacker as a white man in his 30s, about 6 feet tall, with a thin build. She said he had bad acne on his face, bad teeth and short black hair. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, according to police.
Officers searched the park for the suspect and potential witnesses. During the search, officers encountered a group of men in the park, including one who partially matched the description of the suspect. Although he was not the assailant, police said he had a concealed sword, meat cleaver and black Airsoft revolver. He was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of weapons violation, police said.
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