Police Investigating After Woman Reports Armed Man Tried to Abduct Her Near UW

Detectives are investigating a report that an armed man tried to abduct a woman at gunpoint late Sunday near the University of Washington.

The victim walking home along NE 55th Street near 15th Ave NE around 10:15 PM when she noticed a man following her.

As the woman passed by an alleyway, the man ran up behind her and grabbed her arm. He drew a handgun and told the woman to come with him.

When the woman refused to go with the man, he pulled on her arm and threatened to shoot her.

Two witnesses suddenly walked down the street, startling the suspect, who let go of the woman and ran off.

The woman ran up to the witnesses, who walked her to a nearby home as she called 911. Officers and a K9 unit searched the neighborhood, but were unable to find the man.

The victim described the suspect as a white male in his mid-20s, 5’4, with blue eyes and a scrawny build.

SPD detectives are working with University of Washington Police to investigate the case. If you have any information about this incident, please call SPD’s tipline at (206) 233-5000.

The University of Washington provides several nighttime safety programs for students on and around campus. Click here for more information on UW’s Nightride and Nightwalk programs.