Police Looking For South Seattle Groper

Seattle police are looking for a man who grabbed and groped a woman in south Seattle on June 6th, and are investigating possible links to several other similar attacks in the area.

Around 9:30 pm, the woman was outside of her apartment near 36th Avenue S. and S. Oregon Street when she heard someone running up the stairs behind her.

A man wearing a mask approached the woman, put his hand over her mouth, told her to be quiet, and then groped her.

The woman fell to the ground and screamed for help, and the suspect fled.

A neighbor heard the woman’s screams, helped her into an apartment, and called 911.

Officers and K9 unit searched the neighborhood for the suspect, but were unable to find him.

The woman described the suspect as a black male, approximately 5’10” tall with a thin build and wearing a brown jacket, black pants, and a mask.

Sexual Assault Unit detectives are now investigating the case, and are examining whether this incident may be related to three other similar cases in south Seattle.

In those incidents, a masked man approached women outside their homes, grabbed them, and fled when the women fought back. Victims in those cases said their attacker was a black male, 18-29 years old, 5′8-5’10, 140-160 pounds, wearing a black ski mask, a black or dark blue coat  or hooded sweatshirt, and black or dark blue cargo pants.

If you have any information about these incidents or the suspect, please contact the Seattle Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit at (206) 684-5575.