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Burglary/Sexual Assault in the Wallingford neighborhood

SPD Sexual Assault Unit (SAU) detectives are investigating a burglary and sexual assault that occurred during the evening hours of October 20th in the Wallingford neighborhood of North Seattle. The female victim was home with her young children, who were sleeping. Her husband had just left the house on a brief errand. The suspect entered the home and confronted the victim. He threatened her and sexually assaulted her. He stole some items from the residence before fleeing.

The victim immediately called 911 and North Precinct patrol officers responded. A K9 officer responded to the scene as well, but was unable to establish a successful track. SAU and CSI detectives responded to the scene to investigate and to process the crime scene for evidence.

Next to murders, these are the most terrible crimes that we investigate. According to SAU detectives, this incident does appear to be isolated. We would like to remind everyone to always keep their doors and windows locked, even while at home. We ask that citizens be mindful not only of their own personal and property interests, but also that of their neighbors.

At this time, we are not releasing a suspect description. Instead, we ask that anyone who saw anything suspicious or out of the ordinary between 9 and 9:50 PM in the 1600 block of N 52nd Street call our SAU detectives at 684-5575. We will provide a sketch to the public when and if one becomes available.