Police still have not made an arrest in the stabbing and rape of restaurant employee late Sunday in North Bend but say they are “making progress.”
Officers with the Snoqualmie-North Bend Police Department have been interviewing employees of the shopping center where the attack took place, as well as employees of the nearby North Bend Premium Outlets, police said today.
Police also plan to meet with management and staff of Jay Berry’s Gourmet Pizza & Pasta, where the victim worked. Police will also increase high-visibility patrols, especially at closing time, in the area.
“It goes without saying I am very proud of our response and handling of calls for service in North Bend and Snoqualmie,” said Police Chief Steve McCulley.
Police say the victim was alone and had finished her shift at Jay Berry’s Gourmet Pizza & Pasta in the 400 block of Southwest Mount Si Boulevard when she stepped outside the back door around 11 p.m. and was accosted by a man.
The man forced the woman back into the restaurant where she was bound with duct tape, sexually assaulted and stabbed, police said.
The woman was taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Police said the victim was unable to give a good description of her assailant because it was dark and the attacker was wearing a hooded jacket and a scarf over his face.
McCulley said police believe the attacker may have targeted the restaurant or the victim, but he declined to provide further details to avoid compromising the investigation.
Anyone with information about the attack is encouraged to call police at 425-888-3333 or 911. Callers may remain anonymous.