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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

July 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Suspect arrested in assault of elderly woman in Chinatown ID

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

Surveillance photo of the man Seattle police believe sexually assaulted an elderly woman in the Chinatown International District on Wednesday (Seattle Police Department photo)

Seattle police have arrested a man in connection with the sexual assault and robbery of an elderly woman at knife point in Seattle’s Chinatown International District.

The suspect, 34, was spotted at about 7 this morning by a West Precinct patrol officer and arrested near Sixth Avenue South and South Dearborn Street, police said. He was booked into the King County Jail on a state Department of Corrections (DOC) detainer pending further investigation.

Police said he was under active supervision by the DOC after he was convicted of robbery and burglary in 2008.

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

The attacker 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.

The victim was being treated at Harborview Medical Center for her injuries Wednesday night.

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.

| Topics: Chinatown-International District, Seattle Police Department, Sexual assault


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