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July 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Elderly woman sexually assaulted in Seattle’s Chinatown International District

Seattle police believe this man sexually assaulted an elderly woman in International District Wednesday (Seattle Police Department photo)

Seattle police believe this man sexually assaulted an elderly woman in International District Wednesday (Seattle Police Department photo)

Seattle police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted and robbed an elderly woman at knife point in Seattle’s Chinatown International District this afternoon.

The woman, in her 80s, was attacked after entering an apartment complex on the 200 block of Sixth Avenue South just before 2 p.m., according to the Seattle Police Department.

The suspect followed her through the building’s back door, punched her in the head and knocked her to the ground and sexually assaulted her, police said.  He took the woman’s money and some personal possessions.

Detectives have not determined the man’s race, but believe he is about 6 feet, 165 pounds, and has dark hair. He was wearing a light-colored tank top, black pants, a large necklace and carried a black backpack.

The victim was being treated at Harborview Medical Center for her injuries Wednesday night, according the Seattle Police Department blotter.

A spokeswoman for the Seattle Housing Authority, which runs the residential complex, said on Thursday morning that additional employees will be posted and enhanced security measures will be added to the building.

Staff members will also be working with interpreters to ensure that residents know what happened and learn what they can do to protect themselves and their neighbors, she said.

The complex is among the housing authority’s most sought-after residence and is among its safest, she said.

Anyone who may know the identity of the suspect is asked to call 911.

| More in The Blotter | Topics: International District, rape, robbery

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