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July 16, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Sleeping woman stabbed by stranger inside Rainier Beach apartment

Seattle police are investigating a stabbing in the 4500 block of South Henderson Street in the Rainier Beach neighborhood.

Police spokesman Drew Fowler said officers were dispatched around 6:30 a.m. for a report of a man who broke into an apartment and stabbed a woman while she was sleeping. The woman managed to get the man off her and arm herself with a box cutter. Police believe the woman sliced the man at least once with the box cutter.

“She is in critical condition, but it is not thought to be life-threatening,” Fowler said. “It’s a crime scene that needs a lot of attention at this point.”

Fowler said the woman told officers that the man was a stranger. She described him as being in his early 20s, wearing a red T-shirt, blue jeans and red and white tennis shoes.

Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said officers searched the area and notified King County Metro after the attack, giving them the suspect’s description. Whitcomb said transit officials believe the suspect boarded a bus at 46th Avenue South and South Henderson Street after the attack. He may have gotten off the bus at Rainier Avenue South and South McClellan Street. Police searched the area and were unable to find him.

“What we did is we put out a detailed description and the system works, drivers are aware of who gets on their buses,” Whitcomb said.  “I don’t know if that bus is equipped with surveillance.”

Seattle police are asking anyone with information to call 911. The suspect is believed to be armed and dangerous, Whitcomb added.

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