Mount Baker Holding Community Rally Against Recent Sex Assault Attacks

Mount Baker community members are spreading word of a rally Wednesday night to stand up against a man police are searching for connected to a series of attacks on women south of I-90. We’ve also posted the SPD sketch and description of the suspect, below.

Hello all –

Have you heard the grim news about the four assaults against women in South Seattle recently —http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013658624_womenattacked12m.html?  All four have taken place between Seward Park and I-90; in other words, our greater neighborhood.

A growing group of neighbors are organizing a community rally aimed at three things: (1) Letting the attacker(s) know we will not stand for this; (2) connecting the community so we can be more vigilant, prepared and connected; and (3) providing safety tips and other proactive strategies.


Please attend and spread the news far and wide.

WHAT:

Community Safety Rally

WHEN:

Wednesday, December 15th

5 pm:  Meet for an easy jog through the neighborhood to collectively and symbolically reclaim our streets.

5:30 pm: Community rally

 

WHERE:

Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mt. Rainier Dr S., Seattle, WA 98144

WHO:

You, your neighbors, public officials and representatives from Seattle Police Department

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: We will also have safety tips and materials, information for running and exercise groups, and snacks and drinks.

From SPD:

On November 16th at approximately 6:00 p.m. an adult female was walking westbound on the pedestrian/bicycle path alongside westbound Interstate 90.  As she approached the east end of the Mount Baker tunnel, she was confronted by an unknown adult male suspect.  The suspect approached the victim and drew a small folding knife.  The suspect proceeded to grab the victim and drag her into some nearby bushes, where he attempted to sexually assault her.  The victim fought off her attacker and was able to make her escape by running onto the express lanes of I-90 and into the Mount Baker tunnel, where she was contacted by responding officers who subsequently provided her assistance. 

The victim, a 32-year-old Seattle resident, suffered a stab wound in the arm and cuts, scrapes and scratches.  She was subsequently transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. 

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20′s, approximately 5’6″ tall, 170 pounds, slender build, dark eyes and was wearing a black watch cap which covered his forehead and hair.  During the encounter the suspect spoke only Spanish but appeared to understand English when the victim spoke to him in English. 

Sexual Assault Unit detectives are actively investigating this incident.  It is unknown if this attack is related to any of the other recent attacks in the area however, detectives do not rule out that possibility. 

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Sexual Assault Unit at 206-684-5575 and refer to this incident.