A woman was duct-taped, raped and stabbed as she was closing down a North Bend restaurant on Sunday night, according to police.
Police said the woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, where she was listed in stable condition this morning.
The attacker, who police say wore a hoodie and some sort of scarf over his face, remains at large, according to Snoqualmie-North Bend Police Chief Steve McCulley.
McCulley said the woman was the lone employee in the restaurant in the 400 block of Mount Si Boulevard shortly after 11 p.m. when she walked out the back door. She was accosted by the man and forced back into the restaurant, where she was bound, sexually assaulted and stabbed once in the chest, police said.
McCulley said Major Crimes Task Force detectives are processing the scene for evidence.
He said it appears the attacker targeted the business.
Serina Yama, who works at a nearby Subway sandwich shop in North Bend and occasionally has to shut down the restaurant at the end of the day, said news of the assault was frightening.
“It’s scary being a girl at closing,” Yama said.
McCulley said extra patrols will be conducted at business closing times until the suspect is apprehended.
Nevertheless, he said people should be alert but not afraid.
“It’s alarming and people should be aware of what’s going on around them, but they do not have to be fearful,” McCulley said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 425-888-3333. Callers can remain anonymous.