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Woman seriously assaulted, suspect at large

On Friday, June 5th at approximately 5:23 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call of an assault in the 11000 block of Lake City Way NE. Preliminary investigation indicates that the 48-year-old male suspect physically and sexually assaulted the female victim in his apartment and then pushed her outside the building onto the sidewalk bleeding and partially dressed. A citizen bystander assisted the women to safety and called 911. The suspect was reported to have fled back inside.

Patrol officers surrounded the apartment complex and the SWAT team and negotiators were called to the scene. When the suspect refused to exit the apartment after repeated requests were made to come out, the SWAT team made entry and determined that the suspect was not there. The suspect remains at large. Police units have been assigned to actively search for the suspect while patrol officers city-wide have been notified to be on the lookout for him.

The female victim, who is in her 40’s, sustained cuts and blunt trauma injury to her face and head. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. It is believed that the suspect and victim were recent acquaintances.